Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 01.28.11
Through Jan. 31. This comprehensive show at the Museum of Contemporary Art looks at the works of 146 artists who have shaped the art scene in Los Angeles since MOCA’s founding 30 years ago. The event features exhibitions at MOCA Grand Avenue as well as the Geffen Contemporary in Little Tokyo. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Geffen Contemporary (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.626.6222. moca.org
Jan. 27–30. Contemporary art fair with 70 international blue-chip and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries. Participants showcase some of the most dynamic recent works from their roster of represented artists, offering an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. Jan. 27 8:30–10:30 pm; Jan. 28–29 11 am–7 pm; Jan. 30 11 am–6 pm. $18–$28. Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 323.851.7530 Map L9 artlosangelesfair.com
Jan. 29-30. Select local museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science— open their doors wide and invite in visitors free of charge. Participating museums include MOCA, California Science Center, Hammer Museum, Museum of Tolerance and many more. www.museumsla.org/news.asp
Jan. 27-30. Like a darker, sexier, not-really-for-kids version of Cirque du Soleil, Los Angeles-based performance troupe Cirque Berzerk moves into downtown’s Club Nokia for a residency featuring its unique brand of performance art. Since its inception five years ago at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, Cirque Berzerk’s show has blended cabaret, vaudeville and circus acts; the talented cast features acrobats, contortionists, singers, fire breathers and dancers, trapeze artists and aerialists. The performers are accompanied by live music from co-founder and “ringmaster” Kevin Bourque, and gothic-tinged stage sets and costumes add to the otherworldly ambience. The troupe debuts a brand-new performance during its residency; previous productions have included Beneath, an interpretation of the Greek myth of Orpheus. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.480.3232 Map I15 www.clubnokia.com
Through Feb. 20. TRACES combines awe-inspiring acrobatics with infectious urban energy. Seven performers deliver dazzling, gravity-defying displays of skill, dance, and acrobatic brilliance. 7 Fingers, a French Canadian company, puts on the show and are known for pioneering a new brand of circus. TRACES was a runaway hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007 and now it’s coming to Los Angles for the very first time. 8 p.m. Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, 800.982.ARTS(2787). www.themontalban.com
Through Jan. 30. This spectacle created by one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, is staged under the “White Big Top” in downtown Burbank. The show is a combination of equestrian arts, visual effects, live music, dance and acrobatics. It involves 50 horses and 33 performers, including riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers and musicians. Cavalia visited Los Angeles for the first time in 2004, and it played to sold-out houses. Since the original production debuted in 2003 in Quebec, Canada, Cavalia has been enjoyed by more than 2.5 million people. 777 N. Front St., Burbank, 866.999.8111. www.cavalia.net
Jan. 28-30. Three scintillating concerts mix electronic and high-tech sound events with extraordinary instrumental pieces by Iannis Xenakis, the legendary pioneer of music and architecture. $25/$20 students. REDCAT | Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 West 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800. www.redcat.org
Jan. 27-29. Storied punk band from the OC takes the stage at the Hollywood Palladium for three nights. The group is on tour to support their newest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. 6215 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.7600.
Jan. 28-30. Known for consistently challenging perceptions of ballet and modern dance, Brazil’s Grupo Corpo (literally translated to “Body Group”) incorporates a broad range of elements, from minimalism and rootsy modernity to vigorous pop and urban sounds. The Music Center debut includes the inventive and athletic new piece, sure to astound audiences with its contagious energy. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 www.musiccenter.org
Jan. 29. Luminario Ballet dancers interpret the setting: a 19th century German village countryside in winter and bring to life the story of heartbreak, nature, and introspection, to compliment the beauty of the quec played by Le Salon de Musiques’s Francois Chouchan on piano and Christopher Herbert, baritone. 8 p.m. Tickets $40/$20 students. First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica. www.angelesconcertsartists.com/ballet.asp
Jan 27-28; 30-Feb. 4. Enjoy gastronomic gems from restaurants such as Beechwood, Inn at the Seventh Ray, Hungry Cat, Buchon, Nobu, Michael’s, Comme Ca and more, for a fraction of the price. Some 297 of the city’s top restaurants offer specially priced three-course tasting menus for both lunch and dinner. www.dineLA.com/RestaurantWeek
Opens Jan. 28. North Hollywood 1920s bank space gets a new gastropub that features gourmet and diverse bar cuisine with a wide selection of micro brews, bourbons, scotches and wine. 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, 818.980.2555.
Sundays. Stop into Royal/T for a playful weekly dining series that combines the best of electronic beats, bubbles, and brunch fare at Culver City’s premier art space, retail store, and Japanese “cosplay” maid café. Pop open a bottle of Veuve du Varnay Brut Champagne ($28), or indulge in bottomless mimosas for $12 when you order a brunch special like eggs benedict; salmon croque madame; and salade niçoise with seared ahi, green beans, quail egg, and olives. Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.559.6300. www.royal-t.org
Saturdays. Don’t expect Kraft singles at The Mercantile’s weekly affair. Sink your teeth into creations such as Sottocenere Truffle Cheese, Roasted Onions, and Chives; Twice-baked Panini with Cheddar Cheese, Mashed Potato, Chives & Bacon Bits; a Croque Madame with Gruyere, Ham, Bechamel, and a Sunny Egg; and one with Scharfe Maxx, Apples, and Walnuts; and many more. 6600 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.8202. www.themercantilela.com
Sundays. Wind down the weekend at District On Sunset with a $35, 3-course prix-fixe dinner. The menu that changes weekly features selections made from Farmers Market ingredients. District On Sunset, 6600 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.962.8200. www.districtonsunset.com
Previews begin Jan. 30. Jane Fonda reprises her Broadway role in this five-time Tony Award-nominated play at the Ahmanson Theatre. Leading a cast that includes Samantha Mathis and Colin Hanks, Fonda plays a music scholar with a terminal diseast trying to unravel a mystery about the Beethoven compositions of the play’s title. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4400.
Through Feb. 13. In this one-man show at the Mark Taper Forum downtown, a unique take on theatrical memoir, much-lauded actor John Lithgow lovingly reinterprets a selection of tales passed down in his family from storytellers including P.G. Wodehouse and Ring Lardner. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16