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June 06, 2002

4pm Opera

"Jenufa," the third and perhaps most harrowing of Leos Janacek's nine operas, returns courtesy of Long Beach Opera in two performances this month. Lisa Willson performs the title role, and Katherine Ciesinski will be Kostelnicka in this violent tale of love and loyalty. Andreas Mitisek conducts the 1903 work; Isabel Milenski is stage director; and the evocative set design is by Darcy Scanlin.

Long Beach Opera, "Jenufa," Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, 4 p.m. Also June 15, 8 p.m. $30 to $100. (562) 439-2580.

all day Art

"H.C. Westermann," a retrospective opening Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Contemporary, will present a comprehensive survey of the L.A. native's unusual sculpture and drawings from the 1950s to 1981. The exhibition includes about 100 sculptures and 20 works on paper, as well as works never before seen in public, such as 11 of the artist's sketchbooks and works made as gifts for family and friends.

"H.C. Westermann," MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, downtown L.A. Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $5 to $8; under age 12, free. Ends Sept. 8. (213) 626-6222.

all day Museum

You may have read of his exploits or seen the recent TV or Imax dramatization of his survival saga, but nothing can bring you closer to Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated attempt to be the first to walk across Antarctica than "Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition." More than 150 photographs taken by the expedition's photographer, Frank Hurley, chronologically document the harrowing 22 months. The ship got trapped in ice, then sank, stranding the 27 crew members for months in the frozen Antarctic. And if you start to feel warm, remember this: When the ship sank, Hurley dove into frigid waters to retrieve his glass-plate negatives, from which these photos were printed.

"Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition," Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5.50 to $8; under age 5, free. (213) 763-3466.

8pm Dance

One of the most visible and popular companies on the local scene before suffering debilitating crises of funding and leadership, AMAN International Music and Dance celebrates its rebirth with a program titled, appropriately enough, "Remade in America." Expect the company and guests to depict the passing down of traditions from generation to generation, and place to place, through suites derived from the cultures of Appalachia, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, Cuba and India. The question lingering over the engagement, though, will be whether AMAN's own 38-year-tradition has been handed down.

AMAN International Dance and Music, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, 8 p.m. $20; students, children, $12. (323) 461-3673.

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