Looking for warrior women to inspire you during Women’s History Month? The Norton Simon Museum’s continuing exhibit, "Durga: Avenging Goddess, Nurturing Mother," shows the original Wonder Woman — the great Hindu goddess and her many manifestations, including Durga and Kali, as well as Devi, Parvati and Uma. The 70 works on display come from India, Tibet, Nepal and Southeast Asia and include watercolor folios, folding manuscripts, a festival altar and bronze and stone sculptures. Some of these pieces have never been seen in public. There is also a video presentation. Light-skinned and beautiful, the many-armed Durga is a fierce...Read More
Author: Jana J. Monji
A sexy billboard with a man in tight black pants, swaying against gravity and fully expressing a sensual maleness convinced me to see Matthew Bourne’s 1995 "Swan Lake" when it first came to Los Angeles. The music is still Tchaikovsky, but you won’t find any ethereally thin ballerinas floating on toe across the stage. Bourne’s production has women, but features men – men in feathered trousers with admirably bare chests. They surround a young man, possibly a Royal who dreams of forbidden desire. This is the story of a young prince, a distant mother, suicidal thoughts – a dream...Read More
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