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Seussical -- and the cat in the hat

Seussical -- and the cat in the hat

September

Sat., Sept. 22
"Oscar and the Pink Lady." From internationally acclaimed French playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt comes the heart-wrenching yet comical story of a hospitalized young man who develops a close bond with a female volunteer. Starring Rosemary Harris and directed by Frank Dunlop. Through Nov. 4. $39-$58. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. (619) 234-5623.

http://www.theoldglobe.org.

Sun., Sept. 23
Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland. A made-for-TV movie already in the works proclaims, "Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!" The crooning artist, at once both eccentric and enticing, will recreate the 1961 Carnegie Hall performance that solidified Garland's status as permanent legend, accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra. 7 p.m. $17-$24. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.

"The Mystery of Edwin Drood." When a Victorian musical troupe performs their wildly flamboyant interpretation of Charles Dickens' unfinished mystery, the lunacy of their creation halts half way through, the point at which Dickens died. It is then up to the audience to decide how the play will end. The Musical Theatre Guild, who present concert-staged readings of musicals, will bring this Tony Award-winner to life. 3 p.m. $39. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 848-6844.

http://www.musicaltheatreguild.com.

Tue., Sept. 25
The Dave Brubeck Quartet. The world-famous jazz pianist is rounding up his venerable quartet for a performance that will recall the quintessential Americana of a bygone era: the jazz nightclubs, dancehalls and musical improvisations that defined this historic genre. 8 p.m. $55. Pepperdine University's Center for the Arts, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

http://www.pepperdine.edu/arts.

Thu., Sept. 27
Gabbiano Nights. Spend an evening under the stars, sipping Italian wine and savoring Italian cuisine -- all for an excellent cause. An outdoor film screening of "Moonstruck" will be followed by a delicious meal by chef Claud Mann and wine tastings by a Tuscan winery. Proceeds will be donated to the Cancer Relief Fund. Arts Fighting Cancer. 8-10 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Pier. (310) 882-4019.

http://www.gabbiano.com.

Fri., Sept. 28
Arte Y Pureza Flamenco Performance: "Maestria." Straight from Seville, Spain and riding the coattails of a sold-out 2006 U.S. tour, world renowned singer-dancer Miguel Pena Vargas, a.k.a. El Funi, will dazzle audiences with rhythmic gypsy dances that characterize a fresh artistic approach to Flamenco. 8 p.m. $42-$50. Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (818) 249-1428.

Sat., Sept. 29
Italian Inflections. The most recorded mezzo-soprano of all time is bringing her stunning voice and natural beauty to our city. Jennifer Larmore will accompany the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in a charming evening of Italian opera that includes works by Rossini, Mozart and Schubert. 8 p.m. $17-$79. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Also Sun., Sept. 30, 7 p.m. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood. For tickets call (213) 622-7001, ext. 215 or visit http://www.laco.org.

Sun., Sept. 30
Grand Avenue Festival. Uptown girls and guys head downtown today as theatres, concert halls, museums and restaurants fling open their gilded doors for a free day of unbeatable entertainment. Perform-ances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, dance at the Colburn School, guided tours at MOCA, family programs at the Los Angeles Public Library and so much more! 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Grand Avenue, between Temple Avenue and Fourth Street. (213) 972-7611.

http://www.musiccenter.org.

October

Mon., Oct. 1
Reel Talk With Stephen Farber. The well-known film critic and historian will give us common folk a preview of Oscar-bound "Rendition," a suspense film about secret CIA interrogations in the Middle East, starring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin. The guest speaker will be director Gavin Hood, who won a Best Foreign Film Oscar for "Tsotsi." 7 p.m. $20. Wadsworth Theatre, Veterans Administration Grounds, Building 226, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 479-3003.

Dave Matthews Band. One of the last bastions of the traveling jam-band is coming to town and promises to be the hippest, most happening concert of the season for younger folks. Front-man Dave never disappoints with his soul-shattering vocals, and the band backs him up with exploding riffs on their extended musical improvisations. If you missed Woodstock, this is as close as it gets in the 21st century. 7 p.m. $45-$65. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. (323) 850-2000.

http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.

Thu., Oct. 4
TarFest. There is no shortage of festivals in Los Angeles, but this one in the heart of the historic Miracle Mile district is a unique opportunity for emerging film, music and art professionals to merge, mingle and gain creative exposure while enriching and entertaining the public. The four-day indoor-outdoor multivenue fest includes concerts, film screenings, installations, lectures and art exhibits galore. Through Oct. 7. Miracle Mile District, Los Angeles.

http://www.tarfest.com.

