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Gisela Colon's monolithic mysteries and playful wall 'pods'

Sleek sculptural objects with misty, mercurial surfaces and at least partial inspiration from aerospace technology have not lost their appeal in more than half a century. In Los Angeles, first there was Craig Kauffman, then Helen Pashgian and now Gisela Colon.

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The week ahead in L.A. classical music, Feb. 25-March 4: Ebène Quartet and more


Compiled by Matt Cooper

Calder Quartet Works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Kurtág. The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sun., 4 p.m. $35 and up. (310) 434-3200.

Culver City Symphony Orchestra Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, plus works by Ravel and Enescu. Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Sun., 4 p.m. $10, $15; ages 6-12 free with paying adult.

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Sunday Conversation: Melanie Griffith, from 'Working Girl' to Mrs. Robinson
The week ahead in L.A. dance, Feb. 25-March 4: 'Swan Lake' and more


Compiled by Matt Cooper

Forever Flamenco Guitarist José Tanaka and company perform, with featured dancers Manuel Gutierrez, Mizuho Sato and Daniela Zermeño. The Fountain Theatre, 5060 Fountain Ave., L.A. Sun., 8 p.m. $30-$50. (323) 663-1525.

Stepping Out Dublin Irish Dance celebrates Celtic culture. Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge.

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'Letters Live' makes its U.S. public debut at Theatre at Ace Hotel

The letter was more than 1,000 years old. In 1900, a Daoist monk named Wang Yuanlu unearthed an ancient Buddhist cave library near the town of Dunhuang in western China. When he pried open the sealed cave, he found inside, among other relics, a brittle, handwritten letter from the 9th century, penned in AD 856.

Its contents?

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Charlemagne Palestine: Teddy bears to the rescue
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