March 13, 2008
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Mare Winningham in "The Glass Menagerie." The acclaimed stage play by Tennessee Williams, originally conceived as a screenplay for MGM, returns to the stage starring consummate actress Mare Winningham playing a Southern woman whose dreams for her children aren't easily realized -- and don't compare to her own youthful optimism. 8 p.m., Thu.-Sat.; 7 p.m., Sun., Tue., Wed. Through May 18. $42-$59. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego. (619) 234-5623. http://www.theoldglobe.org.
Tue., April 15
An Evening With Billy Collins. Join one of America's most prized poets in a special poetry reading. Collins, a former U.S. and New York State Poet Laureate, has authored several books of poetry including, "Questions About Angels," "Sailing Alone Around the Room" and "The Trouble With Poetry." Collin's eclectic writing style won him the Poetry Foundation's Mark Twain Award for humorous poetry in 2004. Poetry lovers won't want to miss this opportunity to meet a favorite poet. 7:30 p.m. $8-$15. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.com.
Wed., April 16
Steve Coll at ALOUD. The elusive Osama bin Laden may have faded from our collective everyday thoughts, but the story of his family is still a fascinating one to read. Steve Coll, an accomplished journalist and writer who worked for the Washington Post and wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Ghost Wars," will discuss "The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century." Mike Shuster, NPR foreign correspondent, will moderate the talk. 7 p.m. Free. Resesrvations required. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles. (213) 228-7025. http://www.lfla.org/aloud.
Azar Nafisi and Marjane Satrapi at UCLA Live. With the success of her graphic novel "Persepolis" and its subsequent film adaptation, Marjane Satrapi made a name for herself with her irreverent, feminist critique of Iran, which illuminated the politics of both pre- and post-revolutionary Iran. Azar Nafisi is the best-selling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran," who established herself as a gender advocate on behalf of a country that restricts its female population. The two feminist voices will come together and discuss the politics of a nation and how their roots have influenced their artistic output. 8 p.m. $15-$38. UCLA, Royce Hall, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. (310) 825-2101. http://www.uclalive.org.
Sat., April 19
Elton John Live. The rocket man is coming to Los Angeles with the innumerable classic pop tunes that defined the era in which they were created. At one with his piano, John will entertain audiences with favorites like "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" 8 p.m. $45-$145. The Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. For tickets, visit http://www.livenation.com.
"Howard L. Bingham: Rumble in the Jungle." In 1974, Muhammad Ali spent eight weeks in Zaire preparing for a landmark match against the favored heavyweight champion, George Foreman, in the first world championship held on the African continent. Ali reclaimed the title and championed the people of present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo, while celebrated photographer Howard Bingham captured the intricacies of Ali's visit: from his private, personal experiences to the cultural and political phenomena that descended on a nation for an unparalleled moment in history. 7-9 p.m. (opening reception), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Free. M+B, 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 550-0050. http://www.mbfala.com.
Sun., April 20
"Bryn Terfel in Recital." Top-notch bass baritone Bryn Terfel returns to LA Opera in recital with pianist Malcolm Martineau after his recent triumphant role as William Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff. The Welsh opera singer, known throughout opera houses and concert halls around the world, will belt out an unmatched combination of vocals and dictation, along with a commanding stage presence, during a one-night-only performance. 7:30 p.m. $20-$100. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8001. http://www.laopera.com.
Mon., April 21
"An Evening With Carolee Schneemann." Provocative multidisciplinary artist Carolee Schneemann takes leaps and bounds molding avant-garde cinema. Schneemann's artistic expressions span from war films to photography as well as paintings and installations that deconstruct everyday preconceptions. The collection includes highly charged political statements, erotic episodes and domestic disturbances. The innovative and sharply critical artist-filmmaker will present three enticing films. 8 p.m. $5-$9. REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 631 W. Second St., Los Angeles. (213) 237-2800. http://redcat.org.
Thu., April 24
KCRW Sessions With Sia. Public radio show KCRW 89.9 FM is launching a series of three intimate musical evenings, the first of which will feature singer Sia Furler. In these sessions, artists will perform, give a behind-the-scenes look at recording, and participate in discussions held in front of an expected 500 fans. Proceeds from the event, produced by the station's Liz MacDonald and Spaceland Production's Mitchell Frank, go to the Santa Monica public radio station's acclaimed musical programming. 7:30 p.m. $75-$150. Malibu Performing Arts Center, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu. (310) 456-6722.
Sat., May 3
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra: "Seduction and Despair." In a wildly unusual collaboration, actor John Malkovich directs and stars in this melodramatic, multimedia opera performance. Malkovich plays Jack Unterweger, who gained notoriety as "a convicted murderer, acclaimed imprisoned poet, pardoned and celebrated author and journalist, and notorious womanizer," accused of killing prostitutes in a number of cities around the world. Unterweger committed suicide after being convicted of murder in 11 states, but not before recounting his exploits of joy, hatred, love and grief through his writing. Sopranos Barbara Bonney and Robin Johannsen join Malkovich on stage, representing the temptation of women. 8 p.m. Also, May 4. $12-$49. Barnum Hall Theatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. (310) 458-4504. http://www.MusicaAngelica.org.
Mon., May 5
KT Tunstall at the Wiltern. The Scottish singer and songwriter is known for her mixed-bag blend of pop, blues and alt-rock. The Grammy-nominated gal performed to a sold-out crowd at the Avalon just last year so book your tickets fast because they already went on sale March 1. 8 p.m. $25-$35. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 388-1400. To purchase tickets, visit