Looking for something beautiful, stimulating, smart, and inspirational, to do this week? Following find a few awesome options!
“DakhaBrakha” at Grand Performances (350 S. Grand Ave in downtown LA) at 8 p.m. This is a world music quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine. Free.
Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival presents “Of Culture, Of Self” at Ivy Substation (9070 Venice Blvd. in Culver City 90232) at 8 p.m. This evening will feature three of the Festival’s performers and one newcomer. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. See http://www.lawtf.org or call (818) 760-0408.
Musical icon Elvis Costello delves into his remarkably diverse catalog at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 p.m. Multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ben Folds performs new music, along with his pop hits in orchestral arrangements. This event repeats on September 6 at 8 p.m. See http://hbowl.com/Costello&Folds
“Equivocation” opens at the Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum (1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd in Topanga 90290) at 8 p.m. Written by Bill Cain, this new work deftly reveals the cat-and-mouse games in politics and art, and the craft of learning how to speak the truth in difficult times. In London in the year 1605, a down-and-out playwright called "Shagspeare" receives a royal commission from King James to write a play promoting the government's version of the Gunpowder Plot, a recent failed attempt to blow up Parliament and the Monarchy. Tickets range $25 to $37. See http://www.theatricum.com
“Dark Desert Hwy” starts at the Candlelight Pavilion (455 West Foothill Blvd in Claremont 91711) celebrating the music of The Eagles. Continues through September 14 only. See http://www.thecpdt.com or call (909) 626-3296 ext. 1.
“What I Learned in Paris” opens at the Colony Theatre (555 N. Third St. in Burbank) at 8 p.m. In the midst of social change, the key players in a winning campaign must battle the strongest opponent of all – Love. See http://www.colonytheatre.org
“Earth/Quaked: Dance Changes the World” by Muse/Ique at Caltech’s Beckman Mall Lawn. Features tap dancer Savion Glover. Event opens at 5:30 p.m. for mingling. At 7:30 p.m. the music starts for a non-stop 90-minute set. Buy tickets at http://muse-ique.com/Sept-7-EARTH-QUAKED.php
Forever Flamenco presents Lakshmi Basile and Company and master guitarist Joaquin Gallegos’ debut at the Fountain Theatre (5060 Fountain Ave in Los Angeles 90029) at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40. See http://www.FountainTheatre.com
The 68th Annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade with its theme “Mexico in the Skin” will start at 10:30 a.m. on Mednik St. through E. Cesar Chavez Blvd and ending on Gage Ave. The celebration will then continue on Belvedere Park (at Mednik and First) with music, entertainment, food, and more.
“Thanks for the Memories” at the Sierra Madre Playhouse (87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd in Sierra Madre 91024) at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This nostalgic show features music, dance and comedy from the World War II era and later armed conflicts (Korea, Vietnam, Iraq) in a tribute to Bob Hope and the USO shows. See http://www.sierramadreplayhouse.org
The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony with special guest Hershey Felder perform at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre (2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East in Hollywood) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range $30 to $50 and are available at http://www.FordTheatres.org or by calling (323) 461-3673.
The Covina Center for the Performing Arts has open call auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Audition will continue on September 9 with call backs for September 11. See all information and character breakdowns at http://www.covinacenter.com. Click on auditions.
Tribute to Lauren Bacall – double feature of “To Have and Have Not” and “Murder in the Orient Express” - at The Landmark (10850 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles 90064) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13. See http://www.landmarktheatres.com
The Laguna Beach Live! All Stars perform on the Harvest patio, overlooking Aliso Canyon at The Ranch at Laguna Beach (31106 S. Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach - formerly Aliso Creek Inn). The concert is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. Food and full bar are available for purchase. Complimentary valet parking. Tickets are online for $15 and $20 at the door; seating is assigned so friends who wish to sit together should notify Laguna Beach Live! the day before. See www.lagunabeachlive.org or phone 800-595-4849.