Things to do in LA, OC: Dance, classical music, Shakespeare


Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky, a local ballet company, and the return of “Hadestown” make our shortlist of Southern California cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, remember to call or check online for booking conditions and COVID-19 protocols.

“Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks”
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Ludovic Morlot, is joined by violinist Joshua Bell and the USC Trojan Marching Band for a program that includes an enhanced pyrotechnic rendition of Tchaikovsky’s uplifting “1812 Overture.” Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $26 to $185.

Go to hell and back – again – as the nationwide tour of Anaïs Mitchell’s Tony-winning, mythology-inspired folk musical returns to SoCal for a short stint. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates until August 21. $28 and up.

Modern Ballet by Raiford Rogers
The Los Angeles-based dance company presents the world premiere of “Seeds of Rain”, a new multimedia work featuring music by Philip Glass and Czech composer Zbyněk Matějů. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, LA 8 p.m. Saturday. $25 to $45.

“A Tribute to Sondheim”
The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles wraps up its season with a selection of favorite show songs from the late, great Broadway composer. The program also includes the Los Angeles premiere of Andrew Lippa’s “Songs of the Phoenix”. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $30 to $95.

The Independent Shakespeare Co.’s annual Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival continues with the tragic story of a power-mad Scottish warlord bard and his scheming wife. The Dell above the Old Zoo, 4801 Griffith Park Drive, Griffith Park, LA 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; other dates until September 4. Free ; reservations required.

“American Icons: Judy Garland and Friends”
Michael Feinstein and the Pasadena Pops are joined by guest vocalists including Melissa Manchester for a tribute to Garland, Garland’s daughter, Liza Minnelli, Peggy Lee and Doris Day. The Los Angeles County Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. 7:30 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). $10 to $152.

33rd Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival
Grammy-winning singer Ledisi, saxophonist Gerald Albright, singer-guitarist Jonathan Butler and the legendary Sérgio Mendes are among the scheduled performers. Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach. 6 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $75 to $275.

Natsumatsuri Family Festival 2022
This celebration of Japanese culture returns with live taiko drumming, storytelling, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and more. Japanese American National Museum, Outer Plaza, 100 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Free; RSVP requested.

“A Midsummer Night’s dream”
Bring a picnic and the family, as the Echo Theater Co. is staging a simplified, kid-friendly 40-minute version of Shakespeare’s Sylvan Fantasy. Elysian Park, Angels Point Picnic Area, Angels Point Road, LA 4 p.m. Saturday (also August 27). Free.


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