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A spectacular new 'Uncle Vanya' at San Diego's Old Globe

Sometimes you don’t know how much you need Anton Chekhov until you re-encounter him.

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Takako Yamaguchi's hyper-real paintings: Portraits that won't look you in the eye
Judy Fiskin's funny, thought-provoking confessions of an iPhone addict
A walk through Robert Irwin's new 5,000-square-foot sculpture

Every morning when we wake up, we put the world together anew, Robert Irwin marveled in an interview with me more than a decade ago. The painter-turned-pioneering artist of light and space had been probing how perception defines reality since the 1970s, but there he was, nearing age 80, and clearly still driven hard by that wondrous process.

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L.A. Chamber Orchestra names Jaime Martín as music director

For Jaime Martín, the first time was the charm. The Spanish conductor, who made his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut only in September, has been named the ensemble's next music director.

LACO is expected to announce Tuesday that Martín is the successor to Jeffrey Kahane, who stepped down in June after a 20-year tenure.

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The musical view from Mexico and Bali (by way of Northridge and Santa Monica)
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