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Bob Law drawings find poignancy in simplicity
At 'Ken Price: Drawings,' life's little details in broad strokes
Readers react: Do we need a Glendale Freeway that improves traffic or the environment?

Christopher Hawthorne’s idea of replacing the Glendale Freeway stub [“A Colorful Revamp of 2 Fwy. Spur,” July 11] may seem like fantasy to some, but improving urban spaces by taking down obsolete freeways has worked in many places. Here in the western San Gabriel Valley is an example even closer to reality: replacing the 710 stub north of the 10 with a great street.

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Essential Arts & Culture: Convention architecture, art of the border, 'Cabaret' turns 50

It’s been a hot and steamy week — politically, artistically and climatologically. Which means there has been no shortage of hot culture writing to go with it. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, and this is your guide to the week’s top culture stories:

The architecture of the G.O.P.

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A celebrated production of 'Cabaret' returns to its seductive ways

The time is always right for a production of “Cabaret.” Its slinky songs will seduce an audience in nothing flat, and its story, about the world slipping into brutality while people aren’t paying attention, bears perpetual repeating.

Add that the musical is marking its 50th anniversary and we have ample reason to welcome it back to the stage — and in a celebrated production, no less.

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'Current: LA' art biennial: Water may be the theme, but gas is what you'll need to see it all

While sitting on the grass in the warm summer sunshine and watching the Echo Park Lake water-jets shoot high into the air, thoughts of violent death are unlikely to crowd the mind. “The Shade” is designed to change that.

“The Shade” is a monumental sculpture by Teresa Margolles, an artist with a degree in forensic medicine who has worked in a Mexico City morgue.

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