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Part circus, part technology trade show, Cirque du Soleil's Mexico-themed 'Luzia' opens in L.A.

Technology flexes its muscles in the latest Cirque du Soleil show to visit Southern California.

We know Cirque as a showcase for the limits to which humankind can push itself, but this time, machines have grabbed the starring role as the French Canadian circus — which reliably incorporates new technology into its scenic elements and acrobatic rigging — gives them too much of the spotlight.

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'This is Us' star Chrissy Metz to make her theater debut at the Geffen Playhouse

“This is Us” star Chrissy Metz will make her theater debut in a revival of the Neil LaBute play “Fat Pig” at the Geffen Playhouse in May, the Los Angeles theater announced Wednesday.

The news follows Metz’s Golden Globes nomination Monday for her supporting role on the popular NBC dramedy.

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Jonah Platt on channeling his inner Beast for a holiday Beauty

You could say that Jonah Platt comes from a musical family. His brother Ben Platt won a Tony Award this year for his lead performance in “Dear Evan Hansen,” and his father, Marc Platt, produced the movie musical “La La Land.”

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L.A. Chamber Orchestra carries on a different holiday tradition: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

Complete cycles of Bach’s six wondrous Brandenburg Concertos would be a momentous — and rare — event in the lives of most ensembles and audiences. But this is Los Angeles, and for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the cycle is almost a routine part of concert life.

Starting in 1979, LACO performances of the Brandenburgs became an annual holiday ritual in the era of music director Gerard Schwarz.

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Bach times two: Collegium and Master Chorale double the elation

You can’t go wrong with Bach. Any time. Any place. Performed in just about any cockamamie way.

Bach befits Christmas better than any other composer, although he isn’t usually the first to be called upon. Handel’s ubiquitous “Messiah,” suited for Easter, is the Grinch who stole Christmas from Bach’s “Christmas” Oratorio.

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ABT's 'Nutcracker,' a new classic worth watching over and over (and over)

The advantages of watching a ballet once, twice or even more, year after year? Not only do you get to know its intricacies, but in the case of “The Nutcracker,” you also get to watch its child performers grow up into lead parts.

Of course, not every “Nutcracker” is worth repeated viewing. The 1892 Russian ballet is bah-humbug for some viewers, even with Tchaikovsky’s luscious and romantic music.

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