Entertainment Tips of the Week 1-24-12

By Jean Strauber

Family Programs at the Autry

Family programs are in abundance at the Autry museum which is located in Griffith Park (across the parking lot from the LA Zoo). On the first Sunday of the month, you and your family are invited to learn about the diverse Native American cultures. There’s Story Time to hear traditional and contemporary tales, family tours with the Autry docents, the chance to explore objects in the hands-on carts, visit a Living Tradition exhibition which shows visitors the array of Native American baskets found across the country, play a traditional tribal game, and listen to Native American music played on traditional instruments.

Clybourne Park

Clybourne Park

The third Sunday of the month features a different theme related to the Autry exhibitions and programs. There will be handson activities, live music from the Western Music Association, family and docent-guided tours, Gold Rush and Story Time. Children can dress up like a cowboy for a fun photo atop a life-size horse! The first Saturday of each month will feature two motion pictures for the price of one. The Autry Museum is hosting a Saturday matinee double feature starring Gene Autry. On occasional Saturdays, the Autry will host the film series, “What is a Western?” This series examines the evolution of traditional Western movies against a backdrop of larger historical forces. Jeffrey Richardson, Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture and Firearms, will lead a discussion of the film’s history and its place within the Western genre. For more information please call (323) 667- 2000.


The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Clybourne Park” is due to open next Wednesday, January 25 at 8 pm at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum with the entire original Playwrights Horizons’ off-Broadway cast along with original director Pam MacKinnon for the Los Angeles, run which continues through February 26, 2012. In “Clybourne Park,” which also won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, the playwright imagines the history of one of the more important houses in literary history, both before and after it becomes a focal point in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun.” In 1959, the house, which is located in a white neighborhood, is sold to an African- American family (the Younger family in “A Raisin in the Sun”). Then in 2009 after the neighborhood has changed into an African- American community, the house is sold to a white couple. It is through this saga of property ownership that Norris’ sense of humor dissects race relations and middle class hypocrisies in America. The cast features Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Giffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk, Annie Parisse, Jeremy Shamos and Frank Wood. In conjunction with the presentation of “Clybourne Park” at the Taper, CTG is presenting the acclaimed Ebony Repertory Theatre production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” directed by Phylicia Rashad, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, January 19 through February 19, 2012. Tickets and information are available at the CenterTheatreGroup.org, the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre or call (213) 628-2772.


On Saturday, March 3, 2012 Esotouric tours will present “Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice,” which will include hotel visits and vintage film clips that bring the lost world of downtown to life. It’s a celebration of the ribald old neighborhood that’s not there anymore, the exquisite historic hotels that still are, and rediscovered scandals. For more info about this tour, visit esotouric.com/main hotel. On Sunday, March 4 Esotouric and the Los Angeles Visionaires Association, are again partnering with the regional crime lab at Cal State LA to present an afternoon of lectures and tours “Inside the Mind of the Arsonist.” This new program will be led by Ed Nordskog, co-lead investigator on the recent Hollywood arson spree and a fascinating “profiler” of the motives revealed by burned out crime scenes. Seats are $36.50 and space is limited for this fundraiser for the CSULA Criminalistics Department. To reserve your spot go to lavatransforms.org/

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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