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Sunday, May 18

LA Opera presents A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

5:00pm to 7:30pm

Superstar Renée Fleming returns to Los Angeles in a role created for her extraordinary talents! Clinging desperately to a masquerade of Southern grace, Blanche DuBois moves into her sister’s cramped apartment, creating all the wrong kinds of sparks with her crude brother-in-law. When dark truths about Blanche’s past begin to emerge, her world comes apart at the seams in a spiral of violence and madness. A faithful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play, André Previn’s powerful opera evokes a highly charged New Orleans setting. Bass-baritone Ryan McKinny is the hotheaded Stanley Kowalski, with soprano Stacey Tappan as Stella and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Blanche’s guileless suitor Mitch.

Presented in a semi-staged concert production, A Streetcar Named Desire is conducted by Patrick Summers leading the LA Opera Orchestra.

“Streetcar is rich with color, by turns lush, frantic, heartbreaking, even funny.... Though 20th century operas tend to be short on arias, Streetcar includes two showstoppers for Blanche.” (Newsweek)

“A genuine and wholly accessible hit, one sure to remain in the repertory of the world’s opera companies for a great many years.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Semi-staged concert presentation. Mature subject matter; parental discretion advised.

Full Schedule:
Sunday, May 18 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 24 at 7:30pm

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Monday, May 19

Tuesday, May 20

Pompeii: The Exhibition

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

10:00am to 5:00pm

Pompeii: The Exhibition – Opens May 20 at the California Science Center

In the year 79 A.D., Pompeii vanished beneath thick layers of volcanic ash left by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. But what nature destroyed, it also preserved.

Pompeii: The Exhibition features over 150 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, which offer a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle and tragic end of this ancient Roman society forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago.

From garden frescoes and marble statues to Gladiator helmets and shin guards, coins and currency to religious altars and shrines — all set in their original surroundings — experience daily life in this once vibrant Roman city. Then, as the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the volcano’s catastrophic eruption through an immersive CGI experience, culminating in the reveal of full body casts of twisted human forms, asphyxiated by extreme heat and noxious gases and forever frozen in time.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT
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Thursday, May 22

LA Opera presents DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY IN RECITAL

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

7:30pm

Possessor of one of the most unforgettable, uniquely beautiful voices of all time, Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has captivated audiences in opera houses and concert halls around the globe. Renowned for his recital appearances, he unleashes his luminous artistry to penetrate to the emotional core of the art song repertoire with an array of expressive shadings and ever-shifting vocal colors.

Mr. Hvorostovsky will partner with pianist Ivari Ilja in a recital that includes Russian romances based on poems by Alexander Pushkin, as well as Shostakovich's Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buanarroti.

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Friday, May 23

Saturday, May 24

Dazed & Confused presented by All American Speed Shop

Electric Dusk Drive-In

1000 San Julian St., Los Angeles, 90015

8:30pm to 10:12pm

94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This 1993 coming of age comedy film follows various groups of teenagers during the last day of school in the Summer of 1976. This cult classic stars Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, and Adam Goldberg. Entertainment Weekly ranked it 10th on their "Funniest Movies of the Past 25 Years" list. Rated R.

Gates open at 7pm.

This screening is sponsored in part by All American Speed Shop, Van Nuys:

www.allamericanspeedshop.com

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