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Academy film museum's managing director to step down for post at design school

Bill Kramer, a key figure in shepherding the Academy Museum from conception to construction, explained in an interview why he's stepping down as managing director at the end of this year: He's taking a high-ranking position at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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Eloisa Maturen working with Gustavo Dudamel, Frank Gehry on 'Ay Carmela'

Eloisa Maturén, the wife of conductor Gustavo Dudamel, will star in a Los Angeles stage production of the popular Spanish play "Ay Carmela!" that will feature music by her husband and sets by architect Frank Gehry.

The production, which comes from the Stella Adler Theatre and is scheduled to open Nov.

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Yo-Yo Ma plays himself on 'The Simpsons' -- and performs theme song

"The Simpsons" on Fox doesn't often feature cameo appearances by classical musicians. One of the most recent examples was eight years ago when tenor Plácido Domingo snapped a towel at Homer Simpson's buttocks in a locker room in the 2007 episode "The Homer of Seville."

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Study sends 'wake-up call' about black and Latino arts groups' meager funding

Sending "a wake-up call" to arts donors, a new national study paints a bleak economic picture of African American and Latino nonprofit museums and performing arts companies and suggests that donors may have to let weaker organizations wither so that the strongest ones can grow.

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Mariinsky Ballet steps splendidly, but revised 'Cinderella' falls flat

In one project after another, Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has been a leading creator of what we can categorize under Unnecessary Remakes: ballets with solid-gold titles and scores that exist in infinitely better versions than the ones he churns out for major companies.

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Hammer Museum gala: Where Aloe Blacc, Paul McCarthy, Julia Roberts cross paths

Steve Martin rushed to the edge of the stage at the Hammer Museum’s annual gala on Saturday evening in Los Angeles, just after hip hop singer Aloe Blacc finished performing a three-song set for a crowd of about 600 people.

“You were great, just great, Martin enthused. “I didn’t realize I was sitting at the table with a true artist, a genius.”

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