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Essential Arts & Culture: Parsing Kusama, outcry over Philip Johnson update, art's woman problem

Los Angeles Times

The Kusama show at the Broad is raising the crowds (if not our critic's inspiration). Los Angeles just had a Philip Glass moment. There's been an architectural furor over possible changes to a work by Philip Johnson. I'm Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week's blazing culture news: Yayoi Kusama's exhibition of Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Broad is the hot museum show in L.A. right now. But Times art critic Christopher Knight says if you didn't score a ticket, you're not missing much.


Cruising California canyons in Jaguar's F-Type SVR

Los Angeles Times

Jaguar Land Rover, taking a page from the European luxury car playbook, is offering increasingly attractive performance versions of its entry-level sports cars. Quicker, faster and better-handling than the base F-Type, the SVR model is a high-octane sports car disguised as a luxury car. The SVR versions of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles represent a still smaller slice of the pie. The F-Type SVR's size, limited storage and seating configuration will disqualify it for a lot of buyers.


When people work together, they're literally on the same wavelength, brain waves show

Los Angeles Times

Psychology researchers at New York University equipped each of 12 high school seniors with a portable, low-cost electroencephalogram and gathered the gadgets' brain-wave readings over a semester's worth of biology classes (11 sessions lasting 50 minutes each). Writing in the journal Current Biology, the researchers reported that when students were most engaged with each other and in group learning, the readings on their electroencephalograms, or EEGs, tended to show brain-wave patterns that rose and dipped in synchrony. Such shared entrainment shows up on EEGs as neural synchrony. "Brain-to-brain synchrony is a possible neural marker for dynamic social interactions, likely driven by shared attention mechanisms," the group wrote.


'The Women's Balcony,' 'Moonlight' and more critics' picks, March 3-9

Los Angeles Times

Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence, visual style and heart. Elle Paul Verhoeven's brilliantly booby-trapped thriller starring Isabelle Huppert is a gripping whodunit, a tour de force of psychological suspense and a wickedly droll comedy of manners. La La Land Starring a well-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, writer-director Damien Chazelle's tuneful tribute to classic movie musicals is often stronger in concept than execution, but it's lovely and transporting all the same. Manchester by the Sea Powerful, emotional filmmaking that leaves a scar, Kenneth Lonergan's drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams is both heartbreaking and heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity and its access to despair.


'Moonlight,' 'Manchester by the Sea' and more critics' picks, Feb. 17-23

Los Angeles Times

Elle Paul Verhoeven's brilliantly booby-trapped thriller starring Isabelle Huppert is a gripping whodunit, a tour de force of psychological suspense and a wickedly droll comedy of manners. I Am Not Your Negro As directed by the gifted Raoul Peck, this documentary on James Baldwin uses the entire spectrum of movie effects, not only spoken language but also sound, music, editing and all manner of visuals, to create a cinematic essay that is powerful and painfully relevant. La La Land Starring a well-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, writer-director Damien Chazelle's tuneful tribute to classic movie musicals is often stronger in concept than execution, but it's lovely and transporting all the same. Manchester by the Sea Powerful, emotional filmmaking that leaves a scar, Kenneth Lonergan's drama starring Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams is both heartbreaking and heartening, a film that just wallops you with its honesty, its authenticity and its access to despair.


Director Denis Villeneuve embraces the unknown with 'Arrival'

Los Angeles Times

"At one point in my life I had to choose between mathematics and cinema," says "Arrival" director Denis Villeneuve, who sees a similarity in the two disciplines: problem-solving. On a recent busy weekend during a break from editing the hotly anticipated "Blade Runner" sequel, Villeneuve sat down to talk about a handful of mysteries: the vagaries of Oscar recognition, movie manipulation and the ways the real world re-contextualizes your film for you. How important was that to making "Arrival" work? Me, I think this relationship with the unknown, the mystery of life, is so powerful and beautiful.


'Land of Mine,' 'Tanna' and more critics' picks, Feb. 10-16

Los Angeles Times

The Eagle Huntress A portrait of a 13-year-old Kazakh girl from Mongolia who defies eons of tradition by learning to hunt with fierce golden eagles is a documentary so satisfying it makes you feel good about feeling good. La La Land Starring a well-paired Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, writer-director Damien Chazelle's tuneful tribute to classic movie musicals is often stronger in concept than execution, but it's lovely and transporting all the same. Land of Mine Explosive devices that can detonate at any moment are intrinsically dramatic, and this Danish World War II film makes good use of that plot mechanism, but it has a whole lot more going for it as well. Loving Beautifully acted by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, this involving, socially conscious Jeff Nichols drama shows the personal lives of the interracial couple whose marriage led to the 1967 Supreme Court ruling that anti-miscegenation laws were unconstitutional.


Two brothers, one Christian, one Muslim, try to bridge their worlds in 'Bars and Measures'

Los Angeles Times

At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. At a Country Music Hall of Fame benefit, James Taylor, Vince Gill and Joe Walsh reflect on songs that stood out in their memories. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Hammer Museum's 'Radical Women' to spotlight women united by struggle and overlooked by history

Los Angeles Times

DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package. DJI has released the Mavic Pro -- a portable easy-to-use drone featuring a 4k camera on DJI's smallest three-axis gimbal, a video-game styled remote control and five vision-positioning cameras -- all wrapped in a small package.


Putin's party may have just won another victory, but its performance is underwhelming

Los Angeles Times

Barely a week after North Korea exploded the most powerful nuclear device it has ever tested, U.S. defense officials said the secretive country appears to be readying a tunnel for yet another, putting the country on an alarmingly fast-paced schedule to deploy nuclear warheads. Barely a week after North Korea exploded the most powerful nuclear device it has ever tested, U.S. defense officials said the secretive country appears to be readying a tunnel for yet another, putting the country on an alarmingly fast-paced schedule to deploy nuclear warheads. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters. Bayer buying Monsanto, Uber's self-driving cars, Cup of noodles is changing its recipe, new battle over child vaccination, an Emmys preview, the new Chevy Bolt, Ryan Lochte's "Dancing with the Stars" premiere gets overshadowed by protesters.