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Essential Arts & Culture: A 2017 rewind, lots of 'Nutcracker' and Bach, art and selfie marketing

A look back at the very tumultuous — yet culturally productive — year that was 2017. The joy of “The Nutcracker.” And why too much Bach is never enough. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s top arts and culture stories:

2017 IN REVIEW

We have come to the year’s end!

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Bruckner as a holiday treat? The L.A. Phil thinks so

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is not known as a Bruckner orchestra. No American orchestra other than the brassy Chicago Symphony is. The Austrian composer’s main body of work, his nine spiritually effusive, lyrically languorous and climactically clangorous symphonies that last an hour or more (sometimes much more) are a hard sell.

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The 99-Seat Beat: A theater in fire-scarred Ventura makes its holiday wish
Tweets, sexual abuse and racial divides shook the entertainment industry and beyond in 2017

It was a year we couldn’t have fathomed, a year of strife and weirdness, a time of wild tweets and endless scandal, when movies gave us reflection, Ken Burns jolted us back to Vietnam, and the entertainment industry was shaken by sexual abuse accusations that raised disturbing questions about what’s behind the art, film and music that shape American culture.

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Best art in 2017: Our critic's top 10 exhibitions, plus one very big worry
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