Pier change: Lila Downs, who had been scheduled to perform at the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series Thursday night, has canceled because she is recovering from an appendectomy. She'll be replaced by the Lowrider Band at 8:15 p.m. Very Be Careful opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Wagner DVD: Germany's Bayreuth Festival has agreed to enter a deal with a production arm of Britain's Royal Opera House to produce and sell DVD recordings of composer Richard Wagner's operas recorded at the annual festival.

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