Ralph and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra in the Olivier at the National Theatre; a bracingly modern techno-thriller with executive suites, machine guns, and a cleverly-done modern submarine. Also Sophie Okonedo in the role of Beggared-all-Description, and Ralph Fiennes as her shaggy-paunched pursuer. Starry stuff, and if a touch bombastic it's a very entertaining production in all sorts of …

A taste of Los Angeles

Josef Beuys, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, and Keith Haring at the Broad Museum. Street art in East LA. And mariachi players in Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights, East LA. @

RIP Ursula Le Guin

Such brilliant titles! How can you not want to read a book called The Lathe of Heaven, or The Left Hand of Darkness? The stylistic and intellectual brilliance of her writing was illuminated by a sort of radiant magnanimity - and a wonderfully eccentric, vinegary wit. I think I feel an urge coming on to …

Wyeth at SAM

It's all about the textures at the Seattle Art Museum's brilliant 100th anniversary retrospective on Andrew Wyeth, an iconic American artist who saw early fame, fashionable anti-realist dismissal, and re-discovery.  Hair. Cloth. Water. A peeling wall. The frayed texture of a man's corduroy jacket. Rock. And especially grass: he was a genius about grass. You …