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woman dead, suspect in custody after firefighters hear gunshots while battling harbor gateway house fire

the suspect, who appeared to be suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is in critical condition, according to the los angeles police department.





thousands expected to march in l.a. to mark anniversary of armenian genocide

a second rally, organized by the armenian genocide committee, will begin around midday at pan pacific park at 7600 beverly blvd., ending at the turkish consulate at 6300 wilshire blvd. the march will proceed south adjacent to the grove shopping center, then west on third street, south on fairfax avenue then west on wilshire boulevard.





the dazzling photomontages of fay ray

in one of fay ray's dense, dazzling photomontages, carnations and crushed beer cans jostle against fur, abalone shells, strings of clear beads and a hand-modeled clay head.that kind of disjunction harks back to the medium's heyday a century ago, as a dada vehicle of the politically infused absurd. it works, visually.ray's montages at shulamit nazarian gallery are strikingly high contrast. blacks go deep, serving as a kind of velvety jeweler's cloth, strewn with a pseudo-casual array of shiny, sparkly objects. fay ray's "egg arch and pearl portal," 2018. dye sublimation on aluminum, 79 inches by 40 inches. fay ray / shulamit nazarian"egg arch and pearl portal" is the most arresting of the photo pieces. scaled to human height and shaped like a passageway, the aluminum-mounted print beckons us inward, to a space at once cosmic and commercial, primal and performative. a mosaic circle vaguely suggestive of an ancient stone relic emits glittery beams of tinsel, striped with tresses. a giant pearl appears between floating lips, and more nacreous orbs separate the fingers of two hands that emerge from the darkness. arching over all of this is a jaunty border of painted eggs — spotted, stained, or bearing the words "mercy mercy mercy."glitz and glamour pervade the montages as well as the sculptures on view here, and the l.a.-based ray offsets this artifice with hints of authenticity. she hangs three gorgeous, fossil-like conch shells from aluminum struts fanning out from ...





photography takes a twist and turn in the getty's 'paper play'

"cut! paper play in contemporary photography," a delightful teaser of a show at the getty museum, divides neatly into two complementary halves.three of the six artists in the show photograph collages or constructions they've made out of paper. their works present as straight pictures, even if they've been composed through circuitous means.advertisementthe other three artists start with more or less conventional pictures and then set to dismantle the veracity and transparency that photography implicitly carries.curator virginia heckert gives the show a bit of historical ballast by including some precursors from the museum's collection: a luscious, shadowy print by francis bruguière and another by manuel álvarez bravo, whose curled sheet could easily pass as a model of a frank gehry bandshell.the bravo plays nicely with a 2012 triptych by thomas demand. he so tightly frames details of the creased walls and angled edges of a john lautner architectural model that scale and context drop away nearly entirely, leaving fields of pure color and texture.thomas demand's "goldstein #08," "goldstein #90" and "goldstein #98," 2012 pigment prints. (thomas demand object / j. paul getty museum)each artist in the show is represented by just a few pieces, often from different bodies of work. variety overrides depth, but the disparate bites amount to a satisfying meal.in each of his three large prints, matt lipps visualizes a new physical or intellectual space through a montage of ...





for artist eleanore mikus, a journey into the unknown

the mind's first reflex when encountering something new is to categorize it, to assign familiar terms to the unfamiliar, as if fastening a seat belt around a potentially wild unknown to keep it safely in place.art history and criticism may thrive such positioning and historicizing, but when work subverts those boundaries, it delivers some deep thrills.such is the case with the revelatory eleanore mikus show at marc selwyn fine art. mikus (1927-2017) established herself in the 1960s, exhibiting regularly in new york and appearing over subsequent decades in group shows at the whitney and the museum of modern art, but she is little known in l.a. an online bio indicates that this is her first solo show on the west coast. eleanore mikus, no title, 2010. crayon on hand-folded abaca paper, 19-1/8 inches by 19 inches. robert wedemeyer / marc selwyn fine artterms like minimalism, monochrome painting and process art may supply some skeletal understanding to her wall reliefs in black and white and her folded paper works. but spend some time in their presence, and they invoke a more idiosyncratic vocabulary of sensation — silence, restraint, fullness, the implication of shadows.mikus extracted tremendous metaphorical richness from her materials. her paper pieces, made by folding and unfolding, read as tenderly hand-worked, blind-embossed grids. meditative, repeated motion becomes patterned mark. spare as shoji screens, sensual as woven textiles, the paper works are physical inscriptio...





