Jewish Journal

Spring Calendar

Posted on Mar. 13, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Trailer for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, May 8


Sun., March 9
Barrage in "High Strung." The young, hip cast of Barrage, a contemporary string ensemble, will dish out high-energy virtuosity in their newest show. The international cast features six violinists/vocalists, a drummer, a bass player and a guitarist who will present an amalgam of music, song and dance with a diverse fusion of cultures and musical styles. Join in on the spine-tingling fiddle-fest. 2 p.m. $35 (adults), $20 (17 and under), $10 (Pepperdine students). Pepperdine University Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. (310) 506-4522. http://www.barrage.org.

Tue., March 11
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The renowned dance company, founded by a giant of American dance, comes to Orange County for a program that incorporates gospel, jazz and popular music, modern dance and ballet. Highlights will include Ailey's masterpiece "Revelations," which has been performed on hundreds of stages around the world and has been received with awe and delight since its debut in 1960. As an added bonus, ticket holders are invited to a free performance preview with a member of the Ailey company, one hour before the show. 7:30 p.m. Through March 16. $25-$85. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 556-2787. http://www.ocpac.org.

"Lessons From Bernard Rudofsky." In a day and age where body image is the craze, an exhibition of the work of late Austrian-born Bernard Rudofsky will display innovative concepts of the body and fashion in an exhibit presented by the Getty Center Research Institute. Rudofsky, an architect, designer and critic, believed that people in Western society lost their spontaneity to design liberating, not restricting, clothing. Devoting his life to exposing the West to foreign architecture paradigms and unfamiliar customs, this breakthrough artist wrote nine books and more than 100 articles on the subject. View Rudofsky's work accompanied by a 296-page catalogue with contributions from several talented artists. Tue.-Sun. Through June 8. $8 (parking). The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu/.

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." It's difficult to separate the dashing Johnny Depp from Sweeney Todd's character, after having seen the recent film. Although Depp won't be on stage at this show, you can still have an up-close-and-personal look at the eerie character in an exciting theatrical performance based on the 19th-century legend of a London barber driven to madness after a judge takes his wife and child away. Sweeney Todd, played by David Hess, plots his revenge with Mrs. Lovett, played by Judy Kaye, who conjures up surprisingly tasty meat pies infused with a secret ingredient. Adapted from a book by Hugh Wheeler, the production's music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim with musical orchestrations by Sarah Travis. 8 p.m. Through April 6. $30-$90. Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets and additional show times, call (213) 628-2772. http://www.centertheatregroup.org.

Fri., March 14
"Beaufort." The Israeli war film "Beaufort" stirred up scads of excitement this year with its Best Foreign Language Oscar nomination. Although the film didn't win, it won many people's hearts. Based on a novel by Ron Leshem, "Beaufort" was directed by Joseph Cedar and recreates the events prior to the Israeli troop withdrawal from the Beaufort military base in Southern Lebanon. Led by 22-year-old commander Liraz Liberti, played by Oshri Cohen, the small Israeli cohort of troops become weary of their mission when fellow soldiers are killed and injured. The film takes an in-depth look at the fear and drudgery of soldiers' daily routines and examines the country's ambivalence toward the 18-year presence in Lebanon. Playing in two locations: Laemmle's Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills; and Laemmle's Town Center 5, 17200 Ventura Blvd., Encino. For tickets and show times, call (310) 274-6869 or (818) 981-9811. http://www.laemmle.com/index.php.

Tori Spelling at Barnes and Noble. Admit it, you have a tinge of curiosity about how Aaron Spelling's daughter is prolonging her 15 minutes of fame. Since playing Donna Martin on "Beverly Hills, 90210," the high-school soap-drama that started it all, Spelling has appeared on various reality TV series, wed and borne children and endured a public tussle with her mother over her alleged exclusion from her late father's estate. Now, Tori Spelling is telling the story like it is with her new memoir, "sTORI Telling," and today she'll appear to sign books you can place alongside old "90210" posters. Just don't expect her to talk about her "poor little rich girl" reputation. 7:30 p.m. Book purchase required for signing. Barnes and Noble at The Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0366. http://www.bn.com.

