Things to do in LA, OC: Drag queens, jazz, classical music


A musical about a budding drag queen, a celebration of music from the Baroque era, and a concert led by a living jazz legend top our list of cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, remember to call or check online for booking conditions and other COVID-19 protocols.

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”
A British gay teenager pursues his dream of becoming a drag queen in the North American premiere of this inspirational West End musical. Layton Williams plays. Ahmanson Theatre, the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates until February 20. $35 to $145.

‘Baroque: Brandenburg 5’
Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas McGegan conducts the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and the composer’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with violinist Aubree Oliverson. Also on the program: works by Vivaldi and Boccherini. Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. $35 to $130.

Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
The Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer leads the venerable ensemble in a mix of standards and contemporary pieces. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. Friday. $39 to $119.

‘Alan Cumming & Ari Shapiro: Och and Oy! A Considered Cabaret’
The Tony winner and the NPR host share the stage for an evening of songs and stories. The Wide Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. Friday to Saturday. $65 to $145. (310) 434-3200.

‘Tupac Shakur. Wake me up when I’m free’
The influential rapper who died in 1996 is remembered in this exhibit featuring sound installations, poetry, personal effects and more. The Canvas at LA Live, Georgia Street and Olympic Boulevard, Downtown LA from Friday to May 1; closed on Tuesdays. $19.50 – $49.50.

“Therese Dimond and her friends”
The Pittance Chamber Orchestra features the principal percussionist and company of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra in a program of works by Ingolf Dahl, Arvo Pärt and others. First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $25, $40; series passes: $60, $110.

“Million Dollar Quartet”
This musical jukebox recreates a 1956 Memphis jam session featuring rock ‘n’ roll greats Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. La Mirada Performing Arts Center, 14900 La Mirada Boulevard, La Mirada. 8 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates until February 13.

“Soul of Spain”
Flamenco artist Manuel Gutierrez and the Los Angeles-based Ensemble Yuval Ron shine a light on the gypsy and Jewish cultures of Andalusia, Spain, to launch the three-concert series “Inspired Sounds”. Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center, 4305 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park. To free; RSVP at (310) 462-1439.


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