March brings rich new adventures

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March brings rich new adventuresBy DONNA MCCROHAN ROSENTHAL

March delivers particularly rich and varied opportunities, as you’ll see in this month’s round-up for short hops to nearby destinations and longer trips in California and beyond.

Down below in Los Angeles at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, the world premiere of “Jackie Unveiled” runs through Sunday, March 11, exploring the life of one of America’s most private figures.

Also at the Wallis through March 11, “The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk” combines the visual enchantment of Marc Chagall’s paintings with Russian Jewish tradition music and dance (TheWallis.org; 310-746-4000).

The Joffrey Ballet, one of the great ballet companies, presents one of the great ballets, “Romeo and Juliet,” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, on Friday, March 9; Sunday, March 11; and Saturday, March 17 (musiccenter.org; 213-972-0711).

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” proves itself an all-time classic at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts through Sunday, March 11 (scfta.org; 714-556-2787). Turning attention to another king, “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured, opens at the California Science Center in L.A.’s Exposition Park on Sunday, March 24 (californiasciencecenter.org; 323- 724-3623).

Regarding yet one more mighty man, more than 200 priceless artifacts of Genghis Khan recently invaded the Reagan Library in Simi Valley and remain through Aug. 19 (www.reaganlibrary.gov, 800-410-8354).

To the southwest on the coast, the Museum of Ventura County hosts the public art project “Bee Cause.” Through workshops, the public assists in transforming hubcaps into flowers for the garden to raise awareness of the plight of the North American bumble bee (venturamuseum.org; 805-653-0323).

Northwest of that, meet Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and other princesses in person at the Santa Barbara Zoo on Saturday, March 10, as they help honor frogs. Joining forces with frog-inspired crafts and games, they’ll help spread the word about the planet’s threatened amphibians (sbzoo.org; 805-962-5339).

To the south of us in Perris, the Orange Empire Railway Museum holds the annual Iron Horse-Family Steampunk Carnivale over the March 17-18 weekend. A Steampunk locomotive, artisan handicrafts, contraptions, gadgets and live entertainment celebrate Steampunk’s fascination with Edwardian science fiction and the Industrial Revolution (www.oerm.org; 951-943-3020).

Across the Sierra Nevada, Bakersfield’s branch of the 109-year-old California Writers Club offers four exceptional speakers on Saturday, March 17, at its annual Writers of Kern Spring Conference. Registration pays for programs, continental breakfast, snacks and lunch (www.writers

ofkern.com).

In Death Valley, the legendary Amargosa Opera House debuts Daniel Stallings’ interactive murder musical, “Exit Prima Donna,” with Saturday matinees on March 24 and 31 and April 7 and 14 (amargosa-opera-house.com; 760-852-4441 and mastermysteryproductions.com).

Kudos to MGM Resorts for partnering with the Three Square Food Bank to donate surplus hot banquet food to combat hunger in Southern Nevada.

Story First Published: 2018-03-02