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Ugly carpets and green marble: The design of the Los Angeles Times buildings changed along with the city, though not always gracefully

After nearly a century, The Times is moving out of its storied complex in downtown Los Angeles for sleek new digs in El Segundo.

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Should the old Times Mirror complex become a historic monument?

A building in Los Angeles can be granted monument status if it is “associated with the lives of historic personages important to national, state, city or local history” or if it “embodies the distinctive characteristics of a style, type, period” or “represents a notable work of a master designer.”

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With pomp and power, Dudamel fits Verdi's 'Otello' into the Hollywood Bowl

From its earliest days, the Hollywood Bowl has thought of itself as a Hollywood-size opera house. And why not? Opera likes all things outsize. Full summer opera seasons in the amphitheater once drew sizable crowds long before there was alfresco amplification or L.A. had a major opera company.

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Review: American Ballet Theatre's 'La Bayadère' raises questions of cultural stereotypes amid the classics

Can a classic be offensive? Certainly reactions to certain scripted narratives, from Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” to D.W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation” have changed with time and sensibilities, but what about a ballet classic?

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Wanted: male architect willing to navigate his own building in a skirt

A couple of weeks ago, after viewing an architectural schematic that featured a pair of elevated glass catwalks, I posted a tweet that invited male architects to navigate their own designs in a skirt.

The post ignited a flurry of responses from women, including Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor and former television critic, who suggested adding heels to the mix.

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Essential Arts & Culture: Picasso lost and found, Bernstein at the Bowl, Estefans on stage, Trump baby

Finding the lost Picassos of the Los Angeles Times and kicking off summer with a little Leonard Bernstein. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly dose of what’s good in the culture:

PICASSO, BABY

When the William Pereira-designed corporate headquarters of the Times Mirror Co., a former parent company of the Los Angeles Times, opened in downtown L.A.

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