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7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

Saturday 22

Polka gets dotty at the Getty this evening with the last installment of the center's Summer Sessions series. "21st Century Roots" offers "roots music for the new millennium," in the form of three groups: Brave Combo, a polka ensemble that mixes music from Mexico, Germany and Japan; Golem, an edgy klezmer rock band; and moira smiley & VOCO, a band that mixes the dance songs of Eastern Europe with Appalachian tunes. International folk dance lessons are also offered.

5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. (dance lessons). 6:30 p.m. (first music set). Free. Getty Center South Courtyard, Courtyard Stage and Garden Terrace, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. www.getty.edu .

Sunday 23

Can't get enough of the man in tights? Head to the Museum of Television and Radio to see Superman as he appeared -- in his many forms -- on the small screen. For one final week the museum presents a selection of TV shows, including the 1950s "Adventures of Superman"; the steamier 1990s Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher affair, "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"; today's Superman for the teen and tween set, "Smallville"; the animated 1970s classic "Superfriends" and the newer "Justice League"; as well as the unaired 1961 pilot of "The Adventures of Superboy."

Through July 30. Noon-5 p.m. (Wed.-Sun.). $5-$10 donations suggested. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1025. www.mtr.org .

Monday 24

Beat the summer heat with a refreshingly star-free film festival. Dances With Films enters its ninth year with a host of talent-filled films, sans celebs. Why no familiar faces? Festival co-founder Leslee Scallon explains, "The other festivals are busy programming mostly celebrity oriented films. It's not that we're dissing celebrities, we're just giving films a chance to be seen that are getting squeezed out of the circuit." Offer your support July 21-27. $10 (per ticket), $125 (festival pass). Laemmle Fairfax Theatre, 7907 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2929. www.danceswithfilms.com .

Tuesday 25

Young Artists International alights on Los Angeles for its ninth annual International Laureates Festival. The week of classical music concerts features iPalpiti, their orchestral ensemble of 26 musical masters ages 19-30, representing 26 countries. Tonight, a smaller affair at the Ford Theatre features Bassiona Amorosa, a virtuosi sextet of double-bassists from Munich. July 23-30. Prices and locations vary. (310) 205-0511. www.youngartists.org .

Wednesday 26

Love a Gershwin tune? Karen Benjamin and Alan Chapman explore George's music in tonight's installment of the Parlor Performances @ Steinway Hall Presents... "Songwriters and Their Songs" series. Hear some of his best-loved pieces, as well as the stories behind them. 8 p.m. $25. Steinway Hall, 12121 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 471-3979.

Thursday 27

Judi Lee Brandwein can't get no satisfaction, but discusses it this one last night, for your amusement. "Fornicationally Challenged" is the 40-something divorc'e's one-woman mature-audiences-only comic show. It returns tonight only for a local send-off before its opening at the New York International Fringe Festival. 8 p.m. $20. Santa Monica Playhouse Main Stage, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica. R.S.V.P., (310) 394-9779, ext. 1. www.santamonicaplayhouse.com .

Friday 28

Ponder the art of Bonita Helmer in George Billis Gallery's exhibition of her latest works. The moody, thought-provoking abstract acrylics focus on the interplays of fundamental elements, forcing the viewer to reconsider basic notions such as space and time. Through Sept. 2. 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 838-3685. www.georgebillis.com .

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