By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

Programs At The Encino-Tarzana Library

The public is welcome to these March events at the  Los Angeles Public Library Encino-Tarzana Branch located at 18231 Ventura Boulevard (corner Nestle Ave), in Tarzana.
– Monday, March 10 at 3:00 pm:  The Page Turners’  Book Club will discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
– Wednesday, March 12 at 11:00 am:  Feel Good Yoga with Nicole.  Relax.  Breathe.  Stretch.  Participants should bring a mat and a bottle of water.
– Wednesday, March 12 at 3:00 pm:  A Persian Movie Screening – You and Me (no subtitles).
– Thursday, March 13 At 4:00 pm:  The Teens Wildlife Program featuring anthropods, amphibians and reptiles of all sizes.
– Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm:  Actor Arnold Weiss in a performance of Another David, the story of General Mickey Marcus.
– Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 pm:  Judith Hyman, Los Angels Opera Community Educator, will give a multi-media presentation about Lucia di Lammermoor.
– Tuesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm:  LAPL Librarian and author Christina Rice will discuss Women of the Valley featuring photos from the Valley Times historic photo collection.
– March 29 at 1:30 pm: Last Saturday Of The Month Poetry Club.  Ron Dworkin hosts this event. All are welcome.  You may read your own poetry or the poems of another.  Sign ups will take place at 1:30 pm.
Many of the above programs have been co-sponsored by the Encino-Tarzana Friends of the Library.  For further information please call (818) 343-1983.

More Hollywood 2014 Bowl Events

A  few weeks ago I provided you with information about the 2014 Wednesday Jazz nights at the famed Hollywood Bowl, my favorite summer-time venue. Here’s more information about some of the Hollywood Bowl Summer 2014 Concerts that you might not want to miss:
– On Friday to Sunday, September 12, 13, and 14, The Fireworks Finale will celebrate The Simpsons’ 25th Anniversary, one of the greatest TV shows of all time, with 27 Primetime Emmys. This longest running American sitcom still continues to thrive with its satire and razor-sharp wit. Journey from the Springfield  Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, with Thomas Wilkins conducting, will accompany favorite scenes on the Bowl’s big screen. Special guests and a fireworks finale add much to the celebration. On Friday and Saturday, the concerts begin at 8:00 pm; Sunday at 7:30 pm.
– On Saturday, September 20, the Hollywood Bowl hosts the annual Sing-A-Long Sound of Music. Audience members can bring costumes for the pre-show parade which will begin at 6:00 pm and warm up their vocal chords for this beloved and always sold-out event.   The film, Sound Of Music, will begin showing at 7:30 pm.
– On Sunday, July 13, the Hollywood Bowl will be hosting another sing-a-long.  This evening, a fun-filled Grease will return with a pre-show featuring Sha Na Na  at 7:30 pm and the film screening at 8:30 pm.  Didi Conn (Frenchy) will host the evening’s entertainment.
For more information and to order tickets please call the Hollywood Bowl Box Office at (323) 850-2000 or go to

She’s Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know

Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia in LA Opera's production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia in LA Opera’s production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.

General Director Placido Domingo had announced in December that LA Opera will debut its first production of Lucia di Lammermoor since 2003.  Conducted by Music Director James Conlon and directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer in their LA Opera debut, this new production stars Albina Shagimuratova  (pictured) in the title role as the dagger-wielding Scottish lass and Salmir Pirgu as her secret lover, Edgardo.
Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, one of the cornerstone works of the bel canto repertoire, is based on an 1819 novel by Sir Walter Scott, who was inspired by real events that took place in 17th century Scotland. The opera tells the story of a woman coerced by her family to marry against her will and betray the man she loves.  Descending into madness, she brutally murders her new husband in the bridal chamber before returning, covered in blood, to her wedding guests.  It has long been acknowledged that Lucia is one of the foremost examples of Italian opera, melding beautiful music and incredible dramatic power.
Rounding out the cast are baritone Stephen Powell as Lucia’s domineering brother Enrico,  bass James Creswell returns in the role of Normanno and soprano D’Ana Lombard as  Lucia’s confidante Alisa.  Belorusian tenor Vladimir Dmitruk will perform the role of Lucia’s ill-fated bridegroom Arturo.
The production will utilize the use of state-of-art projections designed by Wendall K. Harrington. The scenery will be designed by Carolina Angulo; Chrstine Crook makes her LA Opera debut as costume designer and Duane Schuler will return as lighting designer.  LA Opera’s Resident Conductor, Grant Gershon, will serve as chorus master.
LA Opera’s 2014 production of Lucia di Lammermoor  will be presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday March 15 at 7:30 pm, Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, March 23 at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday April 6 at 2:00 pm.
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located in the Los Angeles County Music Center at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012.
Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at www.LA
As usual, Lucia di Lammermoor will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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