August 2011

Culture(d)—August 2011

edited by MAYER RUS


Taschen, known for lavish monographs on art and architecture and provocative paeans to the male and female anatomy, is taking a walk on the mild side with its first children’s book, The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, in which the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel et al. are presented alongside a wealth of 19th- and 20th-century illustrations. With Hollywood’s appetite for fairy tales in overdrive—in addition to the upcoming NBC series Grimm and the recent Red Riding Hood, there are two big-screen Snow Whites en route—this is a welcome reminder of just how enchantingly twisted the originals are.


The Norton Simon Museum is ideal for a summer idyll, particularly with the current exhibition of Johannes Vermeer’s Woman with a Lute, one of roughly 36 extant authenticated Vermeers. With the painting making its first California appearance, this is a great way to get up close and personal with the Dutch master. Through Sept. 26,


Up-and-coming local bands (Cold War Kids, No Age) converge with veteran punk rockers (Off! Dead Milkmen) for the indie-rock extravaganza FYF Fest at L.A.’s City Hall. After some organizational hiccups at last year’s shindig, FYF has teamed with Goldenvoice, the promoter behind Coachella, to ensure there are bathrooms and water to go around. $35. Sept. 3,