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A Peek At The Week in Culture Around Downtown

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, November 05, 2010, at 11:33AM
Governing Bodies Andre Andreev

City Hall becomes the stage for the dancers with "Governing Bodies" premiering Saturday night.

Here are some of the events Downtown will have for your personal cultural enhancement.


SCREAM Festival: Melding real-time animation and generative electronic sound within the legacy of cybernetics, NoiseFold performs a suite of selected movements in its live cinema works “nFold 1.0,” “ALCHIMIA,” and “Neu_Blooms.” Noisefold / Fri Nov 5 7pm / REDCAT. 631 W. 2nd redcat.org_

Corella Ballet Castilla y León Dance: In their second appearance in North America, the vibrant emerging ballet company will present; “Soleá” choreographed by flamenco dancer and choreographer María Pagés and performed by Ángel and Carmen Corella; “DGV” and “For 4” by Christopher Wheeldon; “Bruch Violín Cocerto Nº 1” by the award-winning Clark Tippet; and “Clear” by Stanton Welch. Fri Nov 5 7:30pm / Through Nov 7 / Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand

Alan Jackson: Judging by the amount of comments at our ticket offer, there are more than enough people willing to, as David Markland suggests, to find the "biggest belt buckle" that can be worn and head toward L.A. Live. Alan Jackson gets back on his straightforward honky-tonk tour horse with Chris Young and the band Perry.Fri Nov 5 7pm / Nokia Theatre L.A. Live / 111 Chick Hearn Ct.

Heras-Casado Conducts Stravinsky: Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu wrote his composition “riverrun” in 1984 for Peter Serkin and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. That 20th Century piece is included on Disney Concert Hall's program with Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” and “Concerto for Piano and Winds.” Opening the night is Debussy’s “Jeux.” The Los Angeles Philharmonic will be conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, with Peter Serkin on piano. Fri Nov 5 11am / Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand, Also Sat, Nov 6 at 8pm & Sun, Nov 7 at 2pm


“Governing Bodies”: Heidi Duckler and her Collage Dance Theater collaborators are urban explorers who use the city as a dance partner. In 2009, they took on the corner of 7th and Figueroa, where dancers wrapped themselves in blue fabric for “Material World.” While we may never see an ode to Target at that Downtown location, their current project promises to be a powerful presentation.

For its 25th anniversary season, Collage will interpret City Hall with literal narrative in “Governing Bodies.” Stodgy location, you may think? Not when you consider the emotions in politics, or the dramatic environment of L.A.’s 1928 City Hall.

While opening night is pricey, it is almost sold out. A $100 ticket includes a pre-show champagne reception at 6:30pm and a $250 ticket offers a post-performance benefit gala and dinner. Performances on November 13 are priced at a much more accessible $25 and $40. Opening Night Gala / Sat Nov 6 7:30pm / City Hall / 200 N.Spring

Top of the Dome 7: Top of the Dome 7 is an annual exhibition at Crewest in celebration of Dia de los Muertos. The featured artist is George Yepes. On view through November 28, 2010. Sat Nov 6 / 6 to 9pm / Crewest, 110 Winston

Groovy Rednecks: Country-rock for those "who don't like country music" says Groovy Rednecks lead singer Tex Troester. Also with The Runnin’ Kind and The Country Sausage Grinder. Sat Nov 6 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

Studio: Fall 2010 Studio: Fall 2010 offers audiences a list of offbeat performance works in dance, theater, music and multimedia. Guest curated by Mira Kingsley and Alexandro Segade, this edition of Studio features six original works by Kristin Erickson (a.k.a. Kevin Blech-dom), Marina Magalhães, Prumsodun Ok, Peres Owino, David Poznanter, and Anna Beatrice Scott. Sat Nov 6 & Sun Nov 7 8:30pm / REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd

Persepolis LA: MOCA presents the first recreation of Lannis Xenakis’ ‘Polytope de Persepolis’ originally performed as the opening event of the 1971 Shiraz Festival in Iran. Recreated especially for this L.A. performance. In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Iannis Xenakis: Composer,Architect, Visionary’ at MOCA Pacific Design Center. Sat Nov 6 6pm / Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring


Los Angeles Master Chorale: French Connections Music Director Grant Gershon, shares French masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th Century by conducting the Master Chorale in Durufle’s “Four Motets on Gregorian Themes,” Josquin’s “Missa Beata Virgine,” “Janequin’s “16th Century French Chansons” and Ravel’s “Trois Chansons.” The intimate all-French a cappella program will be presented with subtitles. Sun Nov 7 7pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand


Grammy Museum Talks: "Elektra60 With Jac Holzman" will have label founder Jac Holzman, Warner Bros. exec Joe Smith and Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek talk about the rise of Elektra. Now celebrating its 60th Anniversary, the label that was first stocked with folk and blues musicians, grew when Holzman signed up acts that fell under the psychedelic rock wave of the 60s, like The Doors. Then on Tuesday, November 9, 8pm, The Grammy Museum offers "An Evening With Jimmie Vaughan." Blues rock guitarist Vaughan talks about his career and the release of “Blues, Ballads, and Favorites,” his first studio album in nine years. Mon Nov 8 8pm / The Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic


Artist Receptions: While Bert Green holds an opening reception for Laurie Hassold, Jocelyn Marsh, and Aardvark Letterpress Los Angeles Loteria, Edgar Varela Fine Arts will have an opening reception “Fashion Island,” a solo exhibition by Samantha Magowan. Two galleries. One address. Wed Nov 10 / Bert Green Fine Art + Edgar Varela Fine Arts / 102 W. 5th

Los Angeles Comedy Festival: Gallagher The comedian most famous for smashing watermelons comes to Downtown as part of the Los Angeles Comedy Festival. Word is that the front row is safe, Gallagher will leave his sledgehammer home. Wed Nov 10 8pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic


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