Fri., March 16
"Irish Writers Entertain: An Evening in the Company of Irish Writers." One-man show starring Neil O'Shea. Part of the annual Irish Cultural Festival. Loyola Marymount University (LMU). 7:30 p.m. Free. LMU, Barnelle Black Box, Foley Building, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 338-3051.
Sat., March 17
"Cult of Childhood." Multiple artists explore the menace and charm of childhood. Opening reception 7-10:30 p.m. Through April 15. Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 660-9393. www.blackmariagallery.com.
Thu., March 22
Joffrey Ballet Performances. Two dance programs, one featuring live orchestra accompaniment, and the other featuring contemporary music by The Beach Boys, Prince and Motown artists. Choreography by Twyla Tharp, George Ballanchine and four others. Through March 24. $25-$115. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-0711. www.musiccenter.org/dance.
Werner Herzog Tribute and Film Retrospective. Screenings of "Heart of Glass," "Fitzcarraldo," "Grizzly Man," and other films by the German director. Herzog will be discussing his work at some of the programs. American Cinematheque. Through March 25. $7-$10. Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (323) 466-3456. www.aerotheatre.com.
Ventura County Jewish Film Festival. Film subjects include the fate of European art during the Third Reich, a French butcher who saves the lives of three Jewish children, the journey of musician Debbie Friedman and a romantic tale of unrequited love. Through March 25. $36 (festival pass), $10-$12 (individual screenings). Regency Theatre Buenaventura 6, 1440 Eastman Ave.; and Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Blvd., Ventura. (805) 647-4181. www.vcjff.org.
Sun., March 25
"Projectile Poetry." Hosted by Theresa Antonia, Eric Howard and Carmen Vega, the program features readings by published poets as well as an open mic for newcomers. 3 p.m. Dutton's Brentwood Books, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 476-6263. www.duttonsbrentwood.com.
"Requiem." World premiere of Christopher Rouse's musical piece, performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children's Chorus and baritone Sanford Sylvan. Conducted by Grant Gershon. 7 p.m. $19-$109. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (800) 787-5262. www.lamc.org.
"Distracted." Lisa Loomer's comedy about an 8-year-old boy diagnosed with ADD and the fast paced, overly wired environment that may have caused it. Directed by Leonard Foglia and starring Rita Wilson and Bronson Pinchot. Center Theatre Group. Through April 29. $20-$55. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.
Tue., March 27
"Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life." Tony Award-winning dancer stars in a musical production celebrating her 50-year career. Directed and choreographed by Graciela Daniele. Through April 1. $25-$75. Wilshire Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-4900. www.wilshiretheatrebeverlyhills.com.
Fri., March 30
Roy Zimmerman's "Faulty Intelligence." Singing political satirist takes aim at Saddam, Dick Cheney, creation science and more. 8 p.m. $25. Steinway Hall at Fields Pianos, 12121 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 471-3979.
"California Style: Art and Fashion From the California Historical Society." Exhibit includes Victorian-era paintings, ball gowns and a re-created private parlor from the 1880s. Through May 27. $3-$9. Autry National Center, Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. www.autrynationalcenter.org.
Thu., April 5
"The Art of Vintage Israeli Travel Posters." Commemorating Israeli Independence Day, the exhibit displays posters produced by Israeli government tourism agencies as well as national and private transportation companies during the 1950s and 1960s. Through July 8. Free. Skirball Cultural Center, Ruby and Hurd Galleries, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500.
Fri., April 6
John Legend Concert. Special guest Corinne Bailey Rae. 8:15 p.m. $30-$75. Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City. (818) 622-4440.
Sat., April 7
"Sleeping Beauty Wakes." Musical adaptation incorporating deaf and hearing actors signing and singing to the book by Rachel Sheinkin. Also features GrooveLily .Center Theatre Group/Deaf West Theatre. Through May 13. $20-$40. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (213) 628-2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.
Wed., April 11
"The Elixir of Love." Gaetano Donizetti's light-hearted romantic opera is set in a West Texas diner in the 1950s. Opera Pacific. Through April 22. $27-$200. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (800) 346-7372. www.operapacific.org.
Thu., April 12
"KCLU Presents Terry Gross." The host of National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" will speak about her experiences interviewing renowned writers, actors, musicians and political figures. Book signing will follow discussion. California Lutheran University. 8 p.m. $15-$50. Fred Kavli Theatre, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787.
