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BrockusRED at Dance/ BACK: See Saturday.
PhoTo by DENisE lEiTNER
fri 11/9 DANCE
Tilting at Windmills
Miguel de Cervantes’ epic novel Don Quixote, about an idealistic knight-errant and his comrade Sancho Panza, has proved to be a universally resonant tale over the past four centuries, with interpretations in multiple formats, including film and opera. The ballet adaptation, with music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography by Marius Petipa, staged and choreographed further by Alex- ander Gorsky in 1900, has endured as the definitive ballet adaptation, and that’s the version brought to the Southland this week by St. Petersburg’s high-flying and stylish Mikhailovsky Ballet. Principal dancer Ivan Vasiliev portrays Basilio in the first two evening performances, and Victor Lebedev takes over in the role in the matinees on Saturday and Sunday, with Angelina Vo- rontsova and Anastasia Soboleva alternating as Kitri. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; Fri., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11,
1 p.m.; $29-$189. (714) 556-2787, —FAlliNg JAmEs
Check In Here
The last time Art at the Rendon let a few dozen artists loose inside the walls of the mid-transformation Rendon Hotel, they took over every room with a series of art in- stallations that made for an immersive and sometimes intense, hallucinatory experi- ence. A lot of that art is still in place but this weekend, it’s interior and exterior video pro- jections and live performance art through-
out the building that take center stage. Well, less of a stage and more of a choose-your- own-adventure narrative pastiche of theater and visual reimaginings of the history of this gloriously seedy original Arts District loca- tion. In fact, the corner dive bar (familiar to fans of Bukowski’s Barfly, and which in the film version basically played itself) will be reactivated as a jazzy period piece serving local brews. All proceeds benefit the theatre programs at nearby Inner City Arts. Rendon Hotel, 2055 E. Seventh St., downtown; Fri.- Sat., Nov. 9-10, 7 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 11, 6 p.m.; $25. (213) 537-0687, —shANA Nys DAmbRoT
sat 11/10 DANCE
Giving Back
Deborah Brockus is the prime mover of the L.A. Dance Festival and her own contem- porary company, BrockusRED. For the past three years they’ve hosted the local dance community’s charity event Dance/BACK, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to a designated charity or nonprofit. This year’s participants include Maura Townsend’s PROJECT21DANCE, Nancy Evans’ Dodge Dance Company, Sean Greene, Fuse Dance Company, Lindsey Lollie, Leah Hamel’s Carpool Dance Collective, Luke Zendar, Charlotte K. Smith and the host company. Past recipients include Doctors Without Borders (2015), Family Rescue Center (2016) and Doctors Without Borders/In- ternational Rescue Committee (2016). This year, the ACLU and the Good Shepherd Women’s Shelter will benefit. Whatever finally happens when the dust settles on the
midterms, the ACLU undoubtedly will be going to court or paying for current court cases challenging voter suppression efforts in states like Kansas, North Dakota and Georgia. This annual event has become
a way to channel the energy of the local dance community and its audience to dance and give back. Entry is an online donation ( back-2018) or a donation for the shelter brought to the show; advise which you’ll
do when making the required reserva-
tion ( Brockus Project Studios, 618B Moulton Ave., Lincoln Heights; Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 6 p.m.; entry by donation. brockus —ANN hAskiNs
FooD & DRiNk
Block Party
While it may not be summer anymore, SoCal’s temperate climes mean there’s
never really a bad time of the year to have
an event like the Gonzoplex Block Party, with Pitfire Artisan Pizza celebrating the opening of Superba Snacks + Coffee. A host of food — burgers, pretzels, pizza, french fry cones and more — awaits attendees, as well as live music, games and a cash beer garden. There will be various contests of skill, or
at least appetite, including pizza making, pizza eating and latte art competitions. All proceeds from the block party’s raffle benefit KPCC/Southern California Public Radio (and really, when you think about it, you and your commute, too). Superba Snacks + Coffee, 730 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena; Sat., Nov. 10, noon-5 p.m.; free. eventbrite. com/e/the-gonzoplex-block-party-tickets- 48671148716. —AvERy bissETT
Prepare to Be Provoked
“No one knows who they were or what they were doing, but their legacy remains,” the great hard-rock philosophers Spinal Tap once mused about the druids in their daft musical homage “Stonehenge.” The druids’ legacy resurfaces in another form this evening at the 12th annual Druid Under- ground Film Festival, with a two-hour program of short films and found footage. While the works in this year’s edition will shed little light on the actual culture of the druids, they do represent a fascinating colli- sion of provocative short films on numerous subjects presented by series founder Billy Burgess. HM157, 3110 N. Broadway, Lin- coln Heights; Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; $10. (562) 895-9399. —FAlliNg JAmEs
sun 11/11 FooD & DRiNk
Dairy-Free Deliciousness
Vegans tend to get ridiculed for their strict diets. But at Vegan Sweets Con — fittingly taking place around the holidays, the most sugar-filled time of year — the healthy and animal-free desserts are anything but bor- ing. Following this summer’s Long Beach Vegan Festival, this event gathers more than 30 vendors selling every type of sweet, from cookies and macaroons to chocolates and shakes, in addition to savory options, such as Compton Vegan, which specializes in soul food and BBQ. The schedule also features a cookie bake-off, children’s cookie decorating and a dairy-free milk and cookies lounge, as well as demonstrations
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