warriors’ kevin durant drops $12.05 million on oceanfront home in malibu

also within more than 5,100 square feet of space is an updated kitchen finished in calcutta marble, a media room with a glass wine wall, a library, a movie theater, a wet bar, four bedrooms and six bathrooms. a lofted space doubles as a massage and exercise area, and an elevator serves each floor.





this new thai town dessert shop has a caramel fountain

avra: there's been even more of a shortage of los angeles greek restaurants of late, since ulysses voyage closed at the farmers market in march. but restaurateurs nick tsoulos, nick pashalis and marc packer have brought avra, the west coast version of the new york greek restaurants avra estiatorio, to beverly hills. the 11,000-square-foot restaurant is located on beverly drive, across from the montage hotel. the menu focuses on traditional mediterranean food, with charcoal-grilled octopus and kolokithia (crispy zucchini and eggplant chips with tzatziki. the restaurant, which features lemon trees, a 1,500-pound sculpture by brooklyn artist fernando mastrangelo and two private dining spaces, was designed by rockwell group. 233 n. beverly dr., beverly hills, (310) 734-0841, avrabeverlyhills.com.





how to win a decathlon, mental health class, silicon valley university shuttered: what's new in education

l.a. schools superintendent candidate andres alonso got an endorsement friday, but austin beutner and vivian ekchian also have supporters. (elizabeth malby)the los angeles board of education is reconvening in closed session friday at noon as anticipation mounts about the choice of the next leader of the nation’s second-largest school system. the presumed front-runner is former investment banker and philanthropist austin beutner, but interim supt. vivian ekchian and former baltimore supt. andres alonso also are in the running.most district insiders appear to be rooting for ekchian, who has spent her entire career in education within the school system. after her 10 years as a teacher, her roles have included head of human resources, chief labor negotiator and regional administrator for campuses in the west san fernando valley. she’s managed the district since september, when then-supt. michelle king went on medical leave and chose ekchian to fill in for her. king, who is battling cancer, never returned and announced her retirement in january.numerous influential civic leaders have urged — and pressured — the board to select beutner. also lending their weight have been advocates for charter schools, which are independently operated, growing in number and competing for students with district-operated campuses. four of the seven board members — enough to control the outcome — were elected with major financial support from charter supporters.





trump says he will consider keeping iran deal but stresses that it's 'a disaster'

president trump said tuesday he promised french president emmanuel macron that he would reconsider his pledge to blow up the multinational iran nuclear deal, but spent much of his time in their joint appearance explaining why he thinks it is "a disaster.""it's insane. it's ridiculous. it should never have been made. but we will be talking about it," trump told reporters as the two leaders sat side-by-side in the oval office for their first business meeting of macron's visit.advertisementsoon after, at a meeting attended by officials from both countries, trump expressed optimism about a still-unscheduled meeting with north korean dictator kim jong un, calling him "very honorable."macron is in washington for a three-day official state visit, the first during the trump presidency. his main mission is preserving the iran nuclear deal brokered by the obama administration in 2015. trump has vowed he will not sign a document waiving u.s.sanctions against iran, as he has done before reluctantly, at the next deadline, may 12. that could wreck the deal.trump has formed a close bond with macron but sounded like a man ready to disappoint his friend, complaining that the deal to freeze iran's nuclear program gave the country too much money and no restrictions on its separate activities to develop missiles and make trouble internationally."it just seems that no matter where you go, especially in the middle east, iran is behind it. wherever there's trouble — yemen, syria — n...





christina aguilera gets 'dirrty' on 'carpool karaoke' — with help from melissa mccarthy

