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Barbara Morrison Returns To The Catalina

Jazz and blues singer Barbara Morrison returns to the Catalina Bar & Grill by popular demand for two shows over Labor Day Weekend,  at 8:30  p.m., Saturday and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 1-2.

• On Saturday, Morrison will reprise her sold-out show, Barbara Morrison in “A Tribute To Dinah Washington – Queen of the Blues” accompanied by the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center All Star Big Band conducted by John Stephens.

Morrison’s song list will include signature songs popularized by Washington including:  What a Diff’rence A Day Makes, This Bitter Earth, Come Rain Or Come Shine, You Go To My Head ,If It’s The Last Thing I Do, You Been A Good Old Wagon But You Done Broke Down, I Wanna Be Loved  and many more.

• On Sunday, she will be heard in “An Intimate Evening with Barbara Morrison and Her Trio,” including Stuart Elster on piano, Richard Simon on bass and Lee Spath on drums, performing songs that made Washington “The Queen of the Blues.”

There is a $25 cover charge per person for the show on Saturday, and a $20 charge per person on Sunday.

Reservations for the shows and dinner may  be made by calling the Catalina Bar & Grill at 323-466-2210 or online at www.ticketweb.com.  

Dinner or a two-drink minimum is required, in addition to the purchase of tickets for either show.  Doors will open for dinner one and half hours prior to the show time each evening.

The Catalina Bar & Grill is at 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. (just east of N. Highland Avenue). Valet parking is available.

For more information, visit, www.catalinajazzclub.com.

Signing, Screening Celebrate Real Women Have Curves

The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre and Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival will present an evening celebrating the 10th anniversary of the award-winning film Real Women Have Curves with special guest, Josefina López, the film’s screenwriter, on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the theater, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.

López will kick off the evening signing copies of her book, Real Women Have Curves And Other Plays.  

The 6:30 p.m. signing will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. screening of the film and a Q&A with López, director Patricia Cardoso, producers Marilyn R. Atlas and Effie Brown and cast members Ingrid Oliu, Soledad St. Hilaire, Julia Vera, Sandie Torres, and others to be announced.

The screening will be a tribute to one of the film’s stars, the late actress Lupe Ontiveros (1942-2012).

At the event, López will also announce details about a new scholarship she is establishing in memory of Ontiveros.

Tickets are $11 general admission, $9 for seniors (65 and over) and students with current I.D. and $7 for American Cinematheque members.

Tickets may be purchased by calling Fandango, 1-800-326-3264), and entering the  code 2206#, or online at http://www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatre_aaofx/theaterpage?date=9/6/2012.  

For more  information, call 323-466-3456 or visit http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/real-women-have-curves-0.

‘Twilight’ At The Zoo For Members

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) will present “Twilight In The Zoo,” a once-a-year after-hours evening for GLAZA members at the Contributing Associate level and above ($250 per family)  from 5:30-7:30 p.m.,  Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The evening will be a chance to learn about many of the zoo’s animals on a docent-led walking tour, and feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and crafts for adults and youngsters.

GLAZA’s Contributing Associate-level membership, includes unlimited free admission for up to three adults and the family’s own children and/or grandchildren ages 2-17, additional guest passes, Safari Shuttle and Choo Choo Train passes, concierge for VIP requests, early access to events, 10 percent discount in shops, restaurants and for lectures and educational programs, free or discounted admission to more than 170 zoos and aquariums around the country, a variety of members-only events and more.

The zoo is in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.

For more information, call 323- 644-4751.

Magnolias Reading Marks Play’s Anniversary

The 25th anniversary staged reading of Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias, directed by Judith Ivey, with Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Perkins and Annie Potts, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 9 at The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica.

The event will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

The original stage production of Steel Magnolias opened Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre, in New York City, on March 28, 1987, under artistic director Kyle Resnic.  It was directed by Pamela Berlin and featured Margo Martindale as Truvy, Constance Shulman as Annelle, Kate Wilkinson as Clairee, Mary Fogarty as Ouiser, Blanche Baker as Shelby and Rosemary Prinz as M’Lynn.

The production transferred to the Lucille Lortel Theatre on June 19, 1987, and closed on Feb. 25, 1990 after 1,126 performances. Betsy Aidem took over the role of Shelby, and notable replacements included Rita Gardner as M’Lynn and Anne Pitoniak as Ouiser.

The play went on to become a successful and critically-acclaimed Oscar-nominated feature film starring Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Shirley MacLaine, Dylan McDermott, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard and Tom Skerritt.

