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July 06, 2006



Ready to push that envelope

New Orleans-based trumpeter Maurice Brown brings his quintet back to the Jazz Bakery. The last time the 25-year-old appeared there, The Times' Don Heckman raved about Brown's playing, which included driving bebop and envelope-stretching free jazz, but he was less enthusiastic about Brown's forays into more pop-oriented material. Brown's 2004 debut album, "Hip to Bop," contains some of both. Brown will work this weekend with saxophonist Derek Douget, drummer Ocie Davis, pianist Anthony Wonsey and bassist Jayson Stewart.

Maurice Brown Quintet, Jazz Bakery, 3233 Helms Ave., Culver City. 8 and 9:30 tonight. $25. (310) 271-9039.

* Also: 8 and 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday.



East, West influences

Paintings by Yumiko Kayukawa of seductive young women having a good time constitute her solo show "I'm From Japan. My Father Is Ninja. My Mother Is Geisha." The exhibition features large-scale paintings that reference Kayukawa's affinity for American pop culture and traditional Japanese print influences.

Yumiko Kayukawa: "I'm From Japan. My Father Is Ninja. My Mother Is Geisha," La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Opens Friday. (323) 666-7667

* Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Ends July 30.


Summer of the Bard

The Old Globe Theatre's "2006 Summer Shakespeare Festival" continues with "Othello," the tragedy of true love destroyed by jealousy, and with the blood-soaked history play "Titus Andronicus." The festival lightens up with fairy mischief and a forest frolic in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which opened Wednesday. The three plays, performed in the Globe's outdoor amphitheater, run in repertory.

"2006 Summer Shakespeare Festival," Old Globe Theatre, Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, Balboa Park, San Diego. "Othello": Opens 8 p.m. Friday. Contact theater for full performance schedule. Ends Oct. 1. $19 to $59. (619) 234-5623.* "Titus Andronicus" opens 8 p.m. Sunday.


Flower power lives

The theme of the 2006 Orange County Fair is "Flower Power" -- the year of the garden. Appropriately enough, many of the artists slated to perform at the adjunct Pacific Amphitheatre concert series -- Linda Ronstadt, Richie Furay, Paul Simon, Steve Miller, John Kay and Steppenwolf, and the Moody Blues -- will probably play some of their hits from the "flower power" days of the 1960s. But the eclectic concert lineup also includes Bill Cosby, Velvet Revolver, the Scorpions, Dokken, Chris Isaak, Maldita Vecindad, Julieta Venegas, Hawthorne Heights, Anberlin, Michael Bolton, X and Seal. In addition to those concerts, there will be live music at the fair itself along with carnival rides, games, community entertainment, agricultural competitions and other attractions.

Orange County Fair, Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Opens noon Friday. $4 to $8; 5 and younger, free. Pacific Amphitheatre concerts have separate tickets $19.99 to $79.50. (714) 708-FAIR;

* Hours: 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday; noon to midnight Tuesday through Friday. Ends July 30.


Brothers in a hot seat

It's big, it's purple and it's ugly. It's "The Puffy Chair." The debut feature from the brothers Duplass -- Jay directs, Mark produces, they both write. Mark stars as Josh, a once wannabe NYC indie rocker who buys a 1985 recliner on EBay as a gift for his father but must travel cross-country with his girlfriend, Emily (Kathryn Aselton), to retrieve it. Along the way, they stop at Josh's younger brother Rhett's (Rhett Wilkins) place, and he ends up coming along for the ride. Sibling anarchy ensues.

"The Puffy Chair," rated R for language, opens Friday at the Landmark Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. (310) 281-8223.



Producer in author's sights

British-born Toby Young is a bungler for the ages -- prone to head-smackingly embarrassing mishaps with women, drugs, doormen and, of course, his wing-haired former boss Graydon Carter, who unceremoniously fired the writer from Vanity Fair. Young skewers the Conde Nast clan, celebrity culture and Manhattan socialites in his 2002 memoir, "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," but unlike "The Devil Wears Prada" or your average revenge-fest, he reserves his most potent words for his own human failings. On Saturday he reads from his second memoir, "The Sound of No Hands Clapping," concerning Young's dealings with a fat-cat Hollywood producer.

Toby Young, Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 5 p.m. Saturday. (310) 659-3110.


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