(john shearer / associated press)prince’s heirs have sued walgreens and the illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose, alleging that a doctor and various pharmacists failed to provide prince with reasonable care, contributing to his death. the wrongful-death lawsuit filed in cook county, ill., alleges a doctor and pharmacist at trinity medical center in moline, ill., failed to appropriately treat and investigate prince’s april 15, 2016, overdose and that he died “as a direct and proximate cause of one or more deviations from the standards of care.” it accuses walgreen co. and pharmacists at two of its minnesota branches of “dispensing prescription medications not valid for a legitimate medical purpose.” 





pete rose makes more than $1 million a year but still owes money to casinos and irs, his estranged wife says

pete rose was banned for life from major league baseball in 1989 for betting on mlb games while manager of the cincinnati reds. since then he has proved to be a master of marketing himself. check out this promotion, tweeted by espn's darren rovell in march, that offers four fans the opportunity to dine with, receive autographs from and pose for selfies with rose for $5,000 — provided that the fans pick up the tab for the meal.





scarlett johansson and colin jost make their red-carpet debut at 'avengers: infinity war'

(john shearer / associated press)prince’s heirs have sued walgreens and the illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose, alleging that a doctor and various pharmacists failed to provide prince with reasonable care, contributing to his death. the wrongful-death lawsuit filed in cook county, ill., alleges a doctor and pharmacist at trinity medical center in moline, ill., failed to appropriately treat and investigate prince’s april 15, 2016, overdose and that he died “as a direct and proximate cause of one or more deviations from the standards of care.” it accuses walgreen co. and pharmacists at two of its minnesota branches of “dispensing prescription medications not valid for a legitimate medical purpose.” 





defense calls cosby accuser 'pathological liar' as trial draws to a close

bill cosby's lawyers urged a jury tuesday to acquit the 80-year-old comedian of sexual assault charges they said were based on "flimsy, silly, ridiculous evidence," arguing he was falsely accused by a "pathological liar" scheming for a big payday.the first big celebrity trial of the #metoo era was nearly in the hands of a jury after the defense declared that cosby himself was the victim of an elaborate frame-up.advertisementlawyers tom mesereau and kathleen bliss said in their closing argument that chief accuser andrea constand consented to a sexual encounter at cosby's home in suburban philadelphia, then leveled false accusations against the "cosby show" star so she could sue him and extract a big settlement."you're dealing with a pathological liar, members of the jury," mesereau said. "you are."prosecutors were to deliver their closing argument later tuesday. the jury was expected to get the case later in the day.the former tv star was accompanied tuesday for the first time in the trial by his wife of 54 years, who sat in the gallery as his lawyers pleaded with the jury to clear him. camille cosby, 74, had been absent from the courtroom as the prosecution built its case that cosby maintained a sordid double life that involved preying on women sexually.before the jury came in, she went to the defense table and put her arm around her husband. they embraced, smiled and chatted, and he gave her a peck on the cheek.constand, 45, alleges cosby knocked her out with th...





stocks tumble; 10-year treasury bond yield touches 3% milestone

major u.s. stock indexes surrendered an early gain and fell sharply tuesday as investors sold technology, industrial and retail stocks. bond yields continued to rise, and the yield on the 10-year treasury note reached 3% for the first time in more than four years. alphabet, google's parent company, was one of the biggest losers after it reported greater revenue but also an increase in spending.





veterans affairs nominee may withdraw, trump suggests

president trump's reflection is seen in first lady melania trump's sunglasses. (pablo martinez monsivais / associated press)she is either complicit in her husband's worst instincts or a victim of them, either struggling in an anachronistic job or confidently doing precisely what she wants to do with it. fifteen months after she became first lady, melania trump remains a mystery.in the span of several days ending tuesday, melania trump will have been thrust into a more visible public role than perhaps at any other time in her husband's presidency. it comes after a lengthy period of relative invisibility that has not only confounded white house tradition but also limited her potential political benefit to a troubled administration.after hosting the japanese prime minister and his wife at trump's mar-a-lago compound in florida last week, melania trump attended the saturday funeral of former first lady barbara bush in houston; the president stayed away. before the service she smiled and chatted with president obama, whom her husband has scorned for years, and, again smiling, joined in a formal picture with all of the former presidents and first ladies who attended the funeral.





