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Downtown Culture: The Week Ahead

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, at 03:06PM

Amsterdam-based ensemble Calefax Reed Quintet performs at Downtown L.A.’s Bradbury Building in association with the Da Camera Society. Photo Courtesy of Califax Reed Quintet.

In addition to an abundance of live music, tune in for music on screen at the first annual Music Video Festival, plus queer performance art and cinema.

THURSDAY JANUARY 20

Rising Tide Robert Adantos’ documentary will be screened as a part of the L.A. Art Show’s focus on Chinese Contemporary Art. This “unflinching and incisive study” works to characterize China’s new era. Thu Jan 20 6pm / L.A. Convention Center / LA Art Show / 1201 S. Figueroa

Betontanc, Umka.lv, Silence Slovenia’s theatre-dance ensemble Betontanc gathers puppeteers, musicians, dancers, actors, costume and stage designers to stage a darkly humorous contemporary parable of a modern-day, yet faceless, everyman. This West Coast premiere is a collaboration with Latvian object-theater masters Umka.lv, and Slovenian pop-electronic group Silence. Through Jan 23 / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

Cecilia Fajardo-Hill Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, art historian and chief curator at the Museum of Latin American Art, discusses the work of Carlos Cruz-Diez and Jesus Rafael Soto in “Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space.” Free. Thu Jan 20 6:30pm / The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA / 152 N. Central

Aloud: V.S. Ramachandran V.S. Ramachandran, dubbed the “Marco Polo of neuroscience,” reveals what extreme neurological case studies can teach us about normal brain function and how it evolved. In conversation with author/science journalist Margaret Wertheim. Thu Jan 20 7pm / Los Angeles Central Library / Mark Taper Auditorium / 630 W. 5th

Mindshare L.A. More brain-talk at Mindshare LA’s monthly cultural salon that gathers those seeking "enlightened debauchery." This session will have talks on recent brain research that explore free will by Moran Cerf, Caltech Neuroscientist at Caltech; urban explorers who find history in sewers by Steve Duncan, PhD Candidate in History, UC Riverside; and the social future of robots by Ian Ingram, self-titled as a “Lamettrian Geppettoist.” Cocktails and networking will commence before and after the trio of speakers. Thu Jan 20 7pm / Downtown Independent Theater / 251 S. Main

DJ Rekha Bollywood DJ Rekha guides a night of dancing and “Social-ism.” Thu Jan 20 8pm / The Conga Room / 800 W. Olympic

L.A. Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes The Los Angeles Kings have looked stale, so this weeks match-up with another struggling hockey team could get interesting. The L.A. Kings are 24-21-1 and the Phoenix Coyotes are 23-15-9. Thu Jan 20 8pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

The Silver Chords The Silver Chords peform; also features performances by VonVeederVeld, and Spirit Vine. Thu Jan 20 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

Occult Blood Occult Blood takes on The Smell; plus Ivens and Sissy Spacek perform. Thu Jan 20 9pm / The Smell / 247 S. Main

Daniel Weidlein Trio Saxophonist Daniel Weidlein performs with his trio. Thu Jan 20 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E.S.Onizuka (Weller Court)

FRIDAY JANUARY 21

Brad Mehldau’s 'Highway Rider' with Chamber Orchestra Virtuoso pianist Brad Mehldau presents a composed piece highlighting the interaction between jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra to celebrate Nonesuch’s Double CD release of “Highway Rider.” Fri Jan 21 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S Grand

Joey Rockenstein The comic with a name that is a perfect straight line: Ladies and Gentlemen, Joey Rockenstein. Fri Jan 21 8pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

Chief Nowhere Enjoy Psych-drenched beats from Chief Nowhere as well as sets VonVeederVeld, Magic Mirror, and Ojo Rojos. Fri Jan 21 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

Physical Forms Physical Forms takes the stage; also features sets by Skull Tape, Turrks, and Bleak End at Bernie’s. Fri Jan 21 9pm / The Smell / 247 S. Main

SATURDAY JANUARY 22

Vaginal Davis: dejecta/protecta Performance artist and gender bender queer art icon, Vaginal Davis, returns to LA after five years in Berlin. “Inspired by Andy Warhol’s screen tests and the midnight performances of Jack Smith, this expanded cinema piece is a new work created by Davis to present original work.” says MOCA. “ . . . its a bit of Little House on the Prairie meets The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant as directed by Gregg Araki, featuring choreography by Mummenshantz,” said Jeffrey Hilbert of The New Republic on dejecta/protecta. The performance will be for one night only. Sat Jan 22 7pm / MOCA Grand Ave / 250 S. Grand