Malibu International Film Festival. Competition festival premiering films from around the world. Opening night party at The Penthouse and awards night at Geoffrey's Malibu. Through April 16. $10-$100. Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 452-6688. www.malibufilmfestival.com.
Jane Austen Book Club. Series of six book club luncheons discussing Jane Austen novels with UCLA Professor of English Charles Lynn Batten. Novels included. Literary Affairs. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. May 10, June 14, July 12, Sept. 27, Oct. 25. $375. Beverly Hills Country Club, 3084 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 553-4265. www.literaryaffairs.net.
Fri., April 13
"The Diary of Anne Frank." Selections from the book performed as an opera and staged in specially prepared areas of parking garages. Featuring Laura Hillman, Schindler's List survivor. Composed by Grigori Frid. Long Beach Opera. Through April 19. $15-$70. Lincoln Park parking garage, Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, Long Beach; Sinai Temple parking garage, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (562) 432-5934. www.longbeachopera.org.
Sat., April 14
"Preschool Poetry Jam." David Prather hosts interactive children's program with jump rope jingles, Shel Silverstein's poetry, tumbling boxes, scooters and more. Part of Pillow Theatre Series for 3-6 year olds. Music Center. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Free. BP Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-3379. www.musiccenter.org.
Tue., April 17
"ALOUD at Central Library: Barry Glassner." Author of "The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know About Food is Wrong" in conversation with Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's "Good Food." Moderated by food writer Laurie Winer. Library Foundation of Los Angeles. 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., April 18
Apichatpong Weerasethakul Film Exhibit. Selection of films by Bangkok-born filmmaker, known for his experimental work in narrative cinema. Includes "Mysterious Object at Noon" and "Tropical Malady." Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Through June 17. $4-$8. REDCAT, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. (213) 237-2800. www.redcat.org.
Fri., April 20
Steve Sas Schwartz Exhibition. Los Angeles-based painter presents new body of work. Opening reception includes light fare, wine and entertainment. 6-9 p.m. Through May 20. Lowe Gallery, 2034 Broadway, Santa Monica. (310) 449-0184. www.lowegallery.com.
Benji Hughes. Singer-songwriter Hughes performs. Part of Friday Nights at the Getty series. 7:30 p.m. Free. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu.
"Spirit Dances 10: Courage Has Many Faces." Marion Scott presents and performs in her dance series, which includes spoken word, film and live music by various artists. Through April 22. $15-$20. Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. (310) 315-1459. www.highwaysperformance.org.
Sat., April 21
"Mona Kuhn: Less Than Innocent." Nude photography exhibit. Opening reception 7-9 p.m. Through May 26. M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 550-0050. www.mbfala.com.
Sat., April 28
"Gardens of Intrigue: Greenscapes of Magic and Mystery." Landscape architect Heather Lenkin discusses botanical design and leads a tour of the 21 gardens surrounding her Pasadena home. Friends of the Gamble House. 12:30 p.m. $15-$25. Neighborhood Church, 2 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. (626) 793-3334 ext. 52. www.gamblehouse.org.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Includes over 400 authors, 300 exhibitors, author panels, outdoor stages and children's areas. Through April 29. Free. UCLA campus, Westwood. www.latimes.com/fob.
"The Merry Widow." Susan Graham stars in Franz Lehar's operetta. Los Angeles Opera. Through May 26. $30-$220. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. www.laopera.com.
Wed., May 2
"Sacred Monsters." Royal Ballet principal guest artist Sylvie Guillem and British Asian choreographer and dancer Akram Kahn explore the boundaries between Indian classical kathak dance and ballet. Solos and duos will examine the notion of male and female energies as forces in opposition and in harmony with one another. UCLA Live. Also May 3, 8 p.m. $20-$68. UCLA, Royce Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. www.uclalive.org.
Thu., May 3
Silver Lake Film Festival. More than 200 independent and alternative features, documentaries and shorts are screened in venues throughout Los Angeles' Eastside communities. Through May 12. www.silverlakefilmfestival.org.
Fri., May 4
"Alexei Jawlensky (1864-1941)." Exhibition features more than 100 paintings and works on paper by the renowned 20th-century artist. Part of the Blue Four, a group of Expressionist artists, Jawlensky created subjective, highly emotional and spiritual images composed of distorted forms and non-naturalistic colors. Through Nov. 5. Free-$8. Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-6840. www.nortonsimon.org.
"Porgy and Bess." George Gershwin's tale of love lost and found in an African-American community in South Carolina. Los Angeles Opera. Through May 20. $30-$220. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. www.laopera.com.
