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Entertainment Tips of the Week 5-27-12

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Dance At The Music Center

The final presentation of the ninth Season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center will conclude with the Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake, to be staged at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for only five performances beginning June 7. This popular ballet will be staged by Yuri Grigorovich after Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov and Alexander Gorskyu, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and with a live orchestra. Swan Lake’s scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from western European romantic novellas. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.

Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon

The ballet premiered in 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as “The Lake of the Swans.” Although there are many versions of Swan Lake, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on January 15, 1895 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. If you loved the recent movie, The Black Swan its ballet scenes, then you might then want to see the complete ballet Swan Lake. The Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center is one of the leading presents of dance on the West Coast with its offering of significant works by prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists from around the world. KDMC supports new works and artists-in-residence projects by today’s most influential companies and choreographers with performances taking place from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Swan Lake performance schedule is June 7 at 7:30 pm; June 8 at 7:30 pm; June 9 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; and June 10 at 2:00 pm. Tickets range from $34 to $125 and can be purchased at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, online at musiccenter.org or by calling (213) 972-0711.

The Book of Mormon

Winner of the prestigious Tony® award for Best Musical, The Book Of Mormon will begin a strictly limited 12- week engagement from September 5 at the historic Pantages Theatre. The musical is a religious satire with book, lyrics and music by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone co-created the music with Lopez, who co-wrote and co-composed Avenue Q (that should give you a hint about the type of humor you’ll find in this musical). The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw and is directed by Nicholaw and Trey Parker.

The show tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. The two missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon, one of their scriptures — which only one of them knows very well — but they have trouble connecting with the locals who are more worried about war, famine, poverty and AIDS than about having their souls saved. Two-time Tony Award nominee Gavin Creel will star as Elder Price in this first national tour of The Book Of Mormon. If you’re an American Express card member you will be able to purchase single tickets beginning Wednesday, May 30 at 10:00 am by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will remain exclusively on sale until Tuesday, June 5th. On Sunday, June 10 at 7:00 am, single tickets will go on sale to the general public exclusively at the Pantages Theatre Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard) and at 12:00 noon tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster. com or by phone at (800) 982-2787. Prices start at $30. A day-of-the show lottery for a limited number of $25 seats will be held for each performance. For more details go to www. BroadwayLA.org.

Art Workshop At Vasquez Rocks

Join a free artmaking workshop for the new Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center on June 16 and 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The workshop series invites the public to make rammed earth time capsules and work on the construction of a new public art sculpture for the new interpretive center at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce. The series is led by rammed earth expert Andreas Hessing of Scrubjay Studios and Didier Hess (Jenna Didier and Oliver Hess), creators of the sculpture. They will offer hands-on teaching of this ancient building technology in which earth is combined with a small amount of concrete. Participants will learn what applications are appropriate for rammed earth, how to test soil to see if it is feasible for use in construction, how to amend soil, build forms and tamp soil into load-bearing walls and benches in the production of a permanent public artwork. The series is free to the public; no experience is necessary. To register (required) and get location details please contact jenna@emanate.org or 323- 913-0915.

A Sizzling Summer Exhibition

The Valley Artists Guild is offer another wonderful collection of work for a Summer Exhibition at the prestigious Whites Art Framing and Restoration Gallery in the lovely oldtown of Montrose (near La Canada-Flintridge) from June 3-June 29. A reception will be held on Sunday, June 9 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Bring your family and friends to the reception which will offer refreshments and more than 50 works of art on display. The art show was juried by well-known artist and instructor Gerald Brommer, an internationally recognized teacher of watercolor painting. For more information contact Marian Fortunati, Exhibits Chair-Valley Artists Guild at marian@ fortunatifineart.com or call (8180 943-7538.

Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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