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7 Days in the Arts

by Keren Engelberg

February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 19

Before "all that jazz" there was "Ragtime," Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens' description of America in the early 1900s, as well as the title of their 1998 musical. The Tony Award-winning epic follows three families – one African American, one WASP, one Jewish – living in New York at the turn of the last century, and deals with the class and race issues of the time. It plays at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through March 6.

8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.). No matinee Sat., Feb. 19. The Feb. 27, 7 p.m. performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. $20-$47. 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.


David Jennings in "Ragtime."

Sunday, February 20

Israeli Greek singer Shlomi Saranga has recorded more than 20 albums, performs regularly in Greece and Israel and is now in the midst of his first U.S. tour. Catch his Southern California debut tonight.

8:30 p.m. $50-$75. The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills. (818) 879-5016.


Shlomi Saranga

Monday, February 21

Steven Jay Fogel came late to painting. The businessman and author only took it up at age 48, but his intensely personal works have been given a showcase at the USC Hillel Jewish Center Gallery. His exhibition, "Relationships: My Friends and Their Stories," is influenced by World War II and the Holocaust, as well as personal tragedies and experiences. It is on view through March 10.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.). Free. 3300 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles. (213) 747-9135, ext. 14.


A detail from "The Therapist" by Steven Jay Fogel IX.

Tuesday, February 22

"Samson and Delilah" comes to Orange County Performing Arts Center for four nights only, beginning tonight. The biblical tale of a woman's betrayal and her lover's subsequent downfall may be dated, but the French opera's music by Camille Saint-Saëns endures.

7:30 p.m. (Feb. 22, 24 and 26), 2 p.m. (Feb. 27). $35-$185. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.


Milena Kitic as Delilah. Photo by Srdjan Simonovic

Wednesday, February 23

No such thing as a free lunch? Perhaps. But today you can find free movies, thanks to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy Foundation and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. This evening they are screening "I Used to Be a Filmmaker," and "Capturing the Friedmans."

7:30 p.m. James Bridges Theater, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 206-3456.


"I Used to Be a Filmmaker." Photo courtesy AMPAS(r)

Thursday, February 24

The world gets a little smaller today, as African musician Habib Koité performs with his band Bamada at the Skirball. Koité's music has been described as Pan-Malian, a convergence of the varied indigenous musical styles of his country. "I'm curious about all the music in the world, but I make music from Mali," he said. They play tonight only.

8 p.m. $15-$20. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. R.S.V.P., (866) 468-3399.


Habib Koite. Photo by Jeffery Apoian

Friday, February 25

Head back to UCLA tonight for more flicks. They're not free this time. The Otto Preminger series begins with this evening's double feature, which screens his first hit in Hollywood, "Laura," followed by, "Fallen Angel."

7:30 p.m. $5-$8. James Bridges Theater, UCLA, Westwood. (310) 206-3456.


Vincent Price as Shelby Carpenter, Judith Anderson as Ann Treadwell (back), Gene Tierney as Laura Hunt and Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker in LAURA (1944), directed by Otto Preminger.
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