Billy Joel goes uptown again, but this time it's Twyla, not Christie, he's crooning for. Pop and high culture fuse the backbone of "Movin' Out," the musical that merges Joel's music with Twyla Tharp's modern dance choreography, and word on the New York streets is this marriage might last. It arrives this week at the Pantages.
Through Oct. 31. 8 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Sun.). $55.50-$80.50. 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (213) 365-3500.
From "Movin' Out" to "Take Me Out," L.A. theater continues to impress today at the Geffen Playhouse's Brentwood Theatre. The Richard Greenberg Tony Award-winner examines the repercussions of a celebrity baseball player's decision to out himself publicly, and in the process, the larger cultural context of what it means to be a gay athlete in America.
Through Oct. 24. $28-$46. 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Bldg. 211, Los Angeles.
And speaking of coming out, you can now own the CD "Will
and Grace: Let the Music Out." The compilation includes old favorites by past
guest stars including Cher and Jennifer Lopez, as well as two duets: Carly Simon
and Megan Mullally sing Simon's "The Right Thing To Do," and Barry Manilow and
Eric McCormack sing a song they wrote together especially for the album, "Living
With Grace." Fans of the show will also appreciate the homage to Kevin Bacon.
Continuing where his guest-starring episode, "Bacon and Eggs" left off, included
among the 15 tracks is a new rendition of the song "Footloose" sung by the Bacon
Brothers. $13.99. www.amazon.com.
Going once, going twice and gone by next week are the
more than 100 telephones enjoying second incarnations as works of art. The
Zimmer Children's Museum and GOTTA HAVE IT! Auctions have united to create an
online auction of telephones decorated by celebrities, community leaders,
students and everyday heroes to benefit youTHink, the museum's art education
outreach program. Bid on sculptures by Mischa Barton, Elizabeth Taylor and Diane
Sawyer for the worthy cause. www.gottahavit.com.
'Tis the season for deep thinking and introspection, and
PBS encourages just such behavior tonight. "The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and
Sigmund Freud With Dr. Armand Nicholi" presents Nicholi and a panel getting
philosophical and placing Freud's and Lewis' opposing theories of God under
scrutiny. 9-11 p.m. www.kcet.org.
Youth programs and art converge again today. The Anti-Defamation League's "Dream Dialogue" brings together high school students of different backgrounds to connect across ethnic lines. On display is the fruit of their recent efforts: the "Faces of L.A." photographic exhibition, which depicts the diversity of the Los Angeles community through the eyes of its teenagers. It's on display at the Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts through Oct. 16.
1-5 p.m. (Tuesdays and Thursdays), 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Wednesdays), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Saturdays). Free. 9200 Mines Ave., Pico Rivera. (310) 446-8000, ext. 232.
Your o.c.d. tendencies work to your advantage this morning, and you've actually got time to kill before warming up the pre-Kol Nidre dinner. Why not head to the University of Judaism for some quiet time with a good book -- or a few? The Platt and Borstein Galleries presents "Transformations: Artists' Books and Collages." The exhibition by seven artist bookmakers stretches the boundaries of size, shape and material, reimagining and pushing the envelope on the very concept of what makes a book a book.
Through Nov. 24. Open today from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 201.