Fri., Oct. 5
George Carlin. "When you're born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front-row seat." Tart remarks, obscenities, clever wordplay and harsh political criticism are what you can expect from the notoriously misanthropic comic. Sit back and enjoy the rapid-fire routine that explores the limits of free speech and social commentary. 8:15 p.m. $39-$69. Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 622-4440.

http://www.livenation.com.

Sat., Oct. 6
NoHo Scene. Spend the day on the scene ... the fresh and funky art scene of North Hollywood, home to more than 30 theatres, studios and art galleries. Free shuttles will take locals and visitors to the various free theater, dance and music performances, art exhibits, film screenings, workshops, boutiques, restaurants and a wine garden. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. NoHo Arts District, between Burbank Boulevard and Camarillo Street on the north and south, and between Cahuenga and Tujunga Boulevards on the east and west. (818) 980-6646.

http://www.nohoartsdistrict.com/nohoscene.

Jethro Tull. The English experimental art-rock band, known for its distinctive vocals and flute work, will sound off the blend of blues, folk and ethnic rock that catapulted them to stardom during the hippie age. 8 p.m. $43-$73. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Tue., Oct. 9
"Movin' Out." "A bottle of red, a bottle of white ..." will charm audiences into singing aloud at this Broadway smash musical hit featuring 24 Billy Joel classics from "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" to "I've Loved These Days." The five-time Grammy Award-winner provided the music to Twyla Tharp's choreography that tells the story of the American youth coming of age in 1960s Long Island, disillusioned by the Vietnam War. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 14. $50-$59. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787.

http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Wed., Oct. 10
"The Quality of Life." Far right meets far left as two couples collide on morality, religion, politics and what determines the value of a life. Written and directed by Jane Anderson, this unique production immerses the audience in the action on stage and pushes them to question their own worldview. Through Nov. 18. $69-$74. Geffen Playhouse, Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. (310) 208-5454.

http://www.geffenplayhouse.com.

Sat., Oct. 13
Seussical. "Oh, the thinks you can think!" The Cat in the Hat; Horton the elephant; JoJo the Who; and Miss Gertrude McFuzz, the one-feathered bird, are just a few of the zippy, zany characters who find themselves intertwined in an incredible musical adventure based on Dr. Seuss' most beloved classics. TheatreworksUSA. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10-$15. Pepperdine University, Smothers Theatre, 2455 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

http://www.pepperdine.edu/arts.

Wed., Oct. 17
"Life of Galileo." Facing torture during the Holy Inquisition, one of the greatest thinkers and philosophers in history fought for his life arguing in defense of his views on science, politics, religion and ethics. Straight from London, the U.S. premiere of this Bertolt Brecht play adapted by David Hare is certain to resonate with audiences. L.A. Theatre Works. Through Oct. 21. $20-$46. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

http://www.skirball.org.

Thu., Oct. 18
"A Forest of Symbols: The Historical and Social Palm Tree in Los Angeles." Ever wondered about the history behind Los Angeles' most recognized visual emblem? Okay, besides the "Hollywood" sign. Throughout its history, Los Angeles has been earmarked by the ubiquitous imagery of palm trees lining its promenades. Tonight, environmental historian Wade Graham will discuss the presence of the palm tree in our great green city. 7 p.m. Free. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 586-6488. For museum hours, visit http://www.smmoa.org.

Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Built out of the rubble of Gyumri, an Armenian city devastated by a 1988 earthquake, Kohar is a 150-person ensemble of musicians, choral singers, dancers and performing artists who fuse Armenian culture with classical music. The internationally acclaimed orchestra and choir are on their first North American tour. 8:15 p.m. $25-$150. Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal CityWalk, Universal City. (323) 469-7356.

http://www.koharconcert.com.

Sat., Oct. 20
Paul Pitsker & Ashley McLean Emenegger. Pitsker's watercolors vitalize small insects, moths and tiny birds as their shiny skins illuminate their place in a dangerous, man-made world. Emenegger combines fragments of organic materials with antique photographs to create "borrowed memories," which when brought together create deep narratives filled with emotion. Through Nov. 24. Bandini Art, 2635 S. Fairfax Ave., Culver City. For gallery hours, call (310) 837-6230 or visit http://www.bandiniart.com.

