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8 Weekend Picks: Playboy Jazz Festival, Ojai music, ‘Indecent’ and more

LOS ANGELES, ET- Angelique Kidjo performed at at Grand Performances stage in downtown LA June 20, 2
Angelique Kidjo is among the artists performing at the Playboy Jazz festival at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend.
(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

What’s worth checking out this weekend? The Playboy Jazz Festival and “The Phantom of the Opera,” for starters. Other noteworthy events include the Ojai Music Festival, a new program from American Contemporary Ballet and season closers for Pacific Symphony and Long Beach Symphony. The period drama “Indecent” goes up at the Ahmanson, Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble celebrates Chaucer, and REDCAT has a short-film festival for children.

Groove at the Bowl

Angélique Kidjo, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, Sheila E., Kool & the Gang, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Boz Scaggs and sax great Maceo Parker are slated for this year’s edition of the two-day Playboy Jazz Festival. George Lopez serves as master of ceremonies. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $22-$196.

Who was that masked man?

That beautiful singer in 19th century Paris is still being stalked by that reclusive, disfigured musician. “The Phantom of the Opera,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, returns to Southern California in a newly revised staging. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates through July 7. $42 and up. (Also at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa starting July 10.)

Derrick Davis and Eva Tavares in “The Phantom of the Opera”
Derrick Davis and Eva Tavares costar in the national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.”
(Matthew Murphy)

The hills are alive!

Soprano Barbara Hannigan serves as artistic director for the 2019 Ojai Music Festival. This year’s edition of the four-day showcase features classics by Debussy, Gershwin, Haydn, Messiaen, Rachmaninoff, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Vivier, as well as more recent works by John Zorn, James Dillon and Catherine Lamb. Libbey Bowl, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, plus other venues. Thursday through Sunday. $20-$150; student discounts available.

Barbara Hannigan
Barbara Hannigan serves as artistic director for the 2019 Ojai Music Festival.
(Elmer de Haas)

For the beauty of ‘Raymonda’

For the new program “Variations on Raymonda,” American Contemporary Ballet revisits the fantastical 19th century Russian ballet set to Glazunov’s score, as well as George Balanchine’s 1961 take on the classic work. California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., L.A. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday; other dates through June 16. $45-$105.

American Contemporary Ballet’s “Variations on Raymonda”
American Contemporary Ballet explores a classic dance work in “Variations on Raymonda.” With Elise Filo, left, and Lily LaSalle.
(American Contemporary Ballet)


Go big, then go home

Pacific Symphony closes out its season with a program that includes Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 1, dubbed “Titan.” Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $25 and up.

Long Beach Symphony is joined by Long Beach Camerata Singers and guest vocalists for a season closer centered on Beethoven’s beloved Ninth Symphony. Long Beach Convention Center, Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. 8 p.m. Saturday. $29 and up; students, $10.

Eckart Preu and Long Beach Symphony
Eckart Preu will lead Long Beach Symphony in the orchestra’s season finale on Saturday.
(Long Beach Symphony)

Revisiting an ‘Indecent’ era

“Indecent” was the charge leveled against Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance.” The term also serves as the title of Paula Vogel’s much-praised drama about a controversial 1920s Broadway production of the Yiddish theater fable. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 2 p.m. Sunday; other dates through July 7. $30-$149.

Adina Verson, left, and Elizabeth A. Davis in “Indecent”
Adina Verson, left, and Elizabeth A. Davis costar in the fact-based drama “Indecent” at the Ahmanson Theatre.
(T. Charles Erickson)

Howdy, pilgrims

In “The Canterbury Tales: A Pilgrimage in Song,” Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble explores 14th-century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic tome via works by French, Italian and English composers from the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 10750 Ohio Ave., Westwood. Also 4 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Angels, 1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena. $15-$25.

Jouyssance early music ensemble
Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble celebrates Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” in a pair of concerts this weekend.
(Rich Greene / Jouyssance)

Silly rabbit, these flicks are for kids

Family-friendly shorts from around the world will be screened as part of the three-weekend REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival 2019. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 23. $5.


Belly Flop, Jeremy Collins, South Africa, 2018
Jeremy Collins’ 2018 animated short “Belly Flop” is among the offerings at this year’s REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival.
(Jeremy Collins)

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