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MOT Puts Focus On ‘Humanitarian Crises In The World Today’
At the “Humanitarian Crises in the World Today and What I Can Do to Make a Difference” program at The Museum of Tolerance, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, visitors can make a clay bone in solidarity with victims and survivors of ongoing conflicts in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and the Sudan.
All bones make will be included in an installation for the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Guests will also have the chance to meet actress and Students Rebuild Ambassador Annabeth Gish.
The event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Tolerance, CARE, Bezos Family Foundation, Students Rebuild and the One Million Bones Project.
There is no charge for the event, but advance registration is required.
For tickets, visit wwwmuseumoftolerance, or call 310-553-9036.
The Museum of Tolerance is at 9786 W.Pico Blvd.
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 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.
Photo Day At The L.A. Zoo
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and Paul’s Photo present the 22nd Annual Photo Day at the Los Angeles Zoo, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4.
Among activities for participants are hands-on workshops with instruction for novices on the basics of wildlife and nature photography as well as opportunities for accomplished shutterbugs to focus on the art and science of outdoor photography.
Also included in the admission price are use of loan equipment from major manufacturers, one-on-one time with manufacturers’ representatives, photo walks, catered lunch, keynote address by award-winning Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons, T-shirt, early admission to the Zoo, animal close-ups for photography, and a photo contest with prizes.
Photo Day admission prices are $175 per person, and $60 for guests. Regular Zoo admission is still available for non-Photo Day participants.
Photo Day registration closes Oct. 15.
The Los Angeles Zoo is in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Free parking is available.
For more information, contact GLAZA ,email@example.com or 323-644-4703) Registration form available at www.LAZoo.org.
Colburn School To Feature Mooslin’s Visual Representation Of Musical Concepts
The Colburn School will present, “Painted Music,” a new exhibition of works by Los Angeles artist Nancy Mooslin, Sept. 30-May 28 at the school, 200 S. Grand Ave.
According to Mooslin, “the work investigates the comparison of color with musical pitch, form and texture with timbre, and proportion and measurement with rhythm. The content of the work also includes symbolic references to cycles of time, planetary motion and the interconnection of our perceptions. As an artist I feel the links between visual and audio media very deeply and believe that abstract art and music are closely related aesthetically, conceptually, scientifically and intuitively.”
The exhibit also includes Mooslin’s new series, “Water Music”, which explores the musical, rhythmic qualities of water in constant, repetitive motion and the tradition of musical compositions inspired by water.
The series includes studies of the surface of water in a variety of media; photography, print, drawing and watercolor.
An opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30.
For more information: Sandy Silver, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist, Holocaust Survivor Aron, Subject Of New Book
A launch for the new book Into The Light: The Healing Art of Kalman Aron, with author Susan Beilby Magee and artist and Holocaust survivor Kalman Aron, will be held from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd.
The book covers Aron’s youth as an art prodigy in Latvia, his four years in slave labor and concentration camps, and his time at the Vienna Fine Arts Academy.
There is no charge; but advance registration is required.
Register at www.museumoftolerance/intothelight or call 310-553-9036.
CAP UCLA Presents West Coast Premiere Of Akram Khan Company’s Vertical Road, Oct. 5-6 at Royce Hall
The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) will present the West Coast premiere of Akram Khan’s Vertical Road at 8 p.m., Oct. 5-6 at UCLA'”‘s Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court,
Khan has assembled a cast of performers from across Asia, Europe and the Middle East for this work that explores man’s earthly nature, his rituals and the consequences of human actions in a meditation on the journey of life.
Set to an original score composed by collaborator Nitin Sawhney, Vertical Road draws inspiration from the Sufi tradition and the Persian poet-philosopher Rumi.
Vertical Road is the work that inspired Danny Boyle to invite Khan to create (and perform in) a meditative piece for the London Olympic Opening Ceremony this summer.
Born in London to a family of Bangladeshi origin, Akram Khan began dancing at age 7 and studied with Kathak dancer and teacher Sri Pratap Pawar.
