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Let’s Review! Cygnet Theatre’s “Pageant” is worth seeing … twice!

Pageant cast: David McBean, Tyan Fahey, Charles Osborne, Phil Johnson, Max Cadillac, Luke Jacobs Harvey and Conor Tibbs.  Photo by Daren Scott

Fans of beauty pageants have different reasons for attending these events. Those attending Cygnet Theatre’s new production of “Pageant,” will be entertained by surprise and laughter; lots of laughter – hilarious laughter.

“Into the Woods” creatively reimagined by Fiasco Theatre Company at the Old Globe

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Since the earliest fairytales emerged to enchant and mesmerize, children have been transported to imaginative places. But it’s not only children who have been charmed, so have adults. Perhaps that’s why fairytale characters continue to turn up in plays and films; because really, who wants to grow up?

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 17

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La Jolla Concerts by the Sea brings Theo & The Zydeco Patrol to Scripps Park 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20. (858) 454-1600. zydecopatrol.com and lajollabythesea.com

Un-bear-ably Fun! La Jolla’s Bishop’s School graduate to produce independent feature film

‘Bear With Us’ will begin filming in August.

Russell Nickel, a graduate of The Bishop’s School, is in the midst of producing his first independent, feature film — and said he has found fun in every step of the way.

“Father of the String Quartet” Haydn gets top billing at SummerFest 2014

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Not only the brilliance but the gentle spirit of Franz Joseph Haydn will be omnipresent at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest 2014, which opens July 30 and for which Haydn is this year’s festival’s featured composer.

Art show in La Jolla to benefit Autism Tree Project

To raise funds for the Sanford Consortium and Autism Tree Project Foundation, artist Michael Leaf will present the ZERO Degrees Exhibition.

‘Ether Dome’ taps medicine, science, religion and human suffering at La Jolla Playhouse

Michael Wilson directs the West Coast premiere of ‘Ether Dome,’ based on the true story of the discovery of ether as an anesthetic in 1846.  Courtesy

Director Michael Wilson, who is staging “Ether Dome” at the La Jolla Playhouse, is enjoying the fruits of his labor and relishing his collaboration with playwright Elizabeth Egloff and the Playhouse’s creative team. In addition, on the day of this interview, his TV movie “A Trip to Bountiful,” was nominated for an Emmy award.

Let’s Review: Fear surrounds tragedy in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ at La Jolla Playhouse

BD Wong (kneeling) and Nick Gabriel. Photos by Kevin Berne

“The Orphan of Zhao” premiered in 13th century China and has been reworked and adapted many times since. In the La Jolla Playhouse version (a co-production with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre), the epic tragedy set in feudal China explores morality, social hierarchy and self-sacrifice — all of which the audience internalizes, expressing much emotion after seeing the performance.

Exciting world of ancient China awaits in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ at La Jolla Playhouse

BD Wong (front) and Nick Gabriel star in ‘The Orphan of Zhao’ running through Aug. 3 in the Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. Kevin Berne. photo

The La Jolla Playhouse will stage the classic Chinese legend “The Orphan of Zhao,” a co-production with American Conservatory Theatre, adapted by James Fenton. Along with its amazing cast is the creative team of Byron Au Yong (Original Music), Stephen Buescher (Movement Direction) and Jonathan Rider (Fight Direction).

La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 10-17

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The famous Kiwanis Club of La Jolla Pancake breakfast returns to the La Jolla Rec Center 7:30- until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 615 Prospect St. All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

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