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  • He’s looked at clouds from both sides now…

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 7, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    I listen to music all day, in my car, in my office, at the gym, while walking the dog or taking a hike. Most of what I listen to I don’t have to pay for; some of it I do. There are so many ways to discover new music or find old favorites that I thought it might be useful to create...

  • Art and fashion find their nexus in a Los Angeles creative couple

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 1, 2012 | 3:04 pm

    Cubes of color intersected by bands, which the viewer can manipulate into arrangements within a grid framing the work; watercolors of narrow striations, punctuated by colors and shapes, transform abstraction from cool cerebral to emotional landscapes. Clothing made in Los Angeles but...

  • Klezmer Music’s Revival Still Going —  25 Years On

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 7, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    On Dec. 19, as part of their 25th anniversary tour, the Klezmatics will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall for a Chanukah concert featuring both their well-known and new repertoire. On the program are songs by the legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie — or, as he’s known in klezmer...

  • Through a lens, starkly

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 23, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    “Pacific Standard Time,” the sprawling multivenue consideration of Los Angeles art from 1945 to 1980, is, for the most part, a story of artists who thrived here. However, “Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles,” which opened Nov. 13 at MOCA Grand Avenue, posits a different...

  • Wallace Berman: The aleph male

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 16, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    Art exhibitions take many forms. They can be surveys of a time, place, artist or artistic movement. They may reconsider an artist through a new prism, or appreciate the familiar in a new or different way. All too rare is the exhibition that invites the viewer to share in the joy of...

  • Mel the Avenger

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 13, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    In the reaction to the announcement that Mel Gibson was going to make a film about Judah Maccabee, the discussion has focused on whether Gibson should be the one to tell the story of this Jewish hero.  I believe the concern should not be so much about whether he is the right person,...

  • ‘Beauty’ Is skin deep

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 21, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    On the afternoon I attended the Annenberg Space for Photography’s latest exhibition, “Beauty Culture,” I was standing in the dark watching a series of fashion images projected in the digital gallery, when I was distracted by a woman who entered the room. I did a double take, as...

  • Future shock: Albert Brooks predicts ‘2030’ America

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 10, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    “2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America” (St. Martin’s Press) is Albert Brooks’ novel (in all senses of the word) take on our not-so-distant future. Anyone familiar with Brooks’ films, such as “Defending Your Life” or “Modern Romance,” will not be surprised...

  • ‘Columbo’ creator solves his own family mystery

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 22, 2011 | 6:29 pm

    “Now, Tom, do I look Jewish?”

    William Link, 77, was asking the question. Link is one of, if not the most successful producer and writer in television history, having put, with his late partner Richard Levinson, 16 series on the air, including creating “Columbo,” “Murder, She...

  • Laud the Life of Grauman, Hollywood’s Gold Standard

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 11, 2009 | 4:16 am

    Ever wonder how the movie industry went from five-cent nickelodeons in New York to the glamour of Hollywood with red carpet premieres and the highest of artistic aspirations? Or why a certain pagoda-like Hollywood movie theater in whose courtyard rest footprints of actors is one of...

  • Jazz: Made in New Orleans

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    It's 2 a.m., and there's a crowd on St. Peter's Street in New Orleans' French Quarter; people are waiting to see the Stanton Moore Trio play Preservation Hall.

    Midnight and early morning shows during Jazzfest are part of a new tradition initiated by Benjamin Jaffe, Preservation...

  • Tommywood - Summer School With Schimmel

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Paul Schimmel, the Museum of Contemporary Art's (MOCA) chief curator, wants us to spend our summer looking back -- 50 or so years to around the time of his birth, and to the city where he grew up, New York, to focus on the remarkable work of a young, poor and not-yet-famous Robert...

  • Tommywood - Great Scott

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scott Steindorff is a happy man. A successful movie and TV producer, his NBC series, "Las Vegas," just got picked up for another season; he won an Golden Globe for the HBO miniseries, "Empire Falls," starring Paul Newman, and produced the feature film of Philip Roth's "The Human...

  • Tommywood - Hungary Minds

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    By this point in the summer, I know that my devoted Tommywood readers are all wondering the same thing -- be they sitting by the pool at the Sociét? des Bains de Mer in Monte Carlo, on their yachts sailing off the coast of Turkey or schvitzing in their New York apartments or Los...

  • Tommywood - A Well-Lit Place

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    How does one create a literary community in Los Angeles? It is true that on any given night, there are readings, slams and events at bookstores, bars and auditoriums all over town. Yet rarely does this coalesce into a sense of community, a literary life in Los Angles.


  • Tommywood - Raymond’s End

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm