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Summer Splash

A Calendar of Best Bets

May 20, 1999

Following is a chronological list of highlights for the summer.

THROUGH SUNDAY

You've only got three more days to visit the Ahmanson Theatre at the Los Angeles Music Center and see Matthew Bourne's haunting dance-theater spectacle "Cinderella," a retelling for adults of the classic fairy tale, set amid the air raids of World War II London.

THROUGH JUNE 13

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Linda Lavin headlines with Samantha Mathis in "Collected Stories," Donald Margulies' play about the complex, shifting relationship between an established writer and her protegee. Gilbert Cates directs. At the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood through June 13.

FRIDAY

It's the 20th anniversary of the Venice Art Walk, a three-day event featuring a 350-piece silent art auction, self-guided tours of the private studios of more than 50 artists, two private concerts (classical and jazz), a gourmet food fair and more. The event benefits the Venice Family Clinic, the nation's largest free clinic. (310) 392-9255.

SATURDAY

"The First Annual International Performing Arts Festival For Youth" will offer theater performances on four indoor and outdoor stages at USC, from "thirtysomething's" Timothy Busfield in his Fantasy Theatre Company and noted actress Jude Narita, to avant-garde dance-theater duo Blue Palm, East West Players and many more. Ends Saturday.

A survey of 65 works tracing the career of Venice-based artist Peter Alexander, from his poured-resin cubes of the 1960s to his recent nightscapes of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, will be featured in the retrospective "Peter Alexander: In This Light," at the Orange County Museum of Art through Sept. 12.

SUNDAY

Emmy Award-winning actress, author and social activist Ruby Dee appears in her autobiographical theater evening, "My One Good Nerve: A Visit With Ruby Dee," staged by Charles Nelson Reilly, at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills. Ends July 4.

A 30-year retrospective devoted to Eleanor Antin, a pioneer of feminist and theatrically based "intermedia art," will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Aug. 23. The survey will include Antin's early conceptual works, performance pieces and a new audio installation.

The noble Tuskegee Airmen (featuring Lee Archer), North American P-51s and 150 modern Ford Mustangs should make the Mustang Wings and Wheels Expo a flying success at the Museum of Flying.

MONDAY

One of the top stride pianists, Judy Carmichael at the Jazz Bakery plays swing and classic jazz standards by Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and other vintage jazz stars.

First-rate alternative country is on tap when Wilco makes its way to the House of Blues.

WEDNESDAY

The L.A. Opera presents "Lucia di Lammermoor" (Donizetti). Richard Bonynge conducts; Sumi Jo sings the title role, with tenor Frank Lopardo and baritone Gino Quilico; stage director is Jonathan Alver. Seven performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through June 13.

FRIDAY, MAY 28

The Wedge is set to make a splash when it opens at Raging Waters. The free-falling water slide will create a feeling of nearly zero-gravity, propelling inner tube riders back and forth, up and down. The degree of wetness and amount of fun should correlate.

Twenty years after hitting the top 40 with songs such as "Heart of Glass" and "One Way or Another," the reunited Blondie appears at the Universal Amphitheatre.

"On the Jump," John Glore's comedy about a disillusioned newlywed who finds herself on a course of redemption after a thwarted suicide attempt, premieres at South Coast Repertory. Mark Rucker directs an eclectic cast, including Kellie Waymire, John Fleck and Julyana Soelistyo. Ends June 27.

SATURDAY, MAY 29

The three-day Old Pasadena Summer Fest offers more than 20 hours of music sponsored by Playboy at Pasadena's Central Park. The free event includes sets by Grant Geissman, Mingus Amungus, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Rodriguez, Ronald Muldrow, the Phil Norman Tentet, Chris Ho, Everette Harp and many others. Through May 31.

SUNDAY, MAY 30

"Diego Rivera: Art and Revolution," a traveling exhibition featuring more than 100 paintings, prints and drawings by the great Mexican muralist, will be mounted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Aug. 16.

TUESDAY, JUNE 1

Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project brings challenging international rep to the California Center for the Arts in Escondido through June 3. The company also plays Royce Hall, on the UCLA campus in Westwood, June 23-27.

Two of jazz's top baritone-saxophonists, Nick Brignola and Cecil Payne, team up for five nights of bebop at the Jazz Bakery.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2

The Ojai Festival's eight events include appearances by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Tomii Ensemble from Finland, soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist Olli Mustonen. Magnus Lindberg is composer-in-residence. Through June 6.

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