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Lawren Harris painting sells for record sum on heels of museum show

A painting by Lawren Harris has brought in a record auction amount for the late artist, fetching 4.6 million Canadian dollars ($3.4 million) at a recent Toronto sale. 

The auction garnered attention in the international art world as it comes on the heels of a major retrospective exhibition devoted to Harris at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

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Mary Zimmerman: Theater at 'the moment of discovery'
'Grey Gardens' replaces 'Titanic' in the Ahmanson's current season

"Grey Gardens" will replace "Titanic the Musical" in the Ahmanson Theatre's current season, Center Theatre Group announced Tuesday.

Broadway mainstays Rachel York and Betty Buckley will star in the production directed by Michael Wilson, with a book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. "Grey Gardens" runs July 2 through Aug. 14.

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L.A. theater listings, Nov. 29-Dec. 6: 'Guys and Dolls' and more

This week: Characters Dickensian and Runyonesque will appear on local stages.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 10th-anniversary edition of this stage adaptation of the 1964 sci-fi comedy. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton. Sun., 4 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $12, $22. (714) 526-7070.

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'The Peanuts Movie': Jazz pianist David Benoit provides musical rhythm

When the makers of "The Peanuts Movie" were ready to record the famous theme song for the 3-D animated adaptation of the beloved Charles M. Schulz comic strip, they turned to a jazz pianist who has had ample experience performing the syncopated rhythms created by the late composer Vince Guaraldi.

David Benoit has performed solo piano for "Peanuts" television movies and specials for more than 20 years.

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Jeff Colson, wizard of illusion, at Maloney Fine Art

The centerpiece of Jeff Colson's small but mighty show at Maloney is an installation titled "Stacks." A drop-leaf kitchen table stands alongside a two-drawer file cabinet, and the tops of both are heaped with paper: towering stacks, stray sheets, folded and wrinkled pieces.

A yellow milk crate beneath the table holds some overflow, and a few crumpled balls rest on the floor beside it.

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