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'Grey Gardens' replaces 'Titanic' in the Ahmanson's current season

"Grey Gardens" will replace "Titanic the Musical" in the Ahmanson Theatre's current season, Center Theatre Group announced Tuesday.

Broadway mainstays Rachel York and Betty Buckley will star in the production directed by Michael Wilson, with a book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. "Grey Gardens" runs July 2 through Aug. 14.

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L.A. theater listings, Nov. 29-Dec. 6: 'Guys and Dolls' and more

This week: Characters Dickensian and Runyonesque will appear on local stages.

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 10th-anniversary edition of this stage adaptation of the 1964 sci-fi comedy. Maverick Theater, 110 E. Walnut, Fullerton. Sun., 4 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m.; ends Dec. 23. $12, $22. (714) 526-7070.

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'The Peanuts Movie': Jazz pianist David Benoit provides musical rhythm

When the makers of "The Peanuts Movie" were ready to record the famous theme song for the 3-D animated adaptation of the beloved Charles M. Schulz comic strip, they turned to a jazz pianist who has had ample experience performing the syncopated rhythms created by the late composer Vince Guaraldi.

David Benoit has performed solo piano for "Peanuts" television movies and specials for more than 20 years.

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Jeff Colson, wizard of illusion, at Maloney Fine Art

The centerpiece of Jeff Colson's small but mighty show at Maloney is an installation titled "Stacks." A drop-leaf kitchen table stands alongside a two-drawer file cabinet, and the tops of both are heaped with paper: towering stacks, stray sheets, folded and wrinkled pieces.

A yellow milk crate beneath the table holds some overflow, and a few crumpled balls rest on the floor beside it.

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Simmons & Burke's newest at Kohn: Digital collages that dazzle and daunt

Simmons & Burke's newest works at Kohn throb with internal contradiction. Each of the eight huge prints dazzles and daunts. The artists, based in L.A., make their elaborate digital collages with surgical precision and sophistication, but the visual impact of what results has the blunt force of a hammer.

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France moves to bolster cultural venues, cinemas following terrorist attacks

The French government is moving to bolster cultural venues and cinemas across the country following last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, with Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin saying that at least 4 million euros, or about $4.3 million, have been allocated toward a "solidarity fund."

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