March 2021

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State of the World

State of The World murals on former Farmers and Merchants National Bank Building in DTLA

State of the World

  • By Cynthia Lum

The State of the World outdoor mural exhibition in downtown Los Angeles features ten murals by eleven Los Angeles based artists. This temporary exhibition, organized in collaboration with Art At The Rendon and SO/DA Architecture, is currently displayed on a building that formerly housed the Farmers and Merchants National Bank. The building is soon to be restored, structurally retrofitted and turned into a restaurant. State of the World is a COVID safe exhibition providing artists a platform to raise awareness for social causes that are important to them and particularly relevant right now as we navigate the pandemic and address both national and global unrest.

Afrika47 & Keya Tama, Atlas, Augustine Kofie, Brian Ormond, Darcy Yates, Ernest Doty, Jose Prime Reza, LoveyODreams, Nychos, and The Couto Brothers are the eleven artists in the exhibition.  Each artist has made his own powerful statement on the current state of the world. Augustine Kofie’s mural titled I AM BECAUSE WE ARE is one of the translations of ubuntu, a Southern African philosophical concept of shared humanity. The idea is that the pain of one is the pain of all. Darcy Yates mother celebrated 41 years of being a RN this year and Yates states that her piece is inspired by our hard working nurses and health care workers who selflessly put themselves in danger every day to help us.

On display through March 2021 at 2001 E. 7th Street. Click here.

The Red Shoes

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes March 19th

The Red Shoes

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of Center Theatre Group

World-renown choreographer Matthew Bourne’s production of “The Red Shoes” is the newest release in Center Theatre Group’s Digital Stage and it is remarkable.  Based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale and legendary 1948 film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (starring Moira Shearer), “The Red Shoes” explores one woman’s dream – obsession — to be the greatest dancer in the world and the choices she must make between her demanding art and her personal life.  The play’s deeply romantic music by golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann and played by the New Adventures Orchestra adds to the haunting foreboding of the story. When “The Red Shoes” debuted on the London stage it was hailed as a “feast for the eyes with every scene animated by sharp details and witty characterization” and The Observer added, “Bourne choreographs with the lightest of touches, threading in references to Hollywood movies and Diaghilev-era ballets as he goes.” Bourne is no stranger to LA audiences.  His “Swan Lake” had its American premiere at the Ahmanson and seven other Bourne productions have been presented by CTG on LA stages including “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” and “Nutcracker!.” “The Red Shoes” presented by American Express marks the fifth of Bourne’s production to stream on CTG’s Digital Stage.

The Red Shoes” will stream five times March 19-March 21. Tickets are just $10.

Pablo Picasso

Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza paints Picasso at CaltechLive! March 6th

Pablo Picasso

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo By Daren Scott

In A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza not only portrays Picasso, he spontaneously draws and paints Picasso’s works live in real time. CaltechLive! Will presents the film adaptation of the stage production, that played to sold-out housed across the country, for on-demand viewing beginning March 6 through March 21. Written and performed by Siguenza, the one-man show A Weekend With Pablo Picasso, takes the audience back to 1957 to spend three days with the genius inside his private studio on the southern coast of France for an unforgettable weekend. Picasso was the first rock star artist—a ferocious pacifist, obsessive art maker, flamboyantly opinionated philosopher, and self-proclaimed clown—who relished expounding his passionate views about love, death, war, beauty, eternity, and creativity.  Siguenza, creates a joyful and mesmerizing portrait of the maestro as he dances, sculpts, shares secrets, clowns, draws, and impersonates a matador while he embodies the father of modern art. “Anyone expecting a politely informative docudrama from A Weekend With Pablo Picasso is in for a shock—in the best possible way,” wrote Los Angeles Times’ theater critic Philip Brandes. “Siguenza’s secret weapon, however, is his talent as a painter in his own right. A lifelong admiration for Picasso led him to create the show, and his ability to paint credibly in his hero’s style makes for a visual tour de force as the artworks come to life.” Brilliant. Check it out.

For more, click here.


The Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1642 at Rijksmuseum


  • By Cynthia Lum

Longing for travel to faraway places? Take an online trip to the extraordinary Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, from the comfort of your home. The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands. Its world-famous masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age include the Milkmaid by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. The 200-year-old museum itself is a masterpiece.  The collection is presented in a stunning building with amazing interior design. The 80 galleries, 8,000 objects tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.The museum staff has put together several outstanding ways to enjoy the museum and learn more about some of the most famous paintings in the world. Rijksmuseum From Home is a series made during lockdown, each video episode features a staff member talking about the history, and explaining some of the details and highlights of one of the museum’s remarkable objects. The Stories series invites you to watch, read and listen to the fascinating and revealing stories behind many of the famed art works. Why is the Night Watch so famous? Operation Night Watch will take you through details of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, revealing hidden secrets, the characters, and Rembrandts use of light. The Rijksmuseum in 60 Seconds, features one of the curators talking about one of their favorite paintings in just one minute. This may seem short, but you’ll be surprised how much information can be fit into this time.

For more details, click here.

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