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Monster Mash: Free Dudamel concert; Adrian Noble to Old Globe; Liza Minnelli to Ventura; Getty Center reopens

July 10, 2009 |  8:10 am

Gustavo Dudamel --For the people: Gustavo Dudamel to make his debut as Los Angeles Philharmonic director with a huge free concert.

--Big-name addition: Royal Shakespeare Company's Adrian Noble takes over as artistic director of San Diego's Old GlobeShakespeare Festival.

--SoCal visit: Liza Minnelli to make a Southern California appearance at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura.

--Sending a message: China censors outspoken artist Ai Weiwei.

--Back to normal: The fire's out, Sepulveda Pass is clear and the Getty Center reopens today.

--Giving back stolen goods: Dutch return to Iraq ancient artifacts looted during the U.S.-led invasion in 2004.

--New leader: The Colburn School names Sel Karden, president and chief executive of the Music Institute of Chicago, as its new president.

--High-profile commission: Chicago architect wins competition for Burnham memorial.

--Return to stage: Victor Garber returning to Broadway in January in "Present Laughter."

--Return to role: Michael McKean to reprise role in Tracy Letts' "Superior Donuts" on Broadway.

--Broadway home: Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room," which premiered at Berkeley Repertory, to play at the Lyceum.

--Another trip: New York Philharmonic is invited to perform in Cuba.

--Lisa Fung

Photo: Gustavo Dudamel. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

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