Marina Abramovic in a scene from the documentary "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present."

Marina Abramovic, Diane Paulus among Time's most influential

Artist Marina Abramovic and theater director Diane Paulus are among Time magazine's 100 most influential people for 2014. The annual list, which covers fields as diverse as arts, politics, science and sports, was released on Thursday and also included artist-filmmaker Steve McQueen and songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Abramovic, the Serbian-born performance artist, has been presenting her often-bizarre live installations since the early '70s. She has become a fixture of the New York arts scene and had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010.

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Roger Rees in the one-man show "What You Will" at the Old Globe.

L.A. theater openings, April 27-May 4: 'What You Will' and more

Roger Rees brings his Bard-centric one-man show "What You Will" back to San Diego's Old Globe, for one night only. Plus, 3-D Theatricals ventures "Into the Woods" with that Sondheim musical, and Sarah Ruhl's "Passion Play" plays in Orange County.

Pinter Bookends Classical Theatre Lab presents staged readings of Harold Pinter’s “The Room” and “Celebration.” Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sunday, 2 p.m. Free. (323) 960-5691.

The Blue Moon DancingReading of Ed Graczyk’s new play set in a dance hall. The Production Company Workspace, 14731...

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'Pavement' by Kyle Abraham at UCSB

'Pavement's' sincerity outshines the cheeky 'Rocco' in dance

Bar business wasn't so hot at REDCAT on Saturday night a half-hour before the show. The crowd had already lined up waiting for the doors to the theater to open. Word had gotten out that early birds would get ringside seats for "Rocco." The dance by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten from Amsterdam takes place in a boxing ring and was inspired by the classic Italian film "Rocco and His Brothers."

Three nights later the Campbell Hall stage at UC-Santa Barbara was transformed into a basketball court for "Pavement." Kyle Abraham's dance, inspired by the film "Boyz N the Hood," was given its West...

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Jeffrey Kahane, music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, at his Santa Rosa home in 2011.

Jeffrey Kahane to step down at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Following a 20-year run, conductor Jeffrey Kahane will step down from his position as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the group announced on Wednesday.

Kahane will be named music director laureate at the end of his tenure, which will be the longest of any music director in the ensemble's history. No successor has been announced. Leaders said that the board of directors will be launching a search to find a new music director.

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Kahane, 57, is the ensemble's fifth music...

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Fran Kranz in Joss Whedon's movie "Much Ado About Nothing."

William Shakespeare: Five unconventional movie adaptations

William Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday is being celebrated around the world Wednesday, never seems to go out of vogue for movie directors eager to put their own spin on his classic texts. 

Most of Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for the big screen multiple times over, ranging from faithful (Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet") to wildly unconventional (Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"). Because Shakespeare's plays exist in the public domain, adapting them for the movies is an economical way of co-opting some literary prestige.

In the past 20 years or so, the unconventional appears to have...

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Mel Brooks is shown at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012.

Mel Brooks to star in one-man show at Geffen Playhouse

Mel Brooks will appear in a one-man autobiographical show at the Geffen Playhouse on Monday, "Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen." The show will have only one performance.

It will be the 87-year-old Brooks' first solo stage production. The Tony and Academy Award winner created the show, which will be seen at the Geffen's Gil Cates Theatre.

When asked about the late announcement of the production, Ken Novice, the Geffen's managing director, said in an email statement that the production "came together really quickly."

Most the of details of the show remain under wraps. Brooks is expected to tell...

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A portrait of William Shakespeare attributed to a little-known artist named John Taylor, and dated by experts to between 1600 and 1610, the Chandos portrait provides an unusually bohemian image of Shakespeare, dressed in black, sporting a gold hoop earring and with the strings on his white collar rakishly untied, on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London as part of an exhibition, Searching for Shakespeare, of portraits and manuscripts from Shakespeare's lifetime, Wednesday, March 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Shakespeare's 450th birthday: Inner-city Bard, 'Chickspeare' and more

William Shakespeare's 450th birthday falls on Wednesday, per historians' best reckoning in the absence of ironclad documentation. It’s time to remember that “in delay there lies no plenty,” as the Bard told us in “Twelfth Night,” and thus make the most of the opportunity to celebrate the milestone that’s at hand.

If it’s stars you want for the birthday festivities, then the “Evening of Shakespeare, Music and Love” on Friday at the Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica is your $100 ticket. Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell, Michael...

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One of 700 artworks featured in the Santa Monica Museum of Art's upcoming Incognito benefit.

Benefit at Santa Monica Museum of Art puts guesswork into artworks

The Santa Monica Museum of Art's annual Incognito benefit may be the most democratic of all Los Angeles art world soirees: 700 works for sale by emerging and famous artists alike, all 10 by 10 inches and exactly $350 — with the artists' identities hidden from view until after purchase.

But that doesn't mean strategy isn't involved.

The event, which turns 10 this year, has become a touchstone for collectors looking to find valuable works by the likes of Barbara Kruger, Raymond Pettibon and Ed Ruscha. The more serious among them often attend the museum's annual Precognito gala, at which...

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Vitor Amati's "Ze Pelintra" is part of the exhibit "Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas."

Walking among saints and sinners at Fowler Museum

The image of bandit Jesus Malverde turns up as a kind of venerated saint inside "Quitapesares (Solace)," a makeshift chapel by artist Maria Romero erected near the end of a large new exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum.

On May 3, 1909, the outlaw was hanged from a tree in the town of Culiacán, capital of Sinaloa near the country's northwest coast, by the federal government of Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz.

He was left to rot in the sun.

At least, that's what people say. Historians have found no evidence that the story is true. In fact, it is doubtful the outlaw ever lived.

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The site where the mural "Brooks Avenue Painting" once stood in Venice.

Lawsuit filed over removal of L.A. Fine Arts Squad mural in Venice

A lawsuit has been filed over the destruction of a public mural in Venice that was created in 1969 by the group Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad.

Artist Victor Henderson, a cofounder of the group, alleges that the mural, known as the "Brooks Avenue Painting," was improperly expunged last summer from its location using water blasting, according to papers filed this week in federal court. 

The mural, which is famous for having served as a backdrop for a photographic portrait of the rock band the Doors, has been replaced with a replica of the original painted by another artist.

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Southeby's Auction House in New York.

Daniel Loeb keeps up pressure on Sotheby's

Daniel Loeb, the lightening-rod hedge-fund manager, continued his assault on Sotheby's this week with a letter to the art auction house's shareholders asking them to vote for a new slate of board members that would include Loeb himself.

In the letter, which was sent on Monday, Loeb states that "this board is in dire need of fresh insights, and that our candidates are more qualified than the company’s emissaries we are seeking to replace." 

Loeb runs the hedge fund Third Point, which is the largest shareholder of Sotheby's. His letter came as a response to one sent by Sotheby's to its...

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Rebecca Mozo and Nate Mooney star as workers at a small-town coffee shop in South Coast Repertory's world premiere of "Five Mile Lake" by Rachel Bonds.

Theater review: 'Five Mile Lake' at South Coast Repertory flows nicely

Among the revivals and West Coast premieres that dominate our theatrical offerings, the startling phrase “world premiere” implies an exhilarating, possibly risky novelty: You can’t help expecting pyrotechnics.

But Rachel Bonds’ “Five Mile Lake,” receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, is a small, quiet play in which nothing particularly momentous happens.

In fact, you may forget you’re watching a play at all, and that the people in whose every fleeting expression you have become so deeply absorbed are actors reciting memorized lines.

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