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Astute 'Barcelona' at the Geffen Playhouse leaves audiences guessing

"Barcelona," a wily two-character drama by Bess Wohl, never becomes the play you think it's going to become. The playwright stays one step ahead of theatergoers — not to trick them, but to hold out for deeper truth.

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Artists' immersive cake castle is a sugary installation with a dark twist

Welcome to Candyland. Or “the frosted ghetto,” as artists Scott Hove and Baker's Son call it.

The duo built a 7,000-square-foot cake castle and candied urban block party called “Break Bread,” which opens Saturday in downtown L.A.’s Think Tank Gallery.

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Sean Hayes plays the Creator with ironic camp in 'An Act of God' at the Ahmanson Theatre

God is headlining at the Ahmanson Theatre in the Broadway comedy "An Act of God," but please don't think of this as the Second Coming.

This appearance is really more of a tease, an occasion for sketch comedy rather than prophetic drama.

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The new Berkeley Art Museum is a study in extremes

How many arranged marriages can one piece of architecture handle?

That's among the most intriguing questions raised by the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which was designed by Broad museum architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and opened at the end of last month.

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For artist Laure Prouvost's first solo L.A. show, a look at our plastic-wrapped lives

French-born Laure Prouvost, winner of the 2013 Turner Prize and widely exhibited throughout Europe, has her first solo L.A. show at Fahrenheit, where she spent part of last spring in residency. "A Way to Leak, Lick, Leek" is much like its title -- at once evocative, clumsy and obscure.

Prouvost works in multiple media, and often, as here, she screens a video within an environmental installation.

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Will Ferrell, scientist? He plays it for laughs in #HowDoYouMuseum videos for La Brea Tar Pits

Will Ferrell, Mark Bradford and Gary Baseman are among those being featured in the #HowDoYouMuseum video campaign launched Thursday by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the La Brea Tar Pits.

The Ferrell videos feature the comedian as a scientist in a tar-stained lab coat answering questions from the public — and inevitably fumbling.

"How did the ground sloth protect itself?"

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