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With 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,' heaven knows the Queen of Disco deserved better than this

Every season theater producers drop a cache of coins in the jukebox like gamblers pouring quarters into slot machines. Broadway jackpots might be rarer than Las Vegas windfalls, but the behemoth paydays of “Jersey Boys” and “Mamma Mia!” keep the old records spinning inside our theaters.

It’s now Donna Summer’s turn.

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Noon to Midnight, L.A. Phil delivers new music (and free ice cream)

The logo for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 12-hour new music extravaganza, Noon to Midnight, was a large bright yellow sun surrounded by a color wheel of small rings darkening from orange to, well, midnight blue. So it was Saturday at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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When clothes are more than clothes: Phyllis Green's designs are journeys, hung on a hangar
Applause, and a caution, for the planned Museum and Institute of California Art

In the wake of the exciting news that UC Irvine plans to build a Museum and Institute of California Art, two thoughts have been rumbling around inside my head.

One concerns art, the other, architecture. Both have to do with the epochal transformation in California’s artistic fortunes over the last two generations or so.

Let’s start with the art.

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When refusing the hour saves the day

When the celebrated South African artist William Kentridge created his installation “The Refusal of Time” for Documenta 13, the international exhibition in Kassel, Germany, five years ago, it proved such a draw that you had to refuse an hour or more to wait in line to see it.

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Gala celebrates Plácido Domingo's 50 years on the L.A. stage

Exactly 50 years after he took the stage in Alberto Ginastera’s “Don Rodrigo,” Plácido Domingo celebrated the golden anniversary of his Los Angeles debut in a starry L.A. Opera gala Friday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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