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On stage and off screen: live entertainment in LA

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Los Angeles is known worldwide for the silver screen, but locals can take advantage of live performances and off-screen entertainment with a range of concerts, plays and even horse races -- all with savings of up to 60%. In this bustling city, entertainment tickets sell out fast, so plan ahead to keep from missing out.

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Pacific Symphony brings Disney's "Fantasia" to life at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine with a live score accompanied by footage from the film. Tickets to the Saturday, Aug. 9 concert at 8 p.m. are $20-$40 (reg. $25-$85).

See the musical “Once," winner of eight Tony Awards, at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. This rarely discounted show offers select Tuesday-Friday and Sunday performances now through Aug. 10 for $49-$69 (reg. $65-$85).

"American Idol Live!" tour brings the top 10 finalists from Season 13 of "American Idol" to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug.14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 (reg. $36) for bench seats or $25 (reg. $50.50) for terrace seats.

Theatricum Botanicum stages outdoor Shakespeare plays in Topanga Canyon through Aug. 28. Lower tier seats are $25 (reg. $37) to see favorites including “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado About Nothing."

The Huntington Beach Library Theatre puts on the hit play "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish and I'm in Therapy!" Tickets are $31.50-$38.50 (reg. $45-$55) for all performances now through Aug. 17. Or, check out "My Son The Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy" at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Book by Aug. 8 to get tickets for $31.50-$38.50 (reg. $45-$55) for all performances Aug. 27 - Sept. 21.

The Hollywood Bowl hosts an array of shows through Sept. 3 with tickets now up to 40% off. Seats are $14-$21 (reg. $22-$35) for shows including a James Brown tribute, Herbie Hancock and classical music nights.

Dine like royalty while watching jousting and sword-fighting at Medieval Times in Buena Park. Tickets include a four-course dinner for $29 per child and $39 per adult; add $10 each for Royalty tickets, with VIP seating and other extras.

Enjoy live music while dining at Crossroads at House of Blues in West Hollywood; dinner for two is $35 (reg. $56.97). Or try the Sunday tradition of House of Blues Gospel Brunch at noon on Aug. 17 & 31 and Sept. 14 & 28; tickets are $33 (reg. $54.50) for one or $56 (reg. $109) for two.

Get VIP treatment at the Los Alamitos Race Course with two passes to the luxurious Vessels Club overlooking the finish line for $25 (reg. $68) on Fridays-Sundays through Aug. 31.

Plan ahead to see the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” on Sunday, December 21 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Book by Aug. 13 to get floor seats for $20-$65 (reg. $27.50-$85) and best-in-house seats for $90 (reg. $120).

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