June 15, 2000
7 Days in the Arts
o Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company (LAWSC) takes the gender-bending comedy of "Twelfth Night" one step further with an all-female cast. If the prospect of women playing men pretending to be women doesn't get your theatrical juices flowing, this Shakespearean production - in the great summer tradition - is being presented outdoors, and it's free. LAWSC has received rave reviews for previous productions, and this summer they will perform at the newly relandscaped John Anson Ford Ampitheatre. 8 p.m., Thurs.-Sun., June 15-18 and 22-25. Performances are free but reservations are required. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, in the Cahuenga Pass. (323) 461-3673.
Fathers, don't let your babies miss out on these cowboys. Buffalo Bill's Wild West rides again at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. With exhibits like an original 1867 Deadwood Stagecoach and Annie Oakley's gold-plated rifle, this exhibition chronicles the impact the Wild West show had on its audiences in more than 30 years of touring the world. Through July 9. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Adults $7.50; students and seniors $5; children 12 and under $3. 4700 Western Heritage Way, in Griffith Park. (323) 667-2000.
The Method Fest Independent Film Festival showcases breakout acting performances that you might not see anywhere else. The week-long event includes more than 30 feature and short films, along with acting seminars, music and filmmaker presentations. Today's lineup includes a short, modernized adaptation of Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," titled "William Psychpeare's The Taming of the Shrink," which is followed by "Stanley's Gig," about a down-on-his-luck musician whose life is changed by a resident of the retirement home where he plays. All screenings take place at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 Theater, 673 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For a full schedule of the Festival's screenings, call (626) 844-6500, or visit methodfest.com.
You don't have to be a politician to enjoy this photo op. The Getty Center opens two collections of photography today. The first, titled "The Man in the Street: Eugene Atget in Paris," presents a survey of the legendary photographer's shots of Paris streetlife in the early 20th century. "Tradition and Innovation," the second collection opening today, includes approximately 40 photos that demonstrate the growth of the Getty's collection since 1997. Both collections are on view through Oct. 8. Admission is free; parking is $5 per car. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tues. and Wed., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Both exhibits in the West Pavilion, courtyard level, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300.
Celebrate the official beginning of summer with a musical evening at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium, where violin virtuoso Lisa DeLuca and pianist Beth Sussman present a program of works by Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copeland and others. DeLuca, a former child prodigy, has performed at festivals across North America. Let this talented duet play you into the shortest night of the year. $10. 7:30 p.m. 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air. (310) 476-9777, ext. 246.
Prominent New York choreographer Neil Greenberg and his company bring their two most recent works, "This is What Happened" and "Sequel" to the Skirball Cultural Center. The dances use repeated movement phrases and projected text to engage the audience, allowing viewers to interpret and find meaning for themselves. Greenberg, who is known for dancing in silence with brief excerpts of music, has created works for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Project. These performances are presented as part of the Skirball's Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture exhibition. 8:30 p.m. General Admission $18; members $15; students $10. 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. Reservations can be made by calling Tickets LA at (323) 655-8587.
For over 200 years the Bolshoi Ballet has been Moscow's greatest cultural bridge to the world. Tonight, the great Russian dance company opens its signature production, "Romeo and Juliet," for a three-performance run at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 7:30 p.m.; also Sat., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $25-$90. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Ave., downtown. Tickets available at Ticketmaster, (213) 365-3500, or ticketmaster.com.