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BEST BETS: Thursday 7/11

July 11, 2002

all day Photography

"Gustave Le Gray, Photographer," which opened earlier this week at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, is billed as the largest exhibition of works in America by one of France's most important photographers. The survey will include the seascapes and cloud studies that made him famous, as well as atmospheric forest scenes, portraits of Napoleon III and his wife and Paris landscapes made between the early 1850s and 1867.

"Gustave Le Gray, Photographer," J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ends Sept. 29. Free. (310) 440-7300.

8pm Dance

It's been a quarter-century since American Ballet Theatre has put as many international stars into a single Southern California performance as will shine in "Le Corsaire" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion tonight. Other performances in the four-day engagement will offer stars as well, but the glittering opening-night lineup is headed by Russia's Nina Ananiashvili, Argentina's Julio Bocca, Cuba's Jose Manuel Carreno, Spain's Angel Corella and Joaquin De Luz, plus America's own Gillian Murphy. With lesser principals in Orange County, the ballet itself seemed a cheesy retread of the 19th century Russian repertory--nonessential viewing except when cast like this.

"Le Corsaire," American Ballet Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A., 8 p.m. Also Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $20 to $90. (213) 365-3500.

7:30pm Music

The French gypsy-klezmer ensemble Les Yeux Noirs comes to the free outdoor Summer Sunset Concert series at the Skirball Cultural Center. Led by a pair of violinist brothers, Les Yeux Noirs ("The Black Eyes") performs the joyful folk music of the former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania and the rest of Eastern Europe.

Les Yeux Noirs, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood, 7:30 p.m. Free. (310) 440-4500.

7pm Theater

Helen Hunt and Tim Robbins will star in a staged reading of journalist Anne Nelson's emotionally charged drama "The Guys" at the Actors' Gang in Hollywood. The play was inspired by Nelson's experience in helping a New York City fire captain prepare eulogies for his men who were killed Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center. Still in production off-Broadway, a few blocks north of ground zero, "The Guys" has been performed by a rotating cast of actors--Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, Susan Sarandon and Anthony LaPaglia, among them. Slated for an indefinite run here, the show will feature a different cast every three weeks; Hunt and Robbins will perform through July 28.

"The Guys," Actors' Gang Theatre, 6209 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Runs indefinitely. $40; tickets for firefighters available for $15 at each performance. (Discounts subject to availability.) (323) 465-0566, Ext. 15.

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