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The Week in Downtown Culture: Grammy Awards, Theatre and More

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 11:23PM
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World City at the Music Center will feature New Orleans music from Hot 8 Brass Band Saturday, February 12, 2011 11am at the Amphitheatre behind Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The Grammys are in town, theater is bustling, and Wynton Marsalis has two gigs at Disney Hall. There is also improvisation theater at the Downtown Comedy Club, New Orleans jazz for kids and family at Disney Hall, and young authors Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Yiyun Li talking about their work.

Not many sports, but don't worry: after divas and rappers pick up their bling, Staples will be getting ready for the NBA All-Star game the following week.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11

WRINKLES: Previews began Thursday night for "Wrinkles," a new play developed in East West Players' David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. The modern internet tale about 73-year-old Nisei Harry Fukutani (Sab Shimono), an viral sensation behind his parental filter and valid credit card. "A sticky comedy about sex, lies, and Tiger Balm," writes EWP. Runs through March 13. East West Players / The David Henry Hwang Theater / 120 Judge John Aiso

CENTER THEATER GROUP: “33 Variations” held its official opening night on February 9. It runs through March 6 at The Ahmanson. Also John Lithgow's "Stories by Heart" ends its run at the Mark Taper Forum on February 13. Center Theater Group / 135 N. Grand

The Omelettes: Diverting from stand-up, the Downtown Comedy Club brings in The Omelettes’ and their short-form improvisation comedy. Feb 11 9pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W 5th

Larry Karush: The jazz pianist does a solo turn on Friday, February 11 at 9pm. He will bring in his quartet Saturday, February 12, at 9pm. Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka (Weller Court)

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12

World City - Hot 8 Brass Band: New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band mixes New Orleans' traditional Second Line parades with a twist of fun. Tickets are free and will be distributed on Grand Avenue at 2nd Street (11am performance distributed beginning at 10am and 12:30pm distribution begins at 11am). Sat Feb 12 11am and 12:30pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall - W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre / 111 S. Grand

Liz Stewart: The comedian, writer, actress and producer (and festival director of Hollywood Comedy Fest) comes to the Downtown Comedy Club. Sat Feb 12 9pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W 5th

The GRAMMY Museum Presents Ozokidz: Ozomatli will play a special set from their upcoming children’s album, set for release in 2011, in this concert designed for kids and family. Grammy Museum members and their children under 5 are admitted free and can reserve seats by emailing education@grammymuseum.org. Non-members are admitted FREE with the purchase of a discounted $10 Museum admission ticket. Seating is very limited. Sat Feb 12 11am / 800 W. Olympic

A Tribute to Teena Marie: R&B veteran Keith Sweat is joined by the Mary Jane Girls and The Whispers in this tribute to the late Teena Marie. It’s the date which Marie was scheduled to headline before her untimely passing on December 26, 2010, at the age of 54. Marie’s band will also be part of what is sure to be a heartfelt concert. Sat Feb 12 8pm / Nokia Theatre L.A. Live / 777 Chick Hearn Ct

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13

Slatkin conducts Gershwin and Marsalis: With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wynton Marsalis offers the West Coast premiere of his new composition for jazz band and orchestra, "Swing Symphony. " Also on the bill is Gershwin’s “An American in Paris." Sun Feb 13 2pm / Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards: The big news is that Barbra Streisand, who is nominated in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Love Is The Answer,” will perform at the 53rd Grammy Awards. The category has become a throwback to Grammy Awards of the past, as Streisand is nominated with Michael Bublé (Crazy Love), Barry Manilow (The Greatest Love Songs of All Time), Johnny Mathis (Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville), and Rod Stewart (Fly Me to the Moon). Also, you can expect Justin Bieber’s busy week to be completed. It began with the opening of his new film and may end with a win as best New Artist. Sun Feb 13 / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa / Televised on CBS at 8pm

MONDAY FEBRUARY 14

Animating Mayhem: Handcrafted collage and painted films by Martha Colburn that are a “rapid-fire torrent of ideas that push the medium to its very edges.” Mon Feb 14 / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

The Jack Quartet: String quartets by John Cage, Aaron Cassidy and Horatiu Radulescu. Mon Feb 14 8pm / The Colburn School of Music, Zipper Concert Hall / 200 S. Grand

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 15

CMA Songwriters Series: CMA Award winners Gretchen Wilson ("Redneck Woman) and 2010 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Chris Young ("Getting You Home) share the stories behind their country charts. Tue Feb 15 7pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

Twin Spirits: Emmy Award winning actor John Lithgow and Grammy Award winning violinist Joshua Bell have signed on for a one-night presentation of "Twin Spirits" on Tuesday, February 15, 2010 at the Mark Taper Forum. Former Police frontman Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, will reprise their roles as classical composer Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, a pianist. Sting and his wife will read from the Schumann's letters of love, while being backed by a six-piece classical ensemble (Scott Hendricks, Jonathan Kelly, Natasha Paremski, Sara Sant Ambrogio and Camille Zamora). Lithgow will narrate throughout the evening while being directed by John Caird, who also devised the production. Tue Feb 15 8pm / Mark Taper Forum / Tickets $80 - $350

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: A premier 15-piece jazz orchestra led by a premier trumpeter. Tue Feb 15 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Breathing Monster: Myriam Gourfink's abstract dance performance as accompanied by Polish-French composer and electric bass player Kasper Toeplitz. Tue Feb 15 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16

Aloud at Central Library: Sarah Shun-lien Bynum and Yiyun Li read and discuss their work and "the role of the unexpected in writing fiction" in a conversation with Brighde Mullins, Director, Master of Professional Writing Program, USC. Wed Feb 16 7pm / Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium / 630 W. 5th

Back to the Future at The Smell; plus the Ride, Robedoor, and Suzi Star. Wed Feb 16 / The Smell / 247 S. Main

RumbleKing at the Redwood, plus with Vicky Tafoya's and Big Beat. Wed Feb 16 / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

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