Chan's Miracles:

Rarely shown on the big screen, Jackie Chan's 1989 film "Miracles" comes to the Egyptian Theatre April 20 through April 23. Loosely inspired by Frank Capra's "Pocketful of Miracles," the film is set in 1930s' Hong Kong, which looks suspiciously like a Chicago of the same period. Chan rises from country bumpkin to mob boss. "Miracles," also known as "Mr. Canton and Lady Rose," is director/actor Chan's favorite of all his films. More information: (323) 466-FILM or

Wordsmiths Unite:

L.A. is not often associated with literary movements, but that's exactly what the L.A. Times serves up with its sixth annual Festival of Books on April 28 and April 29. Some 380 best-selling authors participate in 95 panel discussions and lectures on six outdoor stages over the weekend. Ray Bradbury, Elmore Leonard and E.L Doctorow are among the authors slated to appear. More information:

The Harry Smith Connection:

The Getty Museum celebrates the eclectic work of cultural icon Harry Smith with a two-day symposium on April 20 and April 21. Through his experimental films and recordings including the seminal 1952 compilation recording "Anthology of American Folk Music" Smith became a major figure in 20th century American avant garde. Critics have called his artistic sensibility "proto-psychedelic." The two-day event includes screenings of Smith's films and live musical performances. More information: (310) 440-7360 or

Fame is Back:

"Fame" was so 1980s. But the Academy Award-nominated movie and the long-running television series spawned a musical that comes to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium April 24 through April 29. Still set in the 1980s, "Fame: the Musical" focuses on the four-year odyssey of a group of students attending New York's High School of Performing Arts. More information: (626) 449-7360.

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