Catch the metro rink
It’s that time of the year -- Downtown on Ice, Southern California’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, returns to Pershing Square Park for its sixth holiday season. The facility, sponsored by the L.A. Kings hockey team and the city, will be open seven days a week through Jan. 19, with extended hours Dec. 19-Jan. 11. In addition to skating, Downtown on Ice will have free hockey clinics, concerts and other special events. For more information, visit www.laparks.org.
Downtown on Ice, Pershing Square Park, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-9 p.m.; Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Extended hours Dec. 19-Jan. 11, daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. $6 per hourlong session, $2 skate rental. (213) 847-4970.
Something for everyone
Once upon a time variety was the spice of life, but you would be hard-pressed to prove it at the vast majority of live concerts. Santa Monica’s KCRW-FM (89.9) shows it’s still possible to mix things up at its third Sounds Eclectic Evening on Saturday at Universal Amphitheatre. Along with a one-man variety show (Beck), the lineup includes hip-hop (Jurassic 5), folk rock (Liz Phair), pop-gospel (the Polyphonic Spree), Irish alt-folk (Damien Rice) and even storytelling (Gary Jules).
KCRW’s Sounds Eclectic Evening 2003, Universal Amphitheatre, 100 Universal City Plaza, L.A. 7:45 p.m. $30 to $250. (818) 777-3931.
Step into Europe
La Danserie may be based in the sunny, smoggy Southland, but in name and creative stance it reflects a commitment to contemporary European dance-theater and, in particular, ballet trends on the continent. In a program titled “Jamais Vu,” Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Ariana Lallone and Olivier Wevers will appear as guest artists in artistic director Patrick Frantz’s “Celsius,” accompanied by cellist Armen Sajekian. Live music is also scheduled in Frantz’s premiere, “Point de Depart,” with pianist Darrin
Blumfield performing music by Chopin. Frantz’s “Farruca” blends ballet and flamenco, while his “Over the Top” is a boldly stylized hommage to jazz great Jelly Roll Morton. Judy Pisarro-Grant’s “Blink of an Eye” is accompanied by Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” and other pieces on the program are danced to music by Tchaikovsky and Etienne Nicolas Mehul.
La Danserie in “Jamais Vu,” Aratani/Japan America Theatre, 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown L.A. Saturday, 8 p.m. $20 to $25. (213) 680-3700.
A cinematic coup
When two Irish filmmakers, Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain, traveled to Venezuela to make a movie about then-president Hugo Chavez, little did they know that on April 11, 2002, the democratically elected Chavez would be removed from office, leaving them an entirely different film. The documentary, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” traces the seven months leading up to the coup, its aftermath and Chavez’s return to power 48 hours later.
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” unrated, opens Friday exclusively at the Landmark Nuart, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. (310) 281-8223.
Just a piano and violin
Daniel Shulman’s In the Music Room chamber music series continues at Crossroads School with four works for violin and piano. Violinist Kaori Washiyama and pianist Shulman will play Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne,” three pieces from Falla’s “El Amor Brujo,” and sonatas by Debussy and Faure.
In the Music Room, Roth Hall, Crossroads School, 1714 21st St., Santa Monica. Monday, 8 p.m. $25. (518) 325-1699.
He’ll leave the light on
It’s more an experience than an exhibit. Artist Michael C. McMillen has assembled corrugated metal, tar paper, discarded signs and all varieties of odds and ends into an installation he calls “Red Trailer Motel.” Just what is this “motel”? The artist describes the approach to this place: “enter the gallery through a weathered door. It is dark ... hear a faint night chorus of crickets and the sound of a gentle gust of wind, [there is] a large space, dim except for an illuminated structure....”
“Michael C. McMillen: Red Trailer Motel,” L.A. Louver Gallery, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Opening reception, Friday, 6-8 p.m. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Ends Jan. 3. (310) 822-4955 or visit www.lalouver.com.
March to an off beat
Pasadena’s Doo Dah Parade, the annual offbeat alternative to the city’s New Year’s Day parade, marches down Colorado Boulevard on Sunday. Doo Dah 27 will continue the event’s irreverent, quirky style and will feature about 100 groups, including such perennial favorites as Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, Dead Rose Queens, Clown Doctors From Outer Space,
Torment of Roses and the Queen Mummers. This year’s grand marshal is rockabilly music star
Ray Campi. The parade starts at the corner of Raymond Avenue and Holly Street going south, then west on Colorado to Pasadena Avenue.
Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, Old Town Pasadena, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Free. (626) 440-7379.
Deserving an Ovation
Lily Tomlin hosts the 14th annual Ovation Awards ceremony and performances celebrating the artistic excellence of Los Angeles-area theaters and theater artists. Directed by Matt Almos, the event will also honor Ed Waterstreet, co-founding artistic director of Deaf West Theatre, with the James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in the Theatre; and Gordon Davidson, artistic director of the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, with the Career Achievement Award.
Ovation Awards, Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. Sunday, 5 p.m. $35-$150. (213) 480-3232.
No shortage of material for Moore
These political and economic times leave author and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore with no shortage of material. His new book “Dude, Where’s My Country?” has already sold more than a million copies. Naturally, the raconteur can hold forth on the Iraq war, the U.S. economy, corporate greed, outsourcing jobs and other issues. His talk at UCLA is titled “Bowling for Columbine: America’s Culture of Fear and Its Consequences.”
Michael Moore, Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Plaza, UCLA, Westwood. Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. $20 to $50. (310) 825-2101, Ticketmaster, (213) 480-3232 or www.UCLALive.org.