LA Opera

By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor


A Noise Within, the Los Angeles acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, launches the 2011-2012 season with Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night or What You Will” in their new 33,000 square-foot state-of-the-art venue in Pasadena which will run from Saturday, October 29 to Friday, December 16, 2011. “Twelfth Night or What You Will” is set in Cuba by director Julia Rodriguez- Elliott, ANW Co-Founder/ Co-Artistic Director. This uproarious gender-bending bacchanal of merriment, mischief, and true love, considered by many to be the Bard’s purest comedy, plays out against a backdrop of the Caribbean carnival. In this hot Latin climate, Sir Toby Belch and his incorrigible band of pranksters misbehave, while plucky Viola sparks confused passions and romance ensues.

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The cast includes Rob Dean (Orsino), Jill Hill Valentine (Valentine), Alison Elliott (Curio), Angela Gulner (Viola) and Max Rosenak (Sebastian). A Noise Within offers a comprehensive study guide for each production. The guide includes a synopsis, director’s notes, general theatre lore, links to other resources and detailed information about the playwright, characters, setting, period, costumes, scenic design, music and more. They are available online at www.anoisewithin. org/educationstudyguides. html. For ticket prices and the performance schedule, see www.ANoiseWithin. org or call (626) 356-3100. A “Pay-What-You-Can” evening has been scheduled for the Thursday, October 27 performance and are sold at the box office only for cash on a first-come, first-served basis based on availability, with a limit of two per person. A Noise Within is located on the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Sierra Madre Villa Avenue at 3352 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. Free self-parking is located in the Sierra Madre Villa Metro parking structure.


Have you purchased your tickets for Charles Gounod’s “Romeo et Julliette” which opens at 2 pm on Sunday, November 6, 2011 and will run for six performances through Saturday, November 26th? Gounod’s opera blends the romance of French opera with the story of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, whose secret love affair blossoms against an epic backdrop of fierce family rivalries. His exquisite arias and duets, the dramatic choruses and swirling waltzes that fill the stage thrill and excite the opera fan. Conducting this return of one of LA Opera’s landmark productions is Placido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director who has stated, “When we first present Romeo et Julliette in 2005, it proved to be one of our most successful productions.” He also said “I am looking forward to conducting this opera again, with original director Ian Judge returning to stage the revival.” Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo makes his West Coast operatic debut as Romeo, with Georgian soprano Nino Machaldze returning as Juliette after recent LA opera triumphs in The Elixir of Love and The Turk in Italy. The cast also includes Ukranian bass Vitallj Kowaljow as Rere Laurent, Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov as Count Capulet and bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos as the Duke of Verona, Italian mezzo-soprano Elena Belflore making her LA Opera debut as Stephano, and Mezzo-soprano Ronnia Nicole Miller returns as Juliette’s nurse, Gertrude. Tickets range from $20 – $270 and can be purchased at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. For performance dates and times, call (213) 972-8001 or visit www. For disability access call (213) 972-07777 or email wehelpyou@


The Descanso Gardens invites you and your family to celebrate autumn at the Descanso Gardens Harvest Festival Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2011. Here’s what you and your family will find: Costume Parades at 10:30 am begins the festivities with all costumed revelers welcome to participate in the parade through the Gardens. Meet at the Center Circle. Next is the Mood Odd Puppets who will present “Halloween Sleeping Beauty in Outer Space” in the Under Oaks Theater at 11:00 am.

This is also free with gardens admission. The Patina Restaurant Group will have a Chuck Wagon Grilling Station from 11 am to 3 pm both Saturday and Sunday so that the family can purchase hot dogs, corn and other chuckwagon favorites. Admission to the Gardens is $8 general, $6 seniors and students with I.D., $3 children 5 to 12 and children 4 and younger are free. The Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 La Canada Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011. For further information call (818) 949-4200.


Noted attorney Laurie Levenson will be the featured speaker at the Thursday, November 3rd breakfast meeting of The Executives (a support group of the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging) at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. Ms. Levenson topic is “The Supreme Court: What is it up to now?” Ms. Levenson is currently a professor law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Professor Levenson has authored a number of books, served as a federal prosecutor for eight years, and her frequently is called upon to provide legal commentary by radio and television studios. Members: $25 preregistered; $30 at the door. Non-Members $30 preregistered; $35 at the door. Networking/Social Time 7:00-7:30 am; Breakfast and Program 7:30-9:00 a.m. The El Caballero is located at 18300 Tarzana Drive, Tarzana CA 91356. To register or for more information please call Michael Goldberg at (818) 774-3331.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION The Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center located at 5056 Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks will be hosting a Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. The Center, located at 5056 Van Nuys Boulevard in Sherman Oaks will be providing a free continental breakfast and meeting and greeting Councilmember Paul Krekorian, City Controller Wendy Greuel and elected officials from Sacramento. Following a tour of the community’s beautiful new senior center will be a Halloween Costume Party with live entertainment at 10:30 a.m. and hot lunch at noon (suggested donation $2.50). Items for the Entertainment Tips of the Week can be emailed to:

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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