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Celebrated Russian dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov (seated left) returned to The Broad Stage in April to stage “Man in a Case,” a performance piece based on two stories by Chekhov. Photo by T. Charles Erikson

The Year in Arts, Entertainment and Food

2014 saw revivals of Shakespeare and burlesque, Hollywood come to LMU and plenty of notable openings and closings   By Michael Aushenker Notable Arrivals With the fate of the mothballed Santa Monica Civic Auditorium still ...


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From Paris to P32

A journey that real estate developer Howard Spunt began three years ago in Europe has culminated with a new Santa Monica ‘art lounge’ By Michael Aushenker                    ...


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A not-so-simple plan

Billy Bob Thornton shares the story of his rise from abused child to Oscar-winning writer and movie star with students at LMU’s School of Film and Television By Michael Aushenker If Billy Bob Thornton were an animal, he’d s...



‘Into the Abyss’ with Werner Herzog

The filmmaker talks about his documentary on capital punishment’s emotional toll during a special screening in Santa Monica By Michael Aushenker As the camera pans across rows of anonymous-looking headstones in heartland Texa...


18 turns 25

Santa Monica’s 18th Street Arts Center throws itself a 25th birthday bash to help fund affordable housing and studio space for emerging artists By Michael Aushenker They say 40 is the new 30. This weekend in Santa Monica, you...


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Santa Monica Airport Revisited

A USC landscape architecture program pop-up exhibit at Bergamot Station explores potential new uses for the city’s most controversial real estate By Michael Aushenker Court battles, competing city ballot measures — there...



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Jealousy, bigotry, betrayal and war

Contemporary costume and casting choices help drive home the timeless themes of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ By Shanee Edwards A war in the Middle East waged by the world’s strongest, wealthiest army sounds like a plot pluck...


Venice filmmaker’s Lisa Adams doc debuts at The Crest

Venice filmmaker Juri Koll has a knack for capturing the magic of L.A.’s art world. Through his independent film series, Koll has documented the likes of scavenger poet Maddy Lemel, assemblage artist Flewnt and Venice’s own...


Kamil Vojnar’s “Beautiful” and other works are on display at TAG Gallery

Living the dream-like state

Marina del Rey artist Kamil Vojnar merges paint and photos to create works that blend the real and surreal By Michael Aushenker Whether gothic and brooding or punched up by swathes of pastel, the art of Kamil Vojnar imports a&h...



THE SALE OF VENUS, oil on canvas, by Lili Bernard, one of the six pieces featured in the group exhibition Glued to the Seat: Revealing Hidden Realities at Otis College of Art and Design in Westchester.

Otis College gallery summer show seeks to confront societal standards

By Beatrice Rosen From photography and arts administration to social justice advocacy and nonprofit business, 35-year-old Jeseca Dawson fused her interests by attending the graduate Public Practice Program at Westchester’s Ot...