Fri., Sept. 4
Ana Laguna and Mikhail Baryshnikov: Three Solos and a Duet. Two legendary dancers join to perform works by three of today’s most heralded contemporary choreographers: Swedish choreographer Mats Ek; Alexei Ratmansky, currently the artist in residence at American Ballet Theatre; and Benjamin Millepied, principal with New York City Ballet. Laguna, who has received numerous awards for her performances with Stockholm’s Cullberg Ballet, and Baryshnikov, the founder and artistic director of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, will launch their limited engagement U.S. tour with this four-piece program at a gala evening that includes a pre-show sunset supper on the plaza and an exclusive party under the stars after the performance. 8 p.m. Also, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. $95-$1,000. Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. (310) 434-3200. thebroadstage.com.
Sun., Sept. 6
“Children of a Lesser God.” Deaf West Theatre presents a 30th anniversary production of this classic play by Mark Medoff, about the romance between a deaf woman and a teacher who work together at a school for the deaf, based partly on a true story. Shoshannah Stern, from TV’s “Jericho” and “Weeds,” and Matthew Jaeger star as two lovers who navigate the deaf world before the modern conveniences of e-mail and text messages. Thu.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2 p.m. Through Oct. 11. $15-$50. Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (866) 811-4111. deafwest.org.
Tue., Sept. 8
“Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas.” This satire mocking celebrities who take on humanitarian causes stars Matthew Modine as Matthew Modine, an ’80s heartthrob whose star has faded and is in need of a major career overhaul. In “Bruno” fashion, Modine takes on a social justice cause in order to elevate his profile, heading to a small South American village to save the Chimborazzi tribe’s alpacas. Hilarity ensues. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 18. $35-$55. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. geffenplayhouse.com.
Wed., Sept. 9
Natalie Cole and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Natalie Cole, the daughter of iconic entertainer Nat King Cole, has earned an abundance of accolades over the span of 30 years, winning multiple Grammy Awards and selling millions of albums. Originally scheduled to perform on July 15, Cole had to undergo kidney transplant surgery and has now fully recuperated. She will perform as part of the “Jazz at the Bowl” series. 8 p.m. $1-$96. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000. hollywoodbowl.com.
Thu., Sept. 24
“Parade.” Based on the 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank, who was convicted of killing a 13-year-old girl in Atlanta, Ga., the musical “Parade” depicts the media circus surrounding the infamous trial and explores themes of religious intolerance, justice, racial tension and love. Winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Book by Alfred Uhry and Best Music by Jason Robert Brown, the musical will star T.R. Knight from “Grey’s Anatomy” as Frank, with Lara Pulver playing his wife, Lucille. 8 p.m. Through Nov. 15. $20-$45. Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. centertheatregroup.org.
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Sun., Oct. 4
Cosmic Conjunction 2009: Music Moonlight Griffith Observatory. In a concert under the stars at the Griffith Observatory, a full symphony orchestra will perform an original composition, “Observations,” by Arthur B. Rubinstein of Symphony in The Glen. The program, featuring live narration by Leonard Nimoy, an inaugural event developed to bring together astronomy and the arts. The evening includes a gourmet picnic basket dinner by Wolfgang Puck. Sponsored by the Friends of The Observatory. 6-8:30 p.m. $150 and up. Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 473-0807. friendsoftheobservatory.com.
Thu., Oct. 8
Inaugural Concert: Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Gustavo Dudamel, the wild-haired prodigy from Venezuela who became the conductor of his country’s national youth orchestra at the age of 15, is the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s next music director, at 26. Dudamel begins his tenure at the L.A. Phil with an inaugural gala and opening night concert, featuring the world premiere of John Adams’ “City Noir,” a work inspired by our fair city, and Mahler’s joyous First Symphony. 7 p.m. $98-$150. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
Fri., Oct. 16
“Where the Wild Things Are.” Maurice Sendak’s celebrated 1963 children’s book has been adapted into a rollicking fantasy film by Spike Jonze. Combining live action, suitmation, animatronics and CGI, the film includes seven creatures portrayed by actors in foam suits, their faces generated by computers. Max Records plays a young boy named Max, who retreats to an imaginary world of monsters when his home life leaves him feeling misunderstood. wherethewildthingsare.warnerbros.com.
