Things to do in LA, OC: Dance, music, Shakespeare
Not one, not two, but Three Tony-winning musicals and the return of the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival are among our selection of Southern California cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, remember to call or check online for booking conditions and COVID-19 protocols.
‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle’
The Independent Shakespeare Co.’s annual Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns for another summer with this rarely performed 17th-century satire, written not by the bard, but rather by his friend and contemporary Francis Beaumont. The Dell above the Old Zoo, 4801 Griffith Park Drive, Griffith Park, LA 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; other dates until July 31. Free ; reservations required. iscla.org
A drag performer helps a struggling shoe factory owner turn his business around in a weekend-only staging of Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning musical based on the cinematic comedy from 2005. Emmy-winning Wayne Brady stars in the lead role. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 8 p.m. from Friday to Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. $14 to $181. hollywoodbowl.com
‘Red Mill! Musical comedy’
A struggling writer and a glamorous nightclub host share an ill-fated turn-of-the-century romance in Paris in the award-winning adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 musical drama. Hollywood Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. from Thursday to Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Sunday. $39 and up. broadwayinhollywood.com
‘In the woods’
Pacific Opera Project features a site-specific exterior staging of award-winning musical fantasy by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine inspired by classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday; also from July 15 to 17. $25, $30 (both price categories are currently sold out, but a waitlist is available). Details at pacificoperaproject.com
“Barack is Back”
Barak Ballet, the Santa Monica-based neoclassical ballet company led by Artistic Director Melissa Barak is returning to live, in-person performance after a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus. BroadStage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $50 to $95. barakballet.org
‘Michael Feinstein sings Gershwin’
The Pasadena Pops vocalist, pianist and principal bandleader also takes to the mic to lead the orchestra through a selection of songwriter George Gershwin’s greatest hits. The Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 7:30 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). $25 to $152. pasadenasymphony-pops.org
This annual presentation of living pictures – life-size recreations of famous works of art using living, breathing human beings – is back. This year’s theme: “A Wonderful World”. Festival of the Arts/Competition of the Masters, 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 8:30 p.m. every evening, from Thursday to September 2. $30 and up. foapom.com
‘Mrs. Krishnan’s feast
She’s cooking up a storm, so bring your appetite in this immersive and interactive theater experience presented by New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theater Company. The Edye at BroadStage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. from Friday to Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday; other dates until July 24. $45 – $65. broadstage.org
2022 summer sound waves
La Marisoul y Son California, providers of traditional Mexican folk music, are helping launch a second edition of this family concert series. Local singer Jackie Mendez opens the show. The Music Center, Jerry Moss Plaza, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA 8 p.m. Saturday. $20; up to four children, ages 12 and under, free with each paying adult. musiccenter.org
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