Weekend Picks: David Bowie, Anna Camp, Alvin Ailey and a funny 'El Niño'
By Matt Cooper
Apr 19, 2018 | 8:00 AM
Your shortlist for arts this weekend: How about separate performances by three highly regarded New York dance companies? Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem are all in Southern California. In music, Will Oldham shares the stage with Eighth Blackbird, and de Angelis Vocal Ensemble concludes its season. On the stage, “Belleville” opens while “El Niño” closes.
Complexions salutes Bowie
Let all the children boogie! Complexions Contemporary Ballet pays tribute to the late, great David Bowie with “StarDust,” a new work featuring an eclectic selection of songs from the iconic and influential English art rocker’s storied career. (Read the back story from choreographer and company co-founder Dwight Rhoden.) Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $34 and up. www.musiccenter.org
‘Belleville’ opens at Pasadena Playhouse
Things aren’t all hunky-dory for a newly-married American couple living in a funky Paris neighborhood in the L.A. premiere of Amy Herzog’s Hitchcockian suspense drama “Belleville.” Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect”) and Thomas Sadoski (“The Newsroom”) costar. Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. In previews now, opens Sunday, ends May 13. Check website for schedule. $25 and up. www.pasadenaplayhouse.org
Eighth Blackbird at Ace Hotel
The eclectic Chicago sextet Eighth Blackbird shares the stage with Will Oldham, the singer-songwriter occasionally known as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, in this Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presentation. The evening includes “Murder Ballades,” a collection of darkly-themed, folk-music-inspired tales from the National’s Bryce Dessner. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Saturday. $29.50-$59.50. www.cap.ucla.edu
Alvin Ailey and Dance Theatre of Harlem
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theatre of Harlem return to Southern California to perform popular repertory and in separate engagements. Ailey is at Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday. $19 and up. www.scfta.org. Dance Theatre of Harlem is at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $60 and up. www.thebroadstage.org
De Angelis Vocal Ensemble
San Juan Capistrano’s de Angelis Vocal Ensemble concludes its 13th season with “Sacré France.” This program of sacred music by French composers includes Francis Poulenc’s Mass in G, plus works by Maurice Duruflé, Alfred Desenclos and Pierre Villette. Christ Cathedral, 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $10-$40. www.deangelisensemble.org
‘El Niño’ closes at Rogue Machine
The forecast calls for “El Niño.” It’s your last weekend to catch playwright Justin Tanner’s new comedy about a down-on-her-luck writer and her similarly dysfunctional family. An L.A. Times Critics' Choice. The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday. $40. www.roguemachinetheatre.com