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Essential Arts & Culture: L.A. culture after the riots, a stirring Beethoven concert, controversial Carl Andre

Artist Jeff Beall has created a series of works inspired by the 23 unsolved deaths from the 1992 riots. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Culture and the Los Angeles riots. Carl Andre’s controversial show at MOCA. And Jeffrey Kahane’s galvanizing rendition of Beethoven. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, with your weekly infusion of everything culture:

Remembering the ’92 riots

Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and The Times is gathering its extensive coverage on the subject at this link. This includes many cultural pieces, including a Q&A with filmmaker John Singleton about his documentary on the subject, the riots stories of Korean American filmmakers, the story of how an archive of the work of pioneering black architect Paul R. Williams was lost in the flames, and my article about how artist Jeff Beall is mapping the sites of the uprising’s 23 unsolved deaths.

Plus: Frances Anderton looks at how the riots changed architecture. KCRW Design & Architecture

The ‘infuriating’ Carl Andre

Times art critic Christopher Knight writes that minimalist sculptor Carl Andre, the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, “has been infuriating people for half a century.” Some have criticized the nature of his work, made with unadulterated industrial materials. Others have taken issue with Andre’s personal life: In the ’80s, the artist was charged and acquitted in the death of his wife, artist Ana Mendieta. “I’m glad the retrospective overview is here,” writes Knight, “and I’m glad that it was greeted with protests.” Los Angeles Times

Beverly Hills Koons-hall

Jeff Koons and his gazing balls are in town for his first Los Angeles show in five years at the Gagosian gallery in Beverly Hills. “What all these different works share in common is the use of reflection,” he tells The Times’ Deborah Vankin. “It’s affirming you, it’s affirming any movement you may make, everything’s dependent on you.” I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me. Los Angeles Times

Art in a time of tumult

L.A. painter Mark Bradford is representing the United States at the Venice Biennale in Italy, which opens this month. At a time of great political change, it became a fraught task. “Making this body of work became very, very emotional for me,” he tells Jori Finkel. “I felt I was making it in a house that was burning.” New York Times

Beethoven with a side of politics

Jeffrey Kahane staged his penultimate weekend concert as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with what Times classical music critic Mark Swed describes as a “galvanizing performance” of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, known as the “Ode to Joy.” It was a presentation that included a dive into politics, since elements of the composition have been embraced for purposes both sinister and enlightened. Los Angeles Times

Because too much Swed is never enough: Our critic looks at how the Monday Evening Concert Series at the Colburn School in Los Angeles is bringing all kinds of complex and rarely performed music to eager audiences, and he took in an “electrifying” show by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by guest conductor David Robertson.

A play that is like a writer’s room

Setting: a conference room. The characters: a group of storytellers who have come to pitch their narrative concepts. That’s the basis of Annie Baker’s new play, “The Antipodes,” on view through mid-June at the Pershing Square Signature Center. The play is as much a story about stories as it is about group dynamics. “The show is brought to life by a strong ensemble cast that features many different shades of masculinity,” writes Times theater critic Charles McNulty. But, he observes, it’s still working out the balance between slow-motion observation and “daring non-naturalistic flourishes.” Los Angeles Times