"Should I Stay or Should I Go?" Caltech's Jared Leadbetter, Margaret Wertheim and Hope Tschopik Schneider explore the phenomenon of migration using the case study of minute life forms called microbes. Part of "The Diversity of Life" First Fridays series. Curator-led tour of Ancient Latin American Hall precedes discussion. Live music performance follows. 5:30 p.m. Free-$9. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466. www.nhm.org.
Sat., May 5
"Rent." Broadway rock musical based on Puccini's "La Boheme." Theater League. 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Also May 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $36-$49. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. www.toaks.org.
"Rosanne Cash, Black Cadillac: In Concert." A graceful exploration of Cash's personal and musical legacy. Her gift of storytelling is showcased as she weaves interpretations of American masters and the Carter-Cash heritage through her own song catalog. Part of the "Songbook Series." 8 p.m. $33-$93. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. www.laphil.com.
Wed., May 9
Will Shortz. The enigmatologist and puzzle master for The New York Times and National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday discusses word games, puzzles and the secrets of the trade. UCLA Live. 8 p.m. $15-$35. UCLA, Royce Hall, Westwood. (310) 825-2101. www.uclalive.org.
Thu., May 10
Musaic at the Jazz Bakery. Six concerts spanning three days, two sets per night. Each night features an exploration of works by classical composers followed by a performance of genre-bending re-imaginings of the same composer's works by curator Uri Caine and guests. Through May 12. $25 (indiv. sets), $40 (both sets on the same day), $99 (festival pass). The Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. (213) 622-7001, ext. 215. www.laco.org.
Sat., May 12
"The Constant Wife." 1926 comedic play by W. Somerset Maugham tells the story of Constance Middleton, who learns of her husband's indiscretion with her best friend, and challenges our perceptions of love and marriage with a surprise course of action. Through June 10. $50-$60. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. (626) 356-7529. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org.
Sun., May 13
"Eden's Edge: Fifteen L.A. Artists." An exploration of art made in Los Angeles during the past decade that crosses generations, mediums and materials. Links artists who create work ingrained with intensely personal visions. Includes work by Lari Pittman, Ken Price, Jason Rhoades and Jim Shaw. Through Sept. 2. Free-$5. UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Wed., May 16 "Arnulf Rainer." The contemporary Austrian artist's work explores the causes and limitations of artistic expression. Exhibit will provide insight into his unique working method, which involves creating a variety of designs and graphic detailing before compiling it all to create his posters. Through Aug. 26. Free-$17. MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. (323) 651-1510. www.makcenter.org.
Fri., May 18
Company Nacional de Danza 2. The Spanish dance company founded by artistic director Nacho Duato performs a repertory of Duato's works and those of young and promising choreographers. Through May 20. $35-$85. Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-0711. www.musiccenter.org.
Sun., May 20
"Revel With a Cause" Santa Monica Festival 2007. 16th annual festival honors the many cultures that have shaped Santa Monica's history and the environment that sustains them. Features punk-mariachi-hip-hop group Los Super Elegantest, dance group Bollywood Step Dance, workshops, Eco Zone, a marketplace and youth stage. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free. Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. www.arts.santa-monica.org.
Tue., May 22
"Arab and Muslim Characters on Prime-time TV: The View From Hollywood." Members of Hollywood's creative community explore television's portrayal of Arab and Islamic characters in a post-9/11 world. Part of the "Media as Mirror" series. 7 p.m. $15-$25. Museum of Television and Radio, 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. www.mtr.org.
Fri., May 25
"Jersey Boys." The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons comes to Los Angeles as part of a national tour. Through Aug 5. $30-$175. Ahmanson Theatre, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. www.centertheatregroup.org.
Sat., May 26
Family Art Lab. Outdoor drop-in workshop. Parents and children may visit the exhibition "Oudry's Painted Menagerie" and then make their own animal-inspired masterpieces. In English and Spanish. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sat., through July 15. Free. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu.
Wed., May 30
Cinema: The Best of the 2007 Milan International Film Festival (MIFF). The best of MIFF's international independent films are screened. 6 p.m., through June 1. Free. Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 443-3250. www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it.
Los Angeles Philharmonic "Shadows of Stalin." Program features Ligeti's Romanesc, Husa's Music for Prague 1968 and Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts. 8 p.m. $15-$135. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. www.laphil.com.
