Honors: Santa Monica-based architect Thom Mayne has been awarded the MacDowell Colony's Edward MacDowell Medal for his contribution to the arts.


Ruling: A Malawian judge on Wednesday approved Madonna's adoption of a Malawian boy she met in an orphanage there in 2006.


Departure: Elizabeth Blumenstock, concertmaster and resident artistic director of Musica Angelica, has resigned from the Santa Monica-based period instrument ensemble.

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