Things to do in LA, OC: Mexican dancing, classical music


A classical pianist, a venerable dance company and a Tony-winning musical top our short list of cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, remember to call or check online for booking conditions and other COVID-19 protocols.

Ballet Folklórico de México by Amalia Hernández
The Mexico City-based troupe, known for its colorful costumes and dedication to preserving Mexico’s myriad varieties of traditional dances, celebrates its 70th anniversary with a program of classical repertoire. The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, LA 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday. $35 to $55.

“The Group Visit”
Musicians from a small Egyptian police band have an unplanned stay in a remote Israeli town in Itamar Moses and David Yazbek’s 2016 Tony Award-winning musical based on the 2007 film of the same name. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Segerstrom Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates until April 3. $26 – $130.

Simone Dinerstein
The acclaimed pianist performs Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’, the German composer’s 1741 keyboard composition originally written for harpsichord, a self-funded recording of which in 2007 helped launch Dinnerstein’s career. The Wide Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 4 p.m. Sunday. $40 to $70.

“Anna in the Tropics”
Tolstoy’s classic romantic novel “Anna Karenina” serves as the inspiration for Nilo Cruz’s 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about the lives of Cuban immigrants working in a cigar factory in 1920s Tampa. A Noise Inside, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; other dates until April 17. $25 and up. (626) 356-3121.

“Nowruz: The Iranian New Year Concert”
Carl St.Clair and Pacific Symphony are joined by special guests for a festive program of works by Vivaldi and Mussorgsky as well as selections from contemporary Iranian composers. Co-presented by the Farhang Foundation. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 8 p.m. Saturday. $50 to $285.

20th Anniversary Dance Camera West Film Festival
This annual showcase of dance-themed films from around the world returns with in-person and virtual screenings. 2220 Arts + Archives, 2220 Beverly Blvd., LA 7 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Friday; 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $15; pass: $75. (Also at the Raymond Kabbaz Theater, March 31-April 2).


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