Things to do in LA, Orange County: Ai Weiwei at the Skirball Center
The Skirball Cultural Center partially reopens this weekend with “Ai Weiwei: Trace,” the artist’s portraits of imprisoned dissidents and free speech advocates, all made from Lego bricks. This is a scaled-down version of Ai’s installation for his unprecedented 2014 exhibition on Alcatraz, which Times critic Christopher Knight called “an always poignant and often powerful meditation on deadly repressions of thought. and human feelings ”.
The Skirball Show is at the top of our weekend cultural offerings list for your visual consideration. All hours are peaceful.
In-person SoCal events
“Ai Weiwei: Trace”
The Lego portraits of the acclaimed artist and activist are on display in an 8,000-square-foot gallery lined with gold wallpaper, a design by Ai’s studio that transforms images of surveillance equipment into a decorative motif. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA Saturday through August 1 $ 7 – $ 12; children under 2 are free; Pre-timed entrance tickets required. skirball.org
Hear lost and found love stories, then contribute to one of your own in this interactive, site-specific audio adventure accessible via QR codes. Presented by the Rogue Artists Ensemble of Los Angeles as part of the 2021 One City One Pride LGBTQ Virtual Arts Festival in West Hollywood. Helmet required. Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. Available at all times during park opening hours, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday to June 30. Free. For those who cannot attend in person, a downloadable map is available to experience working remotely. Further details will be posted on rogueartists.org on Saturday.
Muck’s Jazz Festival 2021
This six-week musical showcase returns with a performance by western swing group Cow Bop. Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 W. Malvern Ave, Fullerton. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $ 35; season pass $ 150; prior purchase required. themuck.org
Doug Benson and Caroline Rhea are among the comics featured in a new edition of this rooftop stand-up display. NeueHouse Hollywood, 6121 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Friday. $ 40 and more; prior purchase required; 21 and over. neuehouse.com
“Family garden days”
The Gary Marshall Theater presents a family-friendly outdoor event featuring storytellers Ravi Kapoor, Julie Pearl and Jully Lee, as well as hands-on gardening and crafts. 4252 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank. 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; also from May 22 to 23. Sorry; reservations required. garrymarshalltheatre.org
Dudamel and the LA Phil Return to the Bowl
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic return to the Hollywood Bowl with a program that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No.3, “Eroica,” as well as barber’s favorite “Adagio for Strings” and the 2012 work of composer Jessie Montgomery “Starburst”. No tickets are available for the free in-person show, the first in a series for essential frontline workers. But the concert will also be televised live for free starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and will be available for 45 days on the Bowl’s website and on the YouTube page as well as on the LA Phil’s Facebook page. You can also listen to a simulcast on 91.5 KUSC-FM or on the station’s website.
“Walk against AIDS: living at home!”
George Takei, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter and Rita Moreno are among the famous faces attending this live online event from various locations including Central Park in New York and the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. 10 am Sunday. Release; donations accepted. aidswalk.net, cbsnews.com
“Look on the Rhine”
Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn and “Watchmen” actor Carla Gugino headline a reading of Lillian Hellman’s classic 1941 drama about the dangers of fascism. Part of the “Spotlight on Plays” series presented by Broadway’s Best Shows. 5 p.m. Thursday; available on request until 3 p.m. on Monday. $ 15. broadwaysbestshows.com
“Taisha paggett: com.pleats.we (dressing gown)”
paggett explores the line between characters and public and private spaces in this Zoom live marathon event that will feature the interdisciplinary dance artist living her life under 24-hour video surveillance within the confines of the REDCAT performance space for a whole week. Sunday 10:00 a.m. to May 23. Free. redcat.org
“Heartbeat of Mexico: Mariachi Fest”
Las Colibrí, Cindy Shea’s Mariachi Divas and Mariachi Espectacular are joined by student performers for this live concert presented by the Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University in Orange. 1 p.m. Saturday. Release; registration required. muscocenter.org
“Unite in the movement”
Dancers from the American Ballet Theater perform classical repertoire and contemporary works by choreographers Lauren Lovette and Darrell Grand Moultrie in a performance filmed in front of a live audience at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa in April. Available on request until May 26. $ 25 per household. (714) 556-2787. scfta.org
The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles and the UCLA Film & Television Archive join forces for a virtual screening of this classic 1939 melodrama starring icon of the golden age of Mexican cinema Fernando Soler. Presented with English subtitles; a question-answer follows. 4 p.m. Thursday; available on request until June 3. Free. Register on cinema.ucla.edu
“Nicholas, Anna and Sergei“
Pianist-performer Hershey Felder portrays Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff in this bio-musical. Available on request from 5 p.m. Sunday to May 23. $ 55 per household, with proceeds to benefit arts institutions including the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, the Laguna Playhouse, the Rubicon Theater Company in Ventura, and the Ensemble Theater Company in Santa Barbara.
