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Culture Calendar: November 12 - 17

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, at 09:18AM
Mina Olivera Courtesy Mina Olivera

Mina Olivera in her one-woman show "LOL! Latina on the Loose"

Besides MOCA's nod to Los Angeles based artists, this week will see the politics of dancing, classic rock that that trips the light fandango, a Latina go wild, Randy Newman find a new way to say "I Love L.A.," and the Los Angeles Lakers build on a fast start. In other words, it's Showtime.

Friday

'Harps and Angels' Randy Newman's songlist is turned into a musical revue to tell a story of living the American experience. Previews began Wednesday night and it runs through December 22.

Ralph Lemon Cross Performance: ‘How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere’ Through November 14, Award-winning choreographer and artist Ralph Lemon presents the Los Angeles premiere of this new work that the L.A. Times calls "an intense and subtle piece". The performance comes from an eight-year collaboration with Walter Carter, a 102-year-old former sharecropper, carpenter and gardener from the Mississippi Delta. Through Nov 14 / 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

Casual Fridays: Mälkki conducts Mozart and Strauss: Mälkki conducts Turnage’s “Hammered Out” (a U.S premiere of a LAPA commission); plus Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” and Mozart’s ‘Violin Concerto No. 1, K. 207.’ Fri Nov 12 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

LOL! Latina on the Loose: Mina Olivera’s self-penned one woman show returns to the Los Angeles Theater Center for two performances this weekend, and two more next weekend. Opens Nov 12 8:30pm / Los Angeles Theater Center / 514 S. Spring

Calligraphy: Also at LATC, two cousins-one in Los Angeles and one in Tokyo—redefine themselves as they confront their mothers’ aging. Playwright Velina Hasu Houston explores an international family complicated by interracial marriage, feminism, and culture. Opens Nov 12 8pm/ Runs through Dec 12

JAZZ: Downtown Los Angeles' reputation as a jazz destination is growing, partly in thanks to Café Metropol (923 E. 3rd) and The Blue Whale (123 Astronaut E S Onizuka). That won't slow down with this Friday sampling of acts: Cabaret songstress Jesse Palter Quartet in Arts District's Café Metropol (8pm) and Larry Karush in Little Tokyo's The Blue Whale (9pm).

American Tapestry: 25 Stories From The Collection:The Japanese American National Museum celebrates its 25th anniversary with “American Tapestry,” an exhibition of selected artifacts formed into 25 stories symbolizing democracy and diversity. “American Tapestry: 25 Stories From the Collection” opens Friday November 12 with a Members Preview and Reception. It runs through April 12, 2011. Japanese American National Museum / 369 E. 1st

Saturday

‘Like A Surgeon Tour’ Pepper: As Pepper, Bret Bollinger, Kaleo Wassman, and Yesod Williams create a Kona-surf pop-punk sound, mixed with of dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop. Club Nokia / 800 W. Olympic

L.A. Kings vs. New York Islanders: A fast start by a very loose team may just make L.A. a hockey town yet. Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Politics of Dancing It was expected that Collage Dance Theatre's "Governing Bodies" would sell out. After all, dancing in City Hall just sounds so right. As expected, there was a solid review for last weeks benefit performance, and this weekend's 4pm first performance is sold out. Only a few tickets are left for the 9pm showing.

Procol Harum: Influential British baroque/art band Procol Harum, known for 1967’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” hits Broadway during a rare U.S tour. The Orpheum / 842 S. Broadway

L.A. Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns: Your Los Angeles Lakers are no longer undefeated, but are still hot. Then they play their Western Conference rival from Arizona this weekend. Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Tuesday

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ 2010 Tour: The show presents popular routines, and original pieces, with dancers and contestants from season 7. For those on a first name basis, you can expect to see Adéchiké, Ashley, Billy, Jose, Kent, Lauren, Robert as well as All Stars including, Ade, Allison, Courtney, Dominic and Kathryn; plus Russell from Season 6. Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Wednesday

Wunderbaum: Dutch theatre ensemble Wunderbaum premieres “Venlo.” The theatrical event was developed during a three-week REDCAT residency. “While Wunderbaum’s work is at times unpredictable, the ensemble’s genuine passion and heightened theatrical sensitivity have made it one of the most closely watched young collectives,” says REDCAT. REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

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