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Judith Prays’ ‘Bracelet Project’

by Avishay Artsy

June 4, 2014 | 11:14 am

Ashira Siegel made this bracelet to represent the commandment against bearing false witness. Her bracelet is made with wire loosely wrapped in plaster, then wrapped again in black thread and coated in resin. The bracelet is designed to reveal the “breaks in communication” caused by lying, Siegel said.

How often do you think about the Ten Commandments?

I’m not talking about a gray-bearded Charlton Heston on Mount Sinai, gripping two stone tablets under a lightning-filled sky.

I mean... read full article

  • “The Classical Style: An Opera (of Sorts)” to premiere at Ojai Fest

    By Rick Schultz

    May 28, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    In addition to Uri Caine’s appearance, another highlight of this year’s Ojai Music Festival sounds like a joke, and, at least in part, it is. Festival music director Jeremy Denk, 44, one of the finest pianists of his generation, wrote a libretto for an opera based on “The Classical...

  • Bringing Klezmer to Ojai Music Festival

    By Rick Schultz

    May 28, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Growing up Jewish in Philadelphia, Uri Caine, the genre-bending jazz pianist and composer, said he was “too cool for klezmer.” Although that Eastern European musical tradition surrounded him — his childhood friend, Hankus Netsky, became a klezmer authority — Caine preferred the...

  • Art that’s happenin’ in L.A. at the Hammer

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 28, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    In keeping with summer being the season for superhero sequels, the Hammer Museum is presenting “Made in L.A. 2014,” its second biennial selection of contemporary artists working in Los Angeles. Organized by the museum’s chief curator, Connie Butler, along with independent curator...

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  • Hans Zimmer: Proud to say ‘My people’

    By Jared Sichel

    May 28, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    When Hans Zimmer stepped up to the podium during a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival in 1999 to discuss his score of “The Last Days,” a Holocaust documentary produced by the Shoah Foundation, he was asked why he chose to work on the movie.

    And that’s when Zimmer...

  • LACMA ’s upcoming brush with German, French expressionists

    By Tom Freudenheim

    May 28, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) pre-eminent role as the American museum most regularly engaged in exhibitions to re-examine German Expressionism, its offshoots and variants was firmly established decades ago. The museum’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German...

  • Turan’s pick of pics

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 28, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Film critic Kenneth Turan grew up in Brooklyn in the 1950s in an observant home, which means that he did not often enjoy a Saturday matinee at the Lowe’s Pitkin or the Brandt’s Sutter. “That said, I do have a vivid memory of sneaking out to see a vibrant, cleft-chinned Kirk Douglas...

  • A son’s love, and snooping

    by Dora Levy Mossanen

    May 23, 2014 | 10:36 am

    Those who have enjoyed Mona Simpson’s much-acclaimed first novel, “Anywhere But Here,” will not be disappointed by “Casebook” (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95). Here, too, with her distinctive wry humor and razor-sharp voice, Simpson, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the winner of...

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