Sawhney and company producer Farooq Chaudhry will participate in a post-show discussion of the work immediately following the Friday performance.
Tickets ($20-$55) are now available via www.cap.ucla.edu, Ticketmaster or the UCLA Central Ticket Office,310-825-2101.
Cinderella Comes To the Terrace Theater
“–In celebration of Long Beach Ballet’’s 30th Anniversary, the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou from China will perform David Wilcox’’s rendition of “Cinderella,” the ballet he choreographed specifically for this Chinese Ballet company in 2005.
Long Beach Ballet will feature two performances of “Cinderella,” one at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, and and one at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
The short ballet performance the Chinese-themed Butterfly Lovers and Yellow River,” will be performed at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.
In time for Halloween, children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a festive treat as Cinderella’‘s “pumpkin coach” will carry her to the ball pulled by eight dazzling stallions, danced by eight male dancers of the Guangzhou Ballet.
The award-winning, Classical Ballet of Guangzhou has a strong artistic affiliation with the Long Beach Ballet. Collaboration between Long Beach Ballet’s artistic director Wilcox and the Chinese ballet company began 13 years ago when he staged his Nutcracker production for them; and it became one of their most performed ballets.
Tickets range from $28-$120. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Mole Fair Coming To Olvera Street
The fifth Annual “La Feria de Los Moles” (The Mole Fair) will take place from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7 at L.A.’s Olvera Street.
The all-day event will give attendees the opportunity to taste more than 13 different Mexican moles ranging from sweet savory to hot spicy.
The event is free with food available for purchase. Participating restaurants and vendors include: Delicias Poblanas, Elenitas Moles, Goyos Nieves, JJJ Burritos, Juan’s Restaurant, Juquila Restaurant, Mole De San Miguel Xaltepec, Mole Doña Caelita, Mole Doña Socorro, Mole Santa María Nenetzinla, Sabores De Oaxaca, Saby’s Café, Tacos Manzano and Tatiana’s Catering .
For more information, visit www.feriadelosmoles.com/.
50 Restaurants, Even Wineries At Taste Of Italy
The forth-annual Taste of Italy, a cultural-gastronomic event to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles, will take place from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct 13, at 424 N. Main St.
In collaboration with the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West, Taste of Italy will feature restaurants awarded with the Marchio Ospitalita’ Italiana, Italy’s highest certification of gastronomic excellence and authenticity.
Participating restaurants will include: Osteria Drago, Toscanova, Obika Mozzarella Bar, Locanda Del Lago, Marino, Il Fornaio and Caffe Roma.
Other participants include Casa Torelli Imports, Ventura Limoncello, Le Vigne Winery, Domodimonti, Domenico’s Foods, Maestro Sausage, Pasquini Espresso, Nonna’s Kitchenette, Perricone Juice, and more.
For a complete list of participants visit www.italianhall.org.
Italy’s best-selling reggae band, Mama Marjas, will perform, as well as the voice of the new American Songbook, Luca Ellis; the Casa Italiana Opera Company, and classical virtuosa Nicole Nale. I Zanni will perform traditional commedia dell’arte.
For tickets—$50 presale, $60 at the door—visit www.italianhall.org or call 213-485-8432.
L.A. Chamber Orchestra Opens Season With Premieres
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2012-13 season launches with a program of works both familiar and new when Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts and performs as soloist at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7 at Royce Hall.
The premieres include LACO Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman’s The Great Swiftness and True South by James Matheson, which was commissioned and premiered in 2010 by the New York Philharmonic with features influences ranging from Judas Priest to Nietzsche.
Kahane himself is the featured soloist in Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto in G major.
The program concludes with the LACO debut of 28-year-old German violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, the composer’s only violin concerto.
Both Norman and Matheson are participating in LACO’s “Concert Preludes,” pre-concert talks providing insights into the music and artists, held an hour before curtain.
