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Summer Splash

A Calendar of Best Bets

May 25, 2000

Following is a chronological list of the top events of the summer.


Playboy Jazz at the Old Pasadena Summer Fest is a three-day free music festival that covers a wide range of jazz. This year the artists will include Johnny Frigo, Joyce Cooling, Poncho Sanchez, Carmen Lundy, Lori Andrews, the Braxton Brothers, Nestor Torres and O.C. Smith.


At the 54th Ojai Festival, Simon Rattle conducts the L.A. Philharmonic in three programs in Festival Bowl, including works by this year's two composers-in-residence: Thomas Ades and Mark-Anthony Turnage. Also, pianist Gloria Cheng appears in recital; two Sundowner concerts, May 31 and June 1, precede the festival weekend. The festival runs through June 4.

Peter Falk and Jason Alexander headline the world premiere of "Defiled," Lee Kalcheim's drama about a police negotiator and an over-the-edge city librarian, at the Geffen Playhouse. Ends July 2.


Bob Dorough is a triple threat as a personable singer, a bop-based jazz pianist and a witty lyricist. The veteran, who now is getting long-overdue recognition, will be at the Jazz Spot in Los Feliz for three nights.

Real men drop trou': San Diego's Old Globe Theatre presents the world premiere of "The Full Monty, the Musical," by David Yazbek and Terrence McNally. Ends July 2.


The world premiere of "The Education of Randy Newman," with words and music by the singer-songwriter behind "Short People," "Sail Away" and "I Love L.A.," opens at South Coast Repertory, playing through July 2.

"MedeaText: Los Angeles/Despoiled Shore," is a new adaptation of German author/director Heiner Muller's post-modern Medea set in an L.A. landscape. At City Garage in Santa Monica through July 9.


To end its final season under general director Peter Hemmings, Los Angeles Opera presents Benjamin Britten's "Billy Budd," with Rodney Gilfry in the title role six times in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through June 17.

Acclaimed local dance companies representing many South and Southeast Asian cultures collaborate to retell the ancient "Ramayana" epic in Thorne Hall at Occidental College.

"Jazz in June" is presented at the John Anson Ford Theatre by the Jazz Bakery. Featured will be the talented singers, Nnenna Freelon and Carmen Lundy, trumpeter-composer Terence Blanchard, the Billy Childs Trio and the trio Prime.

Rubicon Theatre Company premieres "Murder in the First," by Don Gordon, who wrote the recent film "The Hurricane." The courtroom prison drama stars Ted Neeley, Joseph Fuqua, and in a "Dallas" reunion of sorts, Larry Hagman, who plays the judge, and Linda Gray, who directs. Ends June 25.


The early graphic prints, artist's books and later projects of quintessential L.A. artist Ed Ruscha--including his complete book projects--will be showcased in "Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through Aug. 27.

The unique melding of painting and photography by Los Angeles-based artist Susan Rankaitis, a longtime innovator in photographic art and teachings, will be on view in "Susan Rankaitis: Drawn From Science" at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego through Aug. 13.

The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the first major survey devoted to Mexican multimedia sculptor Gabriel Orozco in an exhibition of sculpture, photography, Videos and works on paper through Sept. 3.

"The Next Wave: New Painting in Southern California" looks at 20 Southern California artists redefining the medium of painting--L.A.'s Ingrid Calame, Steven Criqui, Salomon Huerta, Enrique Martinez Celaya and Lezley Saar among them. Through Sept. 10 at the California Center for the Arts Museum in Escondido.

Storytelling, dance lessons, puppet shows and dozens of performers will be at the Family Arts Festival at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.


Nine Inch Nails returns to the U.S. concert trail for the first time in five years. Leader Trent Reznor has hired veteran Pink Floyd lighting designer Mark Brickman to help bring additional drama to the current tour, which includes a local performance at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

With a new album in the stores, Matchbox Twenty is gearing up to expand the substantial audience it attracted with its 1996 debut. Instead of starting the ball rolling in arenas and amphitheaters, the band is on a special tour of small rooms, including the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Forget the Spice Girls. For the real definition of girl power, check out the three women in the punk-fueled Sleater-Kinney at the El Rey Theatre. Also June 7.

Galavision, the Spanish-language TV network, spends three days taping top local Latino comics for an upcoming TV special June 6-8 at the Ice House in Pasadena.

The American premiere of Improbable Theatre's hit London show, "Lifegame," opens at the La Jolla Playhouse. It will create a different show each night based on pre-selected San Diego residents' life memories, using puppetry and music. Ends July 9.


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