Tween Time: Sleeping Beauty, Slides and Sand

By Michael Berick

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Sleeping Beauty comes alive on Feb. 4. PHOTO COURTESY CERRITOS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

This month’s Tween Time is brought to you by the letter S. First comes “Sleeping Beauty,” which the Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos, www.cerritoscenter.com). The ballet company has received critical accolades for its versions of such classics as “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” This full-scale production presents colorful costumes and memorable sets as these talented dancers bring Tchaikovsky’s grand score to life. Tickets are $30-$55.

Slides, specifically vintage slides, become more than just old photos in the hands of local humorist Charles Phoenix. In his uniquely colorful way, the “Ambassador of Americana” will turn the James Armstrong Theater (3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance; www.torrancearts.org) into a whimsically offbeat living room slide show at 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 11. Phoenix will present his collection of kooky, kitschy images of America and create a fascinating, Kodachromatic portrait of our country’s not-so-distant history. This should be big-time fun for a retro-loving child. Tickets are $20-$30.

Sand serves as the central element at this month’s “Maker Mondays” meeting from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 13, organized by the Altadena Library (600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena; www.altadenalibrary.org). This program gives students ages 12-18 an opportunity to develop their STEAM skills outside of a school environment. At this workshop, teens will create kinetic sand, then do experiments to explore its properties, see how it interacts with the environment and discover what happens when there are changes in the recipe. Admission is free.

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