June 12, 2008
Arts in L.A. Calendar June—August
(Page 3 - Previous Page)Sun., July 13
"Summer Family Fun Program: Guitar Making." The perfect Sunday outing for families with young children, this weekly series at the Farmers' Market features creative and constructive activities for children of various ages and talents. This afternoon, the Children's Museum of Los Angeles invites kids to make their own guitars and then play them with the Paul Green School of Rock Music, who will strum a set of rock 'n' roll tunes. As an added bonus, the Beauty Collection Apothecary store will facepaint rock-star themes on possible future famous faces. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Farmers' Market, Third Street and Fairfax, Los Angeles. (323) 933-9211. http://www.farmersmarketla.com.
Sun., July 13
"Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner." Although modernist architect John Lautner is considered an aesthetic and sociological visionary and has influenced the likes of Frank Gehry, his controversial work has been misunderstood. His freely expressed form has given rise to space age and even dystopian experiments, making him one of the most compelling and forceful figures in modern architecture. This exhibit, on international tour, is designed as a visceral experience for the spectator, using large-scale models, digital animations, color films, archival materials and drawings to depict the depth and breadth of Lautner's creative genius. A plethora of related programs accompany the exhibition, including panel discussions, film screenings and symposia examining how the architect imagined and constructed his innovative architecture. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed Mondays). Through Oct. 12. $5-$7 (free on Thursdays). Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. (310) 443-7000. http://www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Sat., July 19
"Go, Diego, Go -- The Great Jaguar Rescue." Prop up the little ones on your shoulders and dance and sing along with "Go, Diego, Go Live!" a music-based family extravaganza your kids will surely recognize from the hit Nickelodeon Jr. television show. Help restore stolen Baby Jaguar's roar from the Bobo Brothers on an adventure with your favorite characters such as Diego, Alicia and bob-haired cousin, Dora the Explorer. Find your way through the rain forest and giant waterfall, making your way to the Animal Carnivale while singing along to popular songs such as "Al Rescate, Amigos!," "Get Your Growl Back" and "When We Get Down the River." Be there for Baby Jaguar and the animals who need your help! Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $25-$71.25. Nokia Theare L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232. http://ticketmaster.com.
Tue., July 22
Rick Loomis, Photographer on the Battlefield. Rick Loomis, veteran Los Angeles Times reporter, discovered his passion for photojournalism during a high school internship at the Palm Beach Post. After pursuing a journalism degree at Western Kentucky University, Loomis traveled the world documenting conflict in regions such as Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Vietnam, Kuwait, Mexico, Haiti and Cuba. His work exposes the sorrow and oppression inflicted upon civilians and soldier's families in war-ridden communities. Engage in conversation with the experienced lecturer whose work has been exhibited at several institutions including, the "War and Media Conference" at Berkley, UCLA, USC, Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State. Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Mark Taper Auditorium at Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (310) 657-5511. http://www.loomisphotography.com.
Fri., July 25
"Montage." Mimicking the daring acrobatics and stunning displays of agility made famous by Cirque Du Soleil, this circus spectacle combines imaginative storytelling with pole climbing, body bending and dance ensembles. Led by The Ringmaster, who orchestrates the dazzling display, the eclectic blend of performance style, starring former artists from Cirque Du Soleil, is both a visual and narrative feast. 8 p.m. Six performances through July 27. $40-$75. El Portal Theatre Mainstage, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 508-4200. http://www.elportaltheatre.com.
Sun., July 27
John Mayer at the Verizon Amphitheatre. Did you crank up your radio every time "Daughters" was played? Have you unconsciously sung the inspiring words of "Waiting on the World to Change," identifying with the generational sentiment? Did you dart your mouse to the iTunes store as soon as John Mayer's last album, "Continuum," became available? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are a confirmed Mayer fan. After having sold more than 10 million copies of his albums and earning five Grammy Awards, the talented heartthrob is hitting the road for his anticipated summer tour. Featuring breakthrough artists, such as male vocalist Brett Dennen and "bubbly" Colbie Caillat, the show follows in Mayer's tradition of excellent guitar playing and stimulating lyrics all carried by his smooth vocal talents. 7 p.m. $25-$65. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 8808 Irvine Center Dr., Irvine. (949) 855-8095. http://www.livenation.com.
Sat., Aug. 2
"Sight Unseen" at The Old Globe Theatre. Jewish San Diegan director Esther Emery has announced that she will be directing "Sight Unseen," Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies' esteemed play. Emery, a recent recipient of the Jack O'Brien Excellence in Directing Award, brings her impressive talents and achievements, and "fits the bill perfectly," said Lou Spisto, executive producer of the Old Globe. "Sight Unseen" tells the story of Jonathan Waxman, a prominent Jewish American artist who goes in search of the enthusiasm he once had for his work and finds himself facing his bitter ex-lover, now married to an archaeologist and living in a small English village. Through the confrontation, he finds insight into the very core of his religion and his art. 7 p.m. (Sun., Tues., Wed.), 8 p.m. (Thu., Fri., Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.). Through Sept. 7. $42-$59. The Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. (619) 231-1941. http://theoldglobe.org.
Sat., Aug. 2
"The Puppet Shows: Part II." This is not your kiddie puppet show. Gathering experimental and avant-garde puppetry combining the efforts of 27 renowned artists from around the world, this exhibition demonstrates how the intense emotionality of puppetry can be used to examine the social, political and psychological issues of contemporary culture. Using marionettes, shadow puppets and ventriloquism in various states of manipulation, miniaturization and control, the " The Puppet Shows: Part II " is a three-part live performance incorporating a multimedia peepshow, video, pyromaniac techniques and a surreal puppet opera using shadow, light, animation and the exotic kazoo in an edgy, provocative display of passionate puppetry. 6-8 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tue.-Fri.) Through Aug. 9. $10-$15. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, Building G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 586-6488. http://www.smmoa.org.