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After 58 years and more than 200 productions, the Baltimore Opera Company will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-law protection today amid dwindling ticket sales and contributions. The remaining two productions of the 2008-2009 season, Rossini's The...
Culture MonsterIs she a prodigy? A product? A cautionary tale in the making? It depends whom you ask. One this is for certain: nearly every body has an opinion about 11-year old soprano Jackie Evancho....
Culture MonsterOn Tuesday Jackie Evancho -- the 10-year-old girl with the operatic voice -- will sing for $1 million in the finals of NBC's "America's Got Talent." What she chooses to sing will determine how well she can show off her......
Special to the Los Angeles TimesCreate Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat ( Princeton University Press: 181 pp., $19.95) "Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. This is what I've always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesOn the surface, Garry Wills' "Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer" is an account of how a bookish young writer came to know a lot of famous people as a Zelig-like character amid glittering stars of political, journalistic and even operatic...
Culture MonsterIn the non-surprise of the summer, Jackie Evancho made it through to the top 10 on NBC's "America's Got Talent" Wednesday night. Earlier this week when Evancho inspired us to look at how common it is for children to emulate......
Tom Dixon, who was a familiar voice to classical-music lovers for more than 50 years as a Los Angeles radio host, has died. He was 94. Dixon died March 13 of age-related causes at a rehabilitation facility in Burbank, said his wife, Catherine. When it...
Monster Mash: The Obamas borrow artwork from museums; Tom DeLay quits dancing; Pee-wee Herman postponesCulture Monster--Executive decisions: The Obamas have borrowed about 45 works of art from various Washington, museums, including the George Catlin painting above. (New York Times) --Off his feet: Former Republican Congressman Tom DeLay officially quits "Dancing With the...
Culture MonsterIf judged only by the Dom Perignon flowing in the lobby and the American melodies flowing from the stage last night at the State Theatre -- which for the next 50 years, it was announced, will be named “The David......
Culture Monster-- The great outdoors: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will announce today it will be adding a 3.5-acre $30-million park with 11 themed areas that are designed to put the natural back in natural history. (Los Angeles......
"The question you're always asked is, 'Is opera still relevant?' " says handsome young tenor on the rise Joseph Kaiser. Despite his amiable temperament, he seems peeved by the frequently posed query. And why not? Singers like Kaiser and star baritone...
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