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Downtown Culture: Romance, Bicycles, Laker Playoff Prep

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, at 08:35PM
Gods Of Carnage Joan Marcus

Jeff Daniels reprises his Broadway role in the Tony Award-winning “God of Carnage,” now playing at the Center Theatre Group.

Downtown culture is in full motion this week, with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and CicLAvia joining the slate of music and film. The list is brief, but there is something for everyone.

FRIDAY APRIL 8

Romantic Times Booklovers Convention seduced and prodded lovers of heartfelt tales to sneak in Thursday night for an long embrace with the city and intimate afternoon soirees with masters of words. Some hope that their stories will taste the kiss of fulfilling distribution. Through Sun Apr 10 / Westin Bonaventure / 404 S. Figueroa

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival opened Thursday and runs through April 10 with full afternoons and evenings of short comedies and the occasional VIP party. Through Sun April 10 / Downtown Independent Theater / 251 S. Main

Between Disorder and Unexpected Pleasures: Tales From the New Chinese Cinema is a series of new works dedicated “to promoting cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the U.S. and China.” In case you were looking for a night of political opposition, don't. Curators say that it's about the cinema. Through Saturday, April 9 / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

Revelations: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's current tour is an encore farewell for artistic director Judith Jamison and a soft welcome for incoming artistic director Robert Battle. The graceful transition marks the 50th anniversary of the company, who will close every performance with landmark piece "Revelations." Through Saturday, April 16. Programs and times vary / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 135 N. Grand

"Roadhouse Lounge" is the one-man show with Darryl Van Leer portraying a long list of soul hitmakers. It has been extended to Friday April 8 and Saturday April 9 (8pm) Art Share LA / 326 S. Hewitt

John Mellencamp's “No Better Than This” tour reaches Downtown. The opening act is “It's About You,” a documentary by Kurt Markus that follows a Bob Dylan-John Mellencamp-Willie Nelson tour of minor league baseball stadiums. Fri Apr 8 7pm / Nokia Theater L.A. Live

SATURDAY APRIL 9

Theater: Saturday night will include the ongoing performances of "bonded" (through Sun April 17); "Devil’s Advocate" (opened April 1 and runs through April 24); "A Weekend With Pablo Picasso" (through Sunday, May 1); at Los Angeles Theater Center.

Also on Saturday is Company of Angels' production of "LA VIEWS 4 Downtown Curren(t)cy: Lives Looking for Change" (through May 1).

Center Theater Group presents “Burn This” at the Mark Taper Forum (through Sunday, May 1) and "Gods of Carnage" at the Ahmanson (through May 29).

Jazz: San Francisco-based jazz guitarist Alex Pinto has a CD release party for "Inner State," which features his quartet. Sat April 9 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka

SUNDAY APRIL 10

CicLAvia: Bikes of all shapes take over 7.5 miles of streets from Boyle Heights to East Hollywood. Sun Apr 10 / Downtown and Beyond

An Afternoon of Music: William Leavitt’s Theater Objects is the muse for performances of original compositions by Judicanti Responsura and Joseph Hammer, as well as works by Kraig Grady. FREE Sun Apr 10 / [MOCA])(http://www.moca.org/) Grand Ave / 250 S. Grand

The Creation, Haydn’s masterpiece, as performed by Los Angeles Master Chorale could be a fitting Downtown L.A. soundtrack on a day where bicycles take over the streets. Sun Apr 10 7pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

MONDAY APRIL 11

An Evening With Henry Butler: Blues, Caribbean, roots, pop, blues and jazz influences moves pianist Henry Butler, who is also a photographer and subject of a current HBO documentary "Dark Light: The Art Of Blind Photographers." Mon Apr 11 / 8pm / GRAMMY Museum / 800 W. Olympic

TUESDAY APRIL 12

Aloud: Rebecca Skloot, author of 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,' in conversation with Carolyn Kellogg, L.A. Times staff writer. Tue Apr 12 7pm / Central Library / 630 W. 5th

The Real Season Begins: The L.A. Lakers lost to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, taking away the potential drama from the final game of the regular season with the San Antonio Spurs on April 12 (7:30pm) at Staples Center. The Spurs are the Western Conference Champions heading into the NBA playoffs.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 13

The Season Ends: They are still the Clippers. No playoffs. Still waiting to be seen is if anyone comes close to Blake Griffin, who is likely to be voted NBA Rookie the Year. Clippers will host the Memphis Grizzlies in their final game of the season. Wed Apr 13 7:30pm / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

Roky Moon & Bolt, and The Mulhollands play Downtown’s musical palace for pirates. Wed Apr 13 / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is joined by a live band, featuring Thomas Bartlett (piano), Jack Petruzelli (guitar), Brad Albetta (bass), and David Berger (percussion), to perform songs from the artist’s first solo CD, Dendrophile, a throwback to '70s folk-pop to protest songs to jazz standards. Tue Apr 12 through Wed Apr 13 8:30pm / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

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