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October 27, 2005



Some things borrowed

The Contemporary Projects program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is devoted to showcasing the works of promising young artists. "Contemporary Projects 9: Gajin Fujita and Pablo Vargas Lugo" features two artists whose works differ in approach but address issues of cultural appropriation, borrowing from tattoo, graffiti, Asian and Pop art traditions.

"Contemporary Projects 9: Gajin Fujita and Pablo Vargas Lugo," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Opens today. $9; seniors and students, $5; 17 and younger, free. (323) 857-6000.

* Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays; noon to 9 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Ends Feb. 12.




Although Seville's Jose Porcel has danced locally with Antonio Marquez's flamenco company and, five years ago, at Hollywood Bowl, Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel is appearing at the Orange County Performing Arts Center for the first time this weekend. His company includes 10 dancers, two guitarists, two singers and a percussionist. In Spain, Porcel has been praised (quoting El Pais Nacional) for "his breadth and lean profile, his strong dramatic accent" and other qualities that mark a major flamenco talent.

Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. today. $20 to $65. (714) 556-2787.

* Also 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday.



So many changes

In 1973, Ed Ruscha mounted a camera loaded with black-and-white film to a tripod in the back of a pickup and took one continuous shot of Hollywood Boulevard. He did the same thing in 2004, this time using color-negative film. In "Ed Ruscha: Then & Now," the two sets of panoramic photos are displayed side-by-side for the first time. Compare how one of L.A.'s most famous streets has changed 30 over the years.

"Ed Ruscha: Then & Now," Gagosian Gallery, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills. Opens Friday. (310) 271-9400.

* 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Ends Dec. 24.


Back during the blacklist

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna stars in the L.A. premiere of "Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted," Christopher Trumbo's off-Broadway drama paying tribute to his screenwriter father, Dalton Trumbo ("Spartacus," "Roman Holiday," "Exodus"). In 1947, Dalton Trumbo stood up to the House Un-American Activities Committee's anti-Communism crusade and was imprisoned as one of the notorious "Hollywood 10." Peter Askin directs.

"Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted," Falcon Theatre, 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank. Opens Friday, 8 p.m. $30 to $37.50. (818) 955-8101.

* Runs 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays. Ends Nov. 13.


These Dolls were glam

Arthur "Killer" Kane was the bassist for the glam rock band the New York Dolls from 1972 to 1975. The Dolls wore platform shoes, wild hair and makeup, and were more influential with their pre-punk sound than they were famous. After the group disbanded, Kane battled alcoholism and moved to Los Angeles, where he lived in relative anonymity for nearly 30 years. Greg Whiteley's documentary "New York Doll" catches up with Kane as the surviving band members, including lead singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, reunite for a pair of June 2004 shows in London.

"New York Doll," rated PG-13 for drug content, opens Friday in selected theaters.


Schiff does double duty

Having won ample praise for his piano

artistry, the Hungarian Andras Schiff next turned to conducting. Now he

frequently does that from the keyboard, so as to be able to solo and collaborate at the same time. He'll be back in town this weekend performing this double act with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, where he triumphed last year in a recital of Bach's "Goldberg" Variations. The program will encompass Haydn (Piano Concerto in D), Mendelssohn (String Symphony No. 10) and Schumann (Introduction and Allegro appassionato, Symphony No. 1).

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave. 8 p.m. Friday. $15 to $129. (323) 850-2000.

* Also 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.



Pipes play at cathedral

By the time he died

13 years ago in Paris at age 83, French composer and organist Olivier Messiaen had written roughly nine hours' worth of music for his chosen instrument. And in recent years, Paul Jacobs, the 28-year-old head of the organ department at New York's Juilliard School, has mastered all of it. Not content with that, Jacobs has made a specialty of playing this oeuvre in marathon recitals. He will do so Saturday at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a perfect venue given the centrality of the Roman Catholic creed to Messiaen's work.

"Marathon Messiaen," Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday. $12 suggested donation (all-day pass). (213) 680-5205.


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