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April 20, 2009 |  8:40 am

Esa-Pekka Salonen

-- Take a bow: Esa-Pekka Salonen is named conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as he performs his final concert as the Phil's music director.

-- Rendering a decision: Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens renders an opinion on who wrote Shakespeare's plays.

-- 36 years later: Pete Townshend discusses turning "Quadrophenia" into a stage musical.

-- Rescued from the rubble: Fragile Statue of Virgin Mary rescued in quake-damaged L'Aquila, Italy.

-- Protests set: Outrage erupts over Israel Defense Forces' dance troupe performance plans in London.

-- On hiatus: A drop in donations forces Brooklyn Philharmonic to drop its entire 2009-10 season.

-- Talking to the master: Frank Gehry talks about work, art and inspirations in "Conversations With Frank Gehry" by Barbara Isenberg. Architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne's review of the book is here.

-- Productions everywhere: London's Donmar Warehouse extends its reach.

-- Big plans: Architect Moshe Safdie discusses plans for $5-billion casino development.

-- Mixing in some fun: Shepard Fairey takes a break from legal battles to spin at Coachella.

-- Shocking display: Sculpture of Jesus Christ in an electric chair makes waves in France.

-- Grass-roots effort: Artists and neighbors look for ways to beautify Venice's community spaces.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Esa-Pekka Salonen is greeted with rapturous applause from the audience and his musicians after concluding his final concert as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho

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