Weekend Picks: Ballet Hispánico, James Newton Howard, Shen Yun and more

Ballet Hispánico will perform “Con Brazos Abiertos” and other works by Latina choreographers in a two-night engagement at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.
(Paula Lobo)

Looking for things to do this weekend? For fans of dance, Ballet Hispánico holds court at the Broad Stage, Shen Yun makes the first of several stops in Southern California and Heidi Duckler Dance remembers 12th-century polymath Hildegard von Bingen. Theater lovers might enjoy Independent Shakespeare Company’s intimate staging of “Julius Caesar” or take a last opportunity to catch “Canyon” in DTLA or “The Judas Kiss” at Boston Court Pasadena. And if it’s music you crave, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra premieres a piece by James Newton Howard, and a female-powered salute to Yoko Ono takes place at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Once more, with passion

New York-based Ballet Hispánico is back with a reprise of the program it presented in L.A. last fall, a trio of works by Latina choreographers: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Línea Recta,” Michelle Manzanales’ “Con Brazos Abiertos” and “3. Catorce Dieciséis” by Tania Pérez-Salas. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $45 and up.

Et tu, Brute?

An ill-fated Roman ruler will meet an ignominious end when Independent Shakespeare Company presents an interactive staging of the Bard’s classic tragedy “Julius Caesar.” ISC Studio, 3191 Casitas Ave. No. 130, Atwater Village. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; other dates through May 11. $15-$35.

Sam Breen, top, plays Cassius and Faqir Hassan is Brutus in a new Independent Shakespeare Company production of “Julius Caesar.”
(Grettel Cortes)


This woman’s work

The Fluxus Festival concert “Breathewatchlistentouch: The Work and Music of Yoko Ono” finds a host of acts including La Marisoul, St. Vincent and Garbage front-woman Shirley Manson singing the praises — and the music — of the influential artist, vocalist, composer and activist. The program contains nudity and mature content. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Friday. $32-$60.

Artist, musician and activist Yoko Ono will be celebrated at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
(Peter Hove Olesen / Associated Press)

Into the mystic

Heidi Duckler Dance presents Act One of “Hour of Hildegard,” a new site-specific work inspired by the life and times of 12th-century German abbess, author, artist, composer and mystic Hildegard von Bingen. St. John’s Cathedral, Parish Hall, 514 W. Adams Blvd., L.A. 5 p.m. Saturday. $10; VIP tickets, $50.

Tess Hewlett will be part of Heidi Duckler Dance's new site-specific work, “Hour of Hildegard.”
(Gary Leonard)

He knows the score

Veteran film composer James Newton Howard premieres his Concerto for Orchestra & Cello with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and cellist Andrew Shulman under the baton of conductor laureate Jeffrey Kahane. The program also includes works by Mozart and Gabriella Smith. 8 p.m. Saturday at Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Also 7 p.m. Sunday at Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood. $28 and up; discounts available.

A new work by composer James Newton Howard has its debut in a pair of concerts by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra this weekend.
(Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)

Middle Kingdom in motion

Shen Yun Performing Arts returns with “Shen Yun 2019,” the nationally touring troupe’s latest stage spectacular celebrating 5,000 years of Chinese dance, music and culture. Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday (also at other area venues through May 5). $80-$180.

“Shen Yun 2019” is the national touring company’s latest celebration of traditional Chinese culture, music and dance.
(Shen Yun Performing Arts)


It’s curtains for ‘Canyon,’ ‘Judas Kiss’

It’s your last weekend to catch these two L.A. Times Critics’ Choice shows:

“Canyon” is Jonathan Caren’s new dark comedy about a backyard party in L.A. that takes a shocking turn. The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., L.A. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday. $38.

“The Judas Kiss” is David Hare’s biographical drama starring Rob Nagle as Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Cntains nudity. Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N. Mentor Ave. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$39.

Rob Nagle portrays Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde in “The Judas Kiss,” which closes this weekend at Boston Court Pasadena.
(Jenny Graham)


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