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Walt Disney Family Museum to hold first gala, honoring Richard Sherman

The glitzy gala is a familiar fundraising tool among prominent museums across the country. Starting next month, the Walt Disney Family Museum will get into the tradition with a bash that will honor songwriter Richard Sherman.

The Disney Family Museum said its first gala fundraiser will be held Nov. 3 to raise money for its arts education programs.

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L.A. theater openings, Oct. 4-11: 'The Addams Family' and more

This week: They're creepy and they're kooky in "The Addams Family" musical, coming to Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium courtesy of 3-D Theatricals. Also, some true-life tales of coming out, and a renowned mezzo-soprano salutes a musical-theater legend.

Appropriate West Coast premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Arkansas-set drama about estranged siblings reunited by the passing of the family's patriarch.

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Why a playwright is urging L.A. theatergoers to boycott his latest

In a move that goes against the well established laws of theatrical publicity, a playwright has urged audiences and the media to boycott his new play being produced by a small theater company in Atwater Village.

Tommy Smith is asking the public to stay away from the Echo Theatre Company's production of his short play "Ghost Light," a half-hour series of monologues delivered by an actress.

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Eli Broad gives five decades of personal photographs, videos and papers to UCLA library

Eli Broad has been getting his papers in order -- all 19 cartons of them. The billionaire philanthropist behind the $140-million Broad contemporary art museum that opened last week in Los Angeles is donating his personal papers to the UCLA Library Special Collections, the university is expected to announce on Wednesday.

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Gustavo Dudamel makes his case for keeping quiet on Venezuelan politics

As the Los Angeles Philharmonic prepares for its season-opening gala concert on Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall, music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel has taken the unusual step of penning an editorial in the Los Angeles Times in which he addresses the touchy subject of politics in his native Venezuela.

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Juilliard expanding into China with new school

In a move that acknowledges the growing market for classical music in China, the Juilliard School plans to launch a new school in Tianjin that is expected to open in 2018 in a facility designed by the U.S. architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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