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The Music That Roots 'Tree Of Life' | Posted 09.04.2011 | Arts

In an early scene in "The Tree of Life," the new movie by Terrence Malick, an authoritarian patriarch played by Brad Pitt disrupts a family dinner to ...

Arts Giving Increased 5.7% In 2010

Posted 08.23.2011 | Arts

According to the 2011 Giving USA report, contributions to the arts increased by 5.7% in 2010 (4.1% adjusted for inflation), and increased their share ...

No More State Arts Funding In Kansas | Posted 08.01.2011 | Arts

While many Americans on Saturday were enjoying the start of the Memorial Day weekend, Kansans were gaining the dubious distinction of becoming the nat...

Wal-Mart Family's $800M Art Museum Gift

Los Angeles Times | Posted 07.06.2011 | Arts

It makes for a good story, but the munificent $800-million gift from the family that owns Wal-Mart, meant to endow programs and operations at Alice Wa...

Painter Roasts Westboro Baptist Church

Los Angeles Times | Posted 06.20.2011 | Arts

Leaders of the ultra-conservative Westboro Baptist Church have repeatedly skirted the law by maintaining a legal distance while picketing military fun...

ART DEBATE: Charles McNulty vs. Steven Leigh Morris On L.A. Theater

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Over dinner at the Newsroom Café recently, Times theater critic Charles McNulty and LA Weekly theater critic Steven Leigh Morris (current official ti...

Same Old LA Story

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Unfortunately, as Mike Boehm wrote, "SoCal billionaires [are] plentiful, but most are not known for giving big sums to the arts." Luckily Eli Broad had a good year.