L.A. Weekend Roundup 03.11.11

Weekend Roundup

Find the best Los Angeles things to do for the weekend of 03.11.11

Gustavo DudamelEVENTS
Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky

Through March 13. Tchaikovsky held Shakespeare in the highest esteem. He even tried learning English so he could read the Bard in the original. As the result of his passion, Tchaikovsky composed three single-movement orchestral fantasies or overtures inspired by Shakespeare plays – Hamlet, The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet. At these performances each of these works are preceded by selections from the plays, with Orlando Bloom as Romeo, Anika Noni Rose as Juliet, Malcolm McDowell as Prospero, and Matthew Rhys as Hamlet. Kate Burton serves as director, as well as host for the LA Phil LIVE broadcast on March 13, will be simulcast to movie theatres across the U.S. and Canada. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 laphil.com

Philip Glass at LACMAPhilip Glass at LACMA

March 12. Hailed as “The most powerful composer of our time…” Philip Glass returns to LACMA for an intimate afternoon of conversation and music from his opera, Akhnaten. Glass will be discussing his acclaimed opera about the Pharaoh Akhnaten with Long Beach Opera Music Director Andreas Mitisek, along with excerpts performed by singers of the Long Beach Opera. Akhnaten completes the trilogy of portrait operas began with Einstein on the Beach and continued with Satyagraha. Einstein—the man of science; Gandhi—the man of politics; Akhnaten—the man of religion. Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. www.lacma.org

Turns of the Screw: Haunting Visions in the ArtsTurns of the Screw: Haunting Visions in the Arts

March 12. Immerse yourself in ghost stories, obsessions and forbidden knowledge during a day of lectures, guided gallery discussions, and a voice and piano recital. James Conlon, Richard Seaver Music Director of LA Opera, joins Museum staff and guest scholars for an exploration of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, which runs March 12-30 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 getty.edu

Accomplice: HollywoodAccomplice: Hollywood

Saturdays. Part game, part theater, part tour. Using the sprawling backdrop of Hollywood as its stage, it all begins with a phone call disclosing a secret meeting location. Armed with a few initial bits of information, participants are sent on a mission, aided by clues and mysterious cast members strewn throughout various locations such as street corners, bars, iconic landmarks and out of the way spots. Audiences in groups of up to 10 traverse the city streets, piecing together clues of a meticulously crafted plot. $65. www.accomplicetheshow.com/details-hollywood

Angel City Art & Beer GardenEat | Drink
Angel City Art & Beer Garden

March 11-13. Sip on handcrafted brews in a fun and festive outdoor setting brimming with live music, works from local artists and food truck fare. Angel City Brewing officially moves to it’s first downtown LA location (across the street from the beer garden) March 17, which features a brewery, bar and shop. Fri. 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. noon-1 a.m. 216 South Alameda St., downtown.

Louise's Wine-Down WeekendsLouise’s Wine-Down Weekends

Fridays and Saturdays. Celebrate the weekend with half priced bottles of select wines all day Friday and Saturday. Louise’s Trattoria Brentwood, Larchmont Village, Los Feliz, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Studio City and West LA. Louises.com


March 12. Dance-electroic music fest features live acts such as Simian Mobile Disco, Fake Blood, Destructo, The Juan Maclean and more. Club Nokia, 800 West Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.7000. hardfest.com


March 11. The infamous 90s party returns after a 4-hear hiatus. Whether you were an “MMM-Bopper'” or “Hotsteppa’,” getting down like the “No Rain” butterfly or the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” teenagers, or rocking EMF or the KLF, there was something spinning in your Disc Man that is getting a second chance. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Central SAPC, 1348 14th St., Santa Monica, 310.451.5040. www.centralsapc.com


March 12-30. Benjamin Britten’s opera based on Henry James’ 19th-century ghost story makes its premiere at L.A. Opera. Star soprano Patricia Racette takes the leading role of the Governess, supported by tenor William Burden and sopranos Tamara Wilson and Ashley Emerson. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16 laopera.com

In Mother WordsTHEATER

Through May 1. When some of contemporary theater’s most talented voices – including Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley, Peabody Award winner Theresa Rebeck and two-time Steinberg/ATCA New Play award finalist Michele Lowe — tackle the subject of motherhood, the result is an eyeopening, hilarious and irresistible night of theater. More than a dozen of today’s best playwrights come together to share their personal stories on one of the most universal themes. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. www.geffenplayhouse.com

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