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Fall arts preview: critics' picks in art, dance, music, theater and architecture

September 13, 2010 | 11:34 am

The weather in Southern California might have been feeling like autumn for weeks now, but we at Culture Monster live by the arts calendar. And only now does the season truly beckon.

No matter the challenges of the reeling economy, arts institutions this fall are still taking risks, calling out the star wattage and ready to wow us. Check out the range of picks from Mark Swed (music), Charles McNulty (theater), Christopher Knight (art), Christopher Hawthorne (architecture) and David Ng (dance and performance).

Click on our Cheat Sheet: Fall 2010 Arts Preview, and then bookmark it as you make your plans for a  culture-laden season.

-- Sherry Stern

Photos, clockwise from top left: Gustavo Dudamel by Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times; artwork by Kim MacConnel; "Welcome to Arroyo's" by Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art by Ellen Sandor, Chris Kemp, Chris Day, Ben Carney and Miguel Delgado and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art