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Fall 2012 Happenings


Published Oct 1, 2012 8:00 AM

Arts and Entertainment

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark


Part comedy and part commentary, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage's West Coast premiere uses today's fascination with celebrity and controversy to get to the truth behind the legendary Vera Stark. A former maid, Vera Stark lands a groundbreaking role in a new Southern epic, turning Hollywood on its head and paving the way for future generations of black actresses.

Sept. 18-Oct. 28. Geffen Playhouse. Admission: $35-$65. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:



Kip and Will become Silicon Valley legends after the viral success of their blockbuster video game. But success drove them apart. Once thrown back together, they must work together to resolve their differences.

Oct. 9-Nov. 18. Geffen Playhouse. Admission: $57-$72. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Reading and Q&A with Lisa M. Stasse, author of The Forsaken

UCLA librarian Elizabeth "Lisa M. Stasse" McAulay will read from her debut novel, The Forsaken (July 2012). Published by Simon & Schuster and inspired in part by the works of Ray Bradbury, The Forsaken is a thriller about a group of teenaged political dissidents who get exiled to a prison island in a dystopian future.

Oct. 17 / Wed / 4 P.M. Powell Library. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 691-9112. Web:

Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews

The exhibit reveals the rich history of one of the world's oldest Jewish communities, dating back nearly 3,000 years. It includes contemporary Jewish populations still in Iran as well as in diaspora communities in Israel and the U.S., with an emphasis on L.A.'s own dynamic Persian-Jewish community.

Oct. 2, 2012-Mar. 10, 2013. Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Pearl of the Snowlands: Tibetan Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang


Founded in 1729 by the 40th King of Derge, Tenba Tsering, the Derge Sutra Printing House is one of the foremost cultural, religious, and historical institutions in Tibet. Pearl of the Snowlands features 25 woodblock prints from the Parkhang's collection, along wtih beautiful photographs of the elaborate Tibetan architecture of the printing house and its ancient hand-printing process.

Now through Oct. 14. Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone (310) 825-4361. Web:

One Person Crying: Women and War

This 28-year personal global photo essay addresses the immediate and lingering effects of war on women. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Marissa Roth '79 takes us on an extraordinary visual journey that beings in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, in 1984 and ends in Vietnam in April 2012.

Now through Oct. 25. Museum of Tolerance. Admission: $11.50-$15.50. Phone: (310) 553-8403. Web:

L.A. Theatre Works

See a great double bill of the best of London theater when L.A. Theatre Works and The James Bridges Theater present two National Live broadcasts— The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time and The Last of the Haussmans.

Oct. 28 / Sun / 3 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. The James Bridges Theater. Admission: $10-$20. Phone: (310) 206-8365. Web:

Timon of Athens

Starring Simon Russell Beale, this modern production of Shakespeare depicts a wealthy friend to the rich and powerful and patron of the arts among free-loaders and sycophants. Although Timon lives a life of extravagance, he finds that his associates, instead of offering help, hang him out to dry. After a vengeful banquet, Timon withdraws to a literal and emotional wasteland.

Nov. 10 / Sat / 7:30 P.M. James Bridges Theater. Admission: $10-$20. Phone: (310) 827-0889. Web:

Pride and Prejudice

Join the Bennett sisters for L.A. Theatre Works National Tour of Pride and Prejudice. Experience Jane Austin's classic story with period costumes and no scripts.

Nov. 15-18. UCLA James Bridges Theater. Admission: $35 with code BENNETSISTERS. Phone: (310) 827-0889. Web:

Coney Island Christmas

Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in the world premiere of Coney Island Christmas, which introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who is case as Jesus in the school's Christmas pageant. The play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays.

Nov. 20-Dec. 30. Geffen Playhouse. Admission: $45-$70. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: