Avaz founder-director Anthony Shay curates another collaborative L.A. Festival "Crossing L.A." dance event at Visions Complex, Theater Two, in Leimert Park (43rd and Crenshaw). The Silayan company, Zoya, Carolyn Kreuger, Aisha Ali and Emily Mayne are featured.
Adrienne Kennedy, Suzan Lori-Parks and Ntozake Shange present free readings from their works for the L.A. Festival's "Women's Voices" series, at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.
Special screenings: "Manhattan by the Numbers," a film by Amir Naderi, a major Iranian filmmaker best known for his masterpiece "The Runner." UCLA, Melnitz Theater.
Pop music: Emmylou Harris plays the Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, while Al Jarreau and David Sanborn perform at the Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa.
Sunday, Aug. 22
Danza Floricano U.S.A. appears at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in a "Summer Nights" program that includes the premiere of Gemma Sandoval's Latin-jazz suite "America Tropical."
Monday, Aug. 23
Pop-soul queen--and new mother--Whitney Houston, on tour for the first time in two years, will be singing songs from the mega-hit "Bodyguard" album at the Summer Pops Bowl, in Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego. She's also appearing Aug. 25, 27-28 at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center.
With its "Ordinary World" single reaching the Top 10 and reviving the career of this former teen-idol band, Duran Duran's Hollywood Bowl show should attract legions of screaming female rock fans.
Poet and dramatist Ntozake Shange performs a free reading for the L.A. Festival's "Women's Voices" series, at the Sisterhood Bookstore.
David Letterman's new late-night CBS show premieres.
Tuesday, Aug. 24
"Women on the Edge: Twenty Photographers in Europe, 1919-1939" presents images by photographers including Florence Henri, Lucia Moholy, Germaine Krull and Else Thalemann. J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu. Through Oct. 10.
Special screening: House of Cheloche Street. An outstanding vintage Israeli film by Moshe Mizarchi. A part of the Asian and African Jews in World Cinema series. L.A. County Art Museum, Bing Theater.
Wednesday, Aug. 25
Whitney Houston, Cerritos Performing Arts Center, Cerritos. Also Aug. 27-28.
Thursday, Aug. 26
Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, soprano Solveig Kringleborn and mezzo Florence Quivar in Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, at the Hollywood Bowl.
Though often dismissed as a jam-crazed Grateful-Dead clone, Spin Doctors really play pop with reggae shadings. Its "Pocket Full of Kryptonite" album is a massive hit. Billed with respected band Soul Asylum and Screaming Trees, this San Diego Open Air Theatre show will be a rockers' delight.
Andrew (Dice) Clay brings his inimitable brand of raunchy humor to the Greek Theatre, Griffith Park.
San Diego Civic Light Opera's revival of the '20s musical, "Good News," opens at the Starlight Bowl in Balboa Park. Ends Sept. 5.
Controversial lesbian performance artist Holly Hughes premieres her new work "Clit Notes" at Highways in Santa Monica. Part of the Ecce Lesbo/Ecce Homo lesbianand gay festival.
Friday, Aug. 27
The L.A. Festival "Crossing L.A." dance series continues at Visions Complex, Theater Two, in Leimert Park (43rd and Crenshaw) with Akyuoe, Linda Fay Johnson, Noni Olibisi, Joyce Guy and others.
Van Halen and Vince Neil rock at the Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa.
On the small screen: The premiere of "Great Escapes," an NBC romantic adventure series.
Saturday, Aug. 28
Pop Music: Spin Doctors, Soul Asylum and Screaming Treed, Greek Theatre, Griffith Park.
Oldies show: Everly Brothers and Dion, Ramona Bowl, Hemet.
Sunday, Aug. 29
Fans of '90s contemporary jazz, where elements of everything from funk to world music get thrown into the mix, will want to catch 1993's JVC Jazz at the Bowl. On tap: saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., Fourplay (with Lee Ritenour, Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason), keyboardist Keiko Matsui and vocalist Greg Walker. At the Hollywood Bowl.
Margalit Oved and Haydeh Tchangizian dance on an L.A. Festival program at the Wilshire Blvd. Temple.
"Diaries" features video work exploring the diary as a personal record; and "Stephanie Wilde: Art in the Age of the Plague" presents works by the self-taught pen and ink artist. Also: "Above and Beyond the Sofa: Gifts from the Community to the Long Beach Museum of Art." Long Beach Museum of Art. Through Nov. 14.
Pop music tonight: Everly Brothers and Dion, Greek Theatre, Griffith Park.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
Writer-poet Alice Walker, Egyptian novelist Nawal El Saadawiand poet Wanda Coleman present a free group discussion as part of the L.A. Festival's "Women's Voices," series at the Pacific Design Center.
The California premiere of David Hirson's "La Bete," is presented by Stages Theatre Center at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Ends Sept. 5.
Wednesday, Sept. 1