September 10, 2012
Fall Preview 2012: Calendar
FRI SEPT 14
“THE BOOK OF MORMON”
The Broadway debut of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone satirizes organized religion in lewd, crude — and musical — fashion. The story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to proselytize pagans was deemed “best musical of this century” by The New York Times, won nine Tony Awards last year — including Best Musical — and is playing at the Pantages for a limited run. Fri. Through Nov. 25. 8 p.m. $35-$175. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. (800) 982-2787. broadwayla.org.
SAT SEPT 22
Best known for his ballet choreography in “Black Swan,” the film and stage choreographer (Natalie Portman’s husband) brings the Los Angeles Dance Project to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program features a performance of a world-premiere piece written by Millepied and commissioned by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center; choreographer William Forsythe’s “Quintett,” in which Millepied dances; and Merce Cunningham’s “Winterbranch.” Collaborators include composer Nico Muhly and fashion icon Rodarte. Sat. Through Sept. 23. 7:30 p.m. (Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sept. 23). $28-$110. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 972-0777. musiccenter.org.
WED SEPT 26
Just in time for election season, Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet (“Glengarry Glen Ross”) weaves a humorous — and all-too-familiar — tale of dysfunctional American politics. The story follows President Charles Smith and his cohorts, who will stop at nothing to beg, bargain and browbeat their way into a second term. The winning cast includes Emmy-nominee Ed Begley Jr. (“Arrested Development”) and Emmy-winner Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”). Wed. Through Nov. 4. Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 628-2772. centertheatregroup.org.
TUE OCT 2
YouTube clips of the Pittsburgh native effortlessly freestyling are viral classics, and his records — including debut album “Blue Slide Park” — showcase Miller’s knack for lacing his rhymes with humor. The 20-year-old rapper makes a stop in Los Angeles as part of his Macadelic Tour. Hip-hop act Travis Porter and rapper YG also perform. Tue. 8 p.m. $30-$35. Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles. (213) 763-6030. nokiatheatrelalive.com.
SUN OCT 7
“THE SOTA PROJECT”
Israeli artist Ofri Cnaani creates an immersive, multilayered video installation that reenacts “Sota,” a controversial story from the Talmud of two sisters bound together in symbiotic loyalty that unfolds in time and three-dimensional space. Cnaani’s piece invites viewers to step into room-sized moving panoramas and walk through an enigmatic and disturbing ancient story that has hardly been told. Sun. Through Dec. 1. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), noon-4 p.m. (Saturday). Free. USC Fisher Museum of Art, 823 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 740-4561. fisher.usc.edu.
Asaf Avidan at Largo, Oct. 7.
Boasting high-pitched vocals recalling rock ’n’ roll royalty Janis Joplin and Robert Plant and English-language songs of psychedelic folk-rock, the Israeli-born singer-songwriter appears tonight at Largo. He performs material from his forthcoming album, “Different Pulses.” Sun. 8 p.m. $25. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 855-0350. largo-la.com.
THU OCT 11
“CREATING THE UNITED STATES”
Discover how our nation’s founders managed to build a strong and resilient republic. The new Skirball exhibition features original documents and letters signed by George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson, a first edition of “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine, engravings by Paul Revere, a William J. Stone copy of the Declaration of Independence, a Members Edition of the United States Constitution, a facsimile of the desk on which Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, and an original copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Thu. Through Feb. 17. Noon-5 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Saturday, Sunday). $10 (general), $7 (seniors, full-time students), $5 (children 2-12), free (Skirball members, children under 2 and Thursdays). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. skirball.org.
“WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE”
Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book comes to life at Walt Disney Concert Hall in composer Oliver Knussen’s rambunctious opera. This new production of the 20th century musical fantasy — in which cutting-edge video technology and classic hand-drawn illustration meet — features conductor Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and others. Thu. Through Oct. 14. 8 p.m. (Oct. 11-Oct. 13), 2 p.m. (Oct. 14). $18-$172. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 850-2000. laphil.com.
MON OCT 15
FRANK RICH AND FRAN LEBOWITZ
A politics and culture columnist for New York magazine, Frank Rich joins cultural satirist Fran Lebowitz for a pre-election “State of the Union Conversation.” Nothing is off-limits when the two outspoken writers discuss the economy, gay marriage, foreign policy and other hot-button topics. A book signing and reception follow. Mon. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP required). USC Campus, Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles. (213) 740-0483. usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices.
THU OCT 18
The filmmaker, writer and performer leads “The Auction,” an evening of storytelling in which the audience becomes a generous and active player in the art of monologue. Just how July’s latest book, “It Chooses You,” explores stories behind item-for-sale ads in the PennySaver, tonight Miranda solicits volunteers from the audience to interview and who provide a personal item that will be put for sale over the course of the performance. Thu. 8-10 p.m. $15-$20 (general), $10 (UCLA students). Freud Playhouse, UCLA campus, 245 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. cap.ucla.edu.
SUN OCT 21
“LIGHT AND SHADOWS: THE STORY OF IRANIAN JEWS”
Revealing the rich and complex history of one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities and showcasing the dramatic story of Iranian Jews — dating back nearly 3,000 years, when the first Jews exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon settled in the Persian sphere, to present-day Los Angeles — the new exhibition includes archeological artifacts, illuminated manuscripts, Judaica and amulets, ceremonial garments, musical instruments, paintings, photographs, video, documentary ephemera and more. Sun. Through March 10. Noon-5 p.m. (Wednesday), noon-8 p.m. (Thursday), noon-5 p.m. (Friday-Sunday). Free. Fowler Museum at UCLA, UCLA campus, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Los Angeles. (310) 825-4361. fowler.ucla.edu.