Performing-arts events worthy of your time and attention this weekend include season openers for the Los Angeles Ballet and Le Salon de Musiques, a pair of terror tales at a local mausoleum, and concerts by a country-music great and an Aussie indie rocker. Also, Rogue Machine stages a biographical drama about a famed physicist, a beloved French composer is celebrated in Pasadena, and a four-day dance-travaganza takes over Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach.
Local ballet company makes ‘Moves’
Los Angeles Ballet kicks off its 13th season with “Modern Moves.” This Americana-themed program features the George Balanchine classic “Western Symphony,” plus company premieres of contemporary works by choreographers Aszure Barton and Alejandro Cerrudo. The Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $36-$104. www.losangelesballet.org (Also in Westwood, Oct. 13, and Redondo Beach, Oct. 20)
The doors of Le Salon reopen
The intimate chamber-music series Le Salon de Musiques launches its ninth season of music and conversation with “Romantic Nostalgia,” a program of string quartets by Schubert, Mendelssohn and Purcell. With violinists Jessica Guideri and Serena McKinney, violist Rob Brophy and cellist Gabriel Martins. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor Salon, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. 4 p.m. Sunday. $45, $85. www.lesalondemusiques.com
Get spooked with ‘Wicked Lit’
Be afraid… be very afraid of “Wicked Lit 2018.” This year’s edition of Unbound Productions’ annual offering of immersive, site-specific terror tales includes adaptations of Ernest Rhys’ “Teig O’Kane and the Corpse” and Charles Dickens’ “The Chimes: A Goblin Story.” Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2300 N. Marengo Ave., Altadena. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday; other dates through Nov. 10. $30 and up. unboundproductions.org/
Emmylou Harris, Courtney Barnett play separate shows
Emmylou Harris holds court at Royce Hall, backed by her top-notch band, the Red Dirt Boys, in this Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presentation. Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. 8 p.m. Thursday. $39-$79. www.cap.ucla.edu.
Elsewhere, sardonic and self-deprecating Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett returns to SoCal in support of her latest album, “Tell Me How You Really Feel.” Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks and Waxahatchee open the show. The Greek Theatre, 2700 N. Vermont Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Friday. $29.50-$49.50. www.lagreektheatre.com
They’re dancing down in Laguna
The Laguna Dance Festival is back for a four-day showcase that features a free, live rehearsal and Q&A with Complexions Contemporary Ballet (7 p.m. Thursday); a one-night-only performance of “Stardust,” Complexions’ salute to late rock-music legend David Bowie (7:30 p.m. Friday); and duets and solos by principal dancers from Ballet West, San Francisco Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada, plus repertory excerpts by Complexions and Diavolo — Architecture in Motion (7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday). Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. $35-$75. www.lagunadancefestival.org
French composer feted at Boston Court
“The Art of Claude Debussy” is a three-day mini-festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of the famed French composer. Featured musicians include violinist Roger Wilkie, cellist John Walz, pianists Mark Robson, Edith Orloff, Lisa Sylvester and Brent McMunn, and sopranos Ariel Pisturino and Liv Redpath. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday. $30-$35; discounts available. www.bostoncourt.com
Rogue Machine stages ‘Oppenheimer’
For the first-ever show at its new home, Rogue Machine Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of “Oppenheimer,” Tom Morton-Smith’s bio-drama about the theoretical physicist and Manhattan Project leader dubbed the “father of the atomic bomb.” James Liebman stars. Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday; other dates through Dec. 30. $40. www.roguemachinetheatre.net