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Pasadena Playhouse and Furious Theatre Co. Enter Agreement

Pasadena Playhouse and the Furious Theatre Company have established a partnership to provide programming for the 99-Seat Balcony Theatre, located in the Playhouse complex. Furious has been homeless since May 2003, when the company lost its former performing facility, which is owned by the city of Pasadena. After a decade in which private owners ran the Balcony Theatre, the Pasadena Playhouse regained control of it. Under a four-year agreement, Furious will use the auxiliary facility as its performing venue, kicking off with a season of shows--which will be announced this month--with productions to begin in October. In addition to a physical home, Furious will benefit from sharing in promotional efforts of the Playhouse.

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA--Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents Mary Zimmerman's The Secret in the Wings, which intertwines elements from Beauty and the Beast with four lesser-known stories into a dream-like exploration of the darker side of human impulses. Berkeley Rep's Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley. Tue. 8 p.m., Wed. 7 p.m., Thu. 2 & 8 p.m., Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 & 8 p.m., Sun. 2 & 7 p.m. Sep. 8-Oct. 17. $10-55. www.berkeleyrep.org. (510) 647-2949...

The 8th Annual MadCat Women's International Film Festival includes screenings of cutting-edge experimental and independent films from around the world, presented in several venues. El Rio, 3158 Mission St., San Francisco. Tue.-Wed. 8:30 p.m. Sep. 14-28. (415) 282-3325. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco. Thu. 7:30 p.m. Sep. 23. (415) 978-2700. Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St., San Francisco. Fri. 7 & 9 p.m. Sep. 17-24. $7-20. www.madcatfilmfestival.org. (415) 824-3890....

City Lights Theater Company of San Jose presents Charles Evered's Clouds Hill, a story of two professors who are shaken out of their ivory tower existence when a student's identity and motives are called into question. City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St., San Jose. Thu.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. Sep. 16-Oct. 16. www.cltc.org. (408) 295-4200.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films & Short Film Market, now in its 10th year, presents more than 300 short films on three screens. Camelot Theatre, 2300 Baristo Road, Palm Springs. Aug. 31- Sep. 6. www.psfilmfest.org...

John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra present The Big Picture--The Films of MGM/UA, showcasing the musical scores from films such as Dr. No, The Pink Panther, Rocky, and West Side Story. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. Sun. 7:30 p.m. Sep. 5. $3-88. www.hollywoodbowl.com. (213) 480-3232...

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts' Cerritos Family Treasures series presents the comedic antics of Smythe and Saucier's Circo Comedia, a fast-paced one-hour circus show. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos. Sat. 1 & 4 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Sep. 11-12. $10-15. www.cerritoscenter.com. (562) 916-8500 or (800) 300-4345...

The Learning Annex presents Henry Winkler ("The Fonz" from Happy Days) teaching a one time–only class in West L.A. Mon. 7-9 p.m. Sep. 13. $29.99-59.99. For registration and exact location, call (310) 478-6677, ext. 109...

Coleman & Smith Artistic Company presents Solo Show...Offs, a venue for solo artists to perform their work before a live audience and receive feedback from their peers. Coleman & Smith Artistic Company Theatre's Black Box, 6902 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Thu. 8 p.m. Sep. 9-indefinite. $10. (323) 467-1599...

Pasadena Playhouse presents a restaging of Rubicon Theatre's recent acclaimed production of the Stephen Sondheim musical revue Side by Side by Sondheim, directed by Nick DeGruccio. This replaces a previously scheduled season show, the musical Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave. Fri.-Sun. 8 p.m. Oct. 8-Nov. 20. $45-55. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org. (626) 356-7529.

--Yolanda Valdivia

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