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

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! The Times culture team rounds up the best and the worst of the arts in 2017:

— For Times theater critic Charles McNulty, 2017 was a year overrun with theatrical “flotsam and jetsam.” But individual performers — Bette Midler, Laurie Metcalf and Bruce Springsteen —...

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