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. www.HollywoodBowl.com.
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, www.redcat.org.* Also Friday and Saturday, 8:30 p.m.
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. www.FordAmphitheatre.org.
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. www.omegaevents.com.
* Also Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Photos out for display
Patricia Faure has been a force in the local art scene and has represented some of the best-known artists in L.A. since opening her gallery almost 30 years ago. She personally curated "Photographs That I Love," a group show that approaches the subjects of beauty and glamour. Faure, a photographer herself, worked for French Vogue in the 1960s and has selected works by 25 artists, including Lucien Clergue, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Helmut Newton, Julius Shulman and Robert Graham. An installation by Mattia Biagi is on display in the sculpture garden.
"Photographs That I Love," Patricia Faure Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., B7, Santa Monica. Opens Saturday. (310) 449-1479.
* Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Ends Aug. 26.
Dancing in the streets
Giant Village, the downtown dance-music festival that drowned in a torrent of rain and controversy after its 11th-hour cancellation last New Year's Eve, surfaces again as Summer in the City, a planned annual bash. Whether residual hard feelings will dampen festival-goers' spirits remains to be seen, but promoter Dave Dean has assembled a heavy-hitting lineup of DJ talent to entertain from five stages. Paul Oakenfold, John Digweed and Deep Dish will be joined by the likes of the Crystal Method, Christopher Lawrence, Raul Campos and Jason Bentley at the event, in a four-block area with the locus at Wilshire Boulevard and Hope Street.
Giant Village Summer in the City, entrance at 6th and Hope streets, downtown L.A. 8 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday. $75 to $125. (323) 464-7373. www.giantvillage.com.
Guys, we're outta here
A king and his friends attempt to give up women and devote themselves to academic pursuits in Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Love's Labor's Lost," presented by Actors' Gang under the direction of Simon Abkarian, a veteran of Arianne Mnouchkine's Theatre du Soleil.
"Love's Labor's Lost," Ivy Substation, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City. Opens 8 p.m. Saturday. $25, except pay what you can on Thursdays. (310) 838-4264. www.theactorsgang.com.
* Continues 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; ends Sept. 16. Aug. 11 performance will be sign-language interpreted and audio described.
Party for a 10-year-old
It's the best of both worlds, to quote Hannah Montana's hit song, as kid-pop stronghold Radio Disney marks its 10th anniversary with a gathering of its hitmakers. The youngsters can focus on the choreographed paces of the Cheetah Girls and the heartthrob moves of Jesse McCartney, while parents might actually relate to the more grown-up folkish pop of Aly & AJ and the Weezer-like pop-rock of Bowling for Soup. Hannah Montana herself, Mylie Cyrus, might appeal to both sides with her perky personality and hook-filled rock.
Radio Disney Totally 10th Birthday Concert, Arrowhead Pond, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 7 p.m. Saturday. $25.50 to $45. (714) 704-2500.
If cranial bumps, your favorite color and even lipstick-tube impressions can reveal something about your personality, why shouldn't sleeping positions? According to the sly and cheeky pillow book "The Secret Language of Sleep: A Couple's Guide to the Thirty-Nine Positions," written by Evany Thomas and delicately illustrated by Amelia Bauer, whether you sleep curled in a ball, wrapped around a pillow or on the "cliff's edge" of the bed can reveal something about you and/or your sleeping partner. Thomas presents her book and theories with McSweeney's imprint mate, Lisa Brown, author of "Baby, Mix Me a Drink."
"The Secret Language of Sleep: A Couple's Guide to the Thirty-Nine Positions," Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 5 p.m. Saturday. (310) 659-3110.