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Weekend Picks for Jan. 11-15: ‘I Am My Own Wife,’ ‘PST: Live Art LA/LA,’ MLK Day and more

John Tufts stars in the Laguna Playhouse production of the Orange County Premiere of I AM MY OWN WIF
John Tufts stars in “I Am My Own Wife” at Laguna Playhouse.
(David Bazemore / Ensemble Theatre Company)

This weekend: An award-winning drama about a transgender woman in Germany, a city-wide performance-art festival and a few ways to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

‘I Am My Own Wife’ tells story of resistance and resilience

A 65-year-old transgender woman in Germany who suffered under the Nazi regime and then Communist rule and lived to tell the tale does so in “I Am My Own Wife.” John Tufts plays more than 40 roles in Doug Wright’s Tony- and Pulitzer-winning solo drama. Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 5:30 p.m. Sunday; ends Jan. 28. $45-$80.

All the city’s a stage with ‘PST: Live Art LA/LA’

Viva! Mexico’s Astrid Hadad, Peru’s Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani and L.A.’s own Raul Baltazar are among the myriad Latin American and Latino performance artists taking part in “The Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA,” a city-spanning showcase curated by REDCAT. Various indoor and outdoor venues around L.A. Starts Thursday; ends Jan. 21. Many free events; most ticketed performances, $15 or less.

Astrid Hadad
Astrid Hadad will perform as part of “The Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA." Rodrigo Vasquez

Lula Washington Dance Theatre remembers civil-rights icon

The L.A.-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre pays tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in three distinct programs over the holiday weekend. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. $45-$125.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform at the Wallis in Beverly Hills. Lula Washington Dance Theatre

The dream remembered at CAAM

The California African American Museum marks the King holiday with family-friendly art activities, live music, panels and workshops, as well as a marathon reading of the slain civil-rights leader’s speeches and sermons. California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Free.

Martin Luther KIng Jr.
The Rev. Martin Luther KIng Jr. will be remembered at the California African American Museum. AFP/Getty Images

Santa Monica Symphony salutes MLK

Santa Monica Symphony’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert includes Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown and Beige” and “Te Deum” from Puccini’s “Tosca.” SGI Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free.

A whole new world in ‘Aladdin’

“Disney’s Aladdin,” the hit stage adaptation of the 1992 animated musical, alights in Tinseltown with an all-new production featuring members of the show’s original Broadway cast. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; ends Feb. 18. $35 and up; children under 5 not admitted.

Perlman fiddles with the L.A. Phil

Acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman conducts the L.A. Philharmonic and serves as featured soloist for Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The program, presented in L.A. and O.C., also includes works by Elgar and Brahms. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday. $72-$215. Also, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 3 p.m. Sunday. $58 and up.

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