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Music and theater events to consider for July 31 to August 6, 2014

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

July 31

Eclect-A-Fest starts at the Eclectic Company Theatre (5312 Laurel Canyon Blvd – between Chandler and Magnolia). This is a festival of new short plays presented over two evenings: Program A plays on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Program B plays on Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for each night or $25 for both. Reservations at www.eclecticcompanytheatre.org or by calling (818) 508-3003. Plays will continue through Sunday, September 1.

“Americas and Americans” program at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil, Gustavo Dudamel, and special guest Gustavo Santaolalla will celebrate film music from North and South America. www.hollywoodbowl.com

August 1

The Magic of Yucatan at Mercado La Paloma/Chichen Itza Restaurant (3655 S. Grand Ave. in Los Angeles) – art exhibit, music and dance, cooking demonstrations and workshops on the culture of the Mayan and Yucatan. Event will continue through August 31. See www.mercadolapaloma.com

Opening night of “Abbamemnon” at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (14900 La Mirada Blvd in La Mirada, CA) at 8 p.m. Musical reimagines the classic Greek tragedy of Agamemnon to the music of ABBA. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Bellydance Evolution presents “Alice in Wonderland,” uniting Eastern and Western culture with middle easter, hip hop, contemporary, tribal, and acrobatic dance, at the Ford Amphitheatre (2580 Cahuenga Blvd, in Los Angeles) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18. See www.FordTheatres.org or call (323) 461-3673.

The Young Performers Institute of the Covina Center for the Performing Arts (104 N. Citrus Ave, Covina, CA) presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” at 7 p.m. Tickets range $15 to $25. Call (626) 331-8133 with questions.

“Hair” at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 p.m. Reprises on August 2 and 3. www.hollywoodbowl.com

Opening night of “Smokey Joe’s Café” at the Candlelight Pavilion (455 West Foothill Blvd in Claremont, CA). Run continues until August 31. This is a dinner/theater show. See www.candlelightpavilion.com

The LA Zoo (5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles - at Griffith Park) proclaims this day TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA DAY with a mask given to the first 5,000 children ages 12 and under with paid admission. Zoo hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $19 for adults and $14 for children.

"Broadway Bound" directed by Jason Alexander starts at the Odyssey Theatre (2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd in Los Angeles) at 8 p.m. Play written by Neil Simon about two brothers trying to break into show business as professional comedy writers. Run continues through September 21.

"6 RMS RIV VU" opens at the Sierra Madre Playhouse (87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd in Sierra Madre) at 8 p.m. See www.sierramadreplayhouse.org

Opening night of "I wanna hold your hand" at Theatre of Note (1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood) at 8 p.m.

August 2

Independent Shakespeare Co. presents an Italian “La Dolce Vita” adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park at 7 p.m. This event is free. Performances will continue through August 29. See www.iscla.org or call (818) 710-6306 with questions.

August 3

The California Philharmonic performs “Magic, Fantasy, and Adventure” (music of Disney movies and more) at the Walt Disney Hall at 2 p.m. Tickets available on www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Iconic LA talk radio personality Sheena Metal celebrates 20th anniversary in LA with a Comedy Carnivale Anniversary Party at the Improv Comedy Club (8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA) at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://hollywood.improv.com/event.cfm?id=321058 .

Coldplace, tribute to Coldplay, at 6 p.m. on the Green of the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Park at 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd in Woodland Hills. Bring a picnic. Free of charge.

August 4

A Noise Within (3352 E. Foothill Blvd in Pasadena) presents a reading of "The Lady's Not for Burning" by Christopher Fry at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Call (626) 356-3100 to RSVP.

August 5

Trumpet and Guitar program at the Hollywood Bowl with Joshua Weilerstein conductor, Allison Balsom on trumpet and Milos Karadaglic on guitar. See www.hollywoodbowl.com

August 6

Herbie Hancock with orchestra and Gregory Porter at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 p.m. See www.hollywoodbowl.com

Enjoy!

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