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“A Kingdom of Images: French Prints in the Age of Louis XIV, 1660-1715″ at the Getty Museum – Los Angeles art exhibition review

Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre, 1676, Robert Nanteuil (French, 1623–1678), Engraving, The Getty Research Institute (2012.PR.70)

Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1643 until his death on 1 September 1715. He was the longest reigning king in French history, holding his seat on the throne

Ancient cave paintings in Ardeche – The Pont d’Arc Cavern – Art and travel review

Photo credit: Jordan Riefe.

Art lovers and archeologists gasped when news spread of cave drawings discovered in the Ardeche region of southeast France in December 1994. Painted before the ice age, the roughly 400 images of horses, mammoths and aurochs, as well as predators such as lions, panthers and bears seldom seen in cave art, seemed pristine in comparison

“Mary Poppins” at the Woodlawn – San Antonio theater review

Mia Migliaccio as Mary Poppins with Jack Dullnig and Madison Calderon as Michael and Jane Banks in the Woodlawn Theatre production. Photo credited to Woodlawn Theatre.

The Deco District’s flagship theater takes on a Broadway behemoth, and the result is practically perfect in every way.
In the early 2000s, when Disney started mining its film properties for theatrical gold after the Broadway success of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, it wasn’t long before P.L. Travers’ flying nanny Mary

“Bad Jews” at the Geffen Playhouse – Los Angeles theater review

Photo by Michael Lamont.

It’s disconcerting to begin watching a one-act play billed as a comedy (per the press release) only to discover it’s not at all funny. Dark, yes, and full of sharp observations, but not amusing, at least to me. Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon doesn’t actually have a funny premise: two cousins squabble over a treasured

“The Trojans” – San Francisco Opera mounts spectacular production of Berlioz masterpiece – Opera review

All photos ©Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera.

Hector Berlioz felt a strong connection to Virgil’s epic poem Aeneid and so when he began to compose his opera The Trojans / Les Troyens, based on Books 2 & 4 of the poem, it was a labor of love. Berlioz wrote the libretto and score of the opera – a massive five act, five-hour