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MOT Art Show Celebrates ‘Those Who Endure And Find Strength’

“From Dark to Light,”  a show by internationally renowned South African artist Dean Simon, will run from Friday, June 29-Wednesday, Aug. 8 at The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd.

The show depicts “the lives of rare individuals who endured deep suffering and found the strength to build from the ruins of despair,” said Simon.

There are figures from the Holocaust and other genocides and human rights struggles “who  have risen from the abyss to shed light and hope to the world,” Simon adds.

The show is free with paid admission.

For more information, call 310-553-9036 or visit

LATW To Screen Broadway Hit One Man, Two Guvnors

L.A. Theatre Works & The James Bridges Theater will present a National Theatre Live broadcast of One Man, Two Guvnors at 1, 4:30 and 8 p.m., Saturday, June 30 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater, 235 Charles E. Young Dr.

This is the chance for those who can’t get to New York to see the play that has taken Broadway by storm, nominated for seven Tony Awards and three  Outer Critics Circle awards.

Falling trousers, flying fish heads, star-crossed lovers, cross-dressing mobsters and an on-stage band are just part of the comedy in One Man, Two Guvnors. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Nicholas Hytner, the play is Richard Bean’s zany English update of Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students.

For more information, call 310-827-0889 or  visit

Free Screening Set For ‘I Am Neda’

Persepolis Pictures will screen the award-winning film I Am Neda’ at an NFAFI (Neda for Free Iran) event at 3 p.m. , Sunday, July 1 at United University Church USC, 817 West 34th Street, L.A.

The free screening will be follow with a 3 p.m Q&A with filmmaker Nicole Kian Sadighi, and a panel discussion, “Discrimination against Women and Religions in IRI,” at 4 p.m. Panelists include Writer, Director and Lead Actress Nicole Kian Sadighi, Elahe Amani, Shiva Mahbobi, Shirin Ershadi, Gissou Nia, Homayoun Mobasseri

NFAFI is a non-profit organization in support of human rights in Iran.

‘I Am Neda’ is the true story of Neda Agha-Soltan who fearlessly pursued the cause of freedom in defiance of tyranny and oppression.

June 2009 marked another turning point for Iranians, when mass anti-government protests erupted across major cities in Iran, following the June 12 rigged Iranian presidential election against the disputed victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which came to be known as the Green Movement.

These events provoked the government to declare war on its own people and the world became a witness.

Many innocent Iranians were, imprisoned, tortured, raped and killed for standing up for their basic human rights in nonviolent civil disobedience.

This film is centered on one ordinary yet courageous young woman on the backdrop of extraordinary circumstances, who has since become the symbol and face of this movement.

Morrison Pays Tribute To Washington At The Catalina

Barbara Morrison will present “A Tribute To Dinah Washington” – Queen of the Blues with The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center All-Star Big Band, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 8 at the Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. (just east of N. Highland Ave.).

Morrison’s song list will include Washington’s hits including:  What a Diff’rence a Day Makes, This Bitter Earth, Come Rain or Come Shine,  Teach Me Tonight, You Go To My Head, If It’s The Last Thing I Do, You Been A Good Old Wagon and many more

There is a $25 cover charge per person.  Reservations for the show and dinner may be made by 323-466-2210 or online at  Dinner or a two-drink minimum is required in addition to the purchase of tickets.

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Shakespeare Center Returns To VA Grounds With As You Like It

After 16 years, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA), under the artistic direction of Ben Donenberg, returns to The Japanese Garden on the grounds of the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center campus with a production of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, As You Like It, directed by Royal Shakespeare Company artist Kenn Sabberton – July 10 -29.

The cast is led by Tessa Thompson as Rosalind; she is known for roles on Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes and upcoming BBC America Copper, as well as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Cordelia in  King Lear in Los Angeles.  Peter Cambor, who played Nate Getz on NCIS: Los Angeles plays Orlando; Michael Dorn, well known as the Klingon Lt. Commander Worf from Star Trek, plays both Duke Frederick and Duke Senior; Diane Venora, who played Hamlet for the New York Shakespeare Festival, appears as Jacques; John Lavelle, who played Ben in The Graduate on Broadway, is Touchstone; and veteran Los Angeles stage actor Tony Abatemarco is Adam and Corin.

