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L.A. theater openings, March 29-April 5: 'The Break of Noon' and more

Liz Shannon Miller tackles the concussion crisis in pro football in "Clutch," Florida residents resist their state's “Occupation” by China in Ken Ferrigni’s satire, and a white-collar worker's life is changed after a really bad day at the office in Neil LaBute’s “The Break of Noon.”

Ben Rimalower Rimalower performs his solo shows “Patti Issues” and “Bad With Money.” Rockwell Table and Stage, 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. Sun.-Mon., 7 and 8:30 p.m. $30; $50-$80 for both. (323) 669-1550.

Rumplestiltskin Family-friendly musical based on the Brothers Grimm fable. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. Sun., 3 p.m. $15, $20. (562) 467-8818.

Clutch SkyPilot Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Liz Shannon Miller’s immersive one-act comedy-drama, set at a former NFL player’s funeral, about concussions in pro football. The Oak Room, Sportsmen’s Lodge Event Center, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Mon.-Tue., 8 p.m.; ends May 5. $15. (800)...

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Reject David Koch money, scientists and museum officials' letter urges

Museum leaders around the country are being urged to reject philanthropic dollars from billionaire David H. Koch in an open letter this week signed by a group of prominent scientists and museum officials.

The letter, which was published online Tuesday, criticizes Koch for his ties to the oil industry and what those who signed it claim is his financial support for organizations that deny climate change. 

Museums of science and natural history are urged to sever ties with Koch, with signers of the letter saying that the integrity of institutions would be compromised by their association with special interests who "obfuscate climate science."

Koch is a trustee and longtime supporter of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington and the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He has donated extensively to cultural organizations around the country. 

In 2012, Koch donated $35 million to the National Museum of Natural History for its dinosaur hall. He gave $15...

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Gowns, masks, armor galore: L.A. Opera to hold costume sale

Anyone need a gladiator helmet? The Los Angeles Opera’s colorful costume shop will hold a rare tag sale on Saturday.

The shop is moving locations and cleaning house. More than 1,000 costumes worn on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage by the likes of Plácido Domingo and Frederica von Stade will fill about 90 clothing racks in a downtown L.A. parking lot.

Think late 19th century bustles and flouncy panniers; handmade shoes and masks; military garb and gladiator gear; period wigs and accessories. The items for sale are from productions such as “Cinderella,” "Aida," “The Grand Duchess,” “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “The Turn of the Screw.” Prices start at $25 for complete costumes and $2 for individual pieces.

A special “diva rack” will have the high-end items, $1,000 to $5,000, worn by stars such as Jennifer Larmore, Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt.

The sale will take place 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 330 S. Alameda St.

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National World War II Museum gets $20-million gift

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans has received a gift of $20 million from Donald T. "Boysie" Bollinger, a shipping magnate and member of a prominent Louisiana family, leaders of the museum announced on Tuesday.

Bollinger has been a longtime supporter of the museum and sits on the institution's board of trustees. The museum was founded in 2000 as the D-Day Museum and in 2004 was designated by Congress as the official World War II museum of the United States.

The gift comes in the midst of the museum's effort to raise $325 million as part of a capital campaign to expand the facility. Bollinger's money is expected to be used partly to fund the "Canopy of Peace," an outdoor shade-like structure that the museum is looking to complete in two years' time.

Museum exhibitions are currently spread over three buildings on the institution's campus, with displays dedicated to the European and Pacific theaters of the war.

Bollinger is president and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards,...

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NEH funds LACMA show on Sri Lanka, Ken Burns film on Vietnam War

The National Endowment for the Humanities will funnel $1.4 million to California museums, university-based scholars and libraries in grants announced this week, including $40,000 for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for a touring exhibition on the art of Sri Lanka.

Among the $22.8 million in grants nationwide, the biggest for a single project is $1 million to help fund a 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

It's expected to air on PBS in 2017. According to the NEH, Burns and Novick hope "to inspire a long overdue conversation about this watershed in our history" by drawing on the latest scholarship and interviewing nearly 100 American and Vietnamese witnesses to the war.

Reflecting the long lead period to research and secure loans of key artworks for big survey exhibitions, LACMA doesn't expect to open "The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka," until 2019.

The show will span 2,000 years of artwork from the island nation off the coast of India,...

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Purported Adolf Hitler watercolor painting to be sold at auction

A watercolor painting attributed to Adolf Hitler will be offered at auction Thursday at Nate D. Sanders in Los Angeles.

The work, which is believed to have been created in 1912, is a still life of flowers that the future Nazi leader would have made while he was a struggling young artist in Vienna.

The auction house said that bidding on the painting will start at $30,000 and that the work is in "near fine condition." The auction, which will be held online, is one of three Hitler-related items being sold by the L.A. auction house -- the other two are a two-volume copy of "Mein Kampf," each signed by Hitler, and a change-of-address document from 1909 that was signed by Hitler.

The painting is signed "A. Hitler" at the bottom right, according to Nate D. Sanders. It also features the stamp of Samuel Morgenstern on the back. Morgenstern was a Jewish dealer in Vienna who bought and sold a number of the young Hitler's artwork.  He is believed to have died in 1943 in a Jewish ghetto in Lodz,...

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