Sat., June 2
"Jesse Simon." A surfer and artist, Simon utilizes broken surfboards as his medium, transforming deconstructed surfboards into complex, elegant formalities. Through July 7. Patricia Faure Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., B7, Santa Monica. (310) 449-1479. www.patriciafauregallery.com.
Sun., June 3
"Luisa Fernanda." Starring Placido Domingo. Los Angeles Opera. Through June 16. $30-$220. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. www.laopera.com.
"Ferdinand the Bull." Part of the Family Fundays with Creative PlayGround series, the piece brings to life Munro Leaf's story about a young bull who does not like to fight. Series continues on Sundays in June. 11 a.m. $8. The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. (310) 455-3723. www.theatricum.com.
"Jukebox Stories." L.A. premiere of the Berkeley comedy show that features writer/performer Prince Gomolvilas and singer/songwriter Brandon Patton storytelling, song-singing and bingo-playing. 1 p.m. Also June 10. Call for price. Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. (323) 461-3673. www.fordamphitheatre.org.
Mon., June 4
"SPARK: An Evening of Storytelling." Seven people write and perform personal narratives sparked by a particular theme. The theme of the month is "White." 7:30 p.m. $10. The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (866) 633-6246, ext. 5.
Thu., June 7
Music Center Speaker Series presents Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Lecture by the novelist of such books as "Slaughterhouse Five" and "Cat's Cradle." Also, June 8, the series presents journalist Bob Woodward. 8 p.m. $50-$120. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232. www.musiccenter.org.
Sat., June 9
"Mata Ortiz Pottery: A 40-Year Phenomenon." Features ancient ceramic vessels from the Casas Grandes and Paquimé areas and pieces by 12 of the top potters from the village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico. Reception June 9, 6-9 p.m. Through Aug. 25. Free-$3. American Museum of Ceramic Art, 340 S. Garey Ave., Pomona. (909) 865-3146. www.ceramicmuseum.org.
Larry Karush Jazz Combo. The pianist and his quartet return to deliver rhythmic and lush jazz. Music at the Court series. 8 p.m. $25-$30. Marjorie Branson Performance Space, Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 683-6883. www.bostoncourt.org.
Tue., June 12
"Mexican Baroque." Members of the L.A. Master Chorale and percussionist Alex Acu?a perform the music of Mexico and South America from the 15th through the 18th centuries. The final concert of the Art and Music series connects to LACMA's special exhibition, "Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820." 8 p.m. $5-$25. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. www.lacma.org.
Wed., June 13
"George Gershwin Alone." Creator/performer Hershey Felder recreates the more important moments in the composer's life, telling the story behind the composition of his most famous works. The third movement in a trilogy about composers by Felder, titled "The Composer Sonata." Through July 22. $35-$69. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. www.geffenplayhouse.com.
"Sonia Flew." L.A. Theatre Works records the Los Angeles premiere of the play by Melinda Lopez. Hector Elizondo and Phillip Casnoff star in the story about a Cuban immigrant raising two children with her Jewish husband in Minneapolis, and her struggle with childhood memories of escaping the Cuban revolution when her only son enlists in the military following Sept. 11. Through June 17. $20-$46. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. www.latw.org.
CONTINUING Billy Connolly Live. The lauded British comedian tackles all things taboo for 15 performances only. Through March 24. $53-$58. Brentwood Theatre, Veteran's Administration grounds, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood. (310) 479-3003. www.richmarkent.com.
"YO! What Happened to Peace?" Exhibition of peace, anti-war and anti-occupation posters. Through April 1. Imix Books, 5052 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 251-2512. www.imixbooks.com.
"Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration." 30-year retrospective of prints highlighting the creative processes and technical collaboration between one of America's most important living artists and the master printers who together have challenged the boundaries of traditional printmaking. Through April 22. Free-$10. Orange County Museum of Art, 850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 759-1122. www.ocma.net.
"Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentation in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1970." Fifty-seven works drawn from Research Library holdings representing the anti-establishment collaboratives that emerged in the twenty years after World War II in Japan. Through June 3. Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu.
"WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution." The first comprehensive, historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art. Focuses on 1965-1980, the crucial period during which the majority of feminist activism and art-making occurred in North America. Includes works by approximately 100 artists from around the world. Through July 16. $5-$8. Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 626-6222. www.moca.org.
Bob Baker Marionette Theater's "Spring Fiesta!" Skating sombreros, dancing cacti and revelling skeleton puppets. Through Nov. 1. Free-$12. 1345 W. First St., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (213) 250-9995. www.bobbakermarionettes.com. l
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