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Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton,' as vital as ever, opens in San Francisco

“Hamilton” has finally planted its flag in California.

The unofficial Broadway musical of Barack Obama’s presidency has arrived in San Francisco, America’s bastion of liberalism, at the dawn of a very different political era.

How does Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning blockbuster, a retelling of the nation’s founding in rap and R&B, play in the contentious age of Trump?

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Brahms played brilliantly, with an L.A. back story to boot: Christoph Eschenbach at Disney Hall

An awful lot of Brahms has been performed around town lately for no particular reason, and Christoph Eschenbach — fresh off a local appearance last month with the touring Bamberg Symphony — arrived at Walt Disney Concert Hall with more. The three-concert run ending Sunday didn’t offer the usual Brahms, however, and it came with a back story rooted here in Los Angeles.

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Villain and heroine: The real-life husband and wife onstage in 'Tales of Hoffmann'

The acclaimed German soprano Diana Damrau met her future husband, French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, in a Munich church 13 years ago while performing Jean Francaix’s oratorio, “L’Apocalypse Selon.”

“It was a heaven-and-hell orchestra, a heaven-and-hell chorus, and Nicolas sang Christ,” Damrau said, adding “my redeemer” with a laugh.

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A Hollywood classic, back where it belongs: 'An American in Paris' at the Pantages

Call it a joyous homecoming. The national tour of Broadway’s “An American in Paris” has opened at the Hollywood Pantages, returning the story, characters and George Gershwin music to the theater where the 1951 film version won the Oscar for best picture. The stage show runs for three weeks here before moving to Orange County.

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Landscape photographer lets imagination color his world
Essential Arts & Culture: What L.A. loses if we lose the NEA; starchitecture in Hamburg; Kerry James Marshall at MOCA

A deeper look at what cutting the National Endowment for the Arts means to U.S. culture. The exhilarating paintings of Kerry James Marshall. And the latest building by Herzog & de Meuron. I’m Carolina A.

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