Tickets ($25 – $110) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213-622-7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.
Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 and older and groups of 12 or more.
The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand Blvd. Royce Hall is at 340 Royce Dr.
Herb Alpert Concert To Benefit Fairfax High
Herb Alpert, alsong with his wife, vocalist Lani Hall, will perform a concert to behis high school, Fairfax High, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. 743 S. Lucerne Blvd.
The concert is the highlight of Fairfax High’s 2012 Hall of Fame ceremony, when four outstanding Fairfax graduates who have contributed to their communities will be honored.
“I am happy to help support Fairfax High, to help ensure that current and future students have the opportunities I enjoyed and to reinvigorate music and art programs that will encourage them and help them prepare for the real world,” said Alpert.
Alpert (class of 1953), founder of the Herb Alpert Foundation, will be honored alongside alumni:
• Henry Samueli (class of 1971), co–founder of Broadcom, owner of the Mighty Ducks Hockey Team and founder of the Samueli Foundation;
• Annette (Familian) Shapiro (class of 1949), founding board member and president of Beit T’Shuvah, member of the National Women’s Philanthropy board of directors and winner of the Golda Meir Award; and
• Joyce (Goodman) Eisenberg–Keefer (class of 1953), president of the Ben B. and Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation, founder of the Joyce Eisenberg–Keefer Breast Center at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, St. John’s Health Center, and founder of the Los Angeles Jewish Home’s Joyce Eisenberg–Keefer Medical Center and Eisenberg Village.
The 2012 Hall of Fame Legacy Gala is the first fundraising concert to benefit Fairfax High; 1,000 guests are expected to attend.
The evening will begin with a dinner reception at 6 p.m., featuring performances by Fairfax students and alumni.
Proceeds from the evening will support advanced education at Fairfax.
Concert tickets are $75, balcony; $100, loge; $150, rear orchestra, and include a 6 p.m. reception in the Wilshire Ebell Theater Clubhouse.
VIP concert tickets, $250, front orchestra; include the reception and an after-concert dessert reception with Alpert and Lani Hall.
For questions or sponsorship information, contact Friends of Fairfax, Director of Development, Joyce Kleifield, 323-370.-1220 or email@example.com.
For tickets and information, visit www.friendsoffairfax.org.
CAP UCLA Celebrates Modern Tango Fusion
The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA will present Bajofondo, a collective of composers, singers and artists who blend acoustic tango and electronic music, as well as a fusion of Latin alternative and contemporary sounds, at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 at Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court.
Consisting of eight musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, the group is led by Gustavo Santaolalla, two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning composer of Brokeback Mountain and Babel, as well as the highly anticipated upcoming film On the Road.
Santaolalla, together with Uruguayan musician-producer Juan Campodónico conceived of a group that would be a home for Argentine and Uruguayan artists dedicated to creating “contemporary music of the Rio de la Plata,” the body of water that separates the two countries.
Tickets are now available via cap.ucla.edu, Ticketmaster or at the UCLA Central Ticket Office ($20-50).
All Saints’ Offers Program of Brahms, Mozart
The “Chamber Music At All Saints’” music series continues with “Brahms and Mozart: Viennese Gems” at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at the church, 504 N. Camden Dr.
The program will feature Camille King, soprano; Lucinda Carver, piano and Henry Gronnier, violin.
• Pieces by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) will include: Zwei Gesänge for voice, violin, and piano, op. 91, Gestillte Sehnsucht, Geistliches Wiegenlied, Regenlied, op. 59 No. 3 and Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, op. 78.
• Selections by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791) will inlcude: Non temer amato bene, K. 490; and L’amerò, sarò costante from Il re pastore, K. 208.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $20 for students.
For more information, call 310-275-0123, ext. 112 or visit www.allsaintsbh.org.
All Saints’ is one block west of Rodeo Drive on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Camden Drive.
Free parking is available in public lots located across Santa Monica Boulevard from the parish; first-hour free parking is available at 440 N. Camden Dr.
