Arts

RIP Lou Schreiber, 80: Dance instructor taught 50,000+ to 'Walk in, Dance Out'

In his 62 years as a ballroom dance instructor, Lou Schreiber estimated that he'd taught 50,000 Southern Californians to fox trot, rhumba, salsa and swing.

Gary Baseman's 'Door is Always Open' at the Skirball Center

The various stages of Gary Baseman's life and career are now on display at the Skirball Cultural Center until August 18. Alex recently spent some time with the artist there and brings us this report.

Remembering Fran Bascom, a casting director who went out of her way

She seemed to show up at just about every play in which I ever performed in LA. I most fondly remember her approaching me after one play, and said, "Barry, you know I love you as an actor and I appreciate your invitations. But please don't invite me to anymore plays as bad as this one."

Plans for LACMA's multi-million dollar redesign unveiled in new exhibit

The proposed new structure has curved, fluid edges and will be made almost entirely of glass. It will replace the core of the museum's campus and wraps around the Pavilion for Japanese Art.

Photos: 'Golden Rule; Instagram challenge winner

From downtown Groningen to the countryside, Linda Heidema captures the beauty of Holland. Heidema is the winner of our most Instagram challenge.

How Dylan Brody and John Rabe faked it for fundraising

Turns out, that wonderful spontaneous Off-Ramp fundraising moment between John and Dylan was scripted and pre-recorded.

Cheech Marin: Yes, Chicano art is good, and the numbers are with us, but then what?

"Artifex" was a wide-ranging, eye-opening, and sometimes profane discussion on Chicano art at Koplin Del Rio Gallery, led by Cheech Marin, with Susana Smith Bautista, and artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Shizu Saldamando, John Valadez, and Harry Gamboa Jr..

Picture This: A laid-off Chicago Sun-Times photographer moves on

Photographer Rob Hart was laid off from the Chicago Sun-Times last week along with 27 other colleagues. Now he's working on a new photo project documenting his life after losing his job.

Detroit museum not the first to consider selling out

The financially troubled city of Detroit is eyeing the sale of its prized artworks, which include paintings by van Gogh.

Can free photos save the art business?

Atlanta Gallerist Jennifer Schwartz thinks so. And to prove it, she took her entire gallery on the road to the Venice art walk.

From the heart of Egypt's revolt, The pulse of artistic life

Egypt's capital has been associated with protest and political upheaval, but an arts festival attempts to clear away the dust and revitalize a once-glorious cultural hub.

Mike Sheehan's Sketchbook: LA Opera rehearsing 'Tosca'

Artist Mike Sheehan spent a day at rehearsals for Los Angeles Opera's rendition of 'Tosca' and was amazed to find a laid back, convivial atmosphere at the opera.

Picture This: Donna DeCesare gets inside the world of Central American gangs

Photographer Donna DeCesare joins the show to talk about her work from the war zones of Central America to the ganglands of Los Angeles.

In France, a renewed push to return art looted by Nazis

Nearly seven decades after the end of World War II, the Internet and improved technology have helped locate the rightful owners of art looted by the Nazis, but it's still a painstaking process.

Commentary: getting skeptical about LACMA's new redesign plan

What is wrong with the old museum?

Long hidden, Vatican painting linked to Native Americans

A newly cleaned painting in the Vatican dating to 1494, may be the first European depiction of Native Americans. The painting had been largely ignored for more than 500 years.