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The title of the exhibit kind of says it all. The Miao are a cultural group that come primarily from southern China, and they really put some thoug...
Gems of the Medici, an acclaimed international exhibition, highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections including...
Remove yourself for a minute from the stifling minutiae of modern American civilization. Close your eyes and reach out to a more primal humanitywh...
While local cinephiles are rightfully counting down the days until the Newport Beach Film Festival kicks off (and don't forget to pick up our cover story on the shindig in two weeks!), another movie series has quietly created its own tradition of... More »
Harold Arlen is considered one of popular music's most under-acknowledged songwriters ever. Of the 500-plus songs he penned, probably the most recognizable is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (which he just happened to come up with while driving down... More »
One of the areas that never gets much attention in a film (at least not by the audience) is costume design—unless someone's dressed like a giant clam, of course, and we haven't seen that since Rex Reed in Myra Breckinridge. Everyone also knows... More »
The late Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen is a story of dreams, childhood rebellion, baking children (a la Grimm), heroism and, yes, love and freedom, featuring male frontal nudity, big Jungian ... More »
The Bowers Museum finally propels itself into cool with an interview of one of the finest actresses to ever grace the American screen. Piper Laurie wasn’t just Carrie White’s crazy-ass, religious-nut mother (though we certainly love her as that),... More »
Back in the '70s, the Bowers collection seemed sad. Seemingly full of detritus scavenged from an Indian trading post, the collection was OC-centric (pictures and news clippings from the county's history), plus old pottery, a few dusty landscape paintings by local artists, moldy old Indian baskets, various cowboy accouterments and a handful of arrowheads. The museum closed in 1982, then reopened in 1992 with better bankrolling and new leadership. After a couple of massive expansions, it has... More »
So it only took 75 years, but something finally interesting happened at the Bowers. In January, federal investigators raided the place after learning that several Asian antiques, all of them purchased from a Southland dealer on the somewhat shady side, had apparently been looted from historical sites in Thailand. One has to wonder what ethical hand-wringing accompanied the retrieval of Native American and pre-Columbian artifacts that form the bulk of the Bowers' standing collection, much... More »
Even though the raid got the Bowers noticed for all the wrong reasons, it was quite a bit of serendipitous timing, for in late May, the museum unveiled what people have been calling the Bowers' best exhibition ever: "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor." Guest-curated by Albert Dien, "Terra Cotta Warriors" has earned rave reviews, and the crowds have flocked to get up close and personal with the crumbling, life-size soldiers of China's... More »
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