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Downtown Culture: The Week Ahead

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011, at 11:28PM

Rachel Lincoln and Leslie Seiters in "The A.W.A.R.D. Show!," a lab where working dance artists can engage with the audience about the work presented.

This week, Downtown will see local choreographers showing off their skills, more sporting events that help define the city's identity, and another week of music from jazz to opera.

We also look back to applaud a partnership that found a way for families to enjoy a night of theater.


The A.W.A.R.D Show!: The Joyce Theater Foundation’s "The A.W.A.R.D. Show!" will give 12 local choreographers a chance to dance for dollars by showcasing 15 minute pieces. From a selection of a quartet of dance, an ensemble moves on to a final on Sunday. That will be the night a choreographer will be awarded a $10,000 prize to create new works. The contenders are Rachael Lincoln & Leslie Seiters, Arianne MacBean, Barak Marshall and Christine Suarez (Thursday, January 13); Maria Gillespie, Pam Gonzales, Holly Johnston and Bradley Michaud (Friday, January 14); and Rande Dorn, Victoria Marks, Meg Wolfe and Karen Schaffman with Liam Clancy, Eric Geiger & Leslie Seiters (Saturday, January 15). The finals are Sunday, January 16 at 7pm. REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

LA Matadors The gloves are on as the Los Angeles Matadors go head to head with Miami in the World Series of Boxing, formed by the International Olympic Committee. Thu Jan 13 7pm / NOKIA Theatre / 777 Chick Hearn Ct

Dudamel conducts Mahler’s 9th: Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. As the website at LAPhil notes, there was a unfortunate trend with these symphonies. Evidently, it was thought that a ninth symphony was a curse, as Beethoven and Schubert died before their tenths were completed. Mahler tested faith by calling this composition “The Song of the Earth,” sidestepping the number nine. Mahler died before his 10th symphony was complete. Thu Jan 13 8pm, Fri Jan 14 11am, Sat Jan 15 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S. Grand

Cirque Berzerk: Even if you don’t win one of five pairs of tickets being offered here, you know you want to see this post gothic-punk circus that thrived at Burning Man after a birth as a variety show at The Brewery. The alternative circus that has Downtown roots finds a home in the cozy indoors of Club Nokia. Fans are assured by Cirque Berzerk that the venue change doesn’t diminish its over-the-top, yet artful, decadence. Through Jan 30 / Club NOKIA L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic


'Her Wild Oat': In partnership with The Los Angeles Organ Society, L.A. Conservancy will host “Her Wild Oat,” a 1927 silent film comedy that will be accompanied by Bob Salisbury on the Orpheum’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ. _Fri Jan 14 7:30pm / Orpheum Theatre / 842 S. Broadway__

New West Guitar Trio: Acoustic and electric jazz guitarists Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith bring their original works to the Whale, going back and forth from silky compositions to gritty blues. Fri Jan 14 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka (Weller Court)


Maze: If the soulful funkiness of Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, isn’t enough for you, the evening includes special guest Patti Labelle. Sat Jan 15 7:30pm / NOKIA Theater / 777 Chick Hearn Ct

René Pape Recital: The charismatic bassist René Pape returns to LA Opera for a recital, joined by pianist Brian Zeger. It’s his first appearance since his 2007 Company debut in the Verdi Requiem. Sat Jan 15 7:30pm / LA Opera Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

Jen Murphy: Laugh off your week on Friday and Saturday night at the Downtown Comedy Club. On Saturday, Jen Murphy’s quirky look at life may include her friendly critical observations of a single woman dating in a city where “men wear matching purple.” Sat Jan 15 8pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

The Quarter After Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Rob Campanella performs with his side project The Quarter After. Sat Jan 15 10pm / Casey’s Irish Pub / 613 S. Grand


Lakers at Clippers: Gentlemen, it’s Sunday afternoon. What better way to impress that girlfriend by wearing matching purple and take her to this installment of the Downtown Hallway Series. Also, the Clippers are the home team and frankly may not be a pushover. Sun Jan 16 12:30pm / Staples Center 1111 S. Figueroa

Joe Satriani: Bay area guitar hero Joe Satriani comes to the Orpheum with Ned Evett & Triple Double. Sun Jan 16 7:30pm / The Orpheum Theatre / 842 S. Broadway


Radical Light: Alternative Film And Video in the San Francisco Bay Area: If you think YouTube is an odd collection of visual experiments, consider using an evening to watch Bay Area’s art film and video scene from 1945–2000. The screenings support a book by the same name, filled with essays on this prolific period of experimental film. Mon Jan 17 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd


Aloud: Tom Rachman: AP foreign correspondent Tom Rachman discusses his novel, “The Imperfectionists,” with L.A. Times blogger Carolyn Kellogg. Tue Jan 18 7pm / Central Library Mark Taper Auditorium / 630 W. 5th


Betontanc and Show Your Face!: Through theater, puppetry, dance, and live music, a contemporary parable is transformed into a modern-day Everyman story. This West Coast premiere is a collaboration between Slovenian avant-garde physical-theater troupe Betontanc, Latvian object-theater masters, and Slovenian pop-electronic group Silence providing a moody soundtrack. Runs through January 23 / Jan 19 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST: A cultural listing tip of the hat to a partnership between Para Los Niños and Center Theatre Group, led by Lagrant Communications. They are sending Skid Row families to see the child-friendly "Jamie Adkins INcognitus" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

"Many of these families are living in the Skid Row neighborhood and receive after school and family support services from Para Los Niños," says Lagrant Communications' Priscilla Martinez. "Unfortunately these parents work shifts that have been cut back and struggling to make ends meet."

The project began in September, part of an involvement initiative tied to the company's 20th anniversary. Staff from Lagrant offices in L.A., New Jersey and Dallas are volunteering hours for L.A. projects, says Roxanne Romero, Lagrant Communications Senior Account Executive.

Para Los Niños selected the families who would benefit from a night of the arts, and The Center Theater Group made the theater recommendation with the always welcomed price break.

The original set goal was to send ten families of five. This week, 20 families of five from the Downtown area will be in theater seats.


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