“Gala 2021: Shine Bright”
Hosts Patti LuPone and members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale perform as part of the choir’s online fundraiser. 5 p.m. Sunday. $ 25 and more. lamasterchorale.org
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance is releasing this enhanced multimedia version of singer-songwriter Ted Hearne’s song cycle based on the dark, comedic poetry of Dorothea Lasky. Available on request from 7 p.m. on Saturday. Release. online.cap.ucla.edu
The North Hollywood’s Road Theater Company is showing a film version of Steve Yockey’s black comedy about the characters in an imaginary version of the Icelandic capital. On request from Friday to May 30. $ 25 for a 48 hour rental. roadtheatre.org
This lively recital series curated by Los Angeles Opera artist in residence Russell Thomas continues with a celebration of Latin composers. With soprano Vanessa Becerra, tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli, et al. 5 p.m. Friday. Release. laopera.org
“Presentation of KCRW x CAAM: a look at the” stated life “”
Taylor Renee Aldridge of the California African American Museum and Novena Carmel of KCRW discuss this CAAM exhibition of contemporary works exploring black spiritual beliefs. Also included: a DJ set by Carmel and live visuals provided by Club House Global. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Release. RSVP caamuseum.org
“Mare’ot / Mirrors”
The UCLA Lowell Milken Center for Music of the American Jewish Experience is co-presenting this concert live on Zoom featuring works by Lera Auerbach, Alyssa Weinberg and other contemporary composers of Jewish heritage. A live question-and-answer session follows. 5 p.m. Thursday. Release. Register on schoolofmusic.ucla.edu
“Bug Fair Connected”
Meet all manner of spooky critters in a virtual version of this annual family event presented by the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Release. RSVP on nhm.org
The South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival continues with a reading of playwright Charlie Oh’s tale of a Korean American family on the mother of all road trips. On request until Sunday; the festival ends on June 27. $ 19 each; festival pass for all five readings, $ 80. scr.org
Edendale Up Close Concerts
Pianist Mark Robson performs pieces by Poulenc and Scarlatti in a live Zoom recital. 2:30 p.m. Friday. Release. edendalelibraryupcloseconcerts.blogspot.com
The Morgan-Wixson Theater solo series of five solo shows continues with writer-performer Nancy Ma’s autobiographical fable about growing up in New York’s Chinatown. 8 p.m. Saturday. $ 15, $ 20. morgan-wixson.org
Writer-performer Tanya Thomas portrays a Singapore drag queen and other characters in this seriocomic solo show broadcast live from the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks. A question-answer follows. 6 p.m. Sunday; available for 72 hours. $ 15.99. tanyathomas.com, whitefiretheatre.com
“Celebrating 25 Years: The Tierney Sutton Band Jazz Americana”
The seasoned jazz singer and her band perform as part of the virtual season of Wallis’s Intimate Sorting Sessions. 7 p.m. Friday. $ 20; serial pass, $ 75. theWallis.org
“Love and magic”
The 24th Street Theater in Los Angeles’ online “Saturday Explorer Series” of live performances for children continues with Bennett Schneider sharing two tales from 19th century Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde; for children from 6 to 10 years old. 12:30 p.m. Saturday. $ 10; series pass $ 24. 24thstreet.org
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