By Hillel Aron
By Joseph Tsidulko
By Patrick Range McDonald
By David Futch
By Hillel Aron
By Dennis Romero
By Jill Stewart
By Dennis Romero
The Doolittle Theater, 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood; Saturday, June 15, 8 p.m.; (323) 655-TKTS.
C.O.L.A. 2002 PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWS
Four premieres over two weekends by four of the city's finest -- queer performance artist Tim Miller, postmodern choreographer Victoria Marks, Korean minimalist Hae Kyung Lee and classical Cambodian dancer Sophaline Cheam Shapiro -- show just how diverse and topnotch performance in L.A. can be.
Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown; Miller & Lee: Friday-Saturday, June 7-8, 8 & 9 p.m.; Marks & Shapiro: Friday-Saturday, June 14-15, 8 & 9 p.m.; (213) 485-1681.
ATERBALLETTO: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Celebrated rocker and musical chameleon Elvis Costello breaks yet another genre stereotype with a symphonic score for Mauro Bigonzetti's take on Shakespeare's spirited tale of mistaken desire. Costello reportedly had never attended a live dance concert before the commission, but it's a good match, with Italy's ultracontemporary troupe similarly expanding our notions about ballet in this U.S. premiere.
Segerstrom Hall, Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; Friday-Saturday, July 19-20, 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 21, 2 p.m.; (714) 556-ARTS.
NEW WORLD FLAMENCO FESTIVAL
Whether you like your flamenco puro (traditional) or nuevo (contemporary), NWFF is the place to see the latest trends and innovations. With a mission to bring renowned dance artists who are at the top of their field in Spain but relatively unknown to U.S. audiences, the festival is fast becoming the hot-ticket item of the summer. This year's lineup features Madrid's Compañía Juana Amaya, Sevilla's Compañía Flamenca Andrés Marín, and the San Francisco-based Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos.
Irvine Barclay Theater, 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine, August 918; (949) 854-4646, (714) 740-7478; www.thebarclay.org.
FIGHTING WELFARE REFORM
Hoping to help put an end to President Bush's welfare-reform plans, more than 1,000 low-income families are expected to attend a ä Town Hall meeting, One People, One Crisis, One Safety Net, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Hosted by the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support, the meeting will include County Federation of Labor President Miguel Contreras and AFL-CIO vice president Linda Chavez Thompson. Community leaders and families will unveil a consolidated plan to fight for immigrant, welfare and worker rights. Key issues such as child care, living-wage jobs, welfare benefits, education and training will be discussed.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; Saturday, June 15, 9 a.m.noon; (213) 743-3940, Ext. 42.
THE FESTS, THE SERIES, THE REST
The Eighth Annual IFP/WestLos Angeles Film Festival, with 57 features from 22 countries and almost twice that many shorts, opens June 20, and closes June 29 with the premiere of Miguel "Chuck & Buck" Arteta's The Good Girl, with Jennifer Aniston in the title role. The following month, July 1122, Outfest 2002 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival with more than 225 films from all over the omniverse. The program hasn't been announced yet, so make a point of checking up on this one. Finally, from July 25 to August 24, the UCLA Film and Television Archive presents its 11th annual Festival of Preservation, kicking off with a restored print of Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Barefoot Contessa, and featuring restored prints of Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter, John Cassavetes' Shadows and John Sayles' Matewan.
LAIFF: (323) 951-7090 orwww.lafilmfest.com. Outfest: (213) 480-7090 orwww.outfest.org. UCLA: (310) 206-8013 orwww.cinema.ucla.edu.
American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater is hosting everything from "The Haunted World of [Italian horror master] Mario Bava," "Japanese Outlaw Masters" and "Mods & Rockers 2002" in June, to a big Andy Warhol retrospective and a Sci-Fi/Horror Fest in August. Meanwhile, down at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, there are comprehensive programs at the rate of one per month: "Double Exposure: Photography, Film and the Cinema" in June, a 21-film William Wyler retrospective in July, and a 22-film Harold Lloyd retrospective in August. Then there's the Los Angeles Conservancy's 16th annual Last Remaining Seats program, featuring six classic films (among them the Bette Davis weepie Now, Voyager, the Stanley Donen musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Fred Zinnemann's adaptation of James Jones' From Here to Eternity), plus live entertainment at the historic, ornately appointed theaters of Broadway downtown.
American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.: (323) 461-2020 orwww.americancinematheque.com. LACMA: (323) 857-6000 orwww.lacma.org. L.A. Conservancy: (213) 430-4219 orwww.laconservancy.org.
Last -- and far be it for us to say least -- come the thrill and theme-park rides: There's Scooby-Doo and John Woo, too (that would be Windtalkers, finally!), both on June 14; Spielberg's sci-fi Minority Report on June 21; the giant-spiders movie Eight Legged Freaks on July 19; Austin Powers in Goldmember -- and, coincidentally enough, The Cockettes documentary -- on July 26; and Rob Cohen's The Fast and the Furious follow-up XXX, also starring Vin Diesel, on August 2. Department of Delayed Gratification: As to Scorsese's Gangs of New York, starring street-smart street tough Leonardo DiCaprio, Mr. Miramax put the release off again, this time till Christmas, for sure -- or so we devoutly pray.
SCUTTERFEST MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL
A wicked mix of riot grrrl, queercore, hardcore and punk rock, Scutterfest spawned last year from the fanzine Scutter. The bootstrap DIY festival offers five days of edgy alternative sound with dozens of acts ranging from beloved bands (Radio Vago, Pansy Division) to some of the underground outfits just beginning to blip on the independent-music radar (Gravy Train, the Blood Arm). Mink Stole kicks off the fun on the 19th, emceeing a party at the Gauntlet. A film series of indie/queer film follows up the following day (location TBA). Then it's three days of gnarly and raw rock & roll (plus DJ sets) at the Smell, the O.C. Drop-In Center and Fais Do-Do.