June 12, 2008
Arts in L.A. Calendar June—August
(Page 4 - Previous Page)Sat., Aug. 9
Rock the Bells with Nas. Major hip-hop artists are making a habit of rocking the socks off partygoers around the nation. This year's line-up includes heavy-hitters such as A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, The Pharcyde's Reunion, De La Soul, Mos Def, Raekwon and Murs. No other venue will supply you with such a coveted lineup of artists performing new and old music side by side. A Tribe Called Quest will rev up the audience with their new song, "The Renaissance," Mos Def will likely perform "The Ecstactic," and Murs will bring down the house with his major-label debut "Murs for President." Check out Method Man and Redman jamming to "Blackout 2," a follow-up to their 1999 platinum-selling album "Blackout!" Ghostface Killah will join Wu Tang Clan bandmate Raekwon to perform songs from "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II." Sat. 1 p.m. $35.50-$78. Glen Helen Pavilion, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino. (213) 480-3232. http://ticketmaster.com/.
Sat., Aug. 16
"Fiesta Argentina: Simpre Tengo" at the Ford Amphitheater. Take a trip to South America without having to renew your passport, climb aboard a plane or book a hotel room. Join fellow tango, dancing and music enthusiasts for an outstanding show directed by Pablo Motta, including performances from renowned pianist Mario Parmisano's Quartet accompanied by the L.A. Tango Quintet. Sandor and Parisa, the most famous choreographers and tango dancers north of the equator, will lead a group of six dancers whose performances will ignite the passion of tango within all their spectators. Come out before the sun goes down for a picnic, various Argentine arts and crafts, and even some tango lessons! 5:30 p.m. (picnic), 8 p.m. (show). $12 (children), $38-$45 (adults). Ford Amphitheater, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles. (323) 461-3673. http://fordtheatres.org.
Sat., Aug. 16
"The Sleep of One Hundred Years." Australian artist Luke Feldman's newest exhibition is based upon the Jewish fairytale, "The Sleep of One Hundred Years," which tells the story of a rabbi's journey after the destruction of the First Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The overwrought rabbi stops to rest and wakes up 100 years later in a new and strange world. The exhibition will include both paintings and digital artwork by Feldman illustrating the fascinating themes of loss, sleep and awakening. 7-10:30 p.m. (opening reception). 12-6 p.m. (Tue.-Sun). Free. The Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd., Los Angles. (323) 660-9393. http://blackmariagallery.com.
Tue., Aug. 19
Dave Matthews at the Staples Center. As you stand surrounded by thousands of people, you hear the first strum of a guitar as chants of "D-M-B! D-M-B!" make your ears pound with enthusiasm. As the songs that repeatedly come up on your iPod playlist reverberate throughout the stadium, you remember what music really is -- the experience of a Dave Matthews concert. Matthews and his acclaimed band are heading on yet another North American tour this summer and gracing the Los Angeles area, where their fans are abundant, with two nights of genuine, heartfelt rock. 7 p.m. Also, Aug. 20. $65-$75. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232. http://www.staplescenter.com.
Sun., Aug. 24
Tribute to Benny Goodman at Cerritos Center. The big-band era is reclaiming its place in the spotlight as renowned clarinetist Terry Myers, accompanied by his orchestra, raise their instruments to acknowledge the musical contributions of the late, great Benny Goodman. Swing to classic tunes such as "Moonglow" and "Stompin' at the Savoy" as you transport yourself to yesteryear. Enthralling audiences for the past 18 years, Myers and his skilled counterparts will remind you of the consuming and bubbly quality of Big Band music. 3 p.m. $28-$50. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 916-8501. http://www.cerritoscenter.com.
Wed., Aug. 27
Hershey Felder in "Beethoven as I Knew Him." To fully appreciate the music of the greats, one must first have an understanding of the life that influenced their body of work. This is the precise goal of Hershey Felder, Jewish composer, playwright and stage actor, who brings the life of legendary pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven under the bright lights of the theatre stage. "Beethoven, As I Knew Him" is the long-awaited conclusion to Felder's three-part masterpiece that examines Beethoven's life from the perspective of his timeless music and through the eyes of his remaining friends. Felder returns from his sold out portrayals of George Gershwin and Fryderyk Chopin, for which he received countless awards, to inspire even more audiences to rise to their feet in ovation. 7:30 p.m. (Tue.-Thu.), 8 p.m. (Fri.), 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Sat.), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sun.). Through Oct. 12. $35-$79. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. http://geffenplayhouse.com.
Sat., Aug. 30
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at Cerritos Center. Be prepared to hold your side in pain from laugher as you spend your Saturday night immersed in the hilarity that has proceeded the careers of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, comical geniuses and stars of the Emmy-nominated hit-show, "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" While the show is completely improvised, anticipate an evening of shocking fun as audience members are brought up to engage in skits and playful humiliation. Who knows? It could be you! 8 p.m. $30-$48. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 916-8501. http://cerritoscenter.com.
Israel Film Festival. Instead of focusing on the political situation that characterizes Israel in much of the international community's minds, the films featured in the 23rd Israel Film Festival tend to highlight more intimate, personal tales of Israelis; stories that depict people as more than just soldiers, Zionists or settlers. A few features to look out for include "The Secrets," about two rebellious Orthodox girls who form a close friendship at a yeshiva in the holy town of Safed, and "Noodle," a film about a Tel Aviv flight attendant who is left taking care of a young Chinese boy after his mother is deported from Israel. The increasingly prestigious Israeli film industry has garnered Academy Award consideration in the past, and to pay tribute to these achievements, the festival will be screening all seven nominated pictures during the June 11-26 run -- a fitting honor on the occasion of Israel's 60th anniversary. For a detailed line-up of film screenings, visit http://www.israelfilmfestival.com.
Thursday Night Jazz and Friday Night Music at the Farmers' Market. The glory days of 1920s jazz are reignited in the open air with an exciting mixture of blues, bebop and swing set to the cool rhythm of summertime. Sway to the syncopated rhythms amid the stirring aromas of the market's delicious and exotic cuisines. Jumpstart the weekend party with the Friday night series, which features everything from rock 'n' roll to R&B. Cover bands, crooning coquettes and vivacious vocalists will share the stage throughout the month. 7 p.m. Through June 27. Free. Farmers' Market, West Patio Stage, Third Street and Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles. (323) 933-9211. http://www.farmersmarketla.com.
"Huck." When wild child Huckleberry Finn flees the suffocating social mores of the Widow Douglas, he and his runaway buddy Jim head down river for some adventure, but when they're captured by two villains who force them into indentured servitude, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer and every member of the audience are called upon to help rescue the two hostages and get them safely home in this interactive theatrical romp for the whole family. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. (Saturdays). Through June 28. $10 (children), $15 (adults). Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., Santa Monica. (310) 428-3343. http://www.westofbroadway.org.
L.A. Opera ends the season with "La Rondine." Director Marta Domingo, a regular on the L.A. Opera scene, brings "La Rondine," a rarely staged, beautiful production to conclude the 2007-2008 season. Romance comes alive as love and identities are crossed in this dramatic Italian opera. Pucci's masterpiece is best known for its stirring aria "Chi il bel songo di Doretta" and the beautiful scenery set in the Second Empire in Paris. Follow Magda, an upper-class woman, as her past threatens to haunt her future happiness after she falls in love with a man under the pretense of being a working girl. 7:30 p.m. Through June 28. $20-$238. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. http://www.laopera.com.
"LACMA Presents Sundays Live." Summertime Sundays offer free chamber music concerts for a quiet, cultural evening in an art museum. Featuring some of SoCal's most prominent musicians, the series features accomplished musicians strumming their strings to myriad classical compositions -- from Strauss to Mozart, Stravinsky to Beethoven. 6 p.m. Through June 29. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6234. http://www.sundayslive.org.
"Paul Fusco: RFK Funeral Train."We have all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that is certainly the case with Paul Fusco's vivid depictions of mourners following the death of Robert F. Kennedy. The gallery opening for Fusco's photographs, which include shots of Americans after the death of a great civil rights activist, is scheduled to commemorate the date of Kennedy's 1968 assassination. In his work, Fusco represents the most raw and true soul of the American people in the face of great loss and inspires a future generation to follow in the footsteps of a great leader.10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tue.- Sat.). Through July 5. Free. M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 550-0050. http://mbfala.com.
"ShAme" When you think of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel "The Scarlet Letter" what is the first word that comes to mind? Newly founded L.A. Rock Opera Company opted for "ShAme," Janet Roston's adapted modern opera, set in New England during the time of the Puritans. Using powerful rock songs by Mark Governor, "ShAme" tells the story of Hester Prynne, a woman scorned and banished for having a child out of wedlock. Prynne, the embodiment of female strength, refuses to divulge the name of her secret lover, the Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale, and a saga of forbidden passion and unrequited love leads to isolation and revenge. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Through July 16. $25 (includes drink ticket). KING KING, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 960-5775. http://www.plays411.com/shame.
"August Sander: People of the 20th Century." In what the L.A. Times called a "deeply absorbing" portrait of the 20th century German populace, photographer August Sander captured the spectrum of a nuanced humanity from inhabitants of rural outskirts to cosmopolitan urbanites, from sophisticated students to bohemian artists, prominent businessmen to simple tradesmen whose physiognomy reveal a deeper ethos of the period between the century's defining wars. Sander's prolific series is now on display at the Getty Museum.10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tue.-Thu. and Sun.) Through Sept. 14. Free. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.
Ford's J.A.M. Sessions. Get jazzed for seven energy-packed dance sessions where you're not merely watching great dancers, but learning to be one. Regardless of skill level, all beginner and seasoned dancers are welcome to groove to Brazilian orixá, gyrate to an Argentine tango lesson or dare to attempt the Bollywood bhangra. Don't worry if you can't dance -- just bring an instrument instead, strumming along with guidance from well-rehearsed performers and producers. Artists and themes include Nirvana, Beethoven, Brazilian dance, hip-hop, spoken word, graffiti art and bluegrass. "We invite everyone from the completely inexperienced to the amateur and professional, to stop by, explore the arts, meet Ford artists and have fun JAMming with those who share similar interests," said Adam Davis, managing director of Ford Theatres. Through Sept. 15. Free. Ford Amphitheater, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. For times and reservations, call (323) 461-3673 or http://www.fordtheatres.org/.
"Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor." Straight from the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang (259-210 B.C.), comes the largest collection of terra cotta figures, discovered in the emperor's mausoleum and considered one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Consisting of several thousand terra cotta warriors, the army has been called the "Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World" and was meant to protect the emperor in the afterlife. This exhibition includes 14 life-size figures and 100 sets of objects all modeled after the emperor's real army. The life-size collection was discovered by farmers who were digging a well in Lintong China when they unearthed a subterranean vault containing thousands of life-size warriors, their armor, chariots and horses, all standing in battle formation. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Thu. and Fri.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.). Through Oct. 12. $19-$27. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3600. http://www.bowers.org.