The 23rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival takes place Saturday and next Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. The lineup includes something for every stripe of jazz fan. Wynton Marsalis, Etta James & the Roots Band, Arturo Sandoval, Nnenna Freelon, Preservation Hall Jazz Band with special guest Pete Fountain, Marcus Miller, Maraca (direct from Cuba), Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, and others take to the stage Saturday. Meanwhile, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker & Roy Hargrove; Lee Ritenour; Patti Austin; the Count Basie Orchestra; Keb' Mo', and others play Sunday. Clockwise from bottom right, Freelon, Austin, Smith and James with sons Donato, left, and Sametto.
Italy's Giuseppe Tornatore has digitally restored and added 51 minutes to "Cinema Paradiso," his Oscar-winning 1988 paean to movies and their impact on our lives. The added footage fleshes out the romance in the story of a famous director returning to his Sicilian village after 30 years. Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin and Brigitte Fossey star in the film, which opens Friday exclusively at the Royal, West L.A.
Cervantes' "Don Quixote of La Mancha" is flavored with circus and vaudeville, and accompanied by live percussion as Miami's International Hispanic Theatre Festival makes its Los Angeles debut. Kicking it off is Brazil's Pia Fraus Teatro in "Farsa Quixotesca/Quixotic Farce," by Hugo Possolo. Performed in Portuguese with projected English titles, the production runs Friday through next Sunday at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Pia Fraus Teatro's family show, "Bichos do Brasil/Critters of Brazil," a puppet menagerie of rainforest animals moving to a Brazilian beat, will be presented at the amphitheater Saturday morning.