Bach Festival Returns For Week Of Concerts, Recitals
The Los Angeles Bach Festival will be celebrate its 79th season at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, 540 South Commonwealth Ave., for one week, beginning with a free performance by German Concert Organist Felix Hell at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, and running through Oct. 21 with various performances.
The festival, one of the oldest cultural festivals in Los Angeles, beginning in 1934, is a yearly celebration of Bach and baroque music, incorporating organ, choral, orchestral, vocal and instrumental performances in the church’s Gothic setting.
• Following the inaugural organ concert, First Church’s own Organist-in-Residence Stewart W. Foster, will perform a free solo organ concert at 12:10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18 in the sanctuary.
• A free Young Persons Concert, open to school children and their chaperones from throughout the Los Angeles area, will be featured at 10 a.m, Friday, Oct. 19. (To have students attend, chaperones may contact Jade lin Hornbaker at 213.355.5241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
• Friday will also feature a free-to-the-public choral performance by Horizon Chamber Choir at 8 p.m. in the church sanctuary
• Pianist Junko Ueno Garrett will perform a recital at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 in Shatto Chapel with a program including Bach’s Italian Concerto in F Major, along with the French Overture in B Minor. Tickets are $10 and space may be reserved by calling 213-355-5241 or emailing email@example.com.
• The festival concludes with the Cathedral Choir along with the Los Angeles Bach Festival Orchestra performing Ein fest Burg ist unser Gott BWV 80 (A Mighty Fortress is Our God), a cantata that will be incorporated into the Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m., Oct. 21.
For more information, visit www.fccla.org.
YMF Orchestra Welcomes New Music Director With Concert Of Works By Chihara, Grieg and Dvorak
The inaugural performance of the Young Musicians Foundation’s (YMF) Debut Orchestra, under new music director Roger Kalia, will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14 at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Dr.
The pre-professional orchestra will premiere Paul Chihara’s Tripping the Light Fantastic, commissioned for the YMF as a welcome to its new director.
Chihara is an award-winning Japanese American composer whose music has been played in most major centers in America.
The free concert will also feature Grieg’s Piano Concerto showcasing Isabella Ma, a 16-year-old piano virtuoso and winner of YMF’s Debut Concerto Competition.
The orchestra will also perform Dvorak’s Symphony No 9, From the New World.
To reservice tickets and for more information, visit www.ymf.org/
Broadway Icon Vereen Coming To Broad Stage
Broadway legend, entertainment icon, and Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen will present his hit show, Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen, for one night only at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 at The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St.
Vereen’s latest one-man show, is a song-and-dance musical tribute through his career and life. The salute to the music of Broadway, also features selections made famous by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Known to audiences for his Tony- and Drama Desk-winning performance in Pippin, Vereen has also appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Chicago, Fosse and Jelly’s Last Jam.
Television audiences will remember him from his celebrated portrayal of Chicken George in Roots, along with recent appearances on How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy (Prism Award) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
In January, Vereen was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, and in August, he was honored with the Dance Theatre Hall of Fame.
Tickets are $110, $85, and $67 and available online at www.thebroadstage.com.
Master Chorale Launches Season With Two Premieres
The Los Angeles Master Chorale launches its 2012-13 season, its 49th, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with an organ and choral music extravaganza led by Music Director Grant Gershon.
Special guests include organists Paul Meier and Kimo Smith and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), under the direction of Anne Tomlinson.
The program features two West Coast premieres – Nico Muhly’s choral tapestry, A Good Understanding, performed with the LACC, and Judith Weir’s Ascending Into Heaven.
Gershon also conducts a second Muhly piece, Bright Mass with Canons.
The repertoire also includes mystic Arvo Pärt’s The Beatitudes, Tarik O’Regan’s Dorchester Canticles, Kurt Weill’s Kiddush, Gerald Finzi’s God Is Gone Up, and Sr. David Willcocks’ Psalm 150 performed by the LACC and conducted by Tomlinson.
