A photographic portrait of Adolf Hitler taken by Heinrich Hoffmann, one of the items in the canceled auction.

Nazi memorabilia auction in France canceled after criticism

An auction of Nazi memorabilia, including items that belonged to Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, has been called off in France following objections from Jewish groups and a prominent government official.

The Paris auction company Vermot de Pas had scheduled the sale for April 26 but called it off Monday. The cancellation came soon after French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti told Le Monde she didn't want the auction to take place.

The auction house said on its website that "in light of the strong emotions from numerous people, this decision seems proper and necessary."

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Chouinard Art Institute alumni John Van Hamersveld, left, and Larry Bell, seen at Bell's studio in L.A., are among the artists in "Curly," a new documentary film about Chouinard's history.

L.A.'s Chouinard Art Institute chronicled in new documentary film

A new documentary film is the latest chapter in an ongoing effort to keep alive the memory of the defunct Chouinard Art Institute as a foundation slab in L.A.’s rise to art world prominence.

“Curly,” produced and directed by Gianina Ferreyra, addresses the influential school’s history from 1921 to 1972, when it was subsumed into the newly established California Institute of the Arts, and the 21st century effort to rekindle awareness of Chouinard.

The 51-minute film’s first showing is 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the community room of the South Pasadena Public Library,...

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Lucy Shelton, left,  and Anne LeBaron perform LeBaron's omposition, "Scene From Psyche & Delia."

Review: Anne LeBaron's unexpected body of work can amaze at REDCAT

Anne LeBaron is a composer as transformer. She transforms instruments, such as putting objects on the strings of the harp to tease out hidden sounds. She transforms cultural contexts, be they Kazakh, Bach or Katrina.

She deals with what we know, with issues of our time and place. But her knack is for alternative realities, showing us the here and now from a point just slightly off the beaten track.

That, of course, makes it difficult to generalize about a two-part portrait of LeBaron in two concerts Saturday and Sunday at REDCAT. The programs were presented by CalArts, where LeBaron teaches...

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A rendering of the planned film academy museum, as seen from Fairfax Avenue.

Design tweaks can't overcome Academy Museum's dramatic flaws

For Kerry Brougher, newly named director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' planned film museum, the bubble may be nothing compared with the spaceship.

Brougher comes to the academy from the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., where one of his first tests as interim director was dealing with fallout from a failed proposal to install a $15-million inflatable bubble in the museum's circular courtyard.

In Los Angeles, Brougher will inherit a new architectural challenge: what do with a major building project that isn't in danger of being scrapped, as the bubble was, but has...

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A choral singer died Monday in one of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's rehearsal spaces, the first death of a performer at the venue since its 2003 opening.

Choral singer collapses and dies before Disney Hall rehearsal

A 42-year-old member of a choral group from Philadelphia died late Monday morning while warming up for a noon rehearsal at Walt Disney Concert Hall — the first time a performer has died at the venue since its 2003 opening.

Jeff Dinsmore and seven other members of the Crossing chamber choir had arrived early for the session at Choral Hall, a rehearsal room at Disney Hall, when Dinsmore was taken ill, said Lisa Bellamore, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A fire department spokesman said he was pronounced dead after emergency responders arrived.

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Opera patrons gather at the Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego for the swan-song production of Massenet's "Don Quixote."

San Diego Opera's fate still uncertain after final performance

The Sunday matinee of "Don Quixote" officially was San Diego Opera's final staging after five decades in existence, but the fate of the company still hangs in the balance as supporters fight to keep the opera afloat.

The company's board of directors met Friday afternoon and voted to keep an April 29 deadline for the opera's closure. But the board also formed a special committee of six members to explore alternatives to shutting down.

In a letter sent to employees on Sunday, Karen Cohn, the board president, said the meeting included a discussion of a reduced 2015 season, but that the board...

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Conductor Ludovic Morlot with members of the Seattle Symphony.

'Become Ocean' by John Luther Adams wins Pulitzer Prize for music

John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music for his composition "Become Ocean," an orchestral work that premiered last year with the Seattle Symphony, which commissioned the piece.

"Become Ocean" is a sonic work that is intended to evoke the landscapes and waters of the Pacific Northwest. The piece will be performed at Carnegie Hall in New York next month with the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Ludovic Morlot.

Adams, who is a resident of Alaska, studied at CalArts in the '70s and has had his music performed around the world. In 2012, the Ojai Music Festival presented his piece...

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Annie Baker's play "The Fick" has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

'The Flick' by Annie Baker wins Pulitzer Prize for drama

Annie Baker's "The Flick" -- a highly divisive drama that prompted an abundance of head-scratching and some audience walkouts during its off-Broadway run last year -- has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The three-hour play follows the employees of a single-screen movie theater as they clean, converse and otherwise pass the time silently in front of the big screen.

"The Flick" debuted last year at New York's Playwrights Horizons, where it was directed by Sam Gold. Baker's other plays include "Body Awareness" and "Circle Mirror Transformation," the latter of which was produced at South...

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Henri Matisse's "The Parakeet and the Mermaid" (1952), which is part of the exhibition "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" at the Tate Modern in London.

Henri Matisse cutouts in the spotlight at Tate Modern in London

Henri Matisse spent his final decades largely confined to a wheelchair, having been weakened by cancer surgery at age 72. But the renowned French artist didn't allow his physical condition to slow his prodigious output. In fact, he embarked on one of his most fruitful periods -- the cutouts, a series of paper collages that at first glance may seem childlike and regressive.

Matisse's cutouts are the subject of a major retrospective that recently opened at London's Tate Modern and is expected to head to the Museum of Modern Art in New York in October. (MoMA presented a massive Matisse...

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Peter Shelton, center, oversees installation of a segment of his public sculpture "Six Beasts Two Monkeys" outside the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters in 2009. L.A. officials are trying to figure out how to untie a legal knot that's preventing $7.5 million from being spent on other public artworks.

L.A. trying to lift legal snag on $7.5 million for art projects

Los Angeles officials are starting to get serious about freeing up $7.5 million in city government funds that are earmarked for visual art, performances or other cultural events, but have been wrapped tightly for years in legal red tape.

The amount – which is almost on a par with the Department of Cultural Affairs’ $9 million annual core budget – was rendered virtually unspendable in 2007 when then-City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo ruled that the fees developers are required to pay to fund public art had to be spent within a one-block radius of the construction project that...

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk to the White House after arriving on the South Lawn on Saturday after a trip to New York.

Obamas attend 'A Raisin in the Sun' starring Denzel Washington

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took time Friday to attend the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun," starring Denzel Washington.

Tickets to the play at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theatre have been selling out since the production began its run last month. The Obamas were in attendance at Friday evening's performance and were seated in the orchestra section.

The president was in New York to attend the annual conference of the National Action Network, the civil-rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The president and the first lady returned to Washington on Saturday.

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Terry Riley's "At the Royal Majestic," an organ concerto written for Cameron Carpenter (pictured) as soloist and given its world premiere Friday night in Disney, is the most ambitious L.A. Phil commission of the festival.

Review: Minimalist Jukebox Festival anything but minimal here

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Minimalist Jukebox Festival orchestral program last weekend was not minimal, which Roget's tells us is synonymous for negligible, trifling, slight, nominal, token, insignificant, smallest. Find a dictionary of antonyms and you'll have a better idea of what it means when Hurricane Mama bellows, as she does every few years when Terry Riley blows into town.

This meteoro-musicological phenomenon was first felt six years ago in Walt Disney Concert Hall when Riley played the organ, which he dubbed Hurricane Mama. The composer of "In C," the 1964 work that inspired the...

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