By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor


James Domine, Music Director of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra (pictured above), has announced the 2011- 2012 concert season. This season all programs will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Plaza due to the renovation of the Pierce College Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, November 26, 2011 the program will feature: Nabucco Overture by Verdi; Symphony #2 in B Minor by Borodin; Piano Concerto #3 in A minor by Domine with pianist Rebecca Schauer; and Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky. On Saturday, January 28, 2012 the concert program is: The Inaugural Performance of Winter- A Concert Overture by Hartman, and Sinfonietta on Russian Themes by Rimsky-Korsakoff, with additional compositions to be announced. Saturday, March 10, 2012 features Beethoven’s Symphony #1 in C major and Daniel Grab, violin cellist, performing in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major. The 2011-2012 concert season will conclude May 26, 2012 with the performance of Milhaud’s Le Creation du Monde and Hanson’s Symphony #2 (Romantic). Season tickets for all four concerts are $100-$120, individual concert tickets are $25-$30. For season tickets and more concert information call (818) 347- 4807.


There will be a free staged reading of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Our Town,” at Theatre West on Sunday evening, November 6, 2011 at 7 p.m. This play about the lives of the citizens of the small town of Grover’s Corners in early 20th Century America is free to the public and reservations are unnecessary. Bob McCracken directs, the Sunday Night Reading Series producer is Victoria Vidal, and the Theatre West executive director is John Gallogly. Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd.West in Los Angeles, CA. 90068. Free parking is available in a lot across the street. For more information call (323) 851-7977 or go to www.


A screening of the Miriam Makeba film, “Mama Africa,” (pictured above, right) will be shown on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 5 at 10:00 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Ms. Makeba was one of the most charismatic African performers of her time. At the height of her popularity in Africa, she boldly took a public anti-apartheid stand that led to the revocation of her passport and the beginning of a lifetime in exile. Director Mika Kaurismaki offers the filmgoer a rare glimpse into Miriam’s personal life, highlighting the deep admiration and gratitude that she felt for Harry Belafonte, who managed her career in the United States after she was forced to leave South Africa. The cast features Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver and Leopoldo Fleming. To obtain tickets go to www. or visit the Egyptian Box Office located at the Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 219.


I’m looking forward to seeing good theatre this coming weekend. First, on Saturday night, November 5th, at the historic El Portal Theatre, I’m looking forward to seeing Sally Hughes as the legendary Doris Day in the American Premiere of “A Sentimental Journey” (pictured left) It’s part stage drama and part musical extravaganza packed with fantastic songs such as “Secret Love,” “Day By Day,” “Que Sera Sera,” “It’s Magic” and “Young at Heart.” Opens Saturday night, November 5 and runs through Sunday, November 20. Ticket prices are: Center Section $50, Side $40. To order tickets call (866) 811-4111, go online to or visit the El Portal Box Office at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. Free Parking is available at the school lot located west of Lankershim on Weddington. The second opening I’m attending is on Sunday, November 6 at the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County Mark Taper Forum Theatre. It promises to be a very interesting dark comedy, “Vigil,” starring Olympia Dukakis as Grace (pictured below) and Marco Baricelli as her nephew, Kemp. The dark comedy is the story of a middle-aged man who comes to care for his dying aunt in hopes of inheriting her house or money. As this supposedly brief visit stretches through days, months and seasons, their unusual relationship transforms into something absurd and tender. The performance schedule: Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $30-$45. To purchase tickets call the Box Office at (213) 2772, purchase at the Ahmanson or Mark Taper Box Office or go online to www.centertheatregroup. org/theatres/mtf/. “Vigil” runs through December 18, 2011. The Mark Taper Theatre is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue.

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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