Sat., Dec. 9
"Jamaica, Farewell." Jamaica Cultural Alliance benefit performance of the one-woman show, written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt, about her bold escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the early 1980s. Post-performance reception with Jamaican specialties and an exhibit of Jamaican artist Bernard Hoyes' work. 7:30 p.m. $35. The Colony Theatre, 555 N. Third St., Burbank. (323) 692-0423.
Filipino American Jazz Festival. Two-day festival features Filipino jazz vocal quintet Crescendo; pianist, conductor and arranger Toti Fuentes; vocalist Charmaine Clamor; and saxophonist Julius Tolentino, among others. Jazz-Phil. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; also Dec. 10, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $25-$30. Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 512-5543, ext. 2.
Sun., Dec. 10
"Laugh Is Hope Comedy Club" Aboard the Queen Mary. Comedy, fashion, silent auction and dancing fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Featuring comedian Steven E. Kimbrough. 7-11:30 p.m. $65. (909) 631-0100. www.laughishope.com.
Debbie Reynolds' Show-Stopping Hits. Reynolds pairs with dance partner Jerry Antes in this musical revue. 3 p.m. $35-$57.50. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345.
Mon., Dec. 11
Los Angeles Master Chorale's "Messiah" Sing-Along. Music Director Grant Gershon conducts the Master Chorale and the audience in a singalong to Haydn's masterpiece, including the "Hallelujah Chorus." 7:30 p.m. Also Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. $19-$64. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 787-5262.
Tue., Dec. 12
Matthew Bourne's "Edward Scissorhands." Adaptation of Tim Burton's gothic fairytale motion picture. Dance at the Music Center with Center Theatre Group. 8 p.m. $35-$85. Through Dec. 31. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500. www.musiccenter.org/dance.
"Slava's Snowshow." This theatrical extravaganza, created by master clown Slava Polunin, melds the art of clowning with visual images and fantasy, culminating in a snowstorm that engulfs the audience. UCLA Live series. 8 p.m. $32-$68. Through Jan. 7. Royce Hall, UCLA campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. www.UCLALive.org.
Thu., Dec. 14.
Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter. The comedians, two of the stars and creators of the 2005 TV show "Stella," appear together. 8 p.m. $22.50. Wiltern LG, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-1400.
Fri., Dec. 15.
Tyne Daly in Scenes From "Agamemnon." Stephen Wadsworth directs a small cast performing significant scenes from the first play in the "Oresteia" trilogy and explores Aeschylus' dramaturgy, literary identity, and preoccupations as artist and citizen. Villa Theater Lab. 8 p.m. Also Dec. 16, 8 p.m.; Dec. 16, 3 p.m. $17. Getty Villa Auditorium, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 440-7300.
Sat., Dec. 16.
Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band. Writer, actor, director and jazz clarinetist Allen performs with his jazz ensemble. 8 p.m. $25-$125. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101.
"Gold Rush!" Interactive programs allows visitors to discover the myths and realities of the American gold rush. 30-minute programs, ongoing between 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat. and Sun. Free with museum admission ($3-$7.50). The Autry National Center's Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000.
Thu., Dec. 21
Bolshoi Ballet Academy's "Nutcracker." More than 50 dancers from the Bolshoi Academy perform this family holiday classic to Tchaikovsky's music. 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 24. $15-$55. 300 East Green St., Pasadena. (213) 365-3500.
Fri., Dec. 22
Hoobastank. Alternative pop/rock group best known for their crossover hit "The Reason." 7 p.m. $17-$20. The Key Club, 9039 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (310) 274-5800.
Thu., Jan. 4
"Saul Bass: The Hollywood Connection." Exhibition of the graphic designer's work for the American film industry includes film posters, a montage of motion picture title sequences and an Oscar-nominated short documentary. Our California Series. Through April 1. Free. Related film screenings on Tuesday afternoons, through February. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. www.skirball.org.
Fri., Jan. 5
"Up Close and Personal." Exhibition of Gilbert B. Weingourt's candid photos of icons and public figures from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. 11 a.m.-midnight, daily through Feb. 15. Reception with the photographer Jan. 13, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. ArcLight Cinemas Galleries, 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 464-1478.
Blues Traveler Concert. Hamonica Virtuoso John Popper performs with his blues and rock band, best known for their hit "Run Around." 8 p.m. $25-$47.50. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345.
Sat., Jan. 6.
