Il Teatro Alla Moda: Art event for TFS Subscribers

If the premiere show from the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Beverly Hills is indicative of the quality of programming to come from the new center (coming in 2013), we're all in luck. Il Teatro alla Moda -- which is only in town through March 18 -- showcases bejeweled and one-of-a-kind costumes designed by Italian master couture stars such as Missoni, Versace, Fendi and Capuccio.
2.24.12

Rediscovered: Photographs of LA, San Francisco and NYC

In 24 hours, I came across articles describing the recovery of black and white photographs of three American masters — Ansel Adams, Robert Frank and Arthur Tress.  A strange convergence of timing – but, what a great chance to glimpse …

2.22.12

The Story of (the other) Adele

Remember when the spectacular Klimt paintings were at LACMA a few years back? Since that unforgettable exhibit left town in 2006, Washington Post reporter Anne-Marie O'Connor has researched and written the incredible history of the most famous of the paintings, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. The book, Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece was just published, and you can catch the author around town this spring. But do your homework first: click here to buy the book...
2.17.12

Ellsworth is Everywhere!

Kids love the bright, abstract prints and paintings of Ellsworth Kelly, perhaps because they can relate to the large, geometric and colorful forms in a “heck, I can do that!” kind-of-way! Adults (and everyone in between) can appreciate the clean …

2.15.12

For the Love of Lincoln

The artist Maira Kalman spent a year blogging about democracy for the New York Times, and her stylish and witty illustrations and personal observations were aptly turned into a book called The Pursuit of Happiness. Along this journey, …

2.6.12

Costumes from 2011 Academy Nominated films at FIDM through April

What a character in a movie wears is often as important as what they might say. Sorry, screenwriters… but, everyone gets their due at this time of year. The professionals who design the most complex and beautiful clothing for the …

1.31.12

SNEAK PEEK: Frida Kahlo and the female surrealists

I got a look at LACMA’s new surrealism show this week.  In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States,  which opens on Sunday (1/29) and runs until early May, is significant for being the …

1.27.12

ARCHIVED EVENT: Vivian Maier – Mary Poppins finds celebrity post-humously

Sometimes a story comes along that captures the imagination of everyone that hears it: the story of Vivian Maier is one of those tales. Maier was a nanny in upscale neighborhoods in Chicago in the 1950s (she once worked for …

1.26.12

Domestic Archeology: Yarn Bombing and Pinterest

My daughter is home from college on a long holiday break, and after a stint of rejoicing in the delights of her hometown (visiting favorite restaurants with other college cafeteria-weary freshmen), she has invested herself in a major purge of …

1.19.12