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Downtown Culture: The Week Ahead

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, at 02:53PM
IMG_2159 David Markland [Flickr]

Pershing Square's Downtown On Ice is open every day until January 17th.

It is a weekend that has outdoor ice skating opening, opera with Wagner's "Bridal Chorus", Native-Americans dancing, thirteen rockabilly guitarists ready to rumble, the arrival of suburban angst in rock musical form, academic musings of fading billboards, and a Fall flurry of stand-up comedy.

THURSDAY

Downtown On Ice 2010: Downtown’s oldest outdoor ice is back, offering skating seven days a week through January 17. While The Rockettes were kicking-it with the Mayor for Thursday’s opening ceremony, the park’s entertainment offerings continue through the holiday season.

The Winter Concert Series begins Friday night at 8pm with Who Revue, a tribute to The Who, first in a Friday night series of tribute bands. Sunday afternoon series' Swing, Salsa and Blues opens with Bobby Matos at 2pm.

Time on the ice is $6, with skate rentals an additional $2. The rink will be open Monday through Thursday, Noon to 10pm; Friday and Sunday, 10am to 10pm. Opens Thu Nov 18 / Pershing Square / 532 S. Olive

FRIDAY

'Gianni Schicchi' + 'Three Decembers': The USC Thornton Opera Program and the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra opened their opera season Wednesday with “families in crisis.” Puccini’s messy family debacle, “Gianni Schicchi,” is performed with the Los Angeles premiere of Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers,” a devastating story that deals (with humor) the developing AIDS crisis, acceptance of the gay lifestyle, extra-marital relationships, and forgiveness. (Rated PG-13 for language and mature content.) Runs Fri Nov 19 8pm, Sun, Nov 21, 2pm / Bing Theatre, USC University Park Campus

David Zaslof + Rudy Moreno: Two shows are on tap at the Downtown Comedy Club for Friday. The 8pm show has Ellis Thomas, Brett Walkow and Rick Shapiro open for jazz musican-comedian David Zasloff. At 9pm, Bronson Jones, Julian Axelrod, Michelle Buteau and Francisco Ramos lead into headliner Rudy Moreno. An 8pm Saturday show features Brian Moote. Fri Nov 19 8pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

Aziz Ansari: Maybe you know him as Tom Haverford on NBC’s "Parks and Recreation," or the tweeter behind #predictingkanyetweets. Either way, actor-comedian Aziz Ansari brings his stand-up 'raaandy-ness' to Downtown's Orpheum Theater. Fri Nov 17 7pm / Sat Nov 18 10pm / The Orpheum 842 S. Broadway

‘Reel to Reel’: Screening of “Reel to Reel: Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?”, the documentary on the singer-songwriter that features footage and audio clips of Nilsson himself interspersed with interviews with his friends and colleagues. A discussion with director-writer-producer John Scheinfeld and producer David Leaf follows. Fri Nov 19 8pm / The Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic

Kelis: Kelis has been on the cusp of complete Diva standing since her 2007 Contemporary R&B Album Grammy nomination. She will get there. Also appearing, Hercules and Love Affair. Fri Nov 19 9pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

13 Guitar Rumble . . . is a band who assemble to play in honor of the late Link Wray, the guitarist who brought the power chord to surf, twang, and rockabilly. Friday night will see this gathering of L.A. musicians perform selections from Wray’s catalog, ending with the thirteen guitarists cramming on the stage to play “Rumble” all together, as one. That is why the group, an all-star team of rockabilly musicians, is called 13 Guitar Rumble. The night begins with Slacktone and 3 Balls of Fire. Fri Nov 19 9pm / Redwood Bar and Grill / 316 W. 2nd

SATURDAY

Native American Heritage Month Event: A free day of family programming showcases the Native American dance company Red Thunder in the outdoor Amphiteatre at Disney Concert Hall. Dressed in authentic regalia with vibrant feathers, intricate beadwork, handmade jewelry and headdresses, Red Thunder brings to life the heritage of the Plains Indians. The program will highlight music, song, and traditional dance while re-telling the stories that have been passed through generations. Tickets are free on a first-come basis at Grand and 2nd. Ticket distribution for the 11am performance begins at 10am. Ticket distribution for the 12:30pm performance begins at 11am. For more information, call 213-972-4396. Sat Nov 20 11am, 12:30pm / W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Mira Schor: Paintings From The Nineties To Now The first major survey of Schor’s work to be shown in Los Angeles traces a narrative of her work since the early 90s to the present. An opening reception for the artist will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition runs through January 9. CB1 Gallery / 207 W. 5th

Lohengrin: L.A. Opera opens a six show run of Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin. Directed by James Conlon with Ben Heppner in the title role, the production features the company debuts of two other noted Wagnerian artists: Kristinn Sigmundsson (King Heinrich) and Soile Isokoski (Elsa). Dolora Zajick makes her title debut as the schemining Ortrud. James Johnson appears as the Telramund. Opens Sat Nov 20 6:30pm / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

Lisa Lampanelli: Comedian Lisa Lampanelli, aka the Queen of Mean, welcomes you to listen to her view on life, men, and whatever else comes to mind. Or you could become the subject. For those who dare to sit in the front row, you may be singled out as comedy fodder. Not unlike Don Rickles, Lampanelli can find a target and sling arrows at the ego, stopping just before the bleeding starts. Sat Nov 20 8pm 10:30pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

SUNDAY

Le Salon de Musiques The chamber music series returns for the second of eight appearances at the Music Center to perform Schubert’s String Quintet opus posthume 163 in C Major. Music is followed by a talk with treats. Sun Nov 21 4pm / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor / 135 N. Grand

Comedy Show (Opening Night): The Bordello Bar takes a break from bodacious burlesque to host a night of stand-up and sketch comedy. "It’s a little sexy & a lotta funny" says Bordello Bar’s Facebook page. The opening line-up of comedians: Maria Bamford, Jimmy Pardo, Shannon Hatch and Dave Ross. The show also features a musical line-up with A Kiss from Daddy, and The Brothers Brothers Band. Opening night is free. __Sun Nov 21 8pm / Bordello / 901 E. 1st

MONDAY

Bryn Terfel in Recital Bryn Terfel is a luminary of the opera world and “the captivating Welshman with the rich, burnished voice” performing a wide-ranging solo recital. With Malcom Martineau on piano. Nov 22 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

‘Next to Normal’: Arriving straight from Broadway, The Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical opens at the Ahmanson. Alice Ripley, who won one of the three Tony Awards bestowed on the rock-like musical, will reprise her role as Diana, a suburban housewife and mother with bipolar disorder. Runs through January 2 / Nov 23 / Ahmanson Theatre / 135 N. Grand

'Thom Andersen: Out of the Car and into the Music of the Streets': Three works take you through Los Angeles, 2009, and Munich, 1967/1968. Thom Andersen’s new film “Get Out of the Car” is the filmmaker’s documentation of the city’s signs in the midst of fading. A response to his award-winning documentary “Los Angeles Plays Itself,” “Get Out of the Car” is screened with two 1960s art film shorts: “The Bridegroom, the Actress, and the Pimp” and “The Little Chaos.” Andersen himself will be at REDCAT to guide you in the celebration of the tattered urban billboard. Tue Nov 22 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

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