Monday, January 30, 2023

Things to Do in Los Angeles, Orange County: Dance, BLM, Obama Portraits

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New drama from playwright Inda Craig-Galvan, new work from local dance troupe Ate9, Stuart Copeland’s concert of the police and the “Obama Portraits” touring exhibition top our short list of cultural offerings this weekend. Be sure to call or check online for booking requirements and other COVID-19 protocols before heading out.

“The killer will scream”
Playwrights’ Arena and Skylight Theater Company unveil the pandemic-delayed world premiere of Inda Craig-Galvan’s new drama about two black women – activist and social media influencer – who form an uneasy alliance in the fight against systemic racism; includes content that might cause anxiety to viewers. Skylight Theater, 1816 ½ N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz. 20:30 Saturday, 15:00 Sunday; other dates before December 12; also available for streaming on the internet. US $ 15-42; discounts available; Advance purchase required.

Stuart Copeland: The Mad Police for Orchestra
Drummer, composer and Police founder takes the stage to perform symphonic arrangements of some of the best hits of the Grammy-winning British rock band, accompanied by the Los Angeles-based Re-Collective Orchestra and a group of singers and other musicians. Soraya, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge. 8 pm Thursday. $ 41-110.

Los Angeles-based dance troupe Ate9 presents the world premiere of a new feature-length work by choreographer and founder Daniel Agami, dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure and happiness in times of despair. Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. 19:30 Thursday to Saturday (Q&A after the show only Thursday-Friday). 39-99 dollars.

“Obama Portraits Tour”
Portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, commissioned respectively by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, will be on display Sunday through January 2. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles: Closed Wednesday. 10-25 US dollars; up to 12 years old free of charge; Discounts for Los Angeles County residents. (323) 857-6010.

“Next to normal”
Lineage Performing Arts returns to historic Pasadena Gamble House for a weekend open-air performances by Brian Yorkie and Tom Kitt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical about a suburban wife and mother battling bipolar disorder; contains language and themes for adults. Play House, 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena. 18:00 Thursday to Saturday, 17:00 Sunday. $ 30-100.

Live arts exchange [LAX] Festival Vol. eight
Local dance, music and theater artists are flaunting their work at the comeback of this annual show presented by Los Angeles Performance Practice. Frankie, 300 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles, 8:00 pm Thursday through Saturday, 6:00 pm Sunday; for other dates before November 14. Tickets cost US $ 5-25 and can be purchased at

Paula Poundstone
Emmy-winning comic book and author, a recurring feature on NPR’s group show Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me! Returns for an evening of gentle humor and lopsided observation. 20:00 Friday. Fred Kavli Theater, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 20:00 Friday. USD 49.50.

“Free Latin Music Evening”
The Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts this social event featuring performances by Jose Richard Aviles, Cello Azul, Irene Diaz and others. Renberg Theater, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. 19:00 Saturday. Is free; advance booking required.

Tune In Festival
Presented by the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts and curated by poet J. Ivy and pianist and Eighth Blackbird co-founder Lisa Kaplan, the latest version of this online celebration of music and poetry will feature over 30 artists and ensembles. 19:00 Thursday-Saturday, 17:00 Sunday. Is free.

13th Los Angeles Printer Fair
This celebration of letterpress and the art of books and paper returns as a personal event that includes hands-on labs, guided tours of museums, merchants and more (online version also available). International Printing Museum, 315 W. Torrance Blvd., Carson. From 10:00 to 16:00 Saturday-Sunday. 5, 10 dollars.

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