Beckoning Beckett

UCLA Live includes centenary party

A Samuel Beckett Centenary Celebration, L.A. Chamber Orchestra’s Mozart festival, Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, plus the world premieres of Heather Woodbury’s “Tale of 2Cities” and pianist Christopher O’Riley’s tribute to Nick Drake highlight the 2006-07 performing arts season at UCLA.

UCLA Live will stage its fifth Intl. Theater Festival, opening Sept. 29, with China’s Suzhou Kun Opera Theater production of “The Peony Pavilion.” “Tale of 2Cities” concerns the moving of the Dodgers to Los Angeles from Brooklyn and will run Sept. 30-Oct. 8 with Andrew Dawson’s “Absence and Presence” on its heels, Oct. 11-15.

The Beckett fest includes the Gate Theatre Dublin’s production of “Waiting for Godot” (Nov. 15-19) along with the Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland’s “Access All Beckett” (Nov. 7-12).

December will see the West Coast premiere of Mabou Mimes’ “DollHouse” (Nov. 28-Dec. 10) and two shows from Canada’s STO Union, “Revolutions in Therapy” and “Recent Experiences” (Dec. 12-17).

For the holidays, UCLA Live will present the Russian clown spectacle “Slava’s Snowshow,” Dec. 12-Jane. 7. Dimpho Di Kopane from South Africa will perform “Yimimangaliso: The Mysteries,” March 7-18.

UCLA Live will also stage music, dance and spoken word events in addition to events labeled as Artists Without Limits. AWOL includes Diamanda Galas on Oct. 27; Pere Ubu providing underscore to Roger Corman’s 1963 pic “X, The Man with X-Ray Eyes” on Oct. 29; Brian Wilson leading a 40th anniversary of “Pet Sounds” on Nov. 1; Jonathan Richman toplining “A John Waters Christmas” (Dec. 1); Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can All-stars (Jan. 20); O’Riley’s “Time Has Told Me: A Nick Drake Tribute” (Feb. 16); and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain leading his band the Mission plus Vijay Iyer with Michael Ladd (March 9).

Allen’s first North American tour stops at UCLA Dec. 16. Other jazz concerts include Madeline Peyroux on Oct. 10; guitarist John Scofield leading an all-Ray Charles program Oct. 14; the Bad Plus on Nov. 9, with Roswell Rudd leading the Mongolian Buryat Band; and Irvin Mayfield in a program titled “New Orleans: Then and Now” on April 26.

Roots music series includes Lucinda Williams appearing with her father, poet Miller Williams, on Nov. 30; a Leonard Cohen tribute concert featuring, among others, Kris Kristofferson, Howard Tate and the Wild Colonials on Feb. 24; and holiday shows from the McGarrigle Sisters (Dec. 6) and the Roches (Dec. 7).

On the world music front, Brazilian singer Marisa Monte, who has two albums being released simultaneously by Blue Note in September, will appear Nov. 8; Mexico’s Lila Downs performs March 1 and Gilberto Gil makes a rare appearance March 24. Other world music events are Fes Festival of World Sacred Music (Oct. 26); Mombasa Party and Royal Drummers of Burundi (Nov. 11); Kodo (Feb. 9, 10); Gyuto Monks (March 10); Hossein Alizadeh and Hamavayan (March 16); and David Broza and Badi Assad (March 17).

The Mozart fest will include more than 14 concertos being performed at four concerts Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Feb. 18 and March 18. Violinist Gidon Kremer performs Nov. 19 and Denyce Graves sings March 8.

Spoken word events include Garry Trudeau on Oct. 25 and David Sedaris on April 25.

Most programs are at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. For full schedule, go to

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