It’s unofficially summer and that means it’s officially the season of weekends on steroids.
Go Go’ers, start your fun engines.
Let There be Light
In 1983, the Temporary Contemporary opened on the edge of Little Tokyo. Available Light opened the Temporary Contemporary.
The opening of the museum (now the Geffen/MOCA) also, arguably, opened up Downtown Los Angeles as a destination for those who weren’t opera lovers, punks or florists.
Tonight and Saturday, a new iteration of the iconic collaboration between choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams, and architect Frank Gehry opens at Walt Disney Concert Hall, presented by the L.A. Phil and Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center.
The taped score by Adams returns but Childs has “re-imagined” her choreography for the troupe of twelve dancers. Gehry’s set designs are new and are framed by the concert hall he designed and which has also made DTLA a destination.
Friday night only — there’s also a Saturday performance — Childs, Adams and Gehry will discuss the metamorphosis of the piece in the post-performance Available Light – Creators in Conversation. If you have a ticket, it’s free.
You’ll want to make sure you have that ticket.
AVAILABLE LIGHT — Fri, June 5 & Sat, June 6 at 8pm. $27.50 – $137.50 — Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, LA 90012. For tix and more info, go HERE.
Not Your Mama’s Fringe
Fringe – not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme. (e.g. “fringe theater”)
“Fringe” is stock in trade for the avant-garde group at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater. So when they have a fringe fest, they are not kidding around.
Gird your loins, hold on to your hats and brace yourself for the 1st Annual Zombie Joe’s Underground Fringe Fest.
Think of it as four weekends of extreme.
In addition to Urban Death, ZJU’s signature horror production that has critics swooning (in more ways than one), the fest’s opening weekend includes an alt-Othello set in the 1980’s fashion world. Additional productions debuting in the weeks ahead include Hellion Loop, The Many Adventures of Don Juan and The Bereaved.
Clearly, this is not your jolly comedy fringe fest.
Tickets are (or will be) available online for all productions except for the third show opening this weekend: Jaguar Bennett’s How to Be Wicked: The Easy Course for Beginners.
Go Go’ers, it’s never too late for self-improvement.
ZOMBIE JOE’S UNDERGROUND FRINGE FESTIVAL — Fri, June 5 – Sun, June 28; various times. $15 — ZJU Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Blvd, NoHo 91601. Tix & more info HERE.
So Many Kinds of Epic
The situation: proud family members pour into town for your kid’s/niece’s/brother’s graduation.
The dilemma: after the speeches, the diplomas, the leis and the fancy dinner, the weekend with relatives stretches ahead like the Sahara Desert.
You need an entertaining event with multi-generational appeal and you need it now.
The solution: on Saturday and Sunday nights, the acclaimed Angel City Chorale, led by co-founder/Artistic Director Sue Fink, presents EPIC – Blockbuster music from video games and film.
Songs in the family friendly spring concert have been chosen from video games World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy VIII, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Tetris and will be performed in multiple languages including Russian, Latin, Italian, and Swahili.
Also, Dovahzul, the Dragon Language.
The cinematic portion of the evening includes pieces from Frozen, Cinema Paradiso, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Additionally, the ACC’s male singers will be interpreting the theme song from the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles.
Yes…something for everyone.
EPIC – BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC FROM VIDEO GAMES & FILM — Sat, June 6 & Sun, June 7 at 7pm. $30 advance/$35 atd — Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90010. Tix and more info HERE.
Be There. Dance Square.
On May 1st, Lincoln Heights cultural locus HM 157 (a.k.a. Historical Monument 157) suffered a devastating fire that wiped out their back yard including their performance space.
Their solution? “Let’s dance!”
Square dance, that is.
Talented and supportive friends — the award-winning Triple Chicken Foot folk band & square dance caller Susan Michaels — are coming to HM 157’s aid this Sunday with The Barn Raiser Square Dance benefit.
Worth noting: it’s the Foot’s “next to last public gig”.
Not that you needed another reason to attend beside artistic altruism.
Also on the bill: in the Perfectly Paired category, Saw Mama and her cool tool band will perform at the barn raiser. To be clear, she’s a musician, not a carpenter.
Sign up now and for a nominal fee, you too can learn how to play the musical saw from this pro who undoubtedly gives new meaning to the concept of “shredding”.
In addition to the do si do, the family-and-“nice dog”-friendly evening will also feature an interactive Fauxpets puppet show plus performances by HM 157 residents Josephine Johnson and Americana artist Gwendolyn, both of whom lost their domiciles in the fire.
Community stalwart Angel City Brewery is donating the beer; HM 157 is dishing the BBQ and Shelly Martin is baking the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; all sales benefit the restoration.
C’mon, let’s raise the roof.
THE BARN RAISER SQUARE DANCE — Sun, June 7 at 6pm. $10 entry — HM 157, 3110 N Broadway, LA 90031. More info HERE.
More Weekend Go Go Fun!
Lummis Day — 3 Days! 5 locations! 10th anniversary! Fri 6/5 – Sun 6/7
Chocolate and Art Show — Bands! Food! DJs! Free stuff! Fri 6/5 & Sat 6/6
Make Music Pasadena — 150 acts! 30 stages! FREE! Sat 6/6
Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour — Artist studios! Cycling! Bao! Sat 6/6
1st Ever Los Angeles Bread Festival — Butter aerobics! Tortilla making! Sourdough starter! Sat 6/6 & Sun 6/7
Theatricum Botanicum — “Americana” summer season starts! Shakespeare al fresco! Dinner buffets in the gardens! — Sat 6/6 – Sun 9/27
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….