The Mark Morris Dance Group. Set to the music of Mozart, this innovative and elegant performance blends classical and modern elements of movement and technique in a visual marriage of folk dances, lifts and ensemble sculptures. The Washington Post likened choreographer Mark Morris to the classical music prodigy, calling him "our Mozart of modern dance." 7:30 p.m. $22 -$95. The Music Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500.

http://www.musiccenter.org.

Tue., Oct. 23
Zocalo at the Skirball With Francisco Goldman. The culmination of a nine-year research and reporting investigation into the murder of Guatemala's leading human-rights activist, Bishop Juan Gerardi, Goldman's novel "The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?" reveals the truth behind the mara youth gangs, organized crime and the state of human rights in Central America. The popular L.A. cultural forum will spotlight Goldman's first non-fiction work through discussion and book signing. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.

http://www.skirball.org.

Wed., Oct. 24
Alice Sebold. Grab a cup of Joe and stop by the Hammer to listen to the bestselling author of "The Lovely Bones" read from her work. The popular novel is being made into a film by Peter Jackson, due out in 2008. 7 p.m. Free. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000.

http://www.hammer.ucla.edu.

Thu., Oct. 25
"Naked Ambition." Michael Grecco has created iconic portraits of Steven Spielberg, Will Ferrell and Teri Hatcher. But for this exhibit, he snapped celebrities of a different kind: sex stars. Featuring selections from his recently published book, "Naked Ambition: An R-Rated Look at an X-Rated Industry," the show includes photos of Ron Jeremy, Jenna Jameson and Chi Chi LaRue. Opening reception and book signing 7-9 p.m. Through Nov. 24. Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 937-5525.

http://www.stephencohengallery.com.

Fri., Oct. 26
Things That Go Bump in the Night. Get your Halloween howl on with three classic horror tales adapted for the stage: Edgar Allan Poe's iconic "The Tell-Tale Heart," W.W. Jacobs' odd "The Monkey Paw," and Arthur Conan Doyle's adventurous "The Ring of Thoth." 8 p.m. Also Sat., Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. $18-$22. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3600. http://www.bowers.org.

"What's Been Bothering You Lately?" Playing perpetually miffed characters is not all that actor Charles Grodin can do. He can also write books and plays, like this world premiere of his comedy starring Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actress Carol Burnett, who plays an in-over-her-head couples' therapist desperately trying to sort out the lives of others. Through Nov. 18. $30-$37. Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. (818) 955-8101.

http://www.falcontheatre.com.

Kris Kristofferson. His story began when he became a janitor at Columbia Records in Nashville. Before long, this Rhodes Scholar established himself as one of the most important voices in American songwriting. Having penned classics like "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down," this formidable music legend's appearance is selling fast to an eager audience, so get your tickets now. 8 p.m. $65. Pepperdine University's Center for the Arts, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu. (310) 506-4522.

http://www.pepperdine.edu/arts.

Sat., Oct. 27
Girl Frenzy. This all-female extravaganza combines the all-star power of Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne and Fiona Apple with the raw talent of up-and-coming sirens Colbie Caillat, Sara Bareilles and Antigone Rising, with more artists to be added soon. A portion of the proceeds from this innagural lady fest will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 6 p.m. $29-$125. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. (949) 855-8095.

http://www.girlfrenzyfestival.com.

November

Sat., Nov. 3
Aquarium of the Pacific Autumn Festival. Dive headfirst into the rich arts, cuisines, cultures and marine environments of Japan, China, Korea and the Philippines. Move to the sounds of taiko drumming, watch martial arts demonstrations, try your hand at origami and taste the delicacies of the Far East. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Nov. 4. Free-$20. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. (562) 590-3100.

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org.

Intertribal Arts Marketplace. Celebrating the ancient traditions and modern innovations of Native American artists, this signature Autry event brings more than 100 artists together to display and sell their pottery, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, weavings, beadwork and woodcarving. In addition, there will be performances, dancing, singing, storytelling, arts and crafts and the opportunity to view the museum's latest photography exhibit, "Picturing the People." Through Nov. 4. Free-$12. Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000.

http://www.autrynationalcenter.org.

Tue., Nov. 6
"Damn Yankees." Despite all her sultry shenanigans, Lola doesn't get what Lola wants in this remake of the 1955 Broadway hit. Baseball fan Joe Boyd turned baseball star Joe Hardy overcomes the devil's scheming to help the Senators win the Pennant while returning to his loving wife. Jason Alexander helms the production as the new Artistic Director of Reprise! Broadway's Best. Through Nov. 18. $60-$75. Freud Playhouse at UCLA, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.

http://www.reprise.org.

