By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

A “Welcome Back” Evening Out

The public is invited to a “Welcome Back” free outdoor gathering from 5- 9:30 p.m. on September 10th at the Encino or Genesta Park (16953 Ventura Blvd, between Genesta and Paso Robles Avenues). You’ll have a great time with the movie Shrek to be shown on a large blown-up screen, face painting and balloon artists for the kids, food trucks from which to purchase food or bring your own picnic dinner.

In addition there will be booths with representatives from the Encino Neighborhood Council and its emergency preparedness committee, the Encino Chamber of Commerce and Van Nuys Airport plus other community organizations that will be handing out free information.

“The evening is presented in conjunction with the Encino Community Center’s nonprofit organization Friends of Encino Park and other area community organizations,” stated Jeff Ebenstein, field deputy for Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Kortez, who is scheduled to attend. He went on to say, “The councilman (Koretz) wants to have more community events and cohesive time to get together,” Ebenstein said. “It’s an opportunity for neighbors to get together in time for ‘back to school’ and meet the councilman and his staff.”

LA Opera Presents

Hollywood Bowl

LA Opera will present Gounod’s “Romero et Juliette” from November 6- 26, 2011. Placido Domingo will conduct and Vittorio Grigolo (making his LA Opera debut) and Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze star in this revival of one of LA Opera’s signature productions of Charles Gounod’s opera, which is based on Shakespeare’s tale of tragic lovers. Gounod’s magical score will thrill the ear with swirling waltzes, dramatic choruses and exquisite arias and duets, telling this impassioned secret affair set against a grandly-scaled backdrop of fierce family rivalries.

Also starring are Korean baritone Museop Kim as Mercutio, Ukranian bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Frere Laurent, and Russian baritone Vladimir Chernov as Count Capulet. Ian Judge, who created the production in 2005 for LA Opera, return to direct this revival.

The creative team also includes scenery designer John Gunter, costume designer Tim Goodchild, lighting designer Nigel Levins, choreographer Kitty McNamee, fight choreographer Ed Douglas and Associate Conductor/ Choruis Master Grant Gershon.

All performances will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,135 N. Grand Avenue,Los AngelesCA90012. Tickets range from $20-$270. For the performance schedule or to purchase tickets, contact the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at www. laopera.com.

New at the Huntington

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens have scheduled several events for August. And, the public is invited to take of advantage of these programs:

  • Saturday and Sunday August 20th and 21st at the Huntingnton will present the Southwest Chamber Orchestra performing Ten Thousand Cereus Peruvianus for Harp and String Quartet by Wadada Leo Smith and a pair of string quintets by Mozart. $45 loggia seating, $28 on the lawn. Concert-goers can bring a picnic or enjoy a gourmet dinner in the Rose Garden Tea Room.
  • The Ranch Open House on Saturday, August 27 from10:30 a.m.to1 p.m. The Huntington has a new agricultural station, the Ranch, which is not typically open to visitors. But, on this Saturday, visitors will be welcome to explore the garden’s examples of ecological gardening methods and talk to the staff who run the project.
  • On Tuesday August 30 at 7:30 p.m. you’re invited to enjoy fresh, tasty salad fixings and learn how to save money at the same time when Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms will share tips for propagating, growing, and harvesting a bounty of organic baby greens, whether your home garden is a half-acre, a cluster of patio containers or even an apartment window sill.

The Huntington is located at1151 Oxford Roadin San Marino CA 91008. For more information about these and other programs please call (626) 405-2100 or visit Huntington.org.

Joni’s Jazz

On Wednesday, August 17 at8 p.m., the Hollywood Bowl will present special guests Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Glen Hansard, Aimee Mann, Chaka Khan, Wayne Shroter and Cassandra Wilson celebrating the jazz-based recordings of Joni Mitchell in an evening of Joni’s Jazz.

These jazz stars are backed by an all-star ensemble with arrangements by drummer Brian Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd and Greg Leisz (guitars), Marvin Sewell (guitars), Chris Thomas (bass), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Tom Scott (saxaphone) and Mark Isham (trumpet).

The evening will include a complete performance of her 1975 masterpiece “The Hissing of Summer Lawns.” Mitchell has constantly reinvented herself as an artist throughout her celebrated career with innovation and experiments. Her music evolved from deeply personal folk into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music. Joni’s Jazz is part of the Jazz at the Bowl series at the Hollywood Bowl.

Curated by the LA Philharmonic and creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock, the series continues with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo (Aug 24), George Benson and DMS featuring George Duke, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn (Aug 31) and Quincy Jones featuring The Global Gumbo All- Stars and Friends (Sept 7).

The Hollywood Bowl is located at2301 N. Highland Avenue,Los AngelesCA90068. Tickets are currently on sale at the Bowl Box office (12-8 pmTuesday-Sunday), via credit card phone order at (323) 850-2000 or through Ticketmaster

By Jean Strauber

Entertainment Writer

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