The artist Catherine Opie has spent her career photographing the seemingly banal but iconic Southern California. Photographs of surfers, freeways, strip malls, tract homes and McMansions are now on view at the Orange County Museum of Art. So too is Opie's latest project "In And Around Home." Queena Kim talked with Opie about what's in the show and what's missing: the gay S&M photos that launched Opie's career in the mid-1990s.
From Wild Wild West to Deadwood, from Bob Mackie's work on The Carol Burnett Show to the sequined mastery of Dionne Warwick's Solid Gold gown, you see TV costumes, but maybe you haven't thought about them. The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing, along with the Television Academy, have done a lot of thinking about them, and have mounted the first major exhibit of TV costumes. John Rabe was there.
LACMA marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a huge show, but leaves out one important fact: Martin Luther was a horrible anti-Semite ... The LA Zoo marks its 50th birthday with a 1966 cocktail party. Rabe and the way cool Toronado (R) also debuted in 1966 ... We’ll take you to a racetrack where the cars do thousand-foot laps in 17-seconds, cost 4-thousand dollars, and are as big as a shoebox ... We go to Newport Beach to see possibly the most awesome Christmas light display you’ll ever see. There will be penguins.
The Institute of Mental Physics, founded near Joshua Tree as a sort of utopian society, happens to be the largest single collection of buildings designed by architect Lloyd Wright, the son of Frank Lloyd Wright. ... There have been many exhibits of Roy Lichtenstein’s work. But our critic says The Skirball Center’s new show stands out because it pairs the pop artist’s work with the comic book illustrations that inspired it, and they deserve the share the spotlight.
Prepare to drool as Mario Batali gives us his Thanksgiving making turkey porchetta recipe ... We meet a woman who’ll spend Thanksgiving organizing dinner for her huge family, taking care of her elderly parents, and being the caregiver for a 91-year old woman ... Rosalie Atkinson explains how the late Leon Russell’s music helped her meet her mom ... The Friends of the Rockhaven Sanitarium in Glendale are celebrating after the city council approved their preferred plan to preserve the historic site.
Pasadena's annual Doo Dah Parade is an artsy, easygoing alternative to the Rose Parade ... California’s coast stretches 840 miles, and has never been captured in one art exhibit, until now ... The LA Ladies Arm Wrestling Fall Brawl ... Comedian Danny Lobell tells us how a tortoise named Mr Tennebaum helped him learn to love living in LA.
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