Six picks for your L.A. weekend: Los Angeles Ballet, Cirque de la Symphonie and more

A slideshow features two dancers in red, a circus performer hanging from straps, and Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”
Los Angeles Ballet’s “Bloom”; Cirque de la Symphonie; Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”
(Reed Hutchinson / UCLA; Brad Budd; Turner Classic Movies)

Local dance companies, a festival for classic movies and a beloved musical make our short list of Southern California cultural offerings this weekend. Before you go, remember to call or check online for reservation requirements and other COVID-19 protocols.

Los Angeles Ballet returns with this fantastical program that includes two L.A. premieres — Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Bloom” and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Ghosts” — plus composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer George Balanchine’s classic collaboration “Apollo.” The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday (“Bloom” and “Ghosts” only). $68-$114.

For the record:

4:47 p.m. April 21, 2022An earlier version of this article misidentified Pittance Chamber Music as Pittance Chamber Orchestra.

Legendary choreographer George Balanchine is remembered by his disciples in the documentary ‘In Balanchine’s Classroom,’ directed by Connie Hochman.

Sept. 23, 2021


‘The Sound of Music’
A spunky young woman in pre-WWII Austria becomes governess for a former naval officer’s large brood in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved Tony-winning musical. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, 14900 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. 8 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates through May 15. $14-$79.

Cirque de la Symphonie
Aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, and more join Pacific Symphony for a high-flying stage spectacular set to the music of Tchaikovsky, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, et al., with two evening performances plus a pair of Saturday morning matinees for the younger crowd. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $38-$209. “Cirque for Kids”: 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. $16-$76.

Classic lowriders at the Petersen. A salute to the buffalo soldiers at CAAM. A celebration of the Jewish delicatessen at the Skirball.

April 1, 2022

TCM Classic Movies Festival
This annual celebration of all things cinema returns with four days of in-person screenings of such favorites as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Spartacus,” “The Third Man” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Also included: celebrity appearances, cast reunions, panel discussions, book signings and more. TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.; and other area venues. Various showtimes, Thursday-Sunday. Festival passes: $399 and up; individual tickets: $10-$30 (first-come, first-served).

‘Dance for Life’
Dancers from myriad local troupes — including BodyTraffic, Jacob Jonas the Company, L.A. Dance Project and Lula Washington Dance Theater — take part the stage in this fundraiser to fight HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 W. Washington Blvd., L.A. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. $50-$150; VIP packages: $500, $1000.

Lula and Erwin Washington married in 1970 and founded Lula Washington Dance Theatre in 1980. They vow to keep on, ‘even if it’s just the two of us.’

Jan. 31, 2020


Pittance Chamber Music presents soprano Elissa Johnston and members of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus in a performance of the complete love songs of 19th century German composer Johannes Brahms, with LA Opera conductors Grant Gershon and Jeremy Frank sharing a bench for piano four hands. First United Methodist Church Pasadena, 500 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $10-$40.