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Deborah Vankin

Deborah Vankin is an arts and culture writer for the Los Angeles Times. In what’s never a desk job, she has live-blogged her journey across Los Angeles with the L.A. County Museum of Art’s “big rock,” scaled downtown mural scaffolding with street artist Shepard Fairey, navigated the 101 freeway tracking the 1984 Olympic mural restorations and riddenDoug Aitken’s art train through the Barstow desert. Her award-winning interviews and profiles unearth the trends, issues and personalities in L.A.’s arts scene. Her work as a writer and editor has also appeared in Variety, LA Weekly and the New York Times, among other places. Originally from Philadelphia, she’s the author of the graphic novel “Poseurs.”
LACMA isn’t worried about missing a year-end fundraising target for its new museum. But challenges remain

The fund-raising tally that was at $550 million in July has grown to just $560 million at year's end. Is the new Peter Zumthor building stalled? And do various new hurdles — including a slowing economy and a delayed environmental impact report — pose a threat to the project's future?

L.A. Phil violinist Vijay Gupta is leaving the orchestra and taking his song to the streets

Gupta, 31, named a MacArthur Fellow this year, will take his $625,000 stipend and focus on his Street Symphony, which performs for L.A.'s homeless and in jails. "I want to find the things that terrify me and lean into them,” he says.

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