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Danny Elfman and his film scores taking center stage at Nokia Theatre
Danny Elfman and his film scores taking center stage at Nokia Theatre

Inside Studio Della Morte, the Los Angeles compound where Danny Elfman spends much of his professional life, antique dolls, skulls and leering puppets coexist with deranged fairy tale paintings by Mark Ryden and mesmerizing Diane Arbus photographs. The haute sideshow décor might be an effective visual representation of Elfman's gleefully ghoulish sensibility, but it also serves as a catalog of the inspiration and influences that have helped shape his prodigious musical output. What you won't see, though, is a shrine to his own creative past. "If it's something I find in a flea market, I might preserve something very old with great care and love — but...

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