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Summer Splash : Diving Into the Best of the Summer : TODAY

May 29, 1994

Los Angeles Music Center Opera's new production of Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier" opens at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with stage direction by Jonathan Miller, and conducted by Jiri Kout. Ends June 12.

Choose between four dance events: Ballet Pacifica pairs "The Shoemaker and the Elves" with "Something's Fishy" at the Festival Forum Theater, Laguna Beach. Jazzantiqua, Ballet de Kouman Kele, Winifred R. Harris and Phylise Smith join forces for "Htheru," an event at the Dance Collective, near Leimert Park, named after the Egyptian goddess of love, fortune, music and dance. The Brockus Project Dance Company performs five jazz dance pieces at Los Alamitos High School and the Well-Tempered Ballet Company appears in "Will Dance for Food" at Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

MONDAY, MAY 30

Viji Prakash plays the title role in the Bharata Natyam dance drama "Shyama" at the James R. Armstrong Theater in Torrance.

TUESDAY, MAY 31

"Imagining Peace," five days of short plays by and with members of Kids on Stage, ages 3 to 12, opens at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in West L.A.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

The Redlands Bowl opens its summer season with the Redlands Festival Orchestra conducted by Frank Fetta, with actress-soprano Cybill Shepherd as soloist. Season ends Aug. 26.

Malibu's J. Paul Getty Museum opens "16th Century Ornamental Designs," a survey of Renaissance drawings made as designs for stained glass windows and other ornamental objects by German, Swiss, Dutch and Italian artists. Through Aug. 14.

Santana, classic rock band, plays at Embarcadero Marina Park South in San Diego. Also June 2. Beausoleil, noted Cajun band, plays at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.

Carl St.Clair will conduct the Pacific Symphony in music by Berlioz, Mendelssohn and Michael Daugherty at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Kyoko Takezawa will be the soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Also June 2.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Ed Moses, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar and David Hockney are among more than 50 important Southern California artists captured in "Studio Visits: Photographs of California Artists by Jim McHugh." The show will be on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art through June 26.

Canadian pop-rock singer-guitarist Bryan Adams performs his repertoire of hit singles at the Greek Theatre, Hollywood. (Also June 3.) And Reggae Sunsplash, a reggae music festival, takes place at the Open Air Theatre at San Diego State University. The reggae revue plays Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre June 4.

Harold Gould and Alan Rosenberg headline in Joe Cacaci's drama "Old Business," at the Court Theatre, through July 3. And "New Dyke City," works by L.A. artists presented by the African American Lesbian and Gay performance series "Signifyin' " takes place at Highways in Santa Monica. Through June 4.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

The reunited Eagles conclude their Southern California stand at the Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion, Devore.

Opening of annual Ojai Festival, at Festival Bowl in downtown Ojai. Michael Tilson Thomas is the 1994 music director. Ends June 5.

Area premiere of Brian Friel's play, "Dancing at Lughnasa," at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. Ends July 3. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company premieres its all-female "Othello," directed by Lisa Wolpe at the Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles. Ends June 26.

Comedian Bernie Mac paints the Universal Amphitheatre blue. The host of last summer's Def Comedy Jam tour, Mac is known for his take-no-prisoners stand-up style. And Dennis Wolfberg, twice voted America's Top Comic by a national poll of comedy club owners, appears at the Ventura Theatre.

Henry Mancini will lead the Pacific Symphony in a pops program that includes some of his own works at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Also June 4.

Harold Land could be considered one of the grandfathers of the modern jazz tenor sax. The reliable, viable elder leads a quartet at the Club Brasserie. Through June 4.

"Subject(s): Prints and Multiples by Jonathan Borofsky, 1982-1991," a comprehensive survey exhibition, goes on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The show will be accompanied by "State of the Art: Prints From the Collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art," including works by Paul Landacre, Ron Davis, Larry Rivers and Isabel Bishop. Ends Aug. 21. The history of video's early development and the significant role women played in its creation and definition are examined in "The First Generation: Women and Video, 1970-75." The traveling exhibition can be seen at the Long Beach Museum of Art through Aug. 21.

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