Alright LA, another weekend is among us which means another addition of my top five picks of what to do. From dance, theater, roller derby, carnivals to “Iron” Mike Tyson one man show, without a shadow of a doubt we can say there is something for everyone.
Choreographer Victor Quijada leads Rubberbandance, the popular ensemble known for its ability to combine hip hop with other types of contemporary dance.
Where: At Luckman Fine Arts Complex, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles;
When: Sat., March 9, 8 p.m.,
$25-$45. 323-343-6600, www.luckmanarts.org.
Playwright Andrea Kuchlewska combines unlikely ingredients in her comedy: an est-like training program for self-realization, the art/science of linguistics and a stormy love affair involving a pair of obsessive linguists. Eve (Meredith Bishop) and Micah (Scott Kruse) may be experts in the arts of language, but that doesn't mean they can communicate. He has been trying for ages to tell her that he loves her, but she refuses to acknowledge that anything but love of language unites them -- and she never stops talking. In desperation, he signs up for a course with "take control of your life" guru Jack (Scott Victor Nelson) in the hopes that it will enable him to confess his love. But Eve has an intense love-hate relationship with the program, so it becomes one more obstacle. Also present is a little girl named Evie (Tess Oswalt), who may or may not be a childhood incarnation of Eve. Directed by Jennifer Chambers and Produced by Racquel Lehrman, Theatre Planners and Wilder Theatrics.
Where: Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood 90046 323-852-1445 | http://www.matrixtheatre.com
When: Thurs,-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. (Sun, March 24, 2 p.m through March 30. (323) 960-7822, plays411.com/complete. —
Other Dates and Times:2:00 p.m. every Sun. until March 23
7:00 p.m. every Sun. until March 23
3. 2ND ANNUAL LA CANVAS CARNIVALE
WHAT: This Saturday, we're hosting our most elaborate kickback to date, designed
to make you feel even more delighted than that time you were double-fisting cotton-candy and funnel cake while waiting in line for the bumper cars outside the big-top. Because there will be DJs, dancing, and booze. (Lots of it.) Pre-sale tickets are all sold out, but earlybirds might catch a GA entrance.
WHEN: Saturday, March 9th, 9pm-2am
WHERE: 929 E Second St. #108, Los Angeles, CA 90012
2. LA DERBY DOLLS VS SAN DIEGO WILDFIRES
Raise a fist and cheer for the L.A. Derby Dolls as the hard-charging L.A. Ri-Ettes face the San Diego Wildfires + All Star guest skaters in a clash on wheels on March 9. All the speed, thrills, and bruising action of hard-core roller derby awaits!
The Los Angeles Derby Dolls, LA’s all-female roller derby league, is an institution, as well as a frightening display of athletic prowess. The players’ fishnets and booty shorts may add to the spectacle of the event, but don’t let those cutesy outfits fool you?these women play fists-out, full-contact derby. The league’s home base is the Derby Doll Factory, located in Downtown LA, which houses its “banked track”; that means the outer rim of the track is elevated allowing for soaring speeds and, when things go awry, serious bloodshed. With help from a DJ blasting rock in between matches, as well as some spirited announcers, the mood in the venue stays amped at all times. The Doll Factory also provides a wide variety of food from some of LA’s best food trucks, and plenty of stands selling booze. (All ages. Children 10 and under free.)
Where:1910 W Temple St Silver Lake Los Angeles
When: Sat 6-11pm; Sun 3pm-6pm
Price: Cover varies $18-40.
OPEN TO ALL AGES DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM (SAT) / 3:00 PM (SUN)
GAME STARTS AT 8:00PM (SAT) / 4:00 PM (SUN)
DOORS CLOSE AT THE END OF HALFTIME - NO EXCEPTIONS
1. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Mike Tyson is taking yet another shot at redemption outside the ring. After appearing in hit movie The Hangover (2009) and 2008 documentary Tyson, the former undisputed heavyweight champion of world now is aligning himself with Spike Lee, who's directing him in the touring one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. Just as he did in James Toback's doc, Tyson chronicles his tumultuous life and showbiz boxing career, from his Brooklyn childhood to his championship titles to his family, including the death of his youngest daughter, Exodus, in 2009. This is Tyson's version of the truth, which includes his three-year incarceration for rape, and his tabloid-fodder marriage to first wife Robin Givens. (Tyson even shares an anecdote about Givens' ex-boyfriend, a then-unknown Brad Pitt.) Forget about Lance Armstrong. Tyson's confessional is live and onstage. And it's further proof that you can't keep the biggest whackadoo in sports history down. If you tried, he just might bite your ear off.
WHERE: Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 800-982-2787 | http://www.broadwayla.org
WHEN: Fri.-Sat., March 8-9, 8 p.m.; Sun., March 10, 7 p.m.; Other Dates and Times:8:00 p.m. March 9 7:00 p.m. March 10
Price: $32-$514 $32-$514. (323) 468-1770, ticketmaster.com.
And there you have it! Make sure to explore your city. Till next week.