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Openings & Performances:

The Blue Dahlia, a stage adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s classic screenplay, thru February 5.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.  Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 703 Venice Blvd. $20-$27, (310) 822-8392.  

 The Butler Did It, Long Beach Playhouse Mainstage Theatre, through February 11, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach,  (562) 494-1014. (Choose option 1).

 Cinderella,coming back for the tenth year in a row, through January 29, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth Street, (310) 393-5573.

 Deceit, written and directed by Bruce Kimmel, El Portal Theatre, through February 19 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, (800) 595-4849 or visit www.tix.com.

 Hamlet, The Artist Formerly Known as PRINCE of Denmark – The Musical, Troubadour Theater Company, through January 29, $25.00, The Falcon Theater is located at 4252 Riverside Drive, in Burbank, (818) 955.8101.

 Happy End, Pacific Resident Theatre, written by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Pacific Resident Theatre, 703 Venice Boulevard, (310) 822-8392.

 Puppetolio, a puppet variety show for ages 3 and up, Santa Monica Puppet and Magic Center, 1255 2nd St., runs indefinitely, (310) 656-0483.

 Robert Schenkkan’s “Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates,” World Premiere Production, through January 22, 2006, at the Mark Taper Forum downtown at the Los Angeles Music Center. $20 to $55 (213) 628-2772.

Stuck, previews 8:00 p.m. and will open on Friday, through Sunday, February 5.  $15.00 for all performances.  Meta Theatre, 7801 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. (323) 445-6632 or visit www.metatheatre.org.

  The Turn of the Screw, runs through March 12, 2006. Performances are Thursdays-Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.  Pacific Resident Theatre is located at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd.  Tickets are $18-$25 and can be purchased by calling the box office directly at (310) 822-8392.  

 David Williams and Robert Sherman, Blue Seven Gallery, through February 3, 3129 Pico Blvd., (310) 449-1444.

 Openings

 Thursday, January 19

 Photo l.a. 2006, 15th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, through January 22, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, located at 1855 Main Street. 1 p.m.

$50. Can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling (323) 932-5846 www.artfairsinc.com.

First Annual Hip-Hop Film Festival – UCLA Departments of Ethnomusicology and Musicology, and J.U.I.C.E. (Justice by Uniting In Creative Energy), a non-profit Hip-hop community center. 12 noon -10 pm on January 19th – 22nd, Royce Hall: Rooms 314, 306 on the UCLA campus.  Artists include Vasa, Brad Howe, Laddie John Dill, Woods Davy, Astrid Preston, Pattsi Valdez, Frank Romero, Jim Morphesis.  The artists as well as prominent members of Los Angeles’ legal community will attend.   (310) 826-7474.

 Judy at Stonewall Inn, previews, opens Friday, January 20, and run for six weeks, through Sunday, February 24, $20.00 for all performances. 7051B Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.  (323) 957-1884 or visit www.celebrationtheatre.com.

 Shadowplay in Toyland, a magical mix of performance an puppetry, Highways Performance Space, through January 21, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, :30 p.m., 1651 18th Street, $18, (310) 315-1459.

 Friday, January 20

 Dialectics of the Heart, with Sharon Lawrence and Nicholas Gonzalez, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street,  (818) 887-1499.

 Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, written and performed by Jay Johnson, West Coast Premiere, through February 19, the Brentwood Theatre Box Office, 11301 Wilshire Blvd.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.   (213) 365-3500, and all Ticketmaster outlets, (310) 479-3636.

 Saturday, January 21

Patricia Chidlaw, “New Spin.” Reception for artist, Saturday, 4 to 7. Terrence Rogers Fine Arts. Through February 25. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. or by  appointment.  1231 Fifth Street, (310) 394-4999. www.trogart.com.   

AOR – A solo exhibition by Lita Albuquerque, through March 26, reception to Meet the Artist, from 6 to 8 p.m. Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, (310) 506-4851.

 Miriam Wosk, Works on paper, opening reception, 7 – 10 p.m., Billy Shire Fine Arts, 5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (323) 297-0600.

 No Act is Unpredictable: Michael Baers, Nicholas Kersulis, Peter Lynde , through February 25, Sixteen: One Gallery, 2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B, (310) 450-4394.

 Sunday, January 22

 2006 Juried Open, reception & awards, 2 – 5 p.m., Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 S. Topanga Blvd.  #109 in Pine Tree Circle, Topanga, (310) 455-7909.

 Sides, an evening of duets, choreographed by Rebecca R. Levy and Eryn Schon, through January 21, 8:30 p.m., and Sunday January 22, 3 p.m., Miles Memorial Playhouse, 1130 Lincoln Blvd., $15, (310) 837-710.

 University of Judaism Presents Forbidden Broadway: The Jewish Edition, “Forbidden Broadway” has a rich tradition of parodying popular Broadway productions and skewering beloved plays and musicals for the sake of constant laughter. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40.  The UJ is located at 15600 Mulholland Dr. in Bel Air in the Sepulveda Pass, just east of the Mulholland Drive exit of the 405 Freeway. Parking is free. For tickets, call (310) 440-1246.

 Monday, January 23

 South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs and Urban Architect Vanessa September,  SGI World Culture Center, 525 Wilshire Blvd.  RSVP online at www.facinghistory.org/allstate.

 Tuesday, January 24

 Symmetry, The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, 5 to 7 p.m., The Schindler House 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, (323) 651-1510 or [email protected]

Mamma Mia at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Countrywide Performance Arts Center Fred Kavli Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd in Thousand Oaks, $54 – $69.  (805) 449-2787 and online at www.theaterleague.com.

 Segerstrom Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, $27 to $191, (714) 556-ARTS (714-556-2787), Orange County Performing Arts Center Box Office, 600 Town Center Drive, 1 (800) 34 OPERA (1-800-346-7372) Groups – (714) 830-6361.

 Opera Pacific’s first performances of Rossini’s breezy, lighthearted opera of love and crash landings, “The Italian Girl in Algiers.”

 Wednesday, January 25

 California Lawyers for the Arts presents Reality 101: Getting Seen, Heard & Signed: Pursuing a Career in the New Music Business 2006 and Beyond, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street, $20  ($10 for C.L.A. members & for residents of Santa Monica). (310) 998-5590.

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