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In fall 1986, as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, John Cage delivered, in his uniquely spoken-sung fashion, poetic texts he had derived from James Joyce's readably unreadable comic novel "Finnegans Wake." Irish musicians...
It is early afternoon at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. On the fourth floor, a woman in a black leotard dances in a large studio with high ceilings and great views of the Hudson River. She hardly pauses as the most famous dancer of them all stops at the...
Culture MonsterNEW YORK -- Henry Cowell, the all-American composer of the 20th century, did it all. “I want to live in the whole world of music,” he said. He was “the open sesame of new music in America,” John Cage said.......
Culture MonsterJohn Cage never tired of describing art as imitating nature in the manner of her operation, an idea he got from Indian philosophy. Accepting the sounds of the environment, he also explained, allowed him to enjoy sounds of the city.......
Brand XRachel Rosenthal, the 83-year-old grande dame of the Los Angeles art scene, was designated as the fourth "Living Cultural Treasure of Los Angeles" by then-Mayor Richard J. Riordan, the Los Angeles City Council, and L.A.'s Cultural Affairs Department in...
Culture MonsterThe joking generally begins even before the ballerinas of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo make their startling first appearance, tutu-clad studs with ample chest hair. So it was Saturday night, when the popular Trocks returned to Cal State Long........
Culture MonsterThe trailers at the cineplex the other day included the usual summer blockbuster suspects showing off their special effects -- one cartoonish morph after another after another. Every soundtrack was loaded down with the same super-deep, but sonically...
Culture MonsterHANOI -- Vietnam's capital flows. Life here is led largely out of doors amid the chaotic motorbike traffic. But unperturbed pedestrians calmly weave in and out, finding the groove. Not put off by the buzzing and honking, people peacefully sit......
Culture MonsterHANOI -- Every night in this city of 10 million people crammed into a super-thick urban stew is an amazing display of color and noise, of dirt and mysterious glamour. As always, swirling, swerving motorbikes define the movement. On Friday......
Charlotte Allen is an editor at Beliefnet and the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus."THE "DIRTY DOZEN" list of "America's Most Bizarre and Politically Correct College Courses" is out — and Los Angeles-area institutions of higher learning have walked away with one-fourth of the ranked honors (or dishonors). Occidental College, an 1,...
The history of American art has missed the mark, says curator Alexandra Munroe. It has overlooked the profound and pervasive contribution of Asian philosophy and culture to the caldron, and the exhibition she has spent five years organizing, "The Third...
Tags: New York, Los Angeles, Matthew Perry, Isamu Noguchi, Japan
Music CriticFor the last seven decades, Mills College, which will celebrate the renovation of its gorgeous Spanish-style concert hall with a gala concert Feb. 21, has provided a haven for a remarkable number of cutting-edge composers. No matter how academically...
Tags: Festive Events, Leon Kirchner, California, New York, Los Angeles
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