Louis Malle's "Black Moon" and "Lacombe Lucien." Part of American Cinematheque's "Overlooked and Underrated" series, showcasing films from the 1940s through the 1980s that received modest praise when released but have emerged as classics. Upcoming films include Jules Dassin's "10:30 PM Summer," Edward Dmytryk's "Mirage" and Robert Mulligan's "Baby, the Rain Must Fall," among others. 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 4. $7-$10. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 466-3456.
Art Garfunkel. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend performs his greatest hits and personal favorites, including "Mrs. Robinson" and "Sound of Silence." 8 p.m. $32-$57.50. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (800) 300-4345.
Melody of China and The Hsiao Hsi Yuan Puppet Theater. Director Hong Wang narrates an exploration of Chinese music played on traditional instruments. Also, southern Chinese traditional puppet theater, "budai that," with stage movements and vocal styles adopted from Peking Opera. World City Series. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Free. W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheater, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3379. www.musiccenter.org
Tue., Jan. 9.
Justin Timberlake's "Futuresex/LoveShow." Accompanied by a 14-piece band and back-up dancers, Timberlake will perform in the round. Includes special guest Pink. 8 p.m. $56-$97.50. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. www.hondacenter.com. Also Jan. 16 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232.
Fri., Jan. 12
"Defiance." Set in 1971, this second play in John Patrick Shanley's trilogy that began with "Doubt!" explores race relations on a North Carolina military base. Through Feb. 18. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529.
Sun., Jan. 14
"Dogeaters." A panorama of life in the Philippines in the last years of the Ferdinand Marcos' regime. Written by Jessica Hagedorn, based on her National Book Award finalist novel of the same name. Playwrights' Arena and TDRZ Production of the Center Theatre Group. $20-$55. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (213) 628-2772.
Tue., Jan. 16
Joan Collins and Linda Evans in "Legends!" The "Dynasty" divas reunite in a comedic catfight written by James Kirkwood. Broadway LA. 8 p.m. Through Jan. 28. $27.50-$77.50. Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 365-3500.
Wed., Jan. 17
Horace Silver Tribute. Friends and former band mates celebrate pianist and composer Silver. Featuring Christian McBride, Cedar Walton, Dee Dee Bridgewater and others. 8 p.m. $33-$93. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
Marisa Chibas' "Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary." Chibas' solo performance includes key episodes in the history of her illustrious family (including her father, Raul Chibas, co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro). 8:30 p.m. Through Sat. Jan. 20. $20-$24. REDCAT Theater, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. (213) 237-2800.
Thu., Jan. 18
New West Symphony. Featuring Christopher O'Riley performing Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. 8 p.m. $23-$73. Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 694-3550.
Sun., Jan. 21
"Forbidden Hollywood." Musical spoof of movies including "Titanic," "Star Wars" and "Lord of the Rings." Dortort Program for the Arts. 7:30 p.m. $45. University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-1246.
Wed., Jan. 24
Twelfth Annual Los Angeles Art Show Opening Night Gala. More than 80 domestic and international galleries display a range of art works representing "Five Centuries of Fine Art." Fine Art Dealers Association. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $200 (opening gala); $18 (general admission). Through Jan. 28. Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 822-9145. www.LAArtShow.com.
Thu., Jan. 25.
"William Lees Judson: Craftsman at Heart, Painter by Trade." Lecture by David Judson of the Highland Park art glass studio, Judson Studios, followed by a light reception at the Gamble House. Part of Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series of the Friends of the Gamble House. 7:30 p.m. $15-$25. Neighborhood Church, 2 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. Also, tour of Judson Studio, Jan. 27, $20-$25. (626) 793-3334, ext. 52.
Sun., Jan. 28.
American Youth Symphony With Guest Soloist Ilana Setapen. Conducted by Music Director Alexander Treger, the symphony performs works by Brahms, Bela Bartok and Ned Rorem. 5:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk); 7 p.m. (concert). Free. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, 10745 Dickson Plaza, Los Angeles. (310) 451-3400.
Wed., Jan. 30.
"Sunday in the Park With George." Jason Alexander directs Kelli O'Hara in Stephen Sondheim's musical. Reprise! Broadway's Best. 8 p.m. Through Feb. 11. $20-$75. UCLA's Freud Playhouse, MacGowan Hall, UCLA Campus, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101.
Fri., Feb. 2
David Copperfield in "An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion." 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.; also Feb. 3, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $40-$75. Kodak Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232.
"Universe of Dreams" With Ensemble Galilei and Narrator Neal Conan. A multimedia concert experience where Celtic and Early Music is combined with poetry and stories inspired by images from the Hubble Space Telescope. 8 p.m. $10-$25. Cal Tech, Beckman Auditorium, 332 South Michigan Ave., Pasadena. (626) 395-4652.
