Photographer Ellie Davies plunges ‘Into the Woods,’ her eyes on the ‘Stars’

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Growing up in England, fine art photographer Ellie Davies spent afternoons frolicking in the forest with her twin sister, Rebecca – they played hide-and-seek, got blissfully lost in the dimness, cycled and foraged for wild mushrooms and exotic plants.

British government does about-face after outcry, issues visa to Ai Weiwei

Admitting that someone had blundered, the British government has reversed its decision earlier this week to deny Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month work visa and issued an apology to the artist-activist who has become a symbol for freedom of thought in the face of authoritarian control.

Ai Weiwei heads to Europe, but experiences U.K. visa problems

Ai Weiwei has arrived in Europe and is visiting his son in Germany this week, according to a close associate of the internationally renowned Chinese artist.

Federal humanities grants aim to put scholars on best seller lists

Aiming to show that scholarly research in literature, history and the arts remains lively and relevant in an era dominated by science, engineering and technology, the National Endowment for the Humanities has embarked on a “Public Scholars” campaign to generate books that embody excellent scholarship…

Pixar to star in exhibition at Cooper Hewitt museum

Will it bring out the inner-Anton Ego in art critics, many of whom seem eager to trash any museum exhibition that carries the faintest scent of commercialism or pop appeal?

‘Hamilton’ offers American history with a hip-hop beat

More than a few students over the years have wished they were listening to hip-hop instead of learning about American history.

Essential Arts and Culture: A passport, a pipeline, bronzes and ‘Bent’

I’m Kelly Scott, arts and culture editor of the Los Angeles Times, and and here is what our writers and critics explored over the last week: Enter your email and click “Subscribe” to sign up.   She never lets up Some of us still remember when Anna Deavere Smith was researching “Twilight: Los Angeles,…

‘Bent’ at Mark Taper lets defiant love shine amid the Holocaust

The Mark Taper Forum is dark and still during a tense scene in a preview performance of “Bent,” Martin Sherman’s 1979 play about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals.

‘Oklahoma!’ sweeps audience back to prairie in lush show

The first collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, “Oklahoma!,” which debuted in 1943, is often credited with reinventing musical theater – although “Showboat,” from 1927, is invariably mentioned in the same sentence.

Spring bursts to life in Dudamel-conducted ‘Carmina Burana’

Sooner or later Gustavo Dudamel was going conduct “Carmina Burana,” and probably at the Hollywood Bowl. And so Tuesday night that came to pass in Cahuenga Pass. It was a near perfect, which means near impossible, night for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale at the Bowl.