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La Vie de Hipsters

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Well, this is a total no-brainer: the Pacific Opera Project is staging a version of La bohème set not in 1840s Paris, but in modern-day Highland Park. The company's artistic director, an HPer, says "Puccini's characters match up so well with current characters I see every day at the coffee shops and bars on York. Rodolfo, the poet becomes a screen writer. Marcello, the painter, becomes a graphic designer. Mimi, the seamstress becomes a fashion designer. Musetta, the actress, becomes an actress (and sometimes model/beer promo girl/ and who knows what else )." [Eastsider LA, image via]