"Strauss Meets Frankenstein" at the Long Beach Opera. In a dramatic and different double-bill, actor Michael York will perform Tennyson's epic poem "Enoch Arden," about the love and loss that ensues when three friends find themselves romantically entwined. The heartbreak of destiny is deepened by Richard Strauss' rich, evocative score. The performance changes tone when the audience enters the wild, macabre underworld of Frankenstein where rodents, vampires, werewolves, John Wayne and Superman coalesce in a real monster of a musical. 8 p.m. Also March 15 and 16. $45-$95. Long Beach Performing Arts Center, Center Theatre, 300 E. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach. (562) 432-5934. http://www.longbeachopera.org.

Pasadena ArtWeekend. During a fun-filled weekend featuring more than 20 exhibitions, performances and cultural activities, Pasadena will host a comprehensive celebration of fine arts, visual arts, poetry, spoken word, music, storytelling and theater. Several cultural institutions will open their doors for "ArtNight," offering a free peek at their collections. "ArtTalk" features a variety of performances, and the weekend is rounded off with "ArtMarket," a design open market focusing on the work of students, faculty and alumni from Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College, which will be available for sale. Sponsored by the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs with the Arts & Culture Commission. ArtWeekend will take place at various venues and times over the course of three days, and all events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (800) 307-7977 or visit http://www.pasadenaartweekend.com.

Gypsy Kings at Cerritos Center. Starting on the shores of the French Cote d'Azur, the Gypsy Kings fused South American rumba with fiery Spanish flamenco and their colorful blend of rhythms, leading to international success and recognition on the World Music scene. Tonight they "cast their spell" for a Southern California audience. 8 p.m. $45-$100. (562) 467-8818. http://www.cerritoscenter.com.

Sat., March 15
Celebrate Dance 2008. Eight energetic dance companies will perform during this extravaganza featuring myriad dance styles and techniques including modern, ballet, West African, breakdancing and salsa. Audiences will be exposed to new forms and styles as each company dazzles with their unique physicality, staging and interpretation of dance art. "Body Traffic," a new company on the scene, will make their debut alongside the melancholy sounds of the cello. 8 p.m. $17-$35. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. (818) 243-2539. http://www.celebratedance.org.

Mon., March 17
"Backstage at the Geffen." You don't need a VIP pass to get backstage at this event. All of the hilarity and insanity that goes on behind the scenes of the Geffen's theatrical productions will be on display for all to see tonight. The evening of musical performances, irreverent stories and original works will all focus on the action behind the curtain with Geffen actors, playwrights and directors sharing their most intimate anecdotes. Co-chaired by the incomparable Julie Andrews and the legendary Dick Van Dyke, the event will also be honoring Walt Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger for his service and Annette Bening for her illustrious acting career and longtime activism. Proceeds from this event will help give community members, public schools and nonprofit organizations access to the Geffen's free theater arts programs in 2008. 6 p.m. Ticket prices vary by sponsorship level, ranging from $300-$10,000. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles. (310) 208-5454. http://www.geffenplayhouse.com.

Thu., March 27
Dance at the Music Center. American Ballet Theatre has returned to perform the beloved "Swan Lake." A romantic tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness offers innovative choreography, lavish costuming and unique sets. With a score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and pre-performance discussions by Elizabeth Kaye, author of "American Ballet Theatre: A 25-Year Retrospective," you can be sure to leave with the full American Ballet experience. 6:30 p.m. (pre-performance lecture), 7:30 p.m. (ballet). Through March 30. $25-$115. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 365-3500. http://www.musiccenter.org/.

"What's the Story?" Festival of New Solo Plays. In its second-annual series, the Powerhouse Theatre presents 15 writers and performers who will display an array of humorous, brave, bawdy and brazen one-man shows. Fresh new plays include Mary DeTienne's "Hell, No! We Won't Go," "How To Avoid Getting Pushed Off the Edge of a Cliff in a Hang-glider Glued Together by Stoners" and Lisa Sandoval's "The Yowling: What We Don't Talk About." 8 p.m. Through April 6. $10-$40. The Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd St., Santa Monica. For tickets and show times, call (310) 450-1312. http://www.whatsthestoryla.com.

Sat., March 29
The Wiggles Live. If your kids haven't heard or seen the wacky kids' musical group The Wiggles, then you haven't done your job as a fun-wielding parent! Experience the craze that has been entertaining young'uns for 16 years. Wiggle your way down to see the colorful group in concert, and your children will be sure to thank you with bright smiles and laughs. Dancing and singing along during the show is highly encouraged. 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Also, Sun. March 30. $22-$40. The Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232. http://www.nokiatheatrelalive.com.