General tickets  for the reading are $125 and include wine, beverages, cupcakes and a snack from Grub Restaurant.

VIP tickets, at $300,  in-clude wine and beverages and a post reception with the cast catered by Grub Restaurant

For tickets and information, visit www.steelmagnolias-25years.org

Author Salzman Joins Chamber Orchestra For ‘Westside Connection’

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) trademark three-concert “Westside Connections” series this season pairs novelists and musicians for to explore the relationship between “Music & Story” beginning at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica Community College, 1310 11th Street

The opening program features best-selling novelist Mark Salzman, award-winning author of True Notebooks, Lying Awake and Iron & Silk, which was inspired by his years living in China, and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Salzman joins LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman onstage, narrating a performance piece that explores Salzman’s struggle with writer’s block and how his deep love of Bach’s cello suites broke the spell.

The program features Bernadene Blaha, piano;  Andrew Shulman, cello and Tereza Stanislav, violin, playing Bach’s  Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009 and Mozart’s Piano Trio No. 4 in E major, K. 54, composed at the zenith of his powers, which  closes the evening.

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, currently celebrating her 15th anniversary with the orchestra, curates and hosts.

“Westside Connections” tickets ($50) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling 213-622 7001, ext. 1, or at the venue box office  the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more.

L.A. Theatre Works,  James Bridges Theater To Screen The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

L.A. Theatre Works and The James Bridges Theater will present a National Theatre Live broadcast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept 15 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Dr.

In Simon Stephens’ stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling novel, 15-year-old Christopher stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion.

He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain—exceptional at math, while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

Directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse), the production will be filmed live at the National’s Cottesloe Theatre.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students with ID

To purchase, call 310-827-0889 or visit, www.latw.org

Miniature Roses Topic Of Rose Society Meeting

Luis Desamero and Tommy Cairns will talk “All About Miniature Roses” at the next meeting of The Beverly Hills Rose Society, a chapter of the American Rose Society, from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16 at Greystone mansion, 905 Loma Vista Dr.
Desamero and Cairns are leading growers and exhibitors of miniature roses.

Desamero has been dubbed the “king of miniatures” for his work promoting and exhibiting of miniature roses, heading the American Rose Society “Award of Excellence Program” and initiating the ARS National Miniature Rose Show and Miniature Hall of Fame.

Cairns is a past president of the American Rose Society and the World Federation of Rose Societies.

For more information, call society President Tania Norris, 323-934-6598.

Schnur To Speak On American Politics In The 21st Century

Dan Schnur, director of   the  Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and internationally-known special-ist in campaign strategy, electoral politics, and public policy will speak on “American Politics in the 21st Century:  Obama, Romney, and What Went Wrong,” Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.

The free lecture is part of the Peer-led Learning and Teaching in Osher (PLATO) Program of UCLA Extension.

Complimentary refreshments will be served at 1 p.m., and the program starts at 1:30 p.m.

The PLATO Program is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCLA Extension.  It is an active learning program for those 50 and over interested in continued education.

For more information, call 310-794-0231.

Best-Selling Albom To Discuss Latest Novel With Rabbi Wolpe

Best-selling author Mitch Albom will discuss his new book, The Time Keeper, with Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20 at the temple,10400 Wilshire Blvd.

In the novel, Albom reinvents the legend of Father Time and casts him not as an old, withered man, but as a gifted young boy who becomes the inventor of the world’s first clock. He is eventually punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift and is banished to a cave for centuries, forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more time, more minutes, more years.

Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a chance to redeem himself.

In addition to writing his books, Albom is a celebrated playwright and screenwriter. He also works as a broadcaster and columnist and has received The Red Smith Award for his lifetime achievement in sports writing.

His books have collectively sold more than 28 million copies worldwide; have been published in 41 territories and in 42 languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

Wolpe has been named the most influential rabbi in America by Newsweek magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by The Jerusalem Post.

Sinai Temple, established In 1906 as the first Conservative congregation in Southern California, is currently the largest and oldest Conservative Synagogue in L.A.

For more information, call 310-474-1518 or visit www.sinaitemple.org.

L.A. Theatre Works will present staged readings of  The Seagull

Calista Flockhart, T.R. Knight, Josh Stamberg and Stephen Collins will star in L.A. Theatre Works staged readings of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Thursday, Sept. 20-23 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater.

