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Gustavo Dudamel finds time to unwind in L.A.

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As the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel leads a hectic life filled with rehearsals, concerts, meetings, more rehearsals and more meetings.

Still, the 29-year-old Venezuelan conductor knows how to relax and have a good time away from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Although he’s only been the orchestra’s music director for one year, Dudamel already has favorite local spots when it comes to unwinding and recharging his musical batteries.

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In an interview with the Times, Dudamel named two restaurants that he enjoys — one near his home in Beachwood Canyon and another farther away in Beverly Hills. He also talks about where he likes to buy music as well as where he and his wife, Eloisa Maturén, like to catch a movie for date night.

Read the full story about where Dudamel like to go out in Southern California. And check back with Culture Monster next week for reviews of Dudamel’s August appearances at the Hollywood Bowl — he’ll conduct a performance of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ on Sunday, followed by concerts Tuesday and Thursday.

-- David Ng

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