Category: iPhone

Monster Mash: Swed weighs in on Wagner-'Ring' debate; LACMA loses a curator; dispute over Wikipedia images

July 16, 2009 |  7:48 am

Das Rheinhold at Los Angeles Opera

--Why the 'Ring' matters: Music critic Mark Swed weighs in on why the Ring Festival should move ahead as originally planned.

--Strong reactions: County Supervisor Mike Antonovich revives debate over composer Richard Wagner and "Ring": "If we had a book fair, you wouldn’t put Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ as the focus."

--Two-year tenure ends: Photo curator Charlotte Cotton leaving Los Angeles County Museum of Art for job in England.

--Well, duh--what did they expect? Decision to dump journalists from Tony Award voting pool causes outcry.

--Copyright protected or not? Britain's National Portrait Gallery threatens legal action over 3,300 images uploaded to Wikipedia.

--Stepping down: After 23 years, Robert Rodzinski to retire as head of the prestigious Van Cliburn Foundation

--Sudden burst of interest: Andy Warhol's portrait of Michael Jackson temporarily pulled from auction block. 

--Andy Warhol, the musical: Yale Rep plans world premiere of "Pop!" based on events in the life of the Pop artist.

--Trail-blazing writer: Playwright-screenwriter Judi Ann Mason dies at 54.

--Longtime collaborator: Avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson pays "last" homage to ailing Japanese dancer.

--Next best thing to being there: Christie's auction house introduces an iPhone app.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Arnold Bezuyen as Loge, center, and Graham Clark as Mime, center foreground, with the ensemble in Los Angeles Opera's production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold." Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Opera

Monster Mash: Tonys line up celebrity presenters; Broad in a bidding war; more orchestra cuts

May 26, 2009 |  9:12 am

Kidman Star power: Nicole Kidman, Jane Fonda, Anne Hathaway and Kevin Spacey are among the celebrities scheduled to present at the Tony Awards on June 7.

Bidding war: Eli Broad is embroiled in a lawsuit as to whether his bid for a 1954 abstract painting by Sam Francis, titled “Grey,” came in before the gavel at a recent Christie's auction.  

Dissonant noise: Members of the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina react angrily to deep cuts in the orchestra's funding.

More dissonance: The Utah Symphony and Opera faces a potential $1.3-million budgetary shortfall this year.

Possible recovery: Paintings by contemporary Chinese artists show signs of a rebound at a Christie's auction in Hong Kong.

Mobile art: Artist Jorge Colombo used an iPhone application to create artwork for the recent cover of the New Yorker magazine.

Nervous making: Broadway's summer box-office prospects still look iffy as New York deals with the recession and swine flu.

Dickensian: Are performers on London's West End being forced to work in squalid conditions?

Soothing art: Digital artwork by musician Brian Eno is being projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House as part of a citywide festival of sound and light.

On the telly: Live theater is returning to British television in a new venture from Sky Arts that will see six writers creating half-hour plays.

Silent auction: More than 900 items that belonged to the French mime Marcel Marceau are scheduled to hit the block this week in Paris.

— David Ng

Photo: Nicole Kidman. Credit: WireImage

Artist creates New Yorker cover on an iPhone

May 26, 2009 |  7:29 am

At Culture Monster, we've always been pretty big fans of the eye-catching artwork on the cover of New Yorker. So when we caught a glimpse of this week's magazine, we were intrigued by the soft, colorful image gracing the front.

Turns out the artwork was created by Jorge Colombo, using an iPhone application called Brushes.

“I got a phone in the beginning of February, and I immediately got the program so I could entertain myself,” Colombo said on the New Yorker website.  It took him about an hour to create the scene outside Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square.

We'd tell you more about it, but we're too busy painting with our new iPhone app. But you can read about Colombo and his work here.

-- Lisa Fung

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