A House Divided
The fragile partnership of architects Richard Neutra and Rudolf Schindler
In the year 1953, architect Richard Neutra suffered his second heart attack. Removed from intensive care at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (now Cedars-Sinai), he was placed in a room with another architect, Rudolf Schindler, who happened to be Neutra&rsq... Full story
Art with Attitude
Crass commercialist or artistic virtuoso? Mike Kungl’s success proves there isn’t an either/or
Nothing sucks the life out fine art like the snooty aspirational baggage that can cling to it like toilet paper on the heel of a shoe.  While viewing the collections at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art can be breathtaking, the experie... Full story
Finding the Venetians
My daughter Sofia is unimpressed by Venice. She calls the gondola a canoe. I point to a fine example of Renaissance Venetian architecture, but the bright piece of paper floating in the canal is more interesting. Several tourists boarding the vaporett... Full story
Laurie Wells goes from OCSA to ‘Paris’
“An American in Paris” dazzled Broadway when it opened in 2015. A reimaging of the beloved 1951 film, the musical blended freshly arranged George and Ira Gershwin tunes with luscious dance and direction from one of the world’s top c... Full story
Oksana Vovk lives the Ms. America dream
Oksana Vovk walks into Le Pain Quotidien looking like she just stepped off the pages of Vogue. Buttoned up in an Italian bouclé coat with a bright silk Ralph Lauren scarf around her neck and Chanel earrings, the Newport Beach attorney has rece... Full story
Shelf Awareness
New, notable and buzz-worthy titles in literature
Local husband-and-wife team Andrew Tonkovich and Lisa Alvarez collect a marvelous array of place-based writing in “Orange County: A Literary Field Guide.” If you live here and fancy yourself a literature lover, then this volume of prose a... Full story
When a vision for the future becomes reality
When Elizabeth Segerstrom met her late husband, the real estate developer and arts philanthropist Henry Segerstrom, he was on business in Manhattan. One of my favorite stories Elizabeth tells involves how he always talked on their dates about a place... Full story
Rosa Mundi by diptique blooms at South Coast Plaza
Coming Up Roses The storied diptique brand began with three friends in 1961. Each of the founders loved the arts. One was a painter, one an interior designer, and the last a theater director and set designer. The partners opened their firs... Full story
Deepak Chopra's love advice
Believing in true love can be much easier than attracting it, much less holding on to it. In this month of commoditized romance, red roses and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, we sit down one-on-one with Dr. Deepak Chopra, bestselling author, spiritu... Full story
New, notable and buzz-worthy titles in literature
Argentinian author Mariana Enriquez chronicles various strains of street life in Buenos Aires with “Things We Lost in the Fire,” a visceral, deeply disturbing collection of surreal stories reminiscent of both Shirley Jackson and Roberto B... Full story


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