17 culture picks: ‘Dr. Katz’ with Jon Hamm, ‘The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro’

Luis Alfaro, left; Jon Hamm
This week’s offerings include works by playwright Luis Alfaro, left, and a live version of the animated show “Dr. Katz” with Jon Hamm.
(Center Theatre Group; Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

A live staging of the animated sitcom “Dr. Katz” and playwright Luis Alfaro’s take on classical Greek tragedies lead our weekly list of online concerts, streaming theater productions, virtual art exhibitions and other culture for your viewing consideration this weekend. Here’s our latest rundown, all times Pacific.

“Dr. Katz Live”
Jon Hamm, Bob Saget and “Curb Your Enthusiasm’s” Susie Essman are among the stars joining “therapist” and series co-creator Jonathan Katz for a live version of the Emmy-winning 1990s-era animated sitcom. 5 p.m. Sunday. $20.

For the record:

9:27 a.m. Nov. 16, 2020An earlier version of this post incorrectly described “Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake” as an “all-male” production. The cast includes both male and female dancers.

“The Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro”
The Getty and the Center Theatre Group present staged readings, filmed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, of the playwright’s Chicano-themed versions of classic tragedies. First up: “Oedipus El Rey” (5 p.m. Friday), followed by “Mojada” (Nov. 20) and “Electricidad” (Nov. 22). Available through Jan. 20. Free.


“Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake”
Center Theatre Group also streams a pre-recorded performance of the British choreographer’s bold reimagining of the Tchaikovsky ballet. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. $10.

“Concerto for Having Fun with Elvis on Stage”
Theater artist Alexander Gedeon and composer Daniel Corral deconstruct the myth of pop stardom in this musical fable with live accompaniment by the Now Hear Ensemble. Preceded by a screening of Corral’s short video piece “Count In!” 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $8-$15.

“Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway”
This three-part concert series continues with a performance by Tony winner Laura Benanti (“Gypsy”). 5 p.m. Saturday; available on demand for 72 hours afterwards. $30 per household; proceeds to benefit arts institutions including Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa.

Chicano Batman
The L.A.-based Latin rock band performs in a new installment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Sound/Stage” series of socially distanced concerts filmed at the Hollywood Bowl in August. 10 a.m. Friday; available for 30 days. Free.

Chicano Batman’s new record, “Invisible People,” is coming out during a pandemic. But they aren’t worried.

April 22, 2020

“2020 Songbook”
Long Beach Opera previews selections from 20 newly commissioned works in this virtual gala hosted by Metropolitan Opera countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. 5 p.m. Sunday. $25, $75 per screen.


LA Escena 2020
UCLA’s “Diversifying the Classics” initiative presents this global celebration of classical theater from the Spanish Golden Age. The festival is co-sponsored by A Noise Within and Playwrights’ Arena. 5 p.m. Thursday; 4 and 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. and 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. RSVP at

“Trans, Transfeminine, Femme, Trans Womxn, Trans Women, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Two-Spirit people (Dedicated to Camila María Concepción - Rest In Peace), 2020–21”
LACMA presents a livestream of this performance piece created by New York-based multimedia artist Jade Kuriki Olivo, a.k.a. Puppies Puppies (contains nudity). 5 p.m. Thursday. Free. RSVP at

“Highland Park Is Here”
Cornerstone Theater Company explores that gentrifying L.A. neighborhood in this online offering inspired by the stories of local residents. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Free.

“A Tour of India”
Thousand Oaks-based New West Symphony continues its virtual season with this program of works by Reena Esmail, Philip Glass, Debussy and others. 3 p.m. Sunday. $25 per household; season passes available.

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance present Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence dance company performing “Grace,” the choreographer’s fantastical 1999 dance drama featuring music by Duke Ellington, Fela Kuti and Roy Davis Jr. 7 p.m. Thursday. Free.

“Rachmaninoff & Chopin”
Pasadena Symphony presents Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances plus Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring pianist Inon Barnatan. 8 p.m. Saturday. Available on demand afterwards. $100 minimum donation (includes access to all four fall concerts).


“The Anonymous Lover”
Los Angeles Opera and the Colburn School present up-and-coming vocalists in a staging of this musical 19th century rom-com written by pioneering Black 19th century composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. James Conlon conducts. 5 p.m. Saturday; available through Nov. 29. Free.

“The Tale of Turandot”
Imagine Theatre uses modern puppetry to retell this traditional Chinese fable in this family-friendly show for kids age 4 and up. 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; also Nov. 21-22. Free. RSVP at

“Songs of Insurrection”
L.A.-based pianist Thomas Kotcheff performs selections from his new recording of composer Frederic Rzewski’s protest-inspired work. 5 p.m. Friday. Free.

“A Taste of Home: Building the Flavors of Japanese America”
The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo explores Japanese immigrants’ contributions to the culinary landscape in this interactive program. 2 p.m. Sunday. Free. RSVP at

Our recurring coronavirus-era viewing recommendations are indexed in the same place arts event listings (sigh) used to post.