A pair of royal anthems rounds out the concert – British composer Hubert Parry’s I Was Glad, conducted by LAMC Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton, as well as contemporary Welsh composer Paul Mealor’s Ubi caritas, composed for the April 2011 nuptials of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton.
Gershon, KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen and composer Paul Mealor participate in “Listen Up!,” the pre-concert talk at 6 pm.
For the 20th consecutive year, BNY Mellon is sponsoring a post-concert gala, which will be held in BP Hall, with entertainment provided by the chorale and Tony Award-winning composer/pianist/playwright Jason Robert Brown.
Tickets range from $29-$134. Group rates are available. Gala tickets are $500 per person (concert ticket is separate).
For tickets and information, call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting two hours prior to the performance.)
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is at 111 S. Grand Ave. at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Impressionist Brings Vegas-style Extravaganza To The El Portal
Stephen Sorrentino-Voices In My Head will have its West Coast premiere Wednesday, Oct. 10-Sunday, Oct. 14 at the El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.
The production is slated to coincide with the Voices In My Head DVD release on the national tour.
The hit show has played to sold-out audiences in Europe, Las Vegas and Atlantic City showcasing Sorrentino’s talents on piano, sax, flute and guitar along with his repertoire of 180 vocal interpretations.
The musical extravaganza is complete with the Sin City Babe Showgirls and Dancers, choreographed by Cynthia Cameron, and the Voices band with Musical Director Adam Wheeler.
The show features full-scale production numbers, comedy, music and Sorrentino nailing impressions of everyone from Sonny and Cher, Luciano Pavarotti, Lady Gaga, Jose Feliciano, Jay Leno, to Sammy Davis, Jr. and more.
His “Mislead Zeppelin,” is sung by Willie Nelson and Wayne Newton; and Jerry Lewis sings a comic version of Black Dog.
The “On Screen Celeb Flash Trash” features pop icons and political leaders including Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, William Shatner, Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, along with non-human favorites Bart Simpson and Flipper.
With his distinctive vocal abilities, (singing anything from opera to rock) his spot-on mimicry and impeccable comedic timing the award-winning performer was discovered by Debbie Reynolds with whom he often appears.
Sorrentino has also shared the stage with Dennis Miller, Dana Carvey and Patti LaBelle.
Sorrentino has appeared in 13 feature films and numerous television shows. Recent performances include playing Eden Wood’s mentor in Toddlers and Tiaras, ShowTime’s’ Monsters, playing a washed up teen heartthrob, and a stint on Larry the Cable Guy.
Show times are 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10; 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11-Saturday, Oct. 13, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14.
Tickets start at $40; discounts apply.
For reservations and more information call 818-508-4200, 866-811-4111 or visit www.elportaltheatre.com.
The “Voices In My Head” DVD release is live from the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. and was shot in June of this year.
Additional tour dates for 2012 include the Riverside Casino with Debbie Reynolds in Laughlin, Nev. Nov. 21-25.
For more information visit www.stephensorrentino.com
Woodard To Record The Night Watcher For L.A. Theatre Works
Two-time Obie Award-winner and Tony-Award nominee, Charlayne Woodard will record her newest award-winning solo show, The Night Watcher, in front of live audiences for L.A. Theatre Works’ nationally syndicated radio theater series which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations throughout the U.S. and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
The show’s subject is motherhood, and no matter how many times she says “no,” actress Woodard’s maternal instincts keep getting called into action.
A surprise call from a friend with a last-minute adoption opportunity sends this self-described “blue collar actor” into a litany on the joys of children in our lives.
The production is directed by Stuart K. Robinson, and produced by Susan A. Loewenberg.
Readings will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18; 8 p.m, Friday, Oct. 19; 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct 20, and 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21 at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, 235 Charles E. Young Dr. (enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Boulevard park in Lot 3 on the lower level).
For tickets, $15-$49, call 310-827-0889 or visit www.latw.org.