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L.A. Opera launches a biannual series of free, live simulcasts direct from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with Verdi's La Traviata beamed in high-def straight to a large LED screen on the Santa Monica Pier. Verdi's great romantic opus is updated in this art deco–inspired production set in the Roaring Twenties. It's free to attend, but seek out reserve advance tickets to avoid long entrance lines. You can avoid the handling fee of $1 per order by picking up your free tix in person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office at 135 N. Grand Ave.; any leftover tickets will be available to walk-ups at no charge at the Pier on the evening of the broadcast. You can bring your own picnic, but all alcohol must come from the beer garden on-site. Santa Monica Pier, Colorado Avenue and Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica; Wed., Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m.; arrive early and bring folding chairs or blankets for seating. laopera.org/operaatthebeach.

Wed., Sept. 17, 5:30-11:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 09/17/14)

LA Weekly