The theater takes center stage this week, as all kinds of productions hit the stage. In addition to a train station birthday party celebrating a 331 year old genius, a comedy show at Pasadena’s Ice House is the perfect way to start the week off right. Keep the laughs going with a musical comedy, and a funny modern classic play that takes place in two different time periods. More serious, but just as entertaining, is an anniversary dance performance that features both old and new pieces. As the week comes to an end, the zoo will offer three days of “egg-citing” activities to kick off Easter weekend, which culminates in restaurants around the city upping their brunch game for Easter brunch on Sunday. Hop to it LA!
Bach in the Subway
800 N Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Today is Johann Sebastian Bach’s 331st birthday, so why not celebrate at the train station. The day starts with a birthday lunch with Bach at the Waiting Hall. Enjoy music by DuselForty58, who will perform a variety of Bach’s solos, duos, and chamber music while you dine at Traxx Restaurant and Bar. Continue to follow the fun with a 1pm performance in Larchmont by Uncle Ruthie, who will be playing Bach on her 100 year old pump organ in front of Chevalier’s Books. Finishing off the birthday bash is Benjamin Beckman, who will be at Holmby Park playing selections from the Bach cello suites transcribed for horn (6:00pm between the playground and golf course). Get out and party like it’s 1685.
Ice House Comedy Club
24 N Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Head to Pasadena this Tuesday and have a laugh with stand up comedian Jo Koy. Drawing inspiration from his mother and son, Koy brings his unique, family-inspired humor to the Main Room stage tonight. A regular on “Chelsea Lately,” star of two Comedy Central specials, and guest on many more shows, Jo Koy has certainly been making the television rounds. In addition to his work on screen, Koy’s infection energy and insightful comedy has been selling out venues across the country. Grab your tickets now ($30), and expect the standard two drink minimum.
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”
The Ahmanson Theatre
135 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder opens tonight at the Ahmanson. Broadway alumn Kevin Massey plays the lead role of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to the family fortune. Bent on jumping the line and getting his hands on the money, he sets out to climb his way to the top of the succession ladder by any means necessary. Throw in a mistress and a fiancee who also happens to be his cousin, and you’ve got a recipe for hilarious disaster. Don’t miss the show that The Hollywood Reporter claimed restored their faith in musical comedy.
Antaeus Theatre Company
5112 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA, 91601
Obie Award-winning Cloud 9 is Caryl Churchill’s wickedly funny, modern classic play in two parts.
Written during the height of the women’s movement and sexual revolution of the 1970s, Cloud 9 is inspired by interviews and case studies gathered while Churchill was a tutor for the Royal Court Young People’s Theatre Scheme. The play is divided into two time periods, the first taking place in 19th century Africa. Restless colonizers fumble with power and gender, pushing the boundaries of Victorian imperialism. We then fast forward 100 years to late 1970s London, where sexual awakening and self-acceptance have finally exploded. Cross-gender casting finds men playing women, women playing men, and even a patriarchal husband who becomes a mischievous five-year-old girl. Thursday is a great day to see the show, as it includes a Talkback.
Big Bunny’s Spring Fling
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Start your Easter celebration early with three days of “egg-citing” activities today through Sunday, as the L.A. Zoo offers fun activities for guests of all ages. Kids can pet real bunnies, get a photo with “Big Bunny” (extra fee applies), get their face painted, get crafty with a bunny ear craft, color eggs, and more. Kiddle Karoo’s Easter Show will provide musical entertainment, while zoo residents uncovering Easter-themed paper mache eggs and baskets filled with treats will provide animal entertainment. Zoo-goers can also use clues and gather special treats as part of “Big Bunny’s EGG-cellent Adventure.” And just when you thought you couldn