Saturday, July 28
With the famous line: "It matters nothing if one is born in a duck yard, if one has only lain in a swan's egg," Hans Christian Andersen's play became a classic success. "The Ugly Duckling" proved to be a story with a moral for children of all generations. Today, the perfect Saturday afternoon outing for the kids is to take them to see the new version of the production by A.A. Milne. In this humorous rendition of the 1941 fable, Princess Camilla is distraught from years of being branded as the ugly one, unfit for marriage. Her endearing determination at proving everyone wrong and showing her true worth is exceptionally inspiring. Free admission. Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Through Aug. 5. For more information, call (310) 712-5482.
Sunday, July 29
Tatjana is a woman who can do it all, from singing popular Broadway musicals to dancing in hilarious skits, she never fails to captivate the audience with her one-woman shows. She eloquently gushes songs from Gershwin, Porter, Mancini, Bernstein and Weber, flooding the stage with her graceful and passionate dramatic performances. The Yugoslavian beauty has studied around the world with notable opera, jazz and drama teachers, leading to her chameleon-like abilities of changing from one act to the other with rapid and entertaining ease. $10 (members); $12 (nonmembers). Discounts for students and seniors available. 2 p.m. Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 938-2531 ext. 2225.
Monday, July 30
Jascha Heifetz played at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17 and received unprecedented acclaim from the audience and press. Because he was such a frequently requested violinist and public performer, the 4th Annual Los Angeles International Laureates Festival 2001 is dedicated to his memory, celebrating the centenary of his birth. The event lasts for five days, each performance complimented by a distinct instrumental flavor all its own. From Sunday, July 29, the Chamber Orchestra will play with Eduard Schmeider conducting, soloists play strings emulating Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence and Heifetz's most promising student, Erick Friedman, will join the orchestra of piano and violin through Sunday, August 5. Performances vary in admission price. Sun., July 29, 6 p.m.; Mon., July 30, 1 p.m.; Thurs., Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 4, 8 p.m.; and Sun., Aug. 5, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Locations vary. For tickets or more information, call (310) 281-3303.
Tuesday, July 31
The only way one could determine the role that Jews play in society is to pretend they never existed as the movie "The City Without Jews" has done. Based on a popular novel, the dark comedy chronicles Austria's choice to enact anti-Jew laws during the onset of World War II. When the laws are finally implemented, the country realizes the loss it has incurred upon itself as the economy is left without its livelihood. The movie is silent and the audience is guided through the drama by Robert Israel. $6 (general admission); $5 (members); $4 (students). 7:30 p.m. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For tickets or more information, call (323) 655-8587.
Wednesday, August 1
In the mood for a little romance? Go with your sweetie to the Hollywood Bowl and relish in the sweet sounds of jazz. A starry hot summer night is not complete without vocalist Dianne Reeves and ballad singer and pianist Shirley Horn's harmonious musical union with the Henri Mancini Institute Chamber Orchestra. Ticket prices vary. 8 p.m. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles. For reservations or more information, call (323) 850-2000.
Thursday, August 2
Every Thurday night at the Skirball offers an escape to a different country with its free outdoor evening concerts of August. Tonight, journey to Cuba with the sweet sounds of flutist Danilo Lozano, an originator of the Hollywood Bowl orchestra. The performance will express rich and lively Cuban culture spiced with a hint of American musical flavor. Along with Lozano, Ilmar Gavilan will play the violin, the piano will be graced by Alberto Salas, Carlos Puerto is on bass and clave and Luis Conte is the percussion. 7:30 p.m. Through Aug. 30. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, call (310) 440-4500.