Musica Angelica Performs Bach Cantatas. Martin Haselbock conducts, with soprano Linda Perillo and baritone Florian Boesch. 8 p.m. $12-$45. Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Also Sun., Feb. 4, 4 p.m., All Saints' Church, 504 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 458-4504. www.musicaangelica.org.
Sun., Feb. 4.
Paco de Lucia in Concert. Internationally recognized master of flamenco guitar. 7:30 p.m. $33-$85. World Music Series. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000.
Wed., Feb. 7
David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow." Randall Arney directs a revival of Mamet's dark, comic dissection of the movie business. 7:30 p.m. $35-$69. Through Mar. 18. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. (310) 208-5454.
"The Tale of the Allergist's Wife." Marsha Mason, Tony Roberts and Jobeth Williams star in this LA Theatre Works reading of the 2001 Tony nominee for Best Play. 8 p.m. $20-$46. Through Feb. 11. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. www.latw.org.
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence "One Shot: First Glance." Choreographer Brown's new work inspired by the life and art of African American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris, known as "One Shot." Also on the program are "Grace" and "Order My Steps." The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series, in partnership with Dance at the Music Center. 8:30 p.m. Through Feb. 10. $20-$32. REDCAT Theatre, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. (213) 237-2800.
Sat., Feb. 10
"Rise and Fall of the City of Mahogonny." Playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill's blend of opera and raucous music hall songs, directed by John Doyle, stars Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone. Los Angeles Opera. 7:30 p.m. Through Mar. 4. $30-$200. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. For more on this, see story on page 8.
Sat., Feb. 10
"Wicked." Based on the novel by Gregory McGuire, with music by Stephen Schwartz, this hit musical tells the untold story of the witches of Oz. BroadwayLA. 7:30 p.m. $30-$88. Pantages Theater, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 468-1770.
Mon., Feb. 12
Musical Theatre Guild's "Street Scene." Concert Staged reading of the Pulitzer Prize winning Elmer Rice/Kurt Weill/Langston Hughes classic musical play. 7:30 p.m. $37. Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. Also Feb. 18, 3 p.m. at Thousand Oaks' Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 583-8700.
Tue., Feb. 13.
Elif Shafak's "The Bastard of Kabul: A Novel." Author Shafak in conversation with L.A.Times book critic and author Jonathan Kirsch. ALOUD at Central Library. 7 p.m. Free. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 228-7025. www.aloudla.org. Wed., Feb. 21
Ballet Flamenco. Sara Baras and Ballet Flamenco perform Sabores (Flavors), showcasing the many styles and flavors of flamenco. UCLA Live. 8 p.m. $30-$70. Through Feb. 22. Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood. (310) 825-2101.
Fri., Feb. 23
Maya Angelou. Poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, producer and director Angelou speaks. Music Center Speaker Series. 8 p.m. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-0700.
Wine Show Extraordinaire 2007. Domestic and international wines, gourmet foods and art aboard the Queen Mary. Long Beach Education Foundation. 7 p.m. (opening night gala), $175 (includes dancing and cocktails). Also, Feb. 24-25, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., $50. The Queen Mary, 1126 Queen's Highway, Long Beach. (877) 564-2051, ext. 4.
Sat., Feb. 24
"The Women of Lockerbie." Deborah Befoort's play, directed by Brent Hinkley, about the crash of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The Actors'Gang. 8 p.m. Through April 28. $20-$25. Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. (310) 838-4264. www.theactorsgang.com.
"Knick, Knack, Paddy-Wack." (ages 3-6) African American storyteller Diane Ferlatte brings folk tales, myths, legends and fables to life through songs, dance, sign language and music. Pillow Theatre series. 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Free. BP Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3379. www.musiccenter.org.
"Gilgamesh." Stephen Mitchell's new version of the classic mythical journey, adapted for the stage by Stephen Sachs. 8 p.m. Through April 1. $30-$34. The Theatre at Boston Court, 70 North Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 683-6883. www.bostoncourt.org.
Wed., Feb. 28
"Some Assembly Required: Contemporary Fabricated Houses." Featuring eight modern modular house projects, presented as scale models and in photographs, drawings, material samples and videos. Through May 13. Free. Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 289-5223.
Federico Garcia Lorca's "Don Perlimplin and His Love for Belissa in the Garden." Guest director David Zinder's adaptation of Lorca's play incorporates portions of several other works of Lorca's, including "poem on love" and "Blood Wedding." California Repertory Company. Through Dec. 16. $15-$20. Edison Theatre, 213 E. Broadway, Long Beach. (562) 985-5526. www.calrep.org.
