May 2020

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Check out Skirball at Home this month



You can always count on the Skirball Cultural Center for an interesting exhibition or fun event so when I received news of their upcoming exhibit, “I’ll Have What She’s Having:” The Jewish Deli, I put it at the top of my must do-list for May. Though the opening has been postponed, I was thrilled to discover a story on the website that explores the culture, history and food at delis across the U.S.  You can go on a virtual journey with the curators as they did their ‘dining’ research. As for deli memorabilia, the exhibit title comes from the infamous line in Where Harry Met Sally, “I’ll have what she’s having” said in a booth at Katz’s Delicatessen. I was practically drooling looking at the food photos – ironically, I recently enjoyed a classic Corned Beef on rye at Nate ‘n Al’s just weeks before it closed. I guarantee you’ll want to order ‘take in’ from one of the local delis they recommend.

Also online at the Skirball’s website, you’ll find an Arts and Crafts section with fun ideas and projects for kids ‘of all ages.’ Many stem from their wonderful Noah’s Art exhibit, a favorite of my grandchildren. They also feature Music Playlists pulled from artists who have performed at the Skirball and a curated list of film recommendation from Cinema Tuesday’s Benina Stern. Check back frequently for more to explore.

For all things happening at Skirball Cultural Center, click here.


Check out Cirque du Soleil at Home this month


  • Photo Courtesy of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Into our strange new world of shuttered theatres, museums, restaurants, department stores, and practically everything else, arts organizations around the world are taking advantage of their video resources in the hope of entertaining the quarantined masses. The internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil is no exception, having uploaded a plethora of content to its website at Log on and you will find a content hub called CirqueConnect. Their message to fans: “We’re offering an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows. Now more than ever, we want to do our little part to spread joy, even from afar, directly to your safe spaces. Let us welcome you into our world where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favorite videos will transport you. Just for you, from us.”

The watching and listening options are many! There are jaw-dropping excerpts from Alegria, Kooza, KÀ, Kurios, O, Luzia, Amaluna, Bazzar, and Volta (which was just finishing up its LA engagement when quarantines went into effect). These performers defy the limits of human dexterity — it is absolutely mesmerizing! There’s even a singalong featuring songs from Alegria and Kurios. And there’s still more — how about the Cirque It Out Ab Workout? Or the Color Me Cirque makeup tutorial? The site has a section dedicated exclusively to content for kids: learning to juggle and dance and family face painting. Don’t forget to watch the preparations for Cirque’s first ice show, Crystal!


LA Phil’s At Home with Esa-Pekka


  • By J COOK

Have you reached the end of the streaming rainbow? Bored of (un)reality television? Need something different? Well, how about letting your ears do the driving, and leave the visuals to the aural spectacle that the LA Phil is streaming at a computer near you. This may sound a bit strange, but please indulge me for a moment. Grab a nice glass of wine or beer … or stronger. Sit down in your favorite comfortable chair. Then press play on one of the many incredible concerts recorded by the Phil. Dudamel is leading the charge with programs of Copland and Stravinsky along with a roster of brilliant guest artists doing Mahler, Handel, and of course, Beethoven. Conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen wraps up the series on June 21 with an interesting night putting the formalism of Bach beside the expressionism of Hindemith. This will not only be the series finale but will also follow Salonen’s at-home series, also on KUSC, which began April 20. Not only will he run through his personal reflections on a curated selection of music, but it will offer insight into the concert series finale. 

Both series are hosted by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen who will also be conducting interviews to shed additional light on these musical motifs/movies for your mind/imagination. So change it up for a night and huddle ‘round the intertube just like our grandparents before us!

For all things happening, click here.


Building Bridges Art Exchange Gallery is located at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica


  • By Cynthia Lum

While Building Bridges Art Exchange is temporarily closed to support efforts to contain the spread of the corona virus, we are working hard to offer you ways to experience arts, culture, and inspiration, and to remain connected with you during this period of isolation.

Building Bridges Art Exchange Educational program is now online. This marks the 4th year that BBAX has participated in the Inner City Arts program “A Shadow Day, where students have the opportunity to visit with one artist for a day and get a personal look into the life and work of an artist.  Since it was not possible to physically visit the studio the shadow day which included a workshop and virtual studio walk through with artist Rachel X Hobreigh, was conducted successfully via Zoom.

In addition to BBAX educational program, BBAS has been gathering artist’s stories from around the world with artists sending short videos, sharing what they are working on and how they are staying connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. The project captures a broad spectrum of stories that demonstrate how culture and the arts are able to help us connect, triumph and survive in a global crisis.

To see the artist stories, and check out the BBAX Educational programs, join BBAX on Instagram (@buildingbridges_ax), Facebook (@BuildingBridgesArtExchange), and Twitter (@BBAX_Gallery).

What's Hot!

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve adjusted our content this month.

LAArtsOnline now features two NEW pages: BOOKS and EXTRA! We’ll look at what’s hot in the world of books and reading along with some suggestions of EXTRA! things to check out, read about, and do!

Stay positive, stay safe.

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