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Downtown Culture: Theatre, Where is Where, Steve Martin and Tina Fey

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, at 05:04PM
REDCAT / Eija-Liisa Ahtila Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Still from "Where is where?" by Eija-Liisa Ahtila. The multimedia artist's experiment in story telling appears at REDCAT on Monday, April 18.

If you did not have enough art and culture from Art Walk, the city had has more for you to see or do. Here are some quick notes on some events you will find in Downtown this week.

The Stages around Downtown are busy this week. "A Weekend With Pablo Picasso" starring Herbert Siguenza (at LATC through May 1) had a good review from the Los Angeles Times; Alvin Ailey’s Revelations ends Saturday April 16 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; "Burn This" has $25 seats available on the Tuesday through Friday evening performances through April 29; and "Gods of Carnage" is playing through May 29 at the Ahmanson Theater.

Art in the Streets opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art (and with it comes extra graffiti. Through Mon Aug 8

FRIDAY APRIL 15

Charlie Wilson with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds appears at L.A. Live. Fri Apr 15 8pm / Nokia Theatre / 777 Chick Hearn Ct

Comic Retha Jones headlines the Downtown Comedy Club because it is her birthday and she is funny. That’s how they roll at the DCC. Garrett Morris All-Stars (8pm) and Retha Jones (9pm) on Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16. Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

The Revoltz with Fiction Reform and Neighborhood Bullys will appear at The Redwood. The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

SATURDAY APRIL 16

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes opens its doors to the public with a day-long family festival from 10am to 4pm. The day includes live music with VeryBeCareful, Chicano Batman, and Ollin, but tickets are sold out. Sunday spots are still available. April 16 / LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes / 501 N. Main

Hollywood Bites Back has comedians like Conan O'Brien, Elizabeth Banks (NBC's "30 Rock"), B.J. Novak (NBC's "The Office") and Sarah Silverman perform live to help fight malaria. Sat Apr 16 7:30pm / Nokia Theatre / 777 Chick Hearn CT

PremaSoul with Sheela Bringi, Clinton Patterson, Dave Tranchina, and Colin Woodford Apr 16 9pm / The Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St. Suite 301

SUNDAY APRIL 17

The Lakers' playoff run begins with a visit from the New Orleans Hornets. As an FYI, Chick Hearn Ct / 11th Street will be closed between Figueroa and Georgia Street all of Sunday. Apr 17 / Staples Center / 1111 S. Figueroa

MONDAY APRIL 18

Where is Where? is experimental storytelling from multimedia artist Eija-Liisha Ahtila, who uses four image split-screen to break down the murder of a young French boy by two Algerian playmates during the Algerian War of Independence in the 1950s. Mon Apr 18 / REDCAT / 631 W. 2nd

TUESDAY APRIL 19

An Evening with Tina Fey in conversation with Steve Martin Let’s not kid ourselves. To consider Fey and Martin as mere comedians is a poor observation of their standing as American humorists. The two writers/actors/humorists share the stage as Martin interviews Fey about her new book Bossypants. Net proceeds support KPCC 89.3 and KCET. Tue Apr 19 / Nokia Theatre L.A. Live / 777 Chick Hearn Ct

Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar has a stop on his 90th Birthday Celebration tour at Disney Hall. Tue Apr 19 8pm / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20

'I Was A Dancer' Celebrated classical dancer and choreographer Jacques D'Amboise in conversation with Sasha Anawalt, Director, USC Annenberg Arts Journalism. Wed Apr 20 7pm / Central Library / 630 W. 5th

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