An Evening of Artful Jazz Bassist Granville “Danny” Young, and guitarist Steve Moore celebrate The LA Art Show and L.A. Arts Month with a jazz concert at the temporary art gallery at the stunning Eastern Columbia. Sat Jan 22 7pm / Eastern Columbia / 885 S. Broadway

L.A. Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Art Weekend L.A. may have its shuttle, but this Clipper team has a bandwagon that is getting a little crowded. The Clippers will have a rare national appearance on TNT Thursday, when they play at Portland. As of now, the Clippers won three consecutive games and six of their last seven. Sat Jan 22 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Brenda Lamberty In comedienne Brenda Lamberty own words: ”Sassy, very proud Puertorican who just likes to make people laugh. Ok I am a smart ass as well, but that comes with the territory, literally, Puerto Ricans are very sarcastic people.” Sat Jan 22 8pm / 114 W. 5th / Downtown Comedy Club

Charles Altura Trio Charles Altura creates some jazz fusion with his guitar and trio. Sat Jan 22 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E.S.Onizuka (Weller Court)

Kevin K A night of glam-punk and roll with Kevin K; plus Pat Todd & the Rankoutsiders, The Crazy Squeeze, and Barrio Tiger. Sat Jan 22 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

Defiance Ohio Defiance Ohio performs; also features a set by Kimya Dawson, Moses Campbell, and Peter Pants. On Sunday, January 23, the line-up is the same, with the addition of The Dining Dead. Sat Jan 22 9pm / The Smell / 247 S. Main

SUNDAY JANUARY 23

Calibash 2011: For the fifth year, Latin artists and the biggest names in Hip Hop come together for one big night of music. Sun Jan 23 7pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Los Angeles Music Video Festival Expect a full day at the Downtown Independent as indie musicians and filmmakers celebrate the art of the music video with talks, screenings, and awards. Panels include “Up & Comers” and “The Business of Video.” Finalists for the student and indie video categories came from over 200 submissions from 16 different countries. With two years of planning, this is the inaugural year for the Los Angeles Music Festival that is organized by recent USC grad Sami Kriegstein. Sun Jan 23 11am to 10pm / Downtown Independent / 251 S. Main

Calefax Reed Quintet The Da Camera Society was founded in 1973 at Mount St. Mary’s College to restore live chamber music for acoustically sound, intimate environments. In 1980, the Society founded Chamber Music in Historic Sites to match world-class ensembles with historically and architecturally significant buildings.

Da Camera Society’s upcoming concert pairs Amsterdam-based ensemble Calefax Reed Quintet with Downtown L.A.’s Bradbury Building, combining “mythological-inspired music” by Debussy (Syrinx) and Britten (Pan), the mysticism of Arvo Pärt (Summa and Arbos), and the intricate counterpoint of Bach (Goldberg Variations excerpts) with the “futuristic, intricate fantasy of open cage elevators and ornamental cast iron.” The cast iron on the upper floors produces a unique warming sound. Some tickets are $43, and others are $39 with an asterisk noting “potentially obstructed view.” Sun Jan 23 2pm and 4pm / Bradbury Building / 304 S. Broadway

Organ Recital: Carol Williams With the L.A. Philharmonic, Dr. Carol Williams’ organ recital includes works from Bach, Beethoven, and Bedard. Sun Jan 23 7pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Hastings 3000 Hastings 3000 performs, plus The Del Rottens and Dirty Candy. Sun Jan 23 10pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

MONDAY JANUARY 24

John Jorgenson Guitar master John Jorgenson, pioneer of the American gypsy jazz movement, talks about his career and latest album release “One Stolen Night.” After the interview held by GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, Jorgenson will take questions from the audience and perform a sample of his songs. Mon Jan 24 8pm / The GRAMMY Museum / 800 W. Olympic

Barbara Hammer: Experimenting in Life and Art Barbara Hammer, a pioneer of queer cinema, hosts L.A. premieres for her recent works “Generations” (2010) and “A Horse Is Not A Metaphor” (2009). Mon Jan 24 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

TUESDAY JANUARY 25

L.A. Lakers vs. Utah Jazz Tue Jan 25 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Aloud: Maxine Hong Kingston SOLD OUT: Author Maxine Hong Kingston will be in conversation with journalist Andrew Lam. Tue Jan 25 7pm / Central Library / Mark Taper Auditorium / 630 W. 5th

Cinderella Motel LA post-punk/garage with off and on compositions for punk accordion by Cinderella Motel; plus Open Hand and Pussy Cow. Tue Jan 25 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd_

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 26

L.A. Kings vs. San Jose Sharks Wed Jan 26 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Jose Gurria-Cardenas The Jose Gurria-Cardenas Gypsy Project perform at the Whale. Wed Jan 26 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E.S.Onizuka (Weller Court)

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