Sun., April 5
"Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver." Thirty of the legendary singer-songwriters' folksy tunes will be performed in front of visually evocative backdrops of America in the '60s and '70s. Paying tribute to an incomparable American artist, the revue features many John Denver favorites like "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Calypso" and "Sunshine on My Shoulders," complemented by an interpretive stage set. 3 p.m. $21-$45. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos. (562) 467-8818. http://www.cerritoscenter.com.

Wed., April 9
"Aurelia's Oratorio" at UCLA Live. In a vibrant display of wild acrobatics, dance, puppetry and stage theater set to chamber music and gypsy-styled jazz, this Cirque du Soleil-inspired stage performance sounds seductive and surreal. Depicting dream, fantasy and adventures through spellbinding visuals, the performance evokes the medieval magic of circus and variety shows. The Guardian said, "A bewitching 70 minutes in which the nightmarish and the dreamy meet and disintegrate in a puff of smoke and the whistle of a train." 8 p.m. Through April 12. $22-$42. UCLA Freud Playhouse, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood. (310) 825-2101. http://www.uclalive.org.

Bon Jovi in Concert. Still sizzling after more than 30 years of performing, Jon Bon Jovi will rock out hard with his Grammy Award-winning band, singing old favorites and their latest musical creations. Let your hair down to hits from "Lost Highway," an album paying homage to Nashville. Let Richie Sambora charm you with his guitar, David Bryan woo you on the keyboard and Hector "Tico" Torres knock your socks off on the drums and percussion. 7:30 p.m. $49-$129. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232. http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Fri., April 11
"Ziva Sivan: Painting Is Her Home." In light of Israel's upcoming 60th anniversary, an art exhibition at the Skirball will be paying tribute to the late Jerusalem-born artist Ziva Sivan. Working mainly from her ground-floor studio, Sivan created a sanctuary-type atmosphere and used the female nude body as inspiration for much of her art in what she termed "free painting." The exhibition features some of the Israeli artist's best large-scale drawings, paintings, and sculptures meant to express her inventive, experimental use of drawing media. 12-5 p.m., Tue.-Fri. $5-$10. Free on Thursdays. Through June 30. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 440-4500. http://www.skirball.com.

Sat., April 12
"Cowboys and Presidents" at The Autry. You may be wondering what cowboy culture has in common with presidential politics. The answer is that throughout history, presidents have used the powerful iconography of the American cowboy to represent themselves and, in turn, others have used the icon to ridicule and bemoan American national politics. Throughout the summer, you'll be able to see how the Autry connects and reveals the intersection of these two national fascinations, made especially relevant in an election year. Tue.-Sun. Through Sept. 7. $5-$9. The Autry National Center, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. http://www.autry-museum.org.

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 http://www.livenation.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

Thu., May 8
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. In a hilarious series of YouTube commercials supposedly promoting the inclusion of Jews in Hollywood, the guy in the video interviews striking writers on the picket lines, an interracial couple at Third Street Promenade and a random Filipino woman asking them why Jews have been shut out of Hollywood. The clever videos end with the slogan of this year's festival, "Finally, a place for Jews in Hollywood." Though tongue-in-cheek, the videos do relay the message that this festival really is a special forum for Jewish filmmakers to showcase their talents. Don't miss out on the incredible films, star-studded gatherings and ubiquitous humor of one of the most notable film festivals in the capital of film festivals. Through May 15. For show times and venues, visit http://www.lajfilmfest.org.

"How to Raise Your Parents" Book Signing. It's not easy raising two parents alone. You have to navigate their moods, learn to decode "parentspeak," and figure out how to negotiate with them so that you can have a life. Author Sarah O'Leary Burningham offers teens some sound advice on how to survive those years between bat mitzvah and freshman year of college in this light-hearted guidebook. For example, in the chapter on the language parents use to communicate, Burningham explains that when they ask, "How's school?" it means they want to know anything about your life -- and absolutely any tidbit of information will do, so throw them a bone. The author will be presenting and signing her book tonight at the coolest bookstore on the Sunset Strip. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.

Sat., May 10
"America's Gala Celebration of Israel's 60th Anniversary." The Kodak Theatre will be decked out in blue and white and red (the carpet of course!) tonight as the Los Angeles community celebrates 60 years of independence for the State of Israel. Israeli superstars Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, Achinoam Nini and Habanot Nechama will share top billing with Hollywood's biggest celebrities, artists and hosts in a jubilant celebration that comes only once in a decade. Co-sponsored by Keshet Chaim. 8:45 p.m. $63-$363. Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (818) 986-7332. http://www.kcdancers.org.

