The return of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, Hollywood Fringe Festival and CicLAvia top our short list of cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, don’t forget to call or check online for booking conditions and other COVID-19 protocols.
The Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns with an outdoor staging of the fantasy drama about an exiled duke turned wizard, his young daughter and others on a magical island. This weekend’s shows are all booked, but reservations – which are required – for future performances can be made seven days in advance. Old Zoo, 4801 Griffith Park Drive, LA 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To free. iscla.org
“Dudamel rules the ‘New World'”
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9. The program also includes works by two black composers: Joseph Boulogne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges Violin Concerto No. 9 with violinist Randall Goosby, and Adolphus Hailstork, who composed the 1985 work “An American Stopover”. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave. 8 p.m. Thursday. $ 8 to $ 167. hollywoodbowl.com
” The chandelier “
Los Angeles-based company Heidi Duckler Dance presents this new site-specific work inspired by novelist Clarice Lispector’s tragic coming-of-age tale. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. 8 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. $ 50. thewallis.org
Hollywood Fringe 2021
The annual open access theater festival returns with more than 100 comedies, dramas, musicals, solo shows, panels, workshops and other programs on multiple sites as well as online. From Thursday to August 29. $ 2 to $ 33, plus several free events. (323) 455-4585. hollywoodfringe.org
“Pierrot Lunaire” / “The voices of the killing jar”
Long Beach Opera is teaming up with the alternative classical ensemble Wild Up and the Ate9 dance company for this dual program that combines Arnold Schoenberg’s song cycle of 1912 with Kate Soper’s 2012 work inspired by Eight Grandes. female characters of literature. Le Ford, 2580 boul. Cahuenga. E., Hollywood. 8 p.m. from Saturday to Sunday. $ 49 to $ 90. longbeachopera.org, theford.com
The DTLA Dance of the Music Center
This outdoor series returns with five consecutive Fridays of events for all ages with music ranging from cumbia to Bollywood. The instructors show you the movements. The opening night will include a free vaccination clinic; Child-friendly arts and crafts workshops are held on August 20, August 27 and September 10. Jerry Moss Plaza at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA 7 p.m. Friday. musiccenter.org
“Symphony in the cities”
Pacific Symphony brings music to the masses with three outdoor concerts featuring classics, pop hits and patriotic songs. Family activities are scheduled before each performance. Saturday: 4 p.m. pre-show, 7 p.m. concert at Oso Viejo Community Park, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. Sunday: 5:30 p.m. before the show, 7 p.m. concert at Mike Ward Community Park Woodbridge, 20 Lake Road, Irvine. August 22: 5:30 p.m. before the show, 7:00 p.m. concert at Musco Center’s Aitken Arts Plaza, Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange. To free. pacificsymphony.org
“Mesopotamia: civilization begins”
This is your last weekend to attend this “absorbing” exhibition of statues, pottery, murals and other Middle Eastern antiques on loan from the Louvre in Paris; closed on Mondays. Villa Getty, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. To free; advance tickets required. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu
Cars will be banned and cyclists, roller skaters, snowboarders, strollers and pedestrians will rule over 2¼ miles of streets – from Wilmington Waterfront Park to Banning Park in Wilmington. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. To free. A map and details are available at ciclavia.org
“Michael Feinstein Sings Sinatra Songbook”
The pianist-singer and principal conductor of Pasadena Pops takes the microphone to greet Frank Sinatra. Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $ 25 to $ 150. pasadenasymphony-pops.org
Skirball Sunset Concerts
Local Korean-American indie-rock band Run River North performs clips from their latest album at this outdoor concert. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood. 8 p.m. Thursday. To free; reservations required. skirball.org
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“Tarantino Live: Fox Force Five and the Tyranny of Evil Men”
For the Record presents this immersive music review that recreates scenes from films by director Quentin Tarantino, including “Pulp Fiction”, “Kill Bill” and “Reservoir Dogs”. This weekend’s performances are sold out, but the show will be operational until September 30. The Bourbon Room, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood. 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. $ 49 to $ 79. tarantinolive.com
GMCLA 2021 Gala
The Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus will broadcast their annual fundraiser live, with Kalen Allen of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” host and singer-songwriter Andra Day and Shoshana Bean of Broadway joining in the festivities. 8 p.m. Saturday; available on request until August 31. $ 75, with a limited number of seats available for the in-person show in a private residence for $ 500 each. gmcla.org
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