The Mark Taper Forum is presenting a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's unforgettable musical "Flower Drum Song." It runs through Dec. 2. The musical premieres a new book written by Tony Award-winning playwright David Hwang, who wrote M. Butterfly. "Flower Drum Song" is the story of a young Chinese woman who emigrates to San Francisco's Chinatown and falls in love. Lea Salonga, who won a Tony Award for her performance in "Miss Saigon," has the lead role. Information: (213) 628-2772 or www.taperforum.com.Pasadena Symphony:
The 74th annual season opens Oct. 20 with the semi-staged performance of Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Actor John de Lancie has written an original script based on Shakespeare's comedy. Performing will be mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, actor Harry Groener and Kurtwood Smith. Music director is Jorge Mester. Information: (626) 793-7172 or www.pasadenasymphony.org.L.A. Architecture:
Get an inside look at some of the innovative architectural projects scheduled for L.A. at the Geffen Contemporary in downtown L.A. The exhibit, called "What's Shakin': New Architecture in L.A.," can be viewed until Jan. 20. It features eight institutional, commercial and public projects under construction. They include Rem Koolhaas' retail space for Prada on Rodeo Drive and Michael Maltzen's expansion of UCLA's Hammer Museum. Information: (213) 626-6222 or www.moca-la.org.L.A. Architecture: Latin Jazz:
Eddie Palmieri will be appearing at the Conga Room for three nights from Oct. 10 through Oct. 12. Palmieri's musical career has spanned 37 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. He's made more than 30 albums. Born in Spanish Harlem in 1936, Palmieri began piano studies at an early age, as did his celebrated older brother, the late salsa legend and pianist Charlie Palmieri. At age 11, Eddie made his classical debut at Carnegie Hall. Information: (323) 938-1696 or www.congaroom.com.
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