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Roundup: The art of protest, Dakota Access edition; a Trump tower, with pigs

Art and the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. A conversation about freedom of expression in Russia. And an imaginative idea for blocking Donald Trump’s building logo in Chicago. Here’s the Roundup:

— The Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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My kingdom for a can of beans! A radical take on the Bard in 'Table Top Shakespeare'

To be, or not to be a bottle of balsamic vinegar, that is the question.

It really was the question, at least  when the unorthodox British performance troupe Forced Entertainment conceived of its latest project, “Table Top Shakespeare,” which runs Tuesday through Saturday at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

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The Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples, James Taylor at a bittersweet Kennedy Center Honors 2016

Rocker Glenn Frey died before he could accept a Kennedy Center Honors award last year, but his Eagles bandmates and four other artists were feted Sunday at a bittersweet edition of the glitzy annual gala, the last of the Obama administration.

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A 'Wonderful Town' in search of wonder

The centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth is not until the summer after next, but the West Coast has already gotten a jump-start over Broadway with the musicals. Michael Tilson Thomas last summer conducted a semi-staged version of “On the Town” with the San Francisco Symphony, while Gustavo Dudamel led “West Side Story” at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury, resigns as MOCA board member
Essential Arts & Culture: The Bard and Harry Potter, art after Fidel, John M. Miller's passing

A “King Lear” double-header. Art after Fidel. And a quiet Los Angeles abstractionist passes away. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles, with all that’s blazing in the world of high culture:

Shakespeare to Harry Potter 

Times theater critic Charles McNulty traveled to London to take in two new productions of Shakespeare’s “King Lear.”

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