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June 9-14, 2002

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June 09, 2002


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.


Vox Femina gives two performances this month of a program offering two world premieres. The first premiere is three new pieces by composers Joan Szymko, Dave Kopplin and Karen Hart under the single title "The Tolerance Project." Roger Bourland's "The Alarcon Madrigals (Book II)" is the other premiere. Performances are today in Norman L. Pattiz Concert Hall in L.A., and June 22 at the Zipper Hall in downtown L.A. Iris Levine conducts.


"H.C. Westermann," a traveling retrospective opening today at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary in downtown Los Angeles, looks at the late sculptor's nearly 30-year career through sculptures that combine assemblage and traditional construction techniques from carpentry and woodworking. The exhibition, covering the 1950s through 1981, features about 100 sculptures and 20 works on paper that often confront the social and political realities of the era.

Pop Music

It's Celine versus Strokes, Pink against punk, Alanis here and Incubus there. It's Saturday's ultimate face-off between Top 40 and modern rock--KIIS-FM's Wango Tango extravaganza at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena battles KROQ-FM's Weenie Roast at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine. Each event has attracted an all-star team of key acts: Ja Rule, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony play for KIIS, and Bad Religion, System of a Down, Jack Johnson, Moby and Papa Roach play for KROQ. How did they decide who got No Doubt?


Halle Berry became the first African American to win the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in "Monster's Ball." Her character has a torrid affair with the bigoted prison guard (Billy Bob Thornton) who oversaw the execution of her husband. Heath Ledger, as Thornton's troubled son, and Peter Boyle, as his toxically bitter father, also star. Arrives Tuesday on DVD and VHS.

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