Englebert Humperdink's "Hansel and Gretel." Director and designer/visual artist Douglas Fitch has created 12-foot tall creatures, fantastical sets and elaborate stage effects for the Los Angeles Opera's production, sung in English. Through Dec. 17. $35-$220. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. www.losangelesopera.com.
"The Roads to Home." Horton Foote's three independent one-acts with overlapping characters set in 1920s Texas. 2nd Story Theater. Through Dec. 17. $15. The Lost Studio, 130 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 600-3682. www.theroadstohome.com.
"Time and Again." Santa Barbara-based artist Patricia Chidlaw's bold paintings of rapidly vanishing roadside America. Through Dec. 23. Terrence Rogers Fine Art, 1231 Fifth St., Santa Monica. (310) 394-4999.
"On The Couch: Cartoons From the New Yorker." More Than 75 cartoons poking fun at Freud's psychoanalytic theories and practice. Includes works by William Steig, Roz Chazt and Bruce Eric Kaplan, among others. Through Dec. 31. Free. Ruby Gallery, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. www.skirball.org.
"The Marvelous Wonderettes." This pop musical tells the story of four high school girls and features songs from the '50s and '60s. Extended through Dec. 31. $35-$40. El Portal Forum Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (888) 505-7469. www.elportaltheatre.
"Jazz Giants." Mural-sized photographs by Herman Leonard document the jazz scene from the 1940s to today. Through Jan. 13. Free. Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250. www.faheykleingallery.com.
Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking." Fisher's one-woman show chronicling her unusual childhood and her ultimate triumph over adversity. Extended through Jan. 14. $35-$69. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. www.geffenplayhouse.org.
MOCA's Mark Rothko. Paintings by New York School artist Rothko. Through Jan. 21. Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310) 289-5223. www.moca.org.
"What the Deuce Are You Staring At!?" Twenty-one artists of the Lowbrow Pop Movement celebrate the characters, design and sensibility of TV's "Family Guy." Through Jan. 21. Free (suggested contribution $5-$10). Museum of Television and Radio, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1025. www.mtr.org.
Bob Baker Marionette Theatre's "Nutcracker." This holiday classic features recordings from the familiar to the truly eclectic and every style of puppets from marionettes to shadow puppets. Through Jan. 28. Free (children under 2), $10-$12 (general). Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, 1345 W. First St., Los Angeles. (213) 250-9995. www.bobbakermarionettes.com.
"Yosemite: Art of an American Icon." Two-part exhibition thematically explores the history of Yosemite from 1855 to the present through paintings, photography, and artifacts. Includes works by Albert Bierstadt, Edward Weston, David Hockney and Wayne Thiebaud, among others. Through Jan. 31 (Part I); through April 22 (Part II). Free (children under 6), $3-$7.50 (general). Autry National Center, Museum of the American West, 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 221-2164. www.autrynationalcenter.org.
"Growing Structures: Breathing Wall." Paris-based architecture firm Jakob+MacFarlane's motorized installation of a fragment of a theoretical building. Through Feb. 4. SCI-Arc Gallery, 960 E. Third St., Los Angeles. (213) 613-2200, ext. 328. www.sciarc.edu.
"Ansel Adams at Manzanar." Photography exhibit, organized by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, includes over 50 vintage prints Adams took during trips to Manzanar relocation camp between 1943 and 1944. Through Feb. 18. $4-$8. Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., Los Angeles. (213) 625-0414. www.janm.org.
"Where We Live: Photographs From the Berman Collection." Exhibition surveys post-war American life through nearly 170 works by 24 contemporary artists. Through Feb. 25. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu.
"The Collectible Moment: Photographs in the Norton Simon Museum." Survey of the museum's photography holdings, featuring 163 photographs by 104 artists. Through Feb. 26. $4-$8. Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-6840. www.nortonsimon.org. "Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai." Rare Byzantine icons and manuscripts, from the sixth to the 17th centuries, from the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai. Through March 4. Free. J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu.
"Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images." Exhibit explores the impact of Belgian surrealist Magritte's work on U.S. and European artists of the post-war generation. Through March 4. $2-$22. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5095 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6522. www.lacma.org.
"Unbroken Ties (Sins Rupturas): Dialogues in Cuban Art." Featuring contemporary Cuban art: paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture and video presentations. Through March 4. $3-$5. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-1689. www.molaa.org.
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