A few interesting stories on my radar yesterday and today:

• The Old Globe Theatre has two opening nights coming soon and has had to replace a cast member at the last minute in each play. (Not sure how often this happens, but it seems like a big hurdle to surmount.) (Union-Tribune)

• A costume designer works with “garish and kitschy” as guides — definitely not “pretty” — as she builds the wardrobe for Cygnet Theatre’s upcoming production of “Cabaret.” (KPBS)

• For that play, Cygnet is twisting the usual casting to have a woman play The Emcee — its artistic director hopes to convey the “seductive quality of fascism and Nazism and nationalism.” (Union-Tribune)

• A San Diego home theater company installs a Star Wars-themed system in a 10,000-square-foot mansion in Honolulu. (DVice)

• An interesting look at the American younger siblings of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education program (like this one in Chula Vista). (NPR)

• It is a museum, but people live there: How the Obamas influence the White House’s art collection. (New York Times)

I’m the arts editor for VOSD. Please contact me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531 and follow me on Twitter: @kellyrbennett.

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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