Hofesh shechter company. Acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter makes his West Coast debut at UCLA Live with his UK-based company performing a double bill, which he also scored. “Uprising” was inspired by the Paris protests of 2006 and “In Your Rooms” traces Shechter’s traumatic time in the Israeli military. The 33-year-old is one of Britain’s most sought-after choreographers. The Independent wrote of Shechter, “He’s more than up and coming: he’s arrived.” 8 p.m. Also, Oct. 17. $24-$48. UCLA Royce Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. uclalive.org.
Sun., Oct. 18
Adams and Mozart. The Los Angeles Master Chorale pairs John Adams’ modern classic, “Choruses From the Death of Klinghoffer,” a work that touches upon the Achille Lauro ship hijacking, with Wolfgang Mozart’s “Requiem,” his last composition before his death in 1791. 7 p.m. $39-$120. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-7282. lamc.org.
Tue., Oct. 20
Los Angeles clippers vs. Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. In a first time matchup, these two teams will duke it out in a fundraiser to benefit the Migdal Ohr orphanage in Israel. Attendance supports Israel’s largest youth village, which provides education, health care and counseling to orphaned, underpriveleged and impoverished immigrant children. 7:30 p.m. $25-$360. Staples Center, 111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Tickets: (800) 462-2849, group sales: (323) 936-4263. migdalohrusa.org.
Sat., Oct. 24
The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis. Influential comic artist R. Crumb first intended to use his characteristic satirical approach to illustrate the story of Adam and Eve. Instead, he has spent the past five years creating a literal adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament, incorporating every word from the 50 chapters. This highly-anticipated exhibition will display 207 black-and-white drawings from the book, which will be published in late October. Through Feb. 7, 2010. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $5 (seniors), $7 (general). Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu.
Sun., Nov. 8
The Wall Project. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a recreation of the barrier that once divided Germany’s capital will span Wilshire Boulevard for three hours in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Professional artists who will participate in painting the wall include “Obama Hope” muralist Shepard Fairey, L.A. muralist Kent Twitchell and Berlin artist Thierry Noir, who painted colorful human figures on the real Berlin Wall. The wall, once again, will come down as dignitaries wielding sledgehammers reenact the historical milestone. 3 p.m. 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. wallproject.org.
Sun., Nov. 29
“The Barber of Seville.” Gioachino Rossini’s most famous opera buffa, or comic opera, was written in only three weeks, but has remained a popular favorite ever since, ranking as number five on Opera America’s list of the 20 most performed operas in North America. The LA Opera production features Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez and the young American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the lead heroine, Rosina. 2 p.m. Through Dec. 19. $20-$260. LA Opera at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-7219. laopera.com.
Thu., Dec. 10
Mehta and Bronfman. Zubin Mehta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music director from 1962 until 1978 and the lifetime music director of the Israel Philharmonic, will conduct the L.A. Phil orchestra with virtuoso pianist Yefim Bronfman. A native of Tashkent in the Soviet Union, Bronfman immigrated to Israel in 1973 and made his international debut two years later with Mehta and the Montreal Symphony. The program will include Liszt’s “Orpheus,” Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” 8 p.m . $42-$160. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
Fri., Dec. 25
“Sherlock Holmes.” Guy Ritchie directs the Warner Bros. production of Arthur Conan Doyle’s seminal mystery tales, turning the intellectually sharp Sherlock Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., into an equally astute fighter and a story of intrigue and mystery into an explosive action adventure. Jude Law stars as Holmes’ colleague, Watson, and the lovely Rachel McAdams plays Irene Adler, the only woman who has ever outwitted the sleuth. sherlock-holmes-movie.warnerbros.com.