Two acclaimed dance companies, a pair of family festivals, and a 12-hour music marathon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall make our short list of Southern California cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, remember to call or check online for booking conditions and other COVID-19 protocols.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The venerable New York company dedicated to promoting African American dance returns with three programs of new and classic repertoire, each capped off with Ailey’s signature work ‘Revelations’. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., LA 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $34 to $138. musiccenter.org
“From noon to midnight: a day of new music”
The return of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 12-hour showcase for new and recent works features John Adams and the LA Phil New Music Group in a tribute to Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, plus performances by the duo of piano Hocket, the alternative music ensemble Wild Up and the choral group Tonalite, among many others. Various locations inside and outside Disney Hall. Noon to midnight Saturday. $5 for all events except the “Focus on Andriessen” concert, which is $10-$63 (includes admission to all other events). laphil.com
Bob Baker Day
The beloved co-founder of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater is celebrated with the return of this carnival-style family outing featuring puppet shows and clowns; musical performances by the Los Angeles-based Pacific Opera Project, folk group Hollow Trees and others; as well as arts and crafts, games, and face painting. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Downtown Los Angeles 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Free. bobbakerday.com
“Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim”
Ragamala Dance Company, a classical Indian troupe led by mother-daughter artistic directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy, presents the world premiere of this site-specific work inspired by Hindu teachings on life, death and rebirth. Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. 8 p.m. Saturday. $36 to $71. thesoraya.org
“Liaisons: reinventing Sondheim from the piano”
Pianist Anthony de Mare pays homage to the late Stephen Sondheim with new versions of some of the Broadway legend’s best-known works, reimagined by contemporary composers including Jeff Beal, Meredith Monk and Jon Batiste. Presented by the UCLA Center for the Performance Art. Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. 7 p.m. Sunday. $39 to $59. cap.ucla.edu
‘Family Festival: Persia’
The Getty Villa is expanding its new exhibit “Persia: Ancient Iran and the Classical World” with a two-day family-friendly festival featuring live music, dance and storytelling, and hands-on arts and crafts. The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to Sunday. Free; reservations required. (310) 440-7300. getty.edu
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