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July 20, 2006



Mozart, full of drama

Peter Shaffer's play "Amadeus" drove purists crazy with its fast and loose treatment of Mozart's life and personality, including advancing the long-discredited idea that the composer was poisoned by rival composer Antonio Salieri. Still, the play -- which Shaffer never intended as a factual biography -- proved popular and morphed into an even more popular movie. Now "Amadeus Live" emerges as a concert and series of staged scenes involving the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Leonard Slatkin and a host of actors, including Neil Patrick Harris (Mozart), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Constanze, Mozart's wife) and Michael York (Salieri). Enjoy, with a grain or 20 of salt.

"Amadeus Live," Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 8 p.m. today. $1 to $93. (323) 850-2000.


Where ideas get a tryout

The third annual New Original Works Festival, featuring Los Angeles performing artists in new and experimental works, opens with a triple bill: "The Outsiders," a blend of movement, music and animated projections created by Stacy Dawson Stearns and Tim Cummings; "Sacred Cow," a collaboration between movement artist Michael Sakamoto and composer-percussionist Amy Knoles; and "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," writer-performer Kristina Wong's seriocomic quest to eradicate depression and neuroses.

New Original Works Festival, REDCAT, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 2nd and Hope streets, L.A. 8:30 p.m. today. $18. (213) 237-2800,* Also Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m.




to tango

Husband-and-wife tango dancers Sandor and Parissa join the award-winning Quartet San Francisco in works by Argentine masters Piazzolla, Saborido and Rodriguez, among others, in "Tangos and Jazz." Sandor performed in "Forever Tango" as a principal dancer. The violin soloist in the original "Forever Tango" cast was Jeremy Cohen, who founded the Quartet San Francisco in 2001. The group won the 2004 New York City International Tango Competition. Works by Henry Mancini, Dave Brubeck and Leonard Bernstein also will be on this genre-crossing program.

"Tangos and Jazz," John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. 8:30 p.m. Friday. $25. $12 for students and children under 12. (323) 461-3673.


It's history in a teacup

China's emergence as an economic power in the West can be traced back as early as the 16th century, when its porcelain trade arrived on European and American shores. "Made in China: Export Porcelain From the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterhur" displays about 150 pieces of drinking, dining and decorative pieces that provide the back story of the economic and cultural relationship between East and West.

"Made in China: Export Porcelain From the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterhur," Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. Opens Friday. $6 and $7; 11 and younger, free. (562) 439-2119.

* Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Ends Sept. 17.


To what will they resort?

Work has always been a central idea in the films of Laurent Cantet ("Human Resources," "Time Out"), and in his latest film, he focuses on a peculiar type of labor. "Heading South" looks at the sex trade in late 1970s Haiti, where three middle-aged North American women visit a resort and young local men

cater to their desires. Charlotte Rampling stars.

"Heading South," unrated, opens Friday at selected theaters.



Taking root in new soil

The 11th edition of the Old Pasadena Jazz Fest has moved out of Pasadena. More specifically, it's one mile east, outside of Pasadena city limits, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. Still, the festival will sport an eclectic musical lineup featuring smooth jazz, R&B and other styles. Saturday's headliners will be U.K. acid-jazz supergroup Incognito and jazz-R&B singer Rachelle Ferrell. Soul singer Teena Marie, smooth jazz trumpeter Rick Braun and the band Hiroshima will head Sunday's lineup. Other artists will include Jody Watley, Jeff Lorber, Eric Darius and Candy Dulfer. There will be festival style seating, so bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Old Pasadena Jazz Fest, Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; music will continue until 10 p.m. $46 to $166 per day; $73 for a two-day pass; ages 6 to 12, $13 to $46; 5 and younger, free.

* Also Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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