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Downtown Culture: Emanule Arciuli, Lady Gaga, Black Spring Festival, Seth MacFarlane

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 11:55PM
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The Los Angeles premiere of pianist Emanuele Arciuli's "Transcending Nature" will be held at REDCAT.

Expect a fabulously over-the-top week of culture Downtown, as Lady Gaga and her fans bring their outrageous outfits to Staples Center, Seth MacFarlane croons big band standards with a very big band and the Gay Men's Chorus performs a classical program.


'Turn of the Screw': It is the last week for Peter Quint and Miss Jessel, the two ghosts who haunt the two-act opera by Benjamin Britten. Directed by Francesca Gilpin, with conductor James Conlo. Through Mar 27 / L.A. Opera at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

Sophisticated Palate Pick: Olivos-based Epiphany Cellars host a tasting that spotlight the Parker family’s vintages. Kris Parker, son of Epiphany founder Eli Parker and grandson of late actor Fess Parker, will help guests through the selection of five wines. Thu Mar 24 6pm / Corkbar / 403 W. 12th

Last Dance: Nederlands Dans Theater's two night run at the Music Center ends Thursday evening. Thu Mar 24 7:30pm / Music Center / 135 N. Grand

Classical pianist Emanule Arciuli will perform "Transcending Nature," a concert that centers around the Concord Sonata by Charles Ives and works by Native American composers Barbara Croall and Raven Chacon. Thur Mar 24 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

Party at The Whale: Jazz artist Teryn Carter holds a birthday bash with her ensemble: Christian Wunderlich (Guitar), Josh Welchez (Trumpet) Bryan Taylor (Drums), Gary Fukushima (Piano) and Nicholas Schaadt (Bass). Thu Mar 24 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Suite 301


Masur and Chang: Kurt Masur, conductor, and Sarah Chang, violinst, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Program includes Dvorák's Symphony No. 8 and Brahms' Violin Concerto. Fri Mar 25 11am (and Mar 26 8pm) / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Battle of Los Angeles: With the Lakers tuning up for the playoffs, this edition of the hallway series may have the traditional outcome: A Laker win over the Clippers. Fri Mar 25 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Weekend Yuks: Peter Berman is the weekend headliner for The Downtown Comedy Club.. Chris Strait will be featured during the Friday night 8pm spot. Fri Mar 25 and Sat Mar 26 at 9pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

House Favorite: Nick Mancini Group returns to the Whale. Fri Mar 25 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301

The Smell is the New Black: Black Spring Festival is a night of punk, metal, and indie music devoted to bands with the word "black" in their names. Scheduled to appear: Black Love, Black Elephant, Black Jesus, Black Sand Desert, Plus DJ Black Rainbow. (Black Sabbath is not scheduled to appear) Fri Mar 25 9pm / The Smell / 247 S. Main


Gay Men's Chorus of LA brings “A Mighty Voice,” a program of classical works, to Downtown’s Historic Core. Cristian Grases, a recent addition to the faculty of USC's Thornton School of Music, is guest conductor. Sat Mar 26 3pm and 8pm (plus Sun Mar 27 3pm) / Los Angeles Theater Center / 514 S. Spring

Swingin' In Concert with Seth MacFarlane: Writer, actor, and producer Seth MacFarlane, the Emmy-winning creator of “Family Guy,” will perform standards with his smooth vocals, backed by a 36-piece orchestra. The night will include singer Sara Bareilles joining him for “Love Won’t Let You Get Away.” Mar 26 7pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic

“Burn This”, written by Lanford Wilson, looks at four lives adjusting their relationships with others, and their personal identities, while stricken by the accidental death of a young dancer. Nicholas Martin directs. $35 seats can be purchased for $25 for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday’s performances until April 1. Call 213-628- 2772 and mention code WILSON or order online. Restrictions apply. Opened Mar 23 / Runs through May 1 / Mark Taper Forum / Mark Taper Forum / 135 N. Grand


The Shin Seung Hun Show is the 20th Anniversary tour for the “Emperor of Korean Ballads.” Sun Mar 27 7pm / Nokia Theater L.A. Live / 777 Chick Hearn Ct


Singer / Songwriter Kenny Rogers has sold over 120 million records during a 50-year career, so one evening will not cover everything. However, you can bet the Gambler’s May 7 release, the gospel themed “The Love of God,” will be a topic. Grammy Foundation VP Scott Goldman moderates. Mon Mar 28 / Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic

Film Courage Interactive screens “World Full of Nothing,” a thriller written and directed by Jesse Pomeroy. A Q and A with Pomeroy will be held after the screening. Mar 28 7pm / Downtown Independent / 251 S. Main

Monster Ball Tour: Lady Gaga steps back and forth across a fine line of larger-then-life performance art and spectacle––both on stage and off. Yet, buried somewhere under the headwear of the razzle-dazzle diva is a chanteus with verifiable hits. Mar 28 8pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa


Get Schooled: An Introduction to Hip-Hop will trace the music form's roots and survey the first major Hip-Hop recordings that entered the pop charts. It is the first of three sessions offered by the Grammy Museum. Class two will cover the Golden Age of Hip-Hop; Class three focuses on controversy of content and fatal rivalry. Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum, will lead the three sessions. Tue Mar 29 7:30pm (April 4, April 12) / The Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic

Aloud: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses her new book 'The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,” a true story of Kamela Sediqi, an Afghan woman who earned a teaching degree only to be banned from school after the Taliban took control of the city of Kabul. Left to raise her siblings after her father and brother were forced to leave the city, Sedigi took on garment making and grew it into a thriving business. Mar 29 7:30pm / Central Library / 630 W. 5th


Reel to Reel will screen "Troubadours," the documentary about the 1960s singer-songwriter movement that lead to that peaceful easy feeling of the 70s. Musicians from Carole King and James Taylor; Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, and Eagles ultimately led to a definitive California sound. There will be a post-screening panel with director Morgan Neville, photographer Henry Diltz, singer/songwriter JD Souther, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Leland Sklar. Wed Mar 30 7:30pm / Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic


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