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Bianca Bulle in Los Angeles Ballet’s The Nutcracker: See Saturday.
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p.m.; Sun., Dec. 2, 2 p.m.; $36-$104. Also at Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., Dec. 8, 1 & 5 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 9, 1 p.m.; $46-$124. Also at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Man- hattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach; Sat., Dec. 15, 1 & 5 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 16, 1 p.m.; $36-$104. Also at UCLA Royce Hall, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood; Sat.-Sun., Dec. 22-23, 1 & 5 p.m.; Mon., Dec. 24, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; $36-$124. losangelesballet.org/ the-nutcracker. —Ann HASkinS
ART
Psychoanalyze This
For anyone who has partaken of art therapy to try to express themselves better, been asked what they see in an inkblot or tried to decipher modern art, this show
is your chance to turn the tables. Now in its seventh year, the annual “Mirrors of the Mind” exhibition put on by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association gives viewers the chance to scrutinize the subconscious truths of the doctors for a change. Aside from the nuances between therapists, analysts and clinical psychol- ogists, this open-call, all-media exhibi- tion is every bit as fraught and eclectic
as any group show, with self-portraits, dreamscapes, quick sketches, high-tech renderings, collages and cartoons. The
key difference is that this time, you have permission to project. The Hangar Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica; Sat., Nov. 24, 5-10 p.m.; free. (310) 397-7456, lapsych.org/ events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1114303. —SHAnA nyS DAMbRoT
fri 11/23 THEATER
Puppets Aren’t Just for Kids
A play starring puppets in a space called Cupcake might suggest some good clean family fun, but don’t get it twisted, this ain’t no Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater produc- tion. The Broadway hit Avenue Q, featuring felt creatures in an uproarious musical about young adults trying to make it in New York City, is like Sesame Street meets Friends,
if Friends were a PG-13 movie. Strong language and adult themes are involved,
so this one is not recommended for the kiddies, though it is an all-ages venue (and let’s face it, youngsters hear worse on the playground). Running since the top of the month, the Tony Award–winning musical has been a smash for the Valley venue with a cast of locals taking on the music and lyrics of Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx — who initially conceived Avenue Q as a televi- sion series, then developed it for the stage in 2002. Sassy and sardonic numbers like “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” delve into topical issues but somehow manage not to come off gratuitous — unlike that recent Melissa McCarthy movie! Avenue Q is,
in fact, warmly nuanced and, ironically, a hilarious and honest show about humanity. Cupcake Theater, 11020 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood; Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 24, 7 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 25, 4 p.m.; thru Dec. 16; $39-$79. cupcaketheater.com. —LinA LEcARo
MUSic
Take a Sonic Voyage
Film director Stanley Kubrick’s use of
classical music in his films was so effective that many people, when they hear the momentous strains of Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra,” can’t help immediately picturing scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey. This weekend, actor Mal- colm McDowell hosts Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey as Jessica Cottis conducts the L.A. Philharmonic in a weekend of classical selections from Kubrick’s films, including 2001 (which also featured work by composers Ligeti, Johann Strauss and Khachaturian), The Shining (Bartók, Pen- derecki), Barry Lyndon (Handel, Schubert and Bach) and Eyes Wide Shut (Shostak- ovich, Ligeti), as well as lilting melodies
by Beethoven that provided a soundtrack to the gleeful violence perpetrated by Mc- Dowell’s character, Alex, in A Clockwork Orange. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 23- 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 25, 2 p.m.; $69-$207. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.
—FALLing JAMES
sat 11/24 SHoPPing/ART
Support Local Artisans
It’s a match made in artisanal, #shoplocal heaven at the return of the Craft & Folk Art Museum’s Holiday Marketplace. It’s
a slightly more global take on the local makers scene, augmented by music and snacks, with the added benefit of taking in the museum’s current round of impressive mixed-media shows and installations. Tip: The faux-fur safe room by Uzumaki Cepeda might come in handy for weary
shoppers seeking a calming respite. The jewelry, textiles, ceramics, and unique, sustainable home goods are not only ir- resistible but also cash and carry — so con- sider getting in on the Saturday morning preview brunch not only for early access to the goods but also fresh coffee and fancy treats. Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; VIP preview brunch: Sat., Nov. 24, 10-11:30 a.m.,
$15; market: Sat., Nov., 24, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free with museum admission. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org. —SHAnA nyS DAMbRoT
DAncE
On Your Toes
For the next six weeks ballet will be blooming across SoCal as that seasonal favorite The Nutcracker arrives. Sugar plum fairies, mice armies, toy soldiers
and dancing snowflakes take the stage in dozens of productions ranging from ballet studios to visiting professional companies. First out of the gate and one of the best belongs the Los Angeles Ballet, the city’s own professional ballet company. Set in 1913 Los Angeles, LAB’s picture-postcard version is also the most accessible since
it tours Metro L.A. with performances
in Cerritos, Glendale, Redondo Beach, Westwood and Hollywood, with live music by the Los Angeles Ballet Orchestra. Full schedule and tickets at losangelesballet. org. Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive, Cerritos; Sat., Nov. 24, 5 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 25, 1
p.m.; $36-$104. Also at Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Sat., Dec. 1, 6
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