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Ai Weiwei is here, there and everywhere




Chinese artist Ai Weiwei stands before a bamboo self-portrait at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei stands before a bamboo self-portrait at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle" is open September 28, 2018–March 3, 2019.
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Here's today's lineup:

Ai Weiwei takes over L.A.

(Starts at 8:03)

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is all over Los Angeles these days. His works are on view at the Marciano Art Foundation, the Jeffrey Deitch art gallery, and (starting Oct. 4) at the UTA Artist Space. The exhibition "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle" at the Marciano features Ai's new work — a bamboo sculpture of a refugee boat carrying men, women and children. But it almost didn't make it here. Just days after the work was shipped out of Ai's Beijing studio, Chinese authorities demolished the building without warning. Ai spoke with The Frame host John Horn at the Marciano Art Foundation about the refugee crisis, freedom of expression, and how he hopes Angelenos will view his work.  

A twist on the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

(Starts at 1:03)

Last week’s extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearings — in which psychologist Christine Blasey Ford testified that Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both in high school — have dominated headlines and newspaper opinion pages for days. Ford’s composed but emotional testimony, and Kavanaugh’s outraged response, were — to say the least — dramatic.  Something that apparently wasn’t lost on local theater producer Tina Poppy. Last night at the Bootleg Theater near downtown L.A., she staged a reading of the Senate hearing transcript, but with the gender roles reversed. Rico Gagliano reports on the evening.

Walk, don't run, through this opera

(Starts at 19:31)

A prominent architect and a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer will turn The High Line on Manhattan’s West Side into the setting for a new work called "The Mile Long Opera." WNYC’s John Schaefer has the story.