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July 13, 2006



Outdoors with Dvorak

Few composers evoke the feeling of being outdoors amid the bounty and joy of nature as well as Antonin Dvorak does. So it's fitting that Leonard Slatkin conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an all-Dvorak program at Hollywood Bowl. There will be three irresistible Slavonic Dances, the lyrical Violin Concerto with soloist James Ehnes, and the ever-popular "New World" Symphony. (Review of L.A. Philharmonic's Beethoven program, Page 10.)

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 8 tonight. $1 to $93. (323) 850-2000.


Shoes make a 'Run' for it

Anne and Jeff Grimaldo's Naked With Shoes will premiere a new dance theater work called "Run for Your Life!" today at Highways Performance Space. Actors Michael Vincent Carrera, Hugo Garcia and Janine Venable will join the two dancers in this exploration of, they say, "an alternative world both familiar and disturbingly unfamiliar." Also on the program: their 2004 duet "Abdomen Soft and Flat." Naked With Shoes originated in 1993.

Naked With Shoes, Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. 8:30 tonight. $15 and $20. (310) 315-1459.

* Also 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Invigorating exploration

The best jazz is usually formally experimental, culling from different traditions while exploring the potential of each. The compositions of guitarist Adam del Monte are potent examples of the possibilities of genre hopping. Blending Gypsy-influenced flamenco styles with classical structures and a range of jazz idioms, he reinvigorates some of the oldest tropes in Spanish and American ethnic music.

Adam del Monte, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 8 tonight. $30 to $35. (626) 568-3665

* Also 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Go ahead, drink it in

Vodka, of all the liquors, is a shape-shifter: from brilliantly clear, triple-distilled liquid packaged in sculptural bottles to pungent salve for masses of down-and-outers living in the hinterlands. The Skirball Center will be embracing premium vodka and artisanal infusions for this tasting and lecture, but not without exploring the liquor's humble 13th century roots. Also expect a special tasting menu whipped up by Sean Sheridan, the Skirball's executive chef, with infusion recipes and tasting notes.

"Vodka Straight Up: The History and Tasting of Spirits," Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. today. $50. (866) 468-3399.


A swingin' time for all

The American Cinematheque's annual ode to

London's Swingin' '60s, "Mods & Rockers," begins in earnest tonight with a Peter Cook-Dudley Moore double feature of "Bedazzled" and "The Bed Sitting Room" at the Egyptian in Hollywood. Longer -- it runs through mid-August -- the festival is also more elastic this year, adding films from the '50s and '70s and from both sides of the Atlantic.

"Bedazzled" and "The Bed Sitting Room," today, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 466-FILM,* "Mods & Rockers" runs today through Aug. 16, at the Egyptian; some films screen Friday through Wednesday at the Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica.



Teen femme fatale who wants it all

It ain't the postman ringing in writer-director Nick Guthe's dark comedy, "Mini's First Time." Nikki Reed is Mini, a high school femme fatale who plays a dangerous game with her new stepfather (Alec Baldwin) to get everything her gold-digging mother (Carrie-Anne Moss) already has. And she means everything.

"Mini's First Time"; rated R for strong sexual content, language, drug use and a scene of violence; opens Friday in selected theaters.



Men Alive, and guest


Men Alive, the Orange County gay men's chorus, celebrates its fifth anniversary with "Curtain Up! Light the Lights!," its first program of Broadway show tunes. Intent on hitting nothing but the heights, the group has enlisted Michael Feinstein as guest singer.

Men Alive with Michael Feinstein, Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine. 3 and 8 p.m., Saturday. $25 to $45 (sold out). (949) 854-4646.


Celebrating the French

After half a decade of pundit-fueled Francophobia, it's high time that America and France sat down and broke baguettes together. There's no better occasion than Bastille Day (technically Friday) to make amends, and celebrations at the Page Museum in Los Angeles and Oak Park in Santa Barbara promise Gallic cuisine, wine tasting and entertainment. At the Page Museum, there's even a Parisian waiter race, but don't worry -- they'll still ignore you while they run.

* Santa Barbara French Festival, Oak Park, 300 W. Alamar Ave. Santa Barbara, 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. (805) 564-7274

* Bastille Day Los Angeles, Page Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. Noon Sunday. Free. (323) 656-6083


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