Dakin Matthews,  Gordon Clapp, Logan Fahey will also be heard in the story of actresses, artists, sons and lovers at a crumbling lakeside estate. Against the backdrop of a fading epoch, they scramble for love denied, deny love offered them freely, and fill Chekhov’s masterpiece with pathos and humor.

Readings, for later radio broadcast, will be at 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, with matinees at 3 p.m., Saturday and 4 p.m., Sunday.

The James Bridges Theatre, 235 Charles E. Young Dr. is in Melnitz Hall.

Enter UCLA off of Sunset and park in Lot Three-Visitor’s Section.

For tickets, call the box office: 310-827-0889, M-F, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. After hours: 866-811-4111.

For more information, visit www.latw.org.

U.S. Premiere of Théâtre de la Ville-Paris Rhinoceros Kicks Off CAP UCLA 2012-2013 Season  

The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) will present the U.S. premiere of Théâtre de la Ville-Paris’ production of Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, at 8 p.m., Sept. 21-22 at Royce Hall.

This re-imagining of one of Ionesco’s finest works first debuted at Paris’ Théâtre de la Ville in 2004 and toured Europe throughout 2006. The director and a company remounted the play in Paris in 2011 and now bring the work to American audiences.

The story of protest and conformity is reflective of Ionesco’s personal and emotional reaction to the rise of Fascism and French collaboration with the Nazis. Rhinoceros is considered his finest work and a seminal example of the Theatre of the Absurd.

The play will be performed in French with English supertitles.

Tickets, ranging from $25-$70, and information are now available via cap.ucla.edu, Ticketmaster or at the UCLA Central Ticket Office.

San Gennaro Festival Celebrates All Things Italian

The San Gennaro Foundation will sponsor and host the annual Galbani Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m, Sept. 28-30, across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave.

“The Feast of San Gennaro is something my family and I look forward to every year,” Kimmel said. “I have no doubt that that our 11th year will be a great one.”

Inspired by the 80+ year old New York City tradition, the feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine, and will feature food, music, genealogy research, a kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides and games.

The weekend kicks off Thursday, Sept. 27 with the opening night fundraising gala, “Prima Notte 2012,” which will pay tribute to Italian Americans in sports, such as Tommy Lasorda, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Lou Cordileone and others.

Hosted by Kimmel and Adam Carolla, Mark DeCarlo serves as emcee, Louie Prima Jr. is set for a Big Band “swinging” performance and Italian American comedians finish out the evening with a special “Comedy under the Stars” show, courtesy of the LA Improv.

Tickets for the opening night gala are $100 for VIP admission and $50 each for general admission. Reserved tables for 10 guests are available for $2,000 for VIP and $1,000 general. Visit www.feastofla.org to purchase.

In honor of the feast’s anniversary, there will be special events throughout the weekend to raise funds for various charities, including a “Gravy – Sauce” competition hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy and on Sunday, Sept.  30, the feast will partner with the Order Sons of Italy in America by broadcasting a live telethon from the main stage to raise funds for various Veteran charities.

Since 2002, the San Gennaro Foundation has donated more than $750,000 to local charities that benefit Los Angeles shelters for children and families, food banks for the homeless, and school programs for underprivileged youth, among others.

For more information visit www.feastofla.org or call 818-508-0082.

Creepy Halloween  Happenings at Heritage Square Museum

Enjoy the creepy happenings of Halloween at Heritage Square Museum during the Eighth Annual Halloween and Mourning Tours program from noon-4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27-28.

Guests will learn  about death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian era and participate in a funeral inside one of the historic homes.

Spiritualism, what it was, who followed it and why, will  be discussed and guests may  have their fortune told.

Attendees will also see how other cultures celebrate and remember their loved ones. They will also discover how even the intricate details of clothing played a role how Victorians expressed their loss.

On Sunday, (Oct 28), the Halloween and Mourning Tours program is more family friendly. Children ages 2-12 can play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), and listen to spooky stories in the Ford House by the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers.

The Greasy Wiener food truck will be at Heritage Square on Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. selling hot dogs and sausages.

Museum admission prices are $10 for adults, $8. for seniors over 65, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children under 6 and Museum members.

For more information, call the museum offices from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 323-225-2700.

Heritage Square is an open-air, living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the development of Los Angeles. The museum is regularly open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 12-5 p.m.

The museum is located at 3800 Homer St., off the 110 Arroyo Secco Parkway (110/Pasadena Freeway) at Avenue 43, just north of downtown Los Angeles.

For further information, visit www.heritagesquare.org, or on Facebook.

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