FROM Steven Z. Leder
Wilshire Boulevard Temple to get an events center Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA are designing a new events center for Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a historic synagogue in Koreatown. It was built in 1929 under the supervision of Rabbi Edgar Magnin, known as the "Rabbi to the Stars," and funded by Hollywood moguls. The events center has a far more contemporary and open feel from the Byzantine-domed sanctuary. DnA producer Avishay Artsy asks the rabbi, why did the temple need a name brand architect? And will the two buildings "talk" to each other?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?