The cast also features McKinley Belcher, Kendra Chell, Brian Joseph, Gabriella Rhodeen, Andrew Schwartz, and Lindsay Rae Taylor.

Donenberg said, “We are returning to the VA grounds to present Shakespeare – this time at the Japanese Garden, one of the loveliest outdoor venues on the Westside.  Here we have a chance to enjoy one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, with a great company of wonderful Los Angeles Shakespearean actors, led by a 10-year veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, complete with live music – an important part of our productions – on a lovely mid-summer evening

“Additionally this allows us to continue working with Veterans, who will serve as valued members of our backstage and front of house team.  Two veterans will also be part of the performing company, and we are making complimentary tickets available to active military personnel and veterans.”

The Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles VA is at 11301 Wilshire Blvd., (adjacent to the Brentwood Theatre).

Tickets are available online at For information about the ticket program for active military and veterans, call the SCLA, 213-481-2273.

GLAZA Offers Two Evenings of ‘Music In The Zoo’

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA)  will present two evenings of “Music in the Zoo” under the stars.

Performances take place throughout the zoo and botanical gardens.

Picnics will be permitted, and food and beverages will be available.

Both evenings are 6 to 9 p.m., with animal viewing until 8 p.m.

• “Best of Music in the L.A. Zoo Night” on Friday, July 13 will be a program of program of classic rock, blues, and pop.

Groups playing include Cubensis (Grateful Dead cover band), Long Beach Caravan Trio (jazz), Masanga Marimba (Zimbabwean marimabas), Caravana (Latin reggae), Patrolled by Radar (alt-country), Wayward Sons (arena rock cover band), David Vito Gregoli and Primordial Sonics (ambient aboriginal fusion), and The Heist (classic rock cover band).

• “Global Fusion Night” on Friday, July 27 offers world music bands, among them Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band, Marieve Herington Band (French), Paddy’s Pig (Irish), Wicked Tinkers (tribal Celtic), AK and Her Kalashnikovs (Slavic), Bandidos de Amor (California rumba), Tropical Punch (Calypso), Shaya and Rafi (Mediterranean), and Kenny Hudson and World Beat (African).

Admission for GLAZA members is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-12; general public prices are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-12. Children under age 2 are free.

The zoo is at Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Tickets may be purchased at the zoo or in advance by phone at 323-644-6042 or online at

America’s Soul In The Balance Author At Museum Of Tolerance

At the height of World War II, four lawyers in the U.S Treasury Department discovered that  diplomats in the State Department had covered up reports of the Nazi extermination scheme. Treasury lawyers charged the diplomats with being “accomplices of Hitler.”

Author Gregory J. Wallance discusses his book and the forces that shaped the State Department decision at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 26 at The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd.

A reception and booksigning will follow.

There is no charge for the event, but advance reservations and required and may be made online at:

L.A. Jewish Symphony Celebrates Milestone Aug. 26.

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) will celebrating its 18th, or chai, anniversary with a special performance at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Ford Amphitheatre with a program entitled “CHAIlights– Celebrating 18 years of Jewish Music”.

The program features three longtime orchestra members and soloists—Concertmaster Mark Kashper, Principal Cellist Barry Gold, and Principal Clarinetist and arranger Zinovy Goro—in music that reflects the two main streams of Jewish culture and heritage, Ashkenazic and Sephardic.

Other highlights will include the U.S. premiere of Klezmopolitan Suite, written by Niki Reiser, a former member of the European klezmer group Kol Simcha; popular Jewish artist Sam Glaser will join with the newly formed Jewish Community Children’s Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michelle Willner; and surprise guest artists representing LAJS’ 18-year history.

Each of the pieces to be performed in the show were written by composers who were inspired by the yiddishkayt music of the Hassidic, Klezmer, and Cantorial traditions.

The Ford Amphitheatre is at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East.

Reserved seating tickets are $36, and $12 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under.

Tickets are available at or 323-461-3673.

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