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Datebook: A new performance festival, art about sound and a museum's Friday night party

A raft of fresh performances and an installation inspired by hearing and sound. Plus, a Friday party at the Getty and sculpture inspired by the stars. Here are nine exhibitions and events to check out in the coming week:

New Original Works Festival 2018, at REDCAT.

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Unorthodox L.A. opera genius Yuval Sharon arrives on the world stage

The opening day of the Bayreuth Festival is always July 25; it is Germany’s most exclusive cultural event of the year. Chancellor Angela Merkel is a regular, as are other top German and European officials, business leaders and socialites, and scandal, artistic bickering and theatrical provocation are part of the tradition.

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Review: 'This Brush for Hire: Norm Laich and Many Other Artists' at ICA/LA
Weekend picks for July 19-22: REDCAT's NOW Festival, 'Big Sing California' and more

The return of REDCAT’s annual New Original Works Festival tops our performing-arts picks this week. Also on tap: the mother of all sing-alongs at Disney Hall, a bilingual rock opera about a Mexican revolutionary, a drama about the lives of gay men in 1914 Long Beach, and yet another site-specific work from Heidi Duckler.

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Huntington Library announces final groundbreaking date on its Chinese Garden

More change is afoot at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

The San Marino-based museum announced on Wednesday the next – and final – phase of construction on its Chinese Garden. It plans to break ground on this phase of its Liu Fang Yuan (the Garden of Flowing Fragrance), a $23-million project, Aug. 28.

The garden originally opened in 2008 and was expanded in 2014.

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John Williams' early life: How a NoHo kid and UCLA Bruin became the movie music man

John Williams is synonymous with Hollywood. The “Star Wars” composer, who has racked up an incredible 51 Oscar nominations, could easily be called the composer laureate of American cinema.

He’s cemented his stronghold on modern ears by conducting concerts of his movie music, and this summer marks the 40th anniversary of Williams bringing his repertoire to the Hollywood Bowl.

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