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DotDotDash: Downtown Libretto

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, January 07, 2008, at 05:36PM

DDDOpera is announced, ghosts are present, and the Downtown Art Walk has a new twist. All after the jump.

DOWNTOWN’S TENOR: The LA Opera’s 08/09 season was detailed today by General Director Plácido Domingo ..— The season includes Madama Butterfly and Carmen, along with the company's premiere of Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico, triology of one-act operas, as directed by William Friedkan (Il Tabarro, and Suor Angelica)..— Woody Allen will direct the comedy Gianni Schicchi.

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The tenorMORE:Also on tap is the U.S. premiere of Howard Shore’s The Fly, with book by David Henry Hwang..— DDD asked Domingo which LA Opera Production, with this mix of traditional and classics, would he recommend a child to see to fully experience opera for the first time. “Children will respond to any work as long as it is believable," says the tenor.

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SITE YET UNSEEN: During the press conference, Stephen Roundtree, President and CEO of The Music Center, improvised an overview of plans for a multistory complex at Temple and Grand that will house administrative and some rehearsal space for the L.A. Opera, L.A. Master Chorale, and the Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum and Ahmanson Theatre..— The Other Goal . . .: is to have a better looking building, so the Cardinal will not have the current offices airbrushed out of the background in photos of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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PRODUCE MIA: The Farmers Market at Santee Court has been dark for two weeks, and not for the holiday break. A lack of attendance has closed down the market in the courtyard, according to market manager Chase Mosley ..— Mosley, who also manages the Friday BOA Farmer’s Market and lends a hand at the market next to the Central Library, says the Santee Court market “may come back in the Spring.”

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Westways.jpgON BROADWAY: Westways Magazine cover story for the Jan/Feb 2008 issue covers Broadway’s Theaters, with photos by Robert Berger and Anne Conser ..— Interiors of the Los Angeles, Orphuem and Million Dollar and Tower illustrate the story by David Geffer, which includes basic info on the L.A. Conservancy's walking tours and Last Remaining Seats series. ..— In the Sidebar: The Tower has a permanent fan, according to theater manager Frank Schultz, who says in the Westways article that there’s a ghost who “just likes to make sure you know she’s there.” Ask for “Helen” if you are ever there.

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SPEAKING OF BROADWAY GHOSTS: In 1964 a recording was made of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as performed on Broadway (NY) by Richard Burton. The play was captured with 17 camera angles, edited, and screened at 2000 cinemas for only two days..— 'suit the action to the word, the word to the action': In a few weeks The Wooster Group will offer a “highly experimental, multimedia incarnation” of Burton’s taped Hamlet. ..— BARD TV COMES TO REDCAT: The reinterpretation finds an “archeologist” reviewing the archive footage, with actors speaking the speech. The ghostly show will be at Walt Disney Concert Hall's REDCAT from Jan 30 through Feb 10.

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A L.A. COWBOY WALKS INTO A BAR. . .: Downtown and comedy activist Brady Westwater is helping to organize the Comedy Walk that opens this week at the Downtown Art Walk. (Jan 10th from 8pm to 9:30pm) ..— Each month, more than 30 comedy acts will perform at five venues, leading up to the Los Angeles Comedy Festival coming to Downtown Nov 08..—It's your chance to see stand-up comedy without paying the two drink minimum, since alcohol is not allowed on the street, even on Gallery Row.

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