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As May comes to a close and summer officially begins with Memorial Day weekend, we have a smaller selection than usual, but still plenty to experience!

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Center Theatre Group continues its run of Immediate Family, a play about the Bryant family reunion which takes a comedic turn when the middle son brings home his Swedish boyfriend and tosses him into a stew of family dysfunctions. Enjoy this behind the scenes look at the cast as they explain a little more!

LA Phil has an exciting four day run of Falla & Flamenco with Dudamel in which Dudamel leads Falla’s flamenco-inspired masterpiece El amor brujo in a thrilling, choreographed production featuring the dancers of Siudy Garrido Ballet Flamenco. Enjoy pre-concert talks with Asadour Santourian. Then on Tuesday be sure to catch Next on Grand: Green Umbrella: John Adams Conducts. Come early for the pre-concert talk with Chad Smith.

On Friday and Saturday come to the REDCAT for CAP/Plaza de la Raza: UAC ETA TBD, a free performance created by the Youth Theater Program of the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and Plaza de la Raza. UAC ETA TBD, aka Undocumented Alien Children, Estimated Time of Arrival, To Be Determined, is the work of many hearts and minds including students, teachers, and those who shared their stories.

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Another full week with plenty of brilliant choices for entertainment over here!

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Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center brings Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza to the Ahmanson this weekend. Experience this internationally celebrated company from Mexico City and then stay for the post-show lounge featuring music selections provided by MOCHILLA DJ’s!

Center Theatre Group continues its run of Immediate Family, a play about the Bryant family reunion which takes a comedic turn when the middle son brings home his Swedish boyfriend and tosses him into a stew of family dysfunctions. Enjoy this interview with Tony Award® winning director Phylicia Rashad.

LA Phil presents four opportunities to see Dudamel Conducts Ravel including pre-concert talks with KUSC Host Alan Chapman, three Ravel hits in one evening, and special guest Jean-Yves Thibaudet who will also be signing CDs at the lobby entrance to the LA Phil Store. Then on Tuesday catch NEXT ON GRAND: Chamber Music Society: All-American featuring a complimentary pre-concert wine reception!

Los Angeles Master Chorale presents Music of Whitacre & Pärt on Saturday and Sunday including pre-show talks with Music Director Grant Gershon and KUSC Host Alan Chapman. As a teaser, enjoy this unique video project Whitacre created!

REDCAT presents CalArts Writers Showcase: Next Words in which the School of Critical Studies hosts its annual reading showcasing the graduating class of CalArts MFA Creative Writing Program. Then this weekend catch the conclusion of REDCAT’s International Children’s Film Festival.

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While Mother’s Day may be the most lovely highlight of this week, there’s also plenty happening here at The Music Center… even a few fine options on mom’s very own day!

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World City closes it’s 14/15 season with Kùlú Mèlé African Dance and Drum Ensemble, featuring their Afro-Cuban repertoire with rhythms such as rumba and dances with roots in the Yoruba religion and another by way of the Congo. With elements of international Hip-Hop and audience participation, Kùlú Mèlé will bring the joyous celebration of Cuban Carnival to LA!

Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of Immediate Family  at the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Tony Award® winner Phylicia Rashad. In case you missed it, here’s a wonderful editorial piece on Rashad’s role from the LA Times.

LA Phil presents the brilliant French vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants who have been at the forefront of Baroque performance practice since 1979. The week continues with several performances boasting the powerhouse trio of talents Dudamel, Bronfman & Brahms featuring pre-concert talks with Eric Bromberger.

REDCAT continues with it’s second weekend of the REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival. On Friday and Saturday night enjoy CalArts’ Next Dance Company compiling the school’s most accomplished performers and choreographers from the 2015 graduating class. On Tuesday catch Grammy-nominated and Alpert Award winning composer-pianist Vijay Iyer: Solo Piano.

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In addition to gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, we have quite a few things going on over here…

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LA Opera continues with performances of The Barber of Seville tonight and Saturday and has turned in some really favorable reviews including this one from Mark Swed at the L.A. Times.

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week, which challenges the audience with the question: how do we measure the value of our lives? Beautiful trailer here from CTG. Alternately, Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour comes to a close this Sunday at the Ahmanson to make way for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella opening Tuesday night! Do you have a dress for the ball?

