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Spring Arts Preview 2019: Critics' recommendations and profiles of the emerging artists you should know now

Spring is here, but the super bloom isn't the only hot ticket in town. This season promises a variety of things to do, places to visit and people to see. From Dianne Wiest at the Mark Taper Forum to the revival of "Falsettos," from the Merce Cunningham Trust at UCLA to Elliott Hundley at MOCA, there's something for every kind of arts fan. Read The Times' full spring arts preview coverage below to find out what's coming in the worlds of theater, art, architecture, dance, classical music and beyond.

Spring art picks: OCMA, Elliott Hundley’s dive into MOCA and more

Several Southern California art museums are partially or fully closed for expansion projects, but some enticing exhibitions are set to open. On Times critic Christopher Knight's list: Chris Kallmyer, Sarah Lucas, Gwynn Murrill and Korean writing, among others.

Lars Jan’s ‘White Album’ turns Joan Didion’s words into a multi-sensory performance

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance will present Lars Jan's multimedia performance piece the "White Album," based on the essay by Joan Didion. Writer David Ulin interviews the people behind the production and reflects on Didion's connection to L.A.

Spring theater picks: Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hnath, Nia Vardalos, ‘Niceties’ and ‘Falsettos’

Times critic Charles McNulty lays out the most promising theater for spring, including Wiest in Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days,” Hnath’s “Dana H.,” Vardalos in “Tiny Beautiful Things” and the national tour of William Finn and James Lapine’s musical. Also: “Poor Yella Rednecks” and “Indecent.”

Where is K-pop going in 2019?

A year after K-pop established a foothold in the United States, acts like BTS, Blackpink and Tomorrow x Together are figuring out what follows a breakthrough.

Spring Broadway national tour picks: ‘Chocolate Factory,’ ‘Fiddler’ and ‘Rent’ are coming

National tours of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Cats,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent,” “Miss Saigon” and more are bound for Southern California's stages. Here's the what, when and where.

Spring music picks: Ariana Grande, Vince Staples, Bikini Kill and more

Beyond Coachella, these are the 10 essential SoCal music events of spring.

Disney Hall’s ‘Thought Experiments’: New view of an L.A. landmark through immersive ‘video walk’

Artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have created “Thought Experiments in F# Minor,” which uses immersive sound and iPad video to create a new way of exploring Walt Disney Concert Hall. The effect? To blur the line between what you see in real life and what you experience onscreen.

7 highly anticipated debut novels to check out this spring

Here are seven debut novels coming out soon for you to check out, from Julie Langsdorf to Ocean Vuong.

She's 25 and on the rise: How L.A. choreographer Micaela Taylor became a hot name in dance

Micaela Taylor's rapid rise stems from fresh dance moves that blend contemporary technique with elements of hip-hop. She will premiere her evening-length work "Drift" at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood, then tour to Massachusetts' Jacob's Pillow in June.

Spring classical picks: Mahler’s Eighth, Hannigan’s Ojai and ‘Central Park Five’

Times critic Mark Swed runs through spring’s most promising concerts, including the debut of a new hall in La Jolla, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Stravinksy Festival, Zubin Mehta’s “Otello,” Stockhausen’s “Aus Licht” and David Lang’s crowd-sourced “crowd out.”

Youth symphony conductor Carlos Izcaray makes a new-music pledge: 50% female composers

The music director of the L.A,-based American Youth Symphony vows that at least 50% of the new music his group performs will be written by women. It's a pledge from someone who knows what it feels like to be marginalized: In his native Venezuela, Izcaray was imprisoned and tortured.

Spring architecture picks: LGBT Center, L.A. River, UCLA art studios, Coachella and more

The architectural landscape around us is changing. Here are projects to watch in the months ahead, including Albion Riverside Park along the L.A. River, the glass dome at Renzo Piano's Academy Museum, the Avery in San Francisco and the Shed in New York.

She created a ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama’: Inda Craig-Galván on facing a parent’s deepest fear

Not yet two years out of grad school, L.A. playwright Inda Craig-Galván has “Black Super Hero Magic Mama” premiering at the Geffen Playhouse and also writes for ABC's "The Rookie." She presents black women in lesser-seen ways and centers her new play on the shooting death of a black child.

Spring dance picks: Alvin Ailey, Eifman Ballet, ‘Night of 100 Solos’ and more

Spring dance highlights also include Pacifico Dance remixing traditional Mexican with modern, Mark Morris bringing back the Beatles-esque “Pepperland,” a pioneer of street dance leading a celebration in Hollywood and the Brockus Project devoting a night to women-run dance companies.

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