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Downtown Culture: All-Star Events, "Rise," Vanessa Paradis, Experimental Dance and More

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, at 02:48PM
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"Fata Morgana" by choreographer Tiffany Stacey will be one of six experimental works featured at REDCAT's Winter "Studio" on Feb. 19 and 20.

Just as the Grammy Awards started packing up, L.A. Live began preparing for the NBA's All-Star Weekend. As we've noted, there are plenty of parties to choose from, but Downtown will also see a full slate of at local venues like the Redwood and The Smell.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17

PUBLIC ART: The bronze likeness of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West will join those of Wayne Gretzky, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chick Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya. Thu Feb 17 / Speeches at 5pm, unveiling at 6pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

CLASSICAL: "The Warrior God" is a new oratorio based on the Aztec myth of Huitzilopochtli, the Hummingbird Warrior. The mini-opera was written by 97 students from the Music Academy of Central L.A. High School #9, aka School of Visual and Performing Arts, under the guidance of the L.A. Master Chorale. This premiere is free, but donations will benefit the school. Feb 17 7pm / Central Los Angeles High School #9 / 450 N. Grand

SCREENING: "Rise" is a documentary on the crash of Sebena Flight 48 that killed members of the U.S. World Figure Skating Team on February 15, 1961. Commemorating the 50th anniversary is this one-night-only premiere being held nationwide. Proceeds will benefit the U.S. Figure Skating Memorial Fund. Thu Feb 17 8pm / Regal Cinemas L.A. Live / 1000 W. Olympic

JAZZ: Micheal Mull Trio holds a CD release party for "Formation." Joining Mull is Ben Shepherd on upright bass and Cameron Hicks on percussion. Thu Feb 17 8:30pm / The Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301 (Weller Court)

COMEDY: An X-(rated) Valentine’s Day Comedy Show is a late night-style sex comedy show “for all freaks” brought to you by Karen Anzoategui and CoA. Featuring comedians from NBC, Comedy Central and SiTV!, including Faith Choyce, Spencer Robinson, Cat Davis, Kebin Berry, Samatha Larsen and the just-added special guest Damienne. Thu Feb 17 8pm / Company of Angels at The Alexandria / 501 S. Spring, 3rd Floor

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18

NBA ALL-STAR: Opening day for a full weekend of NBA events, including the kid-oriented NBA All-Star Jam Session that runs from February 18 to 21 at the L.A. Convention Center. Friday evening brings the Rookie Challenge at Staples Center (6pm), the annual game between the NBA rookies and second-year players. Family Packs available. Fri Feb 18 6pm

CONCERT: Vanessa Paradis, a French musician, actress, Chanel model and muse for actor Johnny Depp, is on her first North American Tour. Her music career dates back to 1987 when, as a 14-year-old, she charted in Europe with "Joe le Taxi." Her new live DVD, “Une Nuit à Versailles,” recaps her popularity overseas. Fri Feb 18 8pm / Orpheum Theatre / 842 S. Broadway

CLASSICAL: Works by Schumann and Dvorák will be performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Lionel Bringuier as conductor and cellist Gautier Capuçon. Fri Feb 18 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

PERFORMANCE The Winter edition of REDCAT’s ongoing series for new experimental works is under the watch of guest curators Sheetal Gandhi and Tina Kronis. Within the six original works is “Fata Morgana,” a new dance by Tiffany Stacey. Accompanied by a live, improvised score, her ensemble continually creates and breaks choreographic structures, adding and subtracting dancers “to invoke misleading impressions." Fri Feb 18 (and Sat Feb 19) 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd St

COMEDY: Jason Stuart takes on the identity of race, gender and sexual orientation in his edgy Jewish gay man style. Fri Feb 18 (and Sat Feb 19) 9pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

COMEDY Shaq’s All Star Weekend presents Kevin Hart’s tour “Laugh At My Pain” Fri Feb 18 8:30pm (and Sat Feb 19 8pm) / NOKIA Theatre / 777 Chick Hearn Ct.

