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Downtown Culture: Dudamel, Juanes, F.E.E.E.T. and a Look at St. Patty's Day

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011, at 11:05PM
Dance St Patty Ed Fuentes

The week opened with Downtown Art Walk and leads into a full day of Irish music and toasts on Thursday March 17.

March culture opened big and is still dancing in like a lion with real and comic theories of conspiracy; a variety of musical options, and a Downtown core getting ready for the annual nod to Irish brethren.


Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky: Gustavo Dudamel conducts the L.A. Phil in Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet," "The Tempest" and "Hamlet." Fri Mar 11 8pm, Sun Mar 12 2pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

OPERA RECITAL by Jonas Kaufmann, Germany’s foremost tenor. Fri Mar 11 8pm / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand


ART OPENING Artist reception for “Heaven is Not the Wide Blue Sky,”, a solo show of ornamentation-abstraction solo works by Erica Steiner. Sat Mar 12 6pm / Edgar Varela Fine Art 727 S. Spring

NOT A RAVE: Bad press from the Electric Daisy Carnival has given raves a tough name, but dance promoters keep coming up with new offerings. Hard Weekend squeezes in a full slate at Club Nokia with London's Simian Mobile Disco headlining. Sat Mar 12 9pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic


ORGAN RECITAL WITH STEPHEN THARP: A chance to hear and be moved by “Night on Bald Mountain” in Disney Concert Hall, with world-renowned organist Stephen Tharp on the Disney Hall organ. That's almost worth the admission itself. The evening will also have a world premiere of Tharp’s “Disney's Trumpets,” composed for this concert; Plus Chopin, Brahms, and Stravinsky and Liszt. Sun Mar 13th 7:30pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

JUANES IN CONCERT: Juanes brings his P.A.R.C.E tour, growing a legion of fans for the former heavy-metal frontman who now sings solo with his songs about the loss of love and the power of friendship, all while promoting social activism. Sun Mar 13 8pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

CALL IT ALT-SWING-TIKI-POST-PUNK: Steel geetar by Candy Kane with Exotiki, plus The Dick & Jane Family Orchestra Sun Mar 13 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd


AND IN SPORTS: The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Dwight Howard-led Orlando Magic. Mon Mar 14 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

TALK: Zocalo Public Square takes up residency at the Downtown Independent for a night with Yale Law School Professor John Witt in "Inventing The War Crime." Witt, a legal historian, brings in the idea that the U.S. Army invented "the concept of the war crime as we know it today" in 1847 to 1848, and that 9/11 is the “latest chapter in two centuries of enduring moral engagement with the laws of war." Mar 14 7:30pm / The Downtown Independent / 251 S Main

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Famed flutist James Galway joins the Grammy-winning Emerson Quartet for an evening of chamber music by Mozart, Debussy, Foote, and Adès. Mon Mar 14 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

DANCING IN THE BALLROOM: Anatomy Riot Number Thirty-Nine, in partnership with Blankenship Ballet, presents another edition of experimental performance. This installment from the nomadic dancers is curated by Alissa Cardone and Allison Wyper and will be held in the King Edward Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Alexandria Hotel. Mon Mar 14 8pm / Alexandria Hotel / 501 S. Spring

CONCERT: Some fan themselves over Peter Murphy for his role in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." Others flashback to Murphy from his days with Bauhaus. The Gothic rock-hawk is on tour to support his new CD “Ninth,” which is delayed until summer for a June swoon and gloom release date. Mon Mar 14 9pm / The Mayan / 1038 S. Hill

JAZZ with The Katisse Buckingham Quintet on Mon Mar 14 at 10pm. Seven Grand / 515 W. 7th


TALK: Aloud brings us "Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives," a conversation with Annie Murphie Paul and Dr. Michael Lu. "An award-winning science journalist and a leading scientific investigator delve into the rich history of ideas about how we're shaped before birth." Tue Mar 15 7pm / Central Library / 630 W. 5th

ALT-CLASSICAL: The Green Umbrella series brings in Seoul-born Berlin resident Unsuk Chin's classical compositions with modern execution, testing bonds with electronic music. Tue Mar 15 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand


COMEDY: The Man With F.E.E.E.T. has Emmy-winning writer Eric Drysdale ('Daily Show’ and 'The Colbert Report') join forces with The Humor Logistics Corporation to launch staged readings featuring comedians and a live audio soundtrack. Audience members can join in, armed with their own View-Master viewers and read-along booklets. Two shows. Wed Mar 16 8pm and 9:30pm / Downtown Independent / 251 S. Main

BENEFIT: "Dressed to the 9's Gala Benefit and Fashion Show Celebrity Benefit" has actor Debbie Allen lending a hand to L.A.’s version of a FAME-like high school, Central Los Angeles High School #9's Theatre Arts Academy. The show will help students travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform "The Crucible" at Fringe Festival. Celebrities scheduled to entertain include Frenchie Davis (American Idol) and Taylor Parks ("Hairspray"). Wed Mar 16 6:30pm / Central Los Angeles High School #9 / 450 N. Grand

JAZZ DOUBLE BILL: A full night at The Blue Whale. Set 1 is the Ross Hammond group with Vinny Golia (reeds), Alex Cline (drums), Steuart Liebig (bass) and Ross Hammond (guitar). Set 2 is the Walsh Set Trio with Trevor Anderies (drums), Brian Walsh (clarinet and bass clarinet) and Colin Burgess (bass). Wed Mar 16 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301 (Weller Court)

IN SPORTS. . . the Los Angeles Clippers host the Philadelphia 76ers. The game? Not much to it, but with the Clippers beating the Celtics in Boston, without depending on Blake Griffin, the team earned basketball culture points. Wed Mar 16 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

NEW JAZZ ENTRY “Soul & Jazz in the Heart of LA” has the opening night for their monthly music series at Elevate Lounge, with Saxophonist/Composer Mark Allen Felton and Harpist Mariea Antoinette. Doors open at 6:00pm and there is a $20 admission––but you may get a “special surprise guest." Warning: there will be a live taping. Wed Mar 16 7:30pm / Elevate Lounge / 811 Wilshire, Suite 2100

LATE NIGHT BOOM BOOM JAZZ with Artwork Jamal and the Acid Blues at Seven Grand. Wed Mar 16 10pm / Seven Grand / 515 W. 7th

ONGOING: "The Turk in Italy" runs through March 30 at L.A. Opera.

LAST WEEKEND for Wrinkles" at East-West Players.


PLAN AHEAD FOR A SICK DAY: A strange green virus will bring people to Downtown next Thursday, March 17. Casey's Irish Pub is the host for a street fair that will close Grand, between 6th and Wilshire, from 6am to 2am. The Young Dubliners will appear at Pershing Square at noon, then march over to Casey's Grand Ave stage for an afternoon of concerts.

L.A. Live will also have a St. Patrick's Day Festival from 4pm to 8pm with a mini-parade and live Irish music by Ken O'Malley & The Twilight Lords and appearances by the Los Angeles Kings Ice Girls and the Los Angeles Lakers Girls.

Needless to say, both venues will have the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Bagpipe Band, traditional Irish grub, and a number of ways to toast to the Patron Saint of Ireland.


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