Thu., Nov. 8
Tango Buenos Aires. The hypnotic, pulsating rhythms of tango are brought to life through passionate and dramatic portrayals of the social dance popularized by the immigrant classes of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Through Nov. 11. 7:30 p.m. $20-$70. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787.

http://www.ocpac.org.

Wed., Nov. 14
"The History Boys." Sex, sport and Oxford are what a wild bunch of witty, intelligent boys are after in the Tony Award-winning play by Alan Bennett. Two teachers with opposing views on life and education vie for the boys' hearts and minds in a fierce battle between idealism and pragmatism. Center Theatre Group. Through Dec. 9. $20-$80. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772.

http://www.centertheatregroup.org.

Thu., Nov. 15
The Idan Raichel Project. The dreadlocked, tattooed Israeli keyboardist, composer and producer assembled a collective of musicians culled from Israel's multi-ethnic communities. Creating a fusion of rhythms with Ethiopian, Arab, Yemenite and Caribbean artists, Raichel's innovative cross-cultural sound became an overnight sensation in Israel and continues to play to sold-out crowds around the world. 8 p.m. $42-$76. Royce Hall, UCLA. (310) 825-2101.

http://www.uclalive.org.

"You Can't Take It With You." A fizzy, frothy, fun-filled production of Kaufman and Hart's Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about two families colliding as their respective son and daughter prepare to walk down that aisle of all aisles. Through Dec. 23. $26-$49. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura. (805) 667-2900.

http://www.rubicontheatre.org.

Sat., Nov 17
Yo-Yo Ma. The superstar cellist is known for traversing expansive musical terrain, from Bach to tango, from Asia to the Middle East. Tonight, he teams with longtime friend and collaborator, pianist Kathryn Stott, for what promises to be nothing short of a masterful musical experience. 8 p.m. $55-$125. Royce Hall, UCLA. (310) 825-2101.

http://www.uclalive.org.

Sun., Nov. 25
"Scarlett Sisters Lost Circus." Pack your big red clown shoes and tightrope for this audience-involving show because acrobatic sisters Scarlet No. 1 and Scarlet No. 2 are going to need your help! Volunteers are enlisted to fill in as clowns, tightrope walkers, lion tamers and strongmen (and women) in a kooky family-friendly circus that will have you laughing, clapping and lifting dumbbells. 2 p.m. $10 (family of four), $5 (additional members), $7 (single ticket). Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3679.

http://www.bowers.org.

Thu., Nov 29
"Berlin: Symphony of a Great City." What is a city symphony? For Walter Ruttman, it's his 1927 documentary, a full-feature montage capturing everyday images in "kaleidoscopic" view and liberating the quotidian imagery of a metropolis in order to illuminate a dynamic and energetic urban space. UCLA organist Christoph Bull will perform a live score to this cinematic masterpiece. 8 p.m. $22-$36. Royce Hall, UCLA. (310) 825-2101. http://www.uclalive.org.

December

Sat., Dec 1
Youssou N'Dour. Rolling Stone described this Senegalese musician as "a singer with a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it." Bridging African traditions with western influence, his world-pop fusion is remarkably distinctive. 8 p.m. $38-$60. Royce Hall, UCLA. (310) 825-2101.

http://www.uclalive.org.

Sun., Dec 2
"The Nutcracker." A timeless holiday classic that feels fresh every year as the sugarplum fairies dance their way through the falling snowflakes. Performed by the Conejo Civic Ballet Company. 2:30 p.m. $16-$29. Also, performed by the Pacific Festival Ballet, Dec. 15 and 16. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $24-$38. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 848-6844.

http://www.civicartsplaza.com.

Tue., Dec.4
"The Rat Pack Live at The Sands." You're in Las Vegas at the legendary Sands Hotel. The big band is blaring raucous tunes, three lovely women are crooning in sync and three wisecracking hep cats are charming the audience with "The Lady Is a Tramp" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Experience the golden age of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin all over again at this vivid recreational performance. Through Dec. 16. $25-$60. Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111.

Fri., Dec. 7
"A Christmas Carol." This is Charles Dickens' holiday classic as he never would have imagined it: Scrooge is a world-famous fashion designer who hits rock bottom after his (business) partner, Marley, dies. Love ultimately saves the day in this progressive gay/lesbian production. Through Dec. 30. $20. Celebration Theatre, 7051B Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 957-1884.

http://www.celebrationtheatre.com.

