Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 04.08.11
Music + Dance
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
April 8–17. As Ailey’s groundbreaking work Revelations celebrates five decades, the renowned dance troupe alights on Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for 10 performances. Each show is a mix of premieres and classic productions culminating with Revelations, a tribute to African American religious music. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16
April 9. Philadelphia native G. Love has been a staple in the music industry for the past decade. His latest release, Fixin’ To Die, produced by The Avett Brothers, is a mix of bluesy originals and reimagined classics. During his acoustic show at the GRAMMY Museum, G. Love will perform family-friendly songs for the audience to enjoy–singing and dancing is encouraged! This program is open to all ages. $10, 5 and under free. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown, 213.765.6803 Map I15 www.grammymuseum.org
April 8. Son of the illustrious Woody Guthrie and current patriarch of folk music’s most notable family, Arlo Guthrie returns to UCLA Live with his Journey On tour featuring his son Abe Guthrie and folk-rock trio The Burns Sisters. Guthrie’s performances are always tinged with humor, warmth and his endearing and often meandering storytelling style that continues to charm audiences of all ages. With his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator, Guthrie has maintained a dedicated fan base that spans the globe. UCLA Live, Royce Hall, UCLA Campus, Westwood, 310.825.2101. www.uclalive.org
April 9. Best known as the lead singer and songwriter for the seminal American art-rock band Throwing Muses, Kristin Hersh brings the American debut of Rat Girl live to the Getty, as part of the Saturday Nights at the Getty series. This solo spoken-word and musical performance draws from Hersh’s life as a teenager wrestling with issues of mental illness, creativity, teenage pregnancy, and the pressures of sudden fame. Combining film, music, and excerpts from her acclaimed memoir, the show is an intense, moving, and original experience. Free. Reservations required. Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 getty.edu
April 10. The salon of LA’s most renowned chamber music performers continues its season with a concert featuring a concert of Schubert’s Trio in B flat Major D 581 and Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor K 516, which is followed by a one-hour interactive discussion between the musicians and the audience where they share ideas, concepts and impressions about the music performed, while enjoying French Champagne and a gourmet buffet. $65. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 310.498.0257. www.lesalondemusiques.com
April 12. In a rare and wonderful event, have an intimate dinner with Asia de Cuba executive chef Philip Dubose and watch as he prepares and teaches you how to create seasonal dishes and ADC classics such as the Havanna Roll, Char Sui Short Rips and Whole Branzino. After the preparation, dine on a thre-course prix-fixe paired with wine, consisting of the dishes you learned to prepare. $95/pp. Reservations required. Asia de Cuba, Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel, 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6000.
April 8-10. What wine would you pair with a Strawberry-Blueberry pie? At Pie & Wine, Vintage Enoteca teams up with All Jarred Up (Etsy-selling sweets company specializing in travel-sized pies & treats baked in reusable mason jars) to pair their pies-in-a-jar with wine. The tasting features three, 4-oz mason jars full of homemade pie by All Jarred Up, expertly paired with three unique wines from Vintage Enoteca. $30/pp. 7554 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.512.5278. vintageenoteca.com
Weekends beginning April 9. Suzanne Goin teams up with her business partner and Sommelier Caroline Styne to offer a seasonal menu of main dishes and sides that includes Toasted Brioche with Gruyère, Prosciutto, Frisée and Egg; Duck Confit and Wild Mushroom Hash with Poached Eggs and Aged Balsamic; and Hangar Steak and Eggs over Artichoke Hash with Black Olive Hollandaise. Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations recommended. A.O.C., 8022 West 3rd St., L.A., 323.653.6359. www.aocwinebar.com
April 9. BREADBAR’s new “POPCHEF” series features an array of culinary workshops and events inviting talented chefs from across the city. At Saturday’s Soba Workshop, author and respected soba maker Sonoko Sakai shows noodle aficionados how to create healthy and flavorful soba noodles made from organic stone-milled Dattan and Japanese buckwheat flours. The three-hour session will teach participants how to knead and hand-cut the perfect Nihachi noodle, and will end with a soba tasting of four varieties paired with Wataribune sake and buckwheat tea for students. The small plates will include a Zaru Soba with two dipping sauces; Soba with Jidori Chicken, Chives, and Yuzu in a Hot Broth; Soba with a medley of Vegetables; and dessert of Agar Agar Jelly with Fruit. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Japan Sake Organization Relief Fund. $125/pp. Reservations required. BREADBAR West Third, 8718 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.205.0124. www.breadbar.net
Continuing. This straight-from-Broadway comedy, the 2009 Tony Award winner for Best Play, is re-created in an exclusive engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre downtown. It reunites an outstanding cast featuring Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16
Through May 1. This international touring production, directed by Tony Award® winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane), and originally mounted by Druid theatre company of Galway, Ireland, has already racked up awards in New York, the UK and Ireland. This international touring production, directed by Tony Award® winner Garry Hynes (Beauty Queen of Leenane), and originally mounted by Druid theatre company of Galway, Ireland, has already racked up awards in New York, the UK and Ireland. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 213.628.2772.
Continuing. A high-class call girl challenges the limits of a liberally minded family. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood Village, 310.208.5454 Map J10
Through May 1. Romantic drama about a choreographer who, after losing her best friend in an accident, is visited by his brother in the middle of the night. This passionate modern classic, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson (Talley’s Folly), features original music by Peter Golub, and is directed by Nicholas Martin (Dead End at the Ahmanson, The House of Blue Leaves at the Taper). Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16
Through Apr. 24. The Vs. Theatre Company explores what would happen if you were suddenly faced with the now-or-never chance to leave your spouse for your lover, with no messy strings attached. Michelle Clunie (Queer as Folk) and Johnny Clark star in the L.A. premiere of The Mercy Seat, Neil LaBute’s caustically funny examination of opportunism in the wake of tragedy. Set on Sept. 12, 2001, The Mercy Seat attempts to “examine the ‘ground zero’ of our lives…the painful, simplistic warfare we often wage on the hearts of those we profess to love,” wrote LaBute. Tickets $20/$12, students/seniors. [Inside] the Ford, Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3673. fordtheatres.org
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