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March 19, 2009 |  8:21 am

Shepard_fairey_and_his_hope_poster-- Good news for a change: Shepard Fairey's Obama poster designs win the 2009 Brit Insurance Design of the Year award.

-- Range of talent: Charles McNulty remembers the daring choices made by actress Natasha Richardson, 45, who died Wednesday of injuries suffered in a ski accident.

-- Honoring the actress: Broadway to dim its lights tonight at 8 in memory of Richardson, who won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in 1998 in "Cabaret."

-- Hoping to swipe him away: Rome Opera extends an offer to Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director designate Riccardo Muti.

-- Recuperating in hospital: Actor Stacy Keach suffers a mild stroke. No word on when he'll return as Richard Nixon, in the touring production of "Frost/Nixon" at the Ahmanson Theatre.

-- Objection: City of Chicago challenges appellate court's ruling on "vagueness" of historic landmark law.

-- Pot of gold: James Conlon, music director of Los Angeles Opera, wins a $1-million tax ruling in Germany.

-- Another victim of the economy: Atlanta Symphony announces $1.3 million in budget cuts and cost-saving measures, including executive pay cuts, furloughs and a hiring freeze.

-- "Homophobic" environment?: ACLU sues high school in Orange County over cancellation of student production of "Rent."

-- Big move: Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play" moves from Berkeley Rep to Broadway.

-- Two Santa Monica buildings nominated for landmark status.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Shepard Fairey in his Echo Park studio. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

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