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Music and theater events to consider for August 21 to 27, 2014

You can find yourself at The Ford this week
You can find yourself at The Ford this week
Dena Burroughs

Looking for something beautiful, stimulating, smart, and inspirational, to do this week? Following find a few awesome options!

August 21

The Yiddish Tango Club performs at the Skirball Cultural Center at 8 p.m. Doors and DJ set by Gustavo Bulgach at 7 p.m. LA’s Yiddish Tango Club combines traditional Jewish music with a Latin flair. Free. See http://www.skirball.org/sunset-concerts-2014

Kelly Che debut album release party at Catalina Bar & Grill (6725 W. Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles 90028) at 8:30 p.m. Jazzy fusion sounds. See http://www.catalinajazzclub.com. Tickets $20 at http://www.kellyche.com or at the door.

August 22

“It’s Just Sex” starts at the Secret Rose Theatre (11246 Magnolia Blvd in Hollywood) at 8 p.m. With the kids away at camp, three couples get together for an innocent party, where secrets are revealed, trust tested and boundaries broken. Run continues until October 26. See http://www.itsjustsexplay.com

On its 20th anniversary, “Pulp Fiction” will screen at the Nuart Theatre (11272 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles 90025) at midnight. Tickets are $10 general or $9 with student ID. See http://www.landmarktheatres.com

Fiesta La Ballona presents three days of music and dancing through August 24. Free. Event is held at Veterans Park (4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City) starting Friday at 4 p.m. See http://www.fiestalaballona.org

Stage reading of “California: The Tempest,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play meeting California’s challenges like earthquakes, drought, overdevelopment, politics, and more, at Grand Performances in downtown LA. See http://www.grandperformances.org/events/cornerstone-theater-companys-cal...
This event repeats on August 23.

“We are Twin” brings rock n’ roll sounds and R&B to “Roaring nights” at the LA Zoo from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This evening features music, food trucks, bars, zookeeper talks, and more. Tickets are $18. Ages 18 and up. See http://www.lazoo.org/roaringnights

“Trying” is a play inspired by the real-life experiences of playwright Joanna McClelland Glass as personal secretary to Judge Francis Biddle, former Attorney General under FDR and Chief Judge at the Nuremburg Trials. Starts at the International City Theatre (Long Beach Performing Arts Center – 300 East Ocean Blvd in Long Beach 90802) at 8 p.m. See http://www.InternationalCityTheatre.com

“The Liberator” opens in selected theaters to tell the story of South American hero Simon Bolivar. This film features Gustavo Dudamel’s first original musical compositions for the big screen.

“The Beatles’ 50th at the Bowl” with special guest Bob Eubanks. Besides performing Beatles’ classics, the evening will recreate the historic sets of the group’s first performance at the Bowl. This event repeats August 23 and 24.

“A Force to be Reckoned With” opens at Casa 0101 Theater, a story about three Latinas confronting their inner demons in the City of Angels. Buy tickets at http://www.casa0101.org/shows/a-force-to-be-reckoned-with-2014

August 23

“Broadway and Bolero” is the title of the California Philharmonic’s last 2014 summer concert at the Santa Anita Race Track at 7:30 p.m. Special guests include Broadway stars Randal Keith and Joan Almedilla plus flamenco guitarist Adam del Monte. Selections will include music from “Chicago,” “Evita,” and “Concierto de Aranjuez.” See http://www.calphil.com

The Craft in America Center (8415 West Third St – two blocks east of La Cienega) presents “Body Conscious: Southern California Fiber,” an exhibit of fiber artists working the framework of the human body. Artist talk at 3 p.m. with Miyoshi Barosh and at 4:30 p.m. with Luke Haynes and Ellen Schinderman. Email info@craftinamerica.org with questions.

“I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky” concert by the Long Beach Opera at the Ford Amphitheatre (2580 Cahuenga Blvd East in Hollywood 90068) at 8 p.m. The show is an homage to the Northridge earthquake that happened 20 years ago that fuses blues, gospel, minimalism, funk and pop. Tickets range $60 to $100. See http://www.FordTheatres.org

“Bulrusher” opens at the Skylight Theatre (1816 ½ North Vermont in Los Angeles 90027) at 8 p.m. A multiracial orphan girl discovers a new sense of self when a black girl from Alabama appears in her mostly white world. Tickets $30. Call (213) 761-7061.

Kenny G performs with the Pacific Symphony to deliver a jazz infused summer evening led by conductor Albert-George Schram at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Tickets range $25 to $105. Children under 14 are half price is most section with purchase of adult ticket. See http://www.PacificSymphony.org

“A night under the stars” at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, with music icon Al Jarreau to perform and “Criminal Minds” cast members to host. Red carpet will be open for public view at 5 p.m. Concert will start at 6 p.m. Tickets range $40 to $250. See http://www.pageanttickets.com

August 24

“Botanicum Seedlings” offers reading of a new play “belly wild, sharon rich” at 11 a.m. In a loud and angry working-class neighborhood in Queen, NY, a mother’s death leaves a hole so huge that a family struggles. Free at the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum (1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd in Topanga 90290).

“Broadway and Bolero” is the title of the California Philharmonic’s last 2014 summer concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at 2 p.m.. Special guests include Broadway stars Randal Keith and Joan Almedilla plus flamenco guitarist Adam del Monte. Selections will include music from “Chicago,” “Evita,” and “Concierto de Aranjuez.” See http://www.calphil.com

August 27

The South Bay Galleria Kid’s Club will host its Friendly Reptilian Fun event at 10:30 a.m. Free. Galleria is located at 1815 Hawthorne Blvd in South Bay. Sign up your child at http://www.southbaygalleria.com/info/kidsclub.cfm

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Enjoy!