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Downtown Culture: The Week Ahead

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, March 18, 2011, at 07:22AM

DEVO delayed Octopus Project toru reaches Club Nokia Sat., March 19.

After the music of St. Patrick's Day, Downtown offers plenty of options to make it a culture-filled week, from a Euro-dance ensemble to a run from the central city to the Pacific.


Boat Show: If you see visitors looking a bit like a fish out of water, point them toward the Convention Center. They may well be looking for the 55th Annual Southern California Boat Show. Opened Thu Mar 17 and runs through Sun Mar 20 / Los Angeles Convention Center

Lakers: The Los Angeles Lakers host the Minnesota Timberwolves Fri Mar 18 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Dudamel and Argerich: It was first scheduled as the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with the “formidable and exciting pianist” Martha Argerich. It has changed. The LA Times reports that Argerich, who has a reputation to cancel performances, has indeed dropped out at the last minute. She will be replaced by pianist Jeremy Denk and the L.A. Phil website now shows the ongoing "Dudamel conducts Mozart and Beethoven" has taken over the dates missed by Argerich. Mar 17 to Mar 20 / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

“bonded” opens at LATC. Set in 1820, four remaining slaves on a crumbling Virginia farm face “bridled passions” and question the limits of their world. "bonded" is written by Donald Jolly, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera, and produced by Playwrights’ Arena with the Latino Theater Company. Opens Friday, March 18 in Theater 4. Closes April 9. (Thurs, Fri, Sat at 8pm). Tickets are $30 General, $20 for Students and Seniors, and $10 neighborhood Thursdays (for the first 50 people). LATC / 514 S. Spring

Downtown Comedy Club features Grace and Hank (8pm) and Marla Schultz (9pm) on Friday March 18. (Steven Cooper headlines Saturday March 19) 114 W. 5th St


Downtown Conversation Series: Downtown’s Nancy Mills opens a Saturday morning salon series “with a cultural twist.” How many live conversations about Downtowners by a Downtowner can you find? Well, some may be Downtown adjacent, but that is fine. The monthly series, held the third Saturday morning of the month, will be held in different Downtown and Highland Park location. It opens Saturday, March 19, (10-12:30pm) with architect Karin Liljegren, who has designed over 3,000 live/work lofts in Downtown. Down the road, Mills will hold conservations with former LA District Attorney turned photographer Gil Garcetti (April 16); Chicken Boy savior Amy M. Inouye (May 21); and Art Walk Executive Director Joe Moller (June 18). It is $200 for the whole series, including a breakfast buffet at each conservation, or $75 per conversation.

The Metropolitan Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor screens at L.A. Live in digital format. The performance was recorded in summer 2008 at the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. One 15-minute intermission. Sat Mar 19 10am / Regal Cinemas L.A. Live / 1000 W. Olympic

The Big Read 2011: A professional team will bring Amy Tan's "The Joy Luck Club" from “the page to the stage” in a workshop designed to give audiences a chance to observe an acting class “and to offer insight into the process of lifting a passage from the novel into a live theatrical experience.” Selected audience members will join actresses from East West Players' 2008 theatrical production of "The Joy Luck Club.” Event is Free. Parking is available in Lot 7 next to theater for $7, or metered street parking. For more information, contact Arts Education Director, Marilyn Tokuda at (213) 625-7000. Sat Mar 19 10 am and 12:30 am / East West Players / 120 Judge John Aiso St

Art Opening: "Nonsense and Everything That Goes With It" with Matt Hodges, Cody Lusby and Ryan Clemens. Sat Mar 19 8pm / Through Thu April 14 / Hold Up Art / 358 E. 2nd

DEVO's Octopus Project was rescheduled from November due to guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh suffering a serious hand injury. Previous tickets will be honored. _Sat Mar 19 9pm / Club Nokia / 800 W. Olympic__

World City: A Gaelic Gathering and The Tinkers: More Celtic culture is celebrated with this Gaelic gathering of rhythmic hard shoe jigs and hornpipes, "along with lyrical soft shoe Reels and Slipjips." The Tinkers play jigs and reels from the Scottish Highlands. All tickets are free and are distributed on Grand at 2nd. Ticket distribution for 11am performance begins at 10am; 12:30pm performance distribution begins at 11am. Sat Mar 19 11am and 12:30pm / Disney Concert Hall, W.M. Keck Foundation Children's Amphitheatre / 111 S. Grand

Carmen 3D: Georges Bizet’s Carmen, directed by Julian Napier, is the first time an opera has been filmed and screened in digital 3D. Produced by RealD and London’s Royal Opera House. Sun Mar 20 3pm / Regal Cinemas L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

Drink and Think: “Booze Clues” has you stumble through a Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl to seek secrets, puzzles, and challenges in bars within “Downtown LA’s Barmuda Triangle.” 21+ event Mar 19 3:30pm / Harlem Place Cafe / 124 W. 4th

Clippers: The Los Angeles Clippers host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fri Mar 18 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Sigmond Fudge is straight-ahead jazz with Joe Bagg (Rhodes), Jamie Rossen (Guitar), and Ryan Mc Gillicuddy (Bass), and Jason Harnell (Drums). Sat Mar 19 / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka Suite 301 (Weller Court)


The LA Marathon uses last years point-to-point course, marketed as the "Stadium to the Sea." It starts at Dodger Stadium and makes an early trip through Olvera Street, by City Hall, then through Little Tokyo and past Grand Ave and off to the west, finishing at the Santa Monica Pier. Sun Mar 20 7am / Starting Line: Dodger Stadium / 1000 Elysian Park


Hockey: The L.A. Kings host the Calgary Flames Mar 21 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa


Moses Campbell: Plus Chung Antique, Bonossus and The Gnomefly, Pek Pek and KXLU DJ Molly Shelton. Tue Mar 22 8pm / The Smell / 247 S. Main

The Makers continue their house-band reign at Seven Grand Tue Mar 22 9pm / Seven Grand / 515 W. 7th

Aloud: Art Collectives and the Current State of Literary Culture’s reading and panel discussion as moderated by Susan Salter Reynolds, L.A. Times book reviewer. With Chuck Rosenthal, Alicia Partnoy, Ramón Garcia, and Gail Wronsky. Also, Gronk will provide projections of paintings. Tue Mar 22 7pm / Los Angeles Central Library / Mark Taper Auditorium

St. Petersburg Philharmonic and conductor Yuri Temirkanov make a visit to Grand Avenue. The program, which features Alisa Weilerstein on cello, includes BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Russian Easter Festival Overture Tue Mar 22 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand


Nederlands Dans Theater: European contemporary dance with “innovative choreography, unique staging and athletic, technical dancers” in this special, two-night engagement at the Music Center. The company will perform “The Second Person,” a piece choreographed by Crystal Pite that blends humor and improvisation. Also on the program is NDT resident choreographers Paul Lightfoot and Sol León's “Silent Screen,” a performance set to the music of Philip Glass. Wed Mar 23 7:30pm (and Thur Mar 24) / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

The Drop: Raphael Saadiq is sold out. The former member of Tony! Toni! Toné! will discuss his career as a producer, and performs lo-tech selections from 'Stone Rollin,’' his new album that is set for a May 10th release. Sold Out / Wed Mar 23 8pm / GRAMMY Museum / 800 W. Olympic


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