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Saturday, November 28

Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


Over 100 prints are featured in this exhibition of transformative promised gifts of Japanese works to LACMA. Included are examples of rare early prints of the genre known as ukiyo-e (oo-key-o-eh, pictures of the floating world); superior works from the golden age of that art form at the end of the 18th century by Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Katsukawa Shunshō; and 19th-century prints by such great masters as Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and others.

During the Edo period (1615–1868), commercially printed ukiyo-e showed the sensualist priorities of Japanese at a time when a shogunal government restricted nearly all aspects of life. Pictures of entertainers, from the brothels or the theaters, were favored subjects. Unconventional poetry appeared on a subgenre of ukiyo-e called surimono, which were privately published and distributed, often at the New Year. Unlike commercial prints, censored for their content and quality, surimono could be made with luxury materials, such as metallic pigments.

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Malibu Playhouse

29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, 90265


Nov. 28 to Dec. 20 -- "WONDERFUL LIFE!" - “A lively and appealing actor… ‘Wonderful Life’ could well have an active future on stages around the country.” – The Washington Post

A new holiday classic, premiering November 28 at the Malibu Playhouse, launches their 2015-16 season under the helm of Jeremy Skidmore, world-renowned theater director and formerly Artistic Director of Theater Alliance in Washington, D.C. “Wonderful Life!” George Bailey's struggle to grasp why life is worth living finds a fresh voice in this enchanting one-person (Jason Lott) retelling of Frank Capra's classic film "It's A Wonderful Life." Wonderful Life reinterprets the well-known screenplay and reintroduces audiences to the residents of Bedford Falls, New York on a fateful Christmas Eve in 1945. Audiences, young and old, well versed in the movie and not, will find plenty to love. The show is adapted for stage by Lott and Helen Parfumi. Parfumi also serves as director.

A special screening of the original film “It’s A Wonderful Life,” takes place Nov. 15 at the Malibu Playhouse.

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Sunday, November 29

Contemporary Art of the Middle East


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


In recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.

As the first of a two-part installation, this exhibition features approximately 25 works by artists from Iran and the Arab world, including Shirin Neshat, Susan Hefuna, Lalla Essaydi, Mitra Tabrizian, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Hajjaj, Wafaa Bilal, Barbad Golshiri, and Youssef Nabil, among others.

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Pianist Ory Shihor


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


Pianist Ory Shihor performs Schubert: Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960, and other works to be announced.

Ory Shihor is "the first important Israeli pianist to come along in years," according to New York Newsday. He has established himself as one of the leading young pianists in America today with highly successful debuts in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Pittsburgh. Shihor is a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, a prize winner at the 9th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and was the first prize winner at the 1999 Washington International Piano Competition. Shihor's recent performances include recitals at the Kennedy Center and at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., as well as at the Chautauqua Music Festival. His orchestral engagements have included the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel and in America, the Austin Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, Missouri Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and the Memphis Chamber Orchestra, among others. One of the more extended engagements with orchestras have included an invitation by the Liege Philharmonic for Mr. Shihor to appear as the featured guest soloist on their IS-concert North American tour, under Music Director Pierre Bartholomee.

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