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Asian theater leader Tim Dang to step down at East West Players

Tim Dang will step down a year from now as producing artistic director of East West Players, the downtown Los Angeles theater company he’s led since 1993.

He will leave after overseeing East West Players’ coming 50th anniversary season, ending next June with a production of the musical “La Cage aux Folles” that Dang will direct.

“I thought that … would be the appropriate time to pass the torch. ......

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LAX unveils public art by Ball-Nogues, Mark Bradford and Pae White

The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX debuted this week three new public art commissions designed to greet departing and arriving passengers and provide a measure of calm and reflection amid the chaos of air travel.

The artists involved all have strong ties to Los Angeles -- Mark Bradford, Pae White and the Ball-Nogues studio each resides or works in the L.A. area. Funds for the commissions...

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Ai Weiwei installation 'Circle of Animals' sells for $5.4 million

Ai Weiwei, the controversial Chinese artist, realized an auction record on Monday when his installation "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" sold for 3.4 million British pounds (about $5.4 million) at a Phillips auction in London, though the selling price came in at the low end of estimates.

A conceptual reconstruction of the animals of the Chinese zodiac that once stood at the palace of Yuanming Yuan...

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California-raised Misty Copeland promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

Two dancers raised and trained in Southern California have vaulted to the top rank of New York's prestigious American Ballet Theatre.

Misty Copeland, who studied dance in San Pedro as a young girl and whose rise through the ranks of ABT has turned her into a national media darling, was named a principal dancer Tuesday at the Lincoln Center company.

Leaders at ABT also announced that Stella Abrera,...

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Kazakhstani teen wins inaugural Cliburn Junior piano competition

A 17-year-old pianist from Kazakhstan took home the first-place prize on Sunday at the inaugural Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition and Festival, in Fort Worth. Alim Beisembayev was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and moved to Great Britain in 2010 to attend the Purcell School for Young Musicians.

Beisembayev won the top prize for his performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1. His...

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Harry Reid: Government officials at Burning Man can use other toilets

Burning Man has attracted plenty of eclectic people over the years, including leading conservative thinker Grover Norquist, who attended last year and seemed generally enamored by what he saw.

But the annual desert gathering may never have an ally as prominent as Harry Reid. The Nevada lawmaker and Senate minority leader has joined a battle that pits the 30-year-old festival of art and self-expression...

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