in its first week, james comey's book outsells 'fire and fury' and hillary clinton's 'what happened'

"a higher loyalty: truth, lies, and leadership" sold more than 600,000 copies in its first week, during which the former fbi director made media appearances and crossed the nation on a sold-out book tour.





aldon smith’s bay area home returns to market at $2.5 million

the gated estate, which sits on close to 10 acres, was listed for sale three years ago for about $3 million. smith bought the property in 2012, following his rookie season, for $1.75 million, public records show.





in its first week, james comey's book outsells 'fire and fury' and hillary clinton's 'what happened'

president trump's reflection is seen in first lady melania trump's sunglasses. (pablo martinez monsivais / associated press)she is either complicit in her husband's worst instincts or a victim of them, either struggling in an anachronistic job or confidently doing precisely what she wants to do with it. fifteen months after she became first lady, melania trump remains a mystery.in the span of several days ending tuesday, melania trump will have been thrust into a more visible public role than perhaps at any other time in her husband's presidency. it comes after a lengthy period of relative invisibility that has not only confounded white house tradition but also limited her potential political benefit to a troubled administration.after hosting the japanese prime minister and his wife at trump's mar-a-lago compound in florida last week, melania trump attended the saturday funeral of former first lady barbara bush in houston; the president stayed away. before the service she smiled and chatted with president obama, whom her husband has scorned for years, and, again smiling, joined in a formal picture with all of the former presidents and first ladies who attended the funeral.





karina canellakis, back in l.a. with a hire-wire act

karina canellakis will not be the next music director of the los angeles chamber orchestra. when she made her impressive debut at the beginning of 2015, she seemed a likely candidate. but it was apparently love at first downbeat when spanish conductor jaime martín made his debut with the ensemble last fall. he was appointed in february before canellakis had a chance to return.of course, the young american violinist and conductor, who was once more sensational sunday night at ucla's royce hall, may have been holding out all along for bigger orchestral fish to fry. she is rumored to be a leading candidate to succeed jaap van zweden at the dallas symphony.advertisementthree years ago, she was an unknown. by last year, she was conducting the los angeles philharmonic at the hollywood bowl. on her plate the next two months are the indianapolis symphony, seattle symphony and orchestre de paris. she'll once again conduct the bbc symphony at the proms in july and the l.a. phil at the bowl in september. if not dallas, she'll inevitably wind up somewhere important.canellakis' first laco program was a little out of the ordinary: she was soloist in a vivaldi concerto, knocked john adams' "shaker loops" out of the park but may have tried a little too hard to impress in schubert's modest fifth symphony. this time she was both more conventional and gutsier, with beethoven's second symphony; mozart's late piano concerto no. 24, with david fray as soloist; and the u.s. premiere of d...





essential california: more rent control, maybe?

los angeles area: partly cloudy, 76, tuesday. sunny, 74, wednesday. san diego: partly cloudy, 68, tuesday and wednesday. san francisco area: partly cloudy, 63, tuesday. partly cloudy, 61, wednesday. sacramento: partly cloudy, 85, tuesday. sunny, 85, wednesday. more weather is here."i was born 1952 and raised in redwood city, a small city slap dab between san francisco and san jose. my father was a policeman in redwood city, and it had a policy that you had to live in redwood city to work as a cop. as the home prices started to rise, the police started to lobby the city government to live in nearby cities such as san jose and santa clara. this started a new family hobby. every weekend we would go tour model homes in san jose, because their new homes were starting around $20,000. you could still experience peach orchards surrounding the new home tracts. it was fun; my brother, sister and i would try to sneak fruit whenever we could. most of the time, though, we got a lecture about taking something that didn't belong to us. my parents never did leave redwood city until retirement came, but the memories of growing up never leave."