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In 'Cagney' the musical, Hollywood's tough guy tap dances

James Cagney is remembered best for playing tough-talking gangsters in Warner Bros. movies in the 1930s and ’40s, which, according to “Cagney,” a loving and cartoonish small-scale bio-musical playing at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, is exactly how he didn’t want to be remembered.

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Jordan Nassar at Anat Ebgi: Palestinian cross-stitch art as boundary-breaker
Dinh Q. Lê at Shoshana Wayne Gallery: Unspooling the horrors of Vietnam
Voices of the City: YouTube diva Vidya Vox is busy in L.A. mixing Indian ragas, hip-hop and dance music

Vidya Vox, a mash-up singer of Western electronic dance music and Indian ragas, loaded her crew into cars and ventured into the desert with sun visors from a 99-cent store. The YouTube star was shooting a new video and had packed an array of talents and nationalities to spend two days kicking up dust in Joshua Tree and Palmdale.

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Essential Arts & Culture: Kusama-palooza, Getty Center's birthday, censored Hollywood public art

At the Broad, it’s all about infinity. A key Los Angeles institution marks two decades of existence. And a work by Erika Rothenberg in Hollywood is censored in the wake of the sexual harassment scandals. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential arts and culture everything:

Kusama’s infinite best

It’s on, Los Angeles!

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Mirga meets an old master at Disney Hall

When Gidon Kremer has a farsighted cause, it is wise to pay close attention. Over an uncompromising half-century career, the Latvian violinist and one of the last of the legendary artists to come out of the Soviet Russia music education system has been single-handedly responsible for bringing attention in the West to Arvo Pärt, Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina.

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