In the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, 12 royal sisters mysteriously disappear from their chamber each night to dance until their shoes are worn through.
"Twelve Dancing Princesses," the newest work from Los Angeles Modern Dance and Ballet, dances around this tale with a culturally diverse cast ranging in age from 9 to 84. Performance artist John Fleck appears as guest storyteller. $18-$25 (general admission); $7 (children under 12). 8 p.m. John Anson Ford Ampitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. For tickets, call (323) 461-3673.
The aptly named Foliage Theater Project opens its fourth summer season in Hancock Park with a production of Aristophanes' comedy "Lysistrata." The group performs informally staged productions, with cast and audience roaming about the park, following the action and attracting passers-by to the performance as they go. "Lysistrata," about the madness of war and a group of women who know just how to stop it, is an exuberant play that should hold up well as actors emerge from the trees and enter through the audience. The actors also lead a theater workshop about the play with children after each performance. Sat. and Sun. through Oct. 8. 4 p.m. Performances begin near the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater, Hancock Park, directly behind the L.A. County Museum of Art. For more information, call (310) 284-7974.
"Remembering Luboml: Images of a Jewish Community," a collection of photographs on view at the Alpert JCC, vividly documents the Jewish shtetl community of Luboml, Poland. Part of a collection of over 2,000 photos and artifacts collected from families around the world, the photos, dating from the early 1900s to the 1940s, depict the activities of daily shtetl life. Also on view is a rare 1930s home movie of Luboml family and community life. Mon.-Thurs., 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Oct. 19. Zena and Pauline Gatov Gallery, Alpert Jewish Community Center, 3801 East Willow Street, Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 426-7601.
The colors and contrasts of the desert burn with life in the photographs of David Morgan. In "Desert Nights/Desert Lights" colored strobe lights mark the time-exposure prints of the Mojave landscape, giving them a wild, even supernatural appearance that references the light and energy of Las Vegas. Through Dec. 21. Performing Arts Center Lobby Gallery, CSUN; 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Gallery hours vary, for information call (818) 677-3943.
Tonight at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium you can catch a one-night-only concert of eclectic music joining the sounds of Sephardic, Middle Eastern and Armenian cultures. Composer/singer/guitarist Gerard Edery, who sings in a dozen languages, performs with master of the oud George Mgrdichian in a concert featuring traditional Judeo-Spanish, Turkish, Armenian and Arab music. The duo will also perform original compositions based on texts ranging from the Song of Songs to the poetry of Pablo Neruda. 8 p.m. $20. Gindi Auditorium, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Dr., Los Angeles. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (310) 476-9777, ext. 203.
The 11 California-based artists involved in LACMA's "Made in California: Now" project were invited to create original interactive art experiences for children and families. The results include Eleanor Antin's "The Freebooters," which comes with a map leading visitors on an artistic treasure hunt, and Jennifer Steinkamp's video-activating swing set. The installations reflect and educate about current trends in the art world, and many have an artmaking studio component or are designed in part by the visitors themselves. Through Sept. 9. Museum hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Boone Children's Gallery, LACMA West, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (323) 857-6000, or visit lacma.org.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre presents the world premiere of the one-woman dramedy "Kinda' Jewish." Danna Hansen wrote and stars in this story about growing up half-Jewish in a Catholic neighborhood of Brooklyn in the years just prior to WW II. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m., through Oct. 14. $15. Lee Strasberg Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. For reservations and more information, call (323) 650-0813.
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