ROCK: C-Horse is the band-in-residence at Casey’s for February’s Friday nights. Fri Feb 18 10pm / Casey's Irish Pub / 613 S. Grand

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19

TALK: Marie Northrop Lecture Series with “Architects and Architecture of Los Angeles from Adobe to High-Rise: 1781 to 1900” will be led by L.A. Observed's Kevin Roderick. Sat Feb 19 2pm / Central Library / 630 W. 5th

ADD TALK: The exhibition at Bert Green Fine Art’s current location ends with an Artists Talk with Sandra Yagi. “Contemporary culture, human folly and an obsessive curiosity for the macabre provide the fuel for my subject matter,” writes Yagi in her artists statement. The same can be said for Green, who dared to begin a Downtown Art Walk and will be relocating within Downtown Los Angeles on March 1. Sat Feb 19 4pm / Bert Green Fine Art 102 W. 5th

NBA All-Star: A full day is highlighted by the sold-out All-Star Saturday night, featuring Shooting Stars, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Shootout and Slam Dunk contest at Staples Center. Clipper rookie Blake Griffin is the home town favorite to take the dunk contest. 5:30pm broadcast on TNT

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 20

NBA All-Star: As expected, the All-Star Game is sold out, but you can get a taste of All-Star fever at any L.A. Live venue equipped with a T.V. Hopefully at some point the West team will have on the floor Lakers' Kobe Byrant and Pau Gasol with the Clippers' Blake Griffin and trade fodder Carmelo Anthony. Feb 20 5pm / TNT

L.A. OPERA: "Il Turco in Italia" (The Turk in Italy) is called "Rossini's zaniest comedy." James Conlon conducts and Nino Machaidze returns as Fiorilla, "a woman determined to rid herself of the two men in her life - her exasperated husband (Paolo Gavanelli) and tedious admirer (Maxim Mironov) - in favor of a more exotic suitor, a pompously beguiling Turk (Simone Alberghini)." Thomas Allen returns as the poet Prosdocimo. Sat Feb 19 7:30pm / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

SCREENING: “Waste Land” is a documentary about an impoverished Brazilian trash picker. The film is nominated for a Best Documentary Academy Award and the screening serves as a pre-kick-off event for Off Broadway L.A.. The evening features a Q&A with the cast and crew. _ Sun Feb 20 / Police Administration Building, Deaton Auditorium / 100 W. 1st _

MONDAY FEBRUARY 21

OPENING: Just south of Downtown, "Rollin' Out 365 Days of Black History Celebration" opens at the California African American Museum. Feb 21 11am to 4pm / Exposition Park / 600 State Drive

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 22

TALK: "Wild and Peaceful: A Tribute to Teena Marie" is a talk about the late "Lady Tee" that will include R&B singer Lalah Hathaway, singer-songwriter Shanice Wilson, Teena Marie’s daughter Alia Rose, and others. Feb 22 8pm / The Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic

CLASSICAL: Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski in a recital program centered on Chopin nocturnes, including the California premiere of "Songs and Whispers" by Trpceski compatriot Pande Shahov. Tue Feb 22 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

ROCK: Vivian Girls, Catwalk, and Cold Showers are evolving the punk-vixen presence in indie rock. Tue Feb 22 8:30pm / The Smell / 247 S. Main

TALK: Aloud hosts Dambisa Moyo and “How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead." The author of "Dead Aid" talks about the "radical solutions [the West] needs to adopt in order to assert itself as a global economic power once again." Tue Feb 2 7pm / Central Library / 630 W. 5th

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23

TEENS: “Blood, Sweat and Re-write” is a writing workshop for teens that helps college bound students learn how to shape the essay. Wed Feb 23 4:30pm / Central Library / 630 W. 5th

SPORTS: The L.A. Lakers host the Atlanta Hawks. Wed Feb 23 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

TALK: Polytopes: The Architecture of Soundscapes is a midweek symposium inspired by the work of avant-garde multimedia thinker and Le Corbusier protege Iannis Xenakis Wed Feb 23 7pm / Free / SCI-Arc Gallery / 960 E. 3rd

ROCK: Linkin Park makes its return to Downtown L.A. Wed Feb 23 7pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

MUSIC: Beat Box Balkan brings electronic gypsy mix of funk, reggae and salsa to The Conga Room. Plus Soulico. Wed Feb 23 8pm / The Conga Room / 800 W. Olympic

MORE JAZZ: “5 Drummer Solo Night” at the Blue Whale features jazz percussionist Chris Wabich, Tiki "Freaky" Pasilla, Brad Dutz, Timm Boatman and Abby Savell. Wed Feb 23 9pm / The Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., Suite 301 (Weller Court)

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