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As Trump aims to build a wall, Los Angeles architecture school SCI-Arc builds bridges to Mexico

A young architecture student pulls up a rendering of a triangular city block on a projector in an unassuming office space at the edge of Mexico City’s Colonia Juárez district.

“The best corner is occupied by a McDonald’s,” he says, gesturing at the schematic on the screen. “I would start by demolishing the McDonald’s.”

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L.A. theater openings, Feb. 26-March 5: 'Paradise Lost: Reclaiming Destiny' and more

This week: A coming-of-age tale about a young Nigerian American woman, a Tony-winning musical comedy about murder most foul, and a physical-theater adaptation of a 17th century spiritual epic.

The Piano Men: A Tribute to Sir Elton John and Billy Joel With tribute artists Jeffrey Allen and Matthew Banks. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. Sun., 3 p.m. $29-$49. (949) 480-4278.

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Making sense of Measure S, the latest battle in L.A.'s long war over development

If you want to understand the forces — and more to the point, the grievances — that gave rise to Measure S, the anti-development initiative that will appear on the March 7 ballot in Los Angeles, you have to go back to the 1980s. That was the decade Angelenos finally rebelled in significant numbers against the headlong growth that had defined the city since the tail end of the 19th century.

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'Fun Home' composer Jeanine Tesori hears the music in everyday life

The sounds of a rambunctious household are turned into music as “Fun Home” sifts through  one woman’s 1970s childhood, seeking clues to her father’s abrupt death.

Jeanine Tesori, the show’s composer, thought back to her own youth as the creative team envisioned the household of Alison Bechdel, author of the popular graphic-novel-style memoir on which the stage musical is based.

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Casey versus Denzel: Oscar's lead actor race is a dramatic study in contrasts

On the surface, Lee Chandler, the protagonist of “Manchester by the Sea,” and Troy Maxson, the central character of “Fences,” wouldn’t seem to have much in common. Sprung from different playwriting imaginations, they are the products of vastly different American experiences.

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Marciano Art Foundation sets L.A. museum opening date for May

The Marciano Art Foundation has announced the opening date for its new contemporary art museum: May 25.

The museum, from Guess cofounders Paul and Maurice Marciano, will be in a landmark Millard Sheets-designed building, a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard near Koreatown. It will show painting, sculpture and photography along with installation, performance and multimedia works.

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