Wed., Dec. 12
"Major Barbara." George Bernard Shaw's sharp comedy about a female major in the Salvation Army tackles family relations, religion, ethics and politics as only the master dramatist can. The L.A. Theatre Works production will be taped to air on the nationally syndicated radio series, "The Play's The Thing." Through Dec. 16. $20-$47. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889.

http://www.latw.org.

Thu., Dec. 13
"The Color Purple." Oprah Winfrey presents a soulful musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker set in the deep South during the early 1900s. Center Theatre Group. Through Mar. 9. $20-$100. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles. (213) 972-7231.

http://www.centertheatregroup.org.

Sun., Dec 23
"Broadway on Ice." The best-loved musicals of Broadway are given fresh new life in a sparkling ice skating rink. Olympic skating champions and stage stars join together to reinvent the musicals we all know and love. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (818) 848-6844.

http://www.civicartsplaza.com.

Ongoing

"Slow Dancing." This sprawling outdoor installation features 30 of the world's most prominent modern and ballet dancers performing slow-motion video portraits. The hyper-slow images of each dancer were shot on a high-definition camera recording 1,000 frames per second and are projected onto 16-foot screens. The result is an intimate discovery of the stunning nuances that comprise each moment of bodily movement. 6 p.m.-midnight. Through Sept. 26. Free. Music Center Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500.

http://www.musiccenter.org.

"Who Killed Bambi?" Artists Mindy Cherri, Sarah FitzSimons, Diana Markessinis, Liz Young and Carrie Yury look at Nature from hostile, ironic and suspicious points of view, questioning why the natural world is idealized in a culture that is constantly at war with it. Through Sept. 27. Cypress College Art Gallery, 9200 Valley View St., Cypress. (714) 767-5861.

http://www.theofficeart.com.

"Gregory Euclide: The Walks I Take Turn to Paper." The Minneapolis-based artist works primarily with paper, but not in the traditional sense. His mixed media, three-dimensional works and site-specific installations explore the interstices of nature and humanity. Through Oct. 6. BLK/MRKT Gallery, 6009 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (310) 837-1989.

http://www.blkmrktgallery.com.

"The Urban Myth: Visions of the City." We live in the first period of history where more people live in cities than in rural areas. This exhibit reflects the significance of the city in the life of the artist, representing romance, energy, excitement, adventure, power and mystery. Through Oct. 6. Sullivan Goss Gallery, 7 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. (805) 730-1460.

http://www.sullivangoss.com.

"The Hasty Heart." John Patrick, an allied ambulance driver during World War II, was on a ship returning home from battle when he was inspired to pen this life-affirming play about six wounded soldiers and a nurse who cling to each other for love and compassion in the shadow of the war. Through Oct. 14. $20-$25. Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Blvd., Venice. (310) 822-8392.

http://www.pacificresidenttheatre.com.

"The Dreamer Examines His Pillow." Tommy and Donna broke up. Tommy is now dating Donna's sister. Donna goes to see her father. Tommy goes to see her father. This simple plotline gets all tangled up as love and art collide in John Patrick Shanley's intense drama. Through Oct. 14. $15-$20. McCadden Place Theatre, 1157 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. (818) 765-8732.

http://www.plays411.com.

Do It Now: Live Green. A dress made of old audio cassettes and a chair made out of dried banana peels are some of the recycled and repurposed items you'll see at this environmentally conscious art exhibit. Through Oct. 20. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 665-6905.

http://www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery.

A Centennial Celebration: The Life of Norton Simon. A detailed biography is accompanied by rarely seen photographs of the successful businessman and avid art collector. From humble beginnings in Oregon to a 1965 Fortune magazine feature, the exhibit illustrates Norton Simon's remarkable life. Through Feb. 11. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-6840.

http://www.nortonsimon.org.

The Getty Center. Luc Delahaye's life-sized chromogenic print depicting a shoeless Afghan lying on the ground, bloodied from his murder, sits a wall away from Edward Weston's nudes, his beautiful lover lying in the sinuous sand. These two startling and innovative photographers' works are on display through Nov. 25. Free. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. For museum hours, please visit http://www.getty.edu.

The Getty Villa. On their first trip abroad since World War II, two of the most revered Roman sculptures will stand on the cliff hanging over the sea. Found in 1711 in an ancient Roman town on the bay of Naples, they are considered iconic works of antiquity. On view through Oct. 13, 2008. Free. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades. (310) 440-7300. To reserve an advance, timed ticket (required) to the Villa, visit http://www.getty.edu.


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