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Downtown Culture: Dudamel, Wild Things, The Moody Blues and Vinyl

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, at 11:02PM
Dudamel Conducts the LA Phil Courtesy LA Phil

As usual, if you are looking for cultural diversions in Downtown, there is something for everyone. The city's stages are waiting for you.

Continuing: “God of Carnage” at The Ahmanson Theatre runs through May 29 (135 N. Grand); "The Good Boy" at Los Angeles Theater Center runs through May 22 (514 S. Spring).

"Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll," "John Lennon, Songwriter," and "Bob Marley, Messenger" are among the current exhibitions at The Grammy Museum (800 W. Olympic).

Dudamel conducts Mackey and Brahms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including the West Coast premiere of Mackey’s “Beautiful Passing.” Through May 15. (Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand).

Not Continuing: The Los Angeles Lakers' 2010-11 season.

FRIDAY MAY 13

The Next Dance Company: At REDCAT, an evening of new dance works by the resident ensemble of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts. Directed by choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. May 13 and 14 / 631 W. 2nd

The Royal Family Ball is Soulive, Lettuce, and Break Science––with guest Chali 2na. Fri May 13 9pm / Club Nokia 800 W Olympic

Comedy with Luenell May 13 and 14 (9pm) / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

SATURDAY MAY 14

“Wild Things” is the theme for this edition of Target Free Family Saturday, a free event to introduce and explain the nature of wildlife and assorted critters in Los Angeles County. Sat May 14 11am / Japanese American National Museum / 369 E. 1st

Santa Fe Art Colony LA's 22nd consecutive year of inviting the public to tour the studios of working artists. Sat May 14 2pm / 2421 S. Santa Fe

Fun In Limbo is the Intertigo Dance Theatre, appearing at the Los Angeles Theater Center. May 14 and 15 / 514 S. Spring

More comedy with Sinbad. Sat May 14 8pm / Club Nokia / 800 W. Olympic

SUNDAY MAY 15

The Moody Blues' two-hour show risks being just an overview of a band's major contribution to the 1960s British invasion, but the makers of "Nights in White Satin" have had good reviews from those who approached the show with a cynical ear. May 15 7pm / Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE / 800 W. Olympic

MONDAY MAY 16

A full schedule at The Smell includes the Monday night installment with Swimsuit, Secret Twins, City Center, and Tinylittle Mon May 16 / The Smell / 247 S. Main

TUESDAY MAY 17

Francisco Goldman, author of "Say Her Name," in conversation with novelist Rachel Kushner. Tue May 17 7pm / ALOUD at the Central Library Mark Taper Auditorium / 630 W. 5th

WEDNESDAY MAY 18

Lonesome Heroes brings their city-friendly country to the Downtown’s den of pirates. Wed May 18 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

From Vision to Vinyl is a look at the recording industry’s vinyl manufacturing process to assist independent artists and labels releasing on vinyl for the first time. Wed May 18 7:30pm / The Grammy Museum / 800 W. Olympic

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