Sun., May 11
David Mamet's "Keep Your Pantheon" and "The Duck Variations." In this double bill featuring works from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, an acting troupe on the verge of collapse struggles to sustain viability in an ironic farce, and two elderly men muse on the meaning of life as they sit on a bench watching ducks. Both works, the former in its world premiere and the latter an earlier work, evince truths about the nature of humanity, ambition, happiness and death. 8 p.m. Through June 8. $20-$50. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City. (213) 628-2772. http://www.centertheatregroup.org.

Wed., May 14
"Tonight at 8:30." Directed by Tony Award-nominated actor Kevin Chamberlin, written by Noel Coward, several classic musical one-act plays will be recorded for L.A. Theatre Works radio series, "The Play's the Thing," which broadcasts weekly on public and satellite radio. Charming wit along with soaring lyrics and melodies abound in the musical one-acts that placed Coward and co-star Gertrude Lawrence on Broadway's center stage. Wed.-Sun. Through May 18. $20-$47. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 827-0889. http://www.latw.org.

Sat., May 17
"Tosca." Arias will soar as an emotionally charged cast belts out soul-stirring Italian songs in "Tosca," a three-act opera by Giacomo Puccini. Based on Victorien Sardou's drama, "La Tosca," the opera features Adrianna Pieczonka as Floria Tosca opposite Neil Shicoff as Mario Cavaradossi. Ian Judge directs one of the most dramatic operas of our time, which mixes love, jealousy, deceit and revenge. 7:30 p.m. Through June 21. LA Opera, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. For tickets, dates and show times, call (213) 972-8001. http://laopera.com.

Tue., May 27
The Police at the Hollywood Bowl. Sting. In a sleeveless shirt. Do you really need any more convincing? This was the talked-about concert of the year last summer, so get your tickets now and consider Elvis Costello and The Imposters an extra-special bonus. 7:30 p.m. $54-$305. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 480-3232. http://www.livenation.com. http://www.thepolice.com.

Thu., May 29
"Love, Janis." Combining elements of a rock concert and a biographical dramatic play, this theatrical event reminds audiences why Janis Joplin was the '60s rock icon that she was -- talented, fierce and hard-living. What makes this bio-concert truly unique is that it is based on a book written by Joplin's younger sister, Laura, which tells the blues rocker's story through a series of letters written to her family in Texas. The letters reveal a gentle and humorous young woman that vividly contrasts with the raucous stage performances of some of Joplin's biggest hits, including "Piece of My Heart," "Ball and Chain," "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Get It While You Can." 8 p.m. Through June 1. $30-$100. Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (323) 655-0111. http://www.wtbh.org.


"Art Chats: BCAM." If you haven't yet had a chance to ride the open-air escalator to the third floor of the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum, it's only one of the many thrills you're missing out on. The $56-million Renzo Piano-designed BCAM is filled with sights like Jeff Koons' 10-foot blue balloon dog and Robert Therrien's oversized table and chairs. But before you get overwhelmed by all there is to see and do at Los Angeles' new gem, let a trained college student lead you in an informed discussion on the special exhibitions and permanent collections on display. Fri.-Sun. at various times. March through May. Free. BCAM, Entrance on First Level, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. http://www.lacma.org.

"Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love." It's hard to beat the Getty's description of this seemingly scintillating exhibit: "Smoldering desire, undying devotion and delirious irrationality pulse through the dramatic late paintings and drawings of Jean-Honore Fragonard. Discover the hidden meanings in Fragonard's voluptuous allegories and learn how they reflect changing attitudes toward love, marriage and happily-ever-after in 18th-century Europe." 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue.-Thu. and Sun.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. Through May 4. $8 (parking). The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.

Tom Wesselmann. Often compared to the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann is remembered for his involvement in the New York pop art movement of the 1960s. Twenty-six works by Wesselmann are currently on display, dating from the 1960s to his death in 2004. Popular works include ink drawings, silkscreen prints, oil paintings and water-based Liquitex acrylic paintings. His seemingly simple yet deceptively complex compositions burst with primary colors, often representing erotic female nudes and animated still-lifes. 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.,Tue.-Sat. Through April 5. Free. Forum Gallery, 8069 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 655-1550. http://www.forumgallery.com/.

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