LA Phil presents two chances to catch Dudamel’s New World, and an evening of a wonderful array of master piano works as played by Grammy-winning American pianist Murray Perahia in Recital. On Saturday as part of their World Music Series, the Walt Disney Concert Hall is presenting 20 Years of Freedom: Hugh Masekela & Vusi Mahasela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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Fact: We’re rushing forward with this year! Evidence: Daylight’s Savings Time begins this Sunday! Solution: Before you lose that hour, come on down to the Music Center and partake in one or more of our various venues presenting an array of visual and aural treats. (We’ve really packed it in this week!)

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LA Opera continues with a Sunday performance of The Barber of Seville. You know the music, but have you seen this much color on an opera stage? Check out this clip and then check your closet to see if you have anything half as colorful to wear to the Dorothy Chandler when you come see it!

Center Theatre Group continues its run of the provocative and classic drama The Price at the Mark Taper Forum this week, which challenges the audience with the question: how do we measure the value of our lives? Beautiful trailer here from CTG. Quite contrarily, Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye The Farewell Tour continues at the Ahmanson with the LA Times reviewing it as “…a mix of Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, the queen mother and a boxing kangaroo.”

LA Phil has a full plate of presentations this week:

  • Tonight catch Late Masterworks with András Schiff, in which the piano sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert are performed by one of the instrument’s reigning masters.
  • Thursday through Sunday offers Dudamel & Mahler 6, the dramatic and dark symphony complete with a massive wood box with an equally massive sledgehammer to realize Mahler’s famous “hammer blows.”
  • Saturday afternoon presents American Youth Symphony and a bill complete with Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and the premiere of Mavericks, a piece inspired by the legendary Mavericks surf break off the shore of Half Moon Bay in Northern California.
  • On Tuesday Gustavo Dudamel leads a program of Modern music in Green Umbrella: Dudamel Conducts

On Sunday, LAMC presents a concert built around the theme of ascension featuring the Los Angeles Chamber Choir with the LA Master Chorale in Los Angeles Master Chorale: Songs of Ascent.

REDCAT is filling their week with three entirely different events:

  • In tonight’s Judith Butler: Vulnerability and Resistance, the eminent American philosopher offers an opportunity to dig deeper during her third of four lectures in connection with her residency at the CalArts School of Critical Studies’ Aesthetics and Politics Program.
  • Thursday finds 21st-century acoustic chamber music, improvisation and free jazz performed by The Brad Dutz 4tet, a group which first came together at REDCAT 10 years ago.
  • And Friday, if you enjoyed Los Angeles Plays Itself, then don’t miss the opportunity to see Thom Andersen: The Thoughts That Once We Had, the filmmakers most recent film essay covering cinematic history and effused with Anderson lifelong love of the movies.

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A little bit of a quiet week with Thanksgiving and all, but still plenty of opportunities to bring your family out for some wonderful highlights at The Music Center!

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LA Phil has three presentations of Dudamel & Capuçon to choose from at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in addition to a one night only performance of Tony and Grammy toting Broadway legend Audra McDonald.

LA Opera continues it’s beautiful Florencia en el Amazonas with a performance this weekend.

Center Theatre Group continues it’s run of the 1960s farce What the Butler Saw at the Mark Taper Forum.

Ongoing daily throughout the week and all the way through to March is the ASCAP: One-Hundred Years and Beyond exhibit in the Library of Congress Ira Gershwin Gallery at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public!

See you at the Center and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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It may be a short week after the long holiday weekend, but our calendar is jam packed with amazing shows and events you don’t want to miss.  Here’s the rundown…

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It’s the last week to see Center Theatre Group‘s production of The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.   Showing every night this week, see it and start your own Summertime off right!

Seeing Plácido Domingo in LA Opera‘s Thais is an absolute MUST and there are just a few performances left!  See it this Thursday! 

Catch the grand finale of LA Phil‘s Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy with Gustavo Dudamel conducting on Saturday afternoon.

Celebrate LA’s next generation of artists at REDCAT’s Studio series.  This Saturday night, see six intriguing investigations in dance, theater, music and multimedia performance.

And shimmy yourself over to Cumbia Night this Friday at a special Dance Downtown in Grand Park

See you at The Center!