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Segerstrom Center launches $68-million drive to redesign plaza and cover fundraising failure

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has launched a $68-million campaign to reach a broader, more diverse public, centered on reconfiguring its outdoor plaza to make it busier and more attractive, with stepped-up free events and a shady, "town square" atmosphere.

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Todd Carpenter on art, neuroscience and seeing the light

Like many painters, Todd Carpenter is drawn to light. His densely wooded forests, polluted factories and apocalyptic-looking cityscapes — all rendered in muted gray tones or stark black and white — depict slices of sunlight between crowded tree trunks, glimmering tufts of smoke rising from industrial chimneys, luminescent cloud formations or swaths of early-morning haze skimming a lake’s surface.

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L.A. theater openings, Aug. 30-Sept. 6: 'Romeo & Juliet' and more

This week: Shakespeare, Shakespeare and more Shakespeare. Plus, a new Civil War-set musical drama and a pairing of two dark comedies about sibling rivalries.

Biloxi Blues Staged reading of Neil Simon's comedy set in an Army boot camp in 1943. Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester. Sunday, 7 p.m. Pay-what-you-can at the door ($5 suggested donation). www.kentwoodplayers.org.

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Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet is center of his own 'six degrees' game

Benedict Cumberbatch is the Kevin Bacon of the "Hamlet" universe.

The popular British actor is currently performing in Shakespeare's tragedy through October at the Barbican Theatre in London. On the big screen, he has frequently co-starred with other thespians who have at one point in their careers played Hamlet or appeared in stage productions or screen versions of the classic play.

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The Broad museum plans a 6-day week -- and 45 seconds to see 'Infinity'

The Broad museum announced some operational nuts and bolts Wednesday — opening hours, advance ticketing, parking rates and such — for the $140-million contemporary art showcase opening Sept. 20.

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Sean Hayes to star in 'Act of God' in Los Angeles

Prepare ye, Los Angeles: The second coming of "An Act of God" is at hand.

The play, which ended its Broadway run at Studio 54 earlier this month, will next be seen at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A., with Sean Hayes taking over the role originated in New York by Jim Parsons.

Producers said "An Act of God" will run at the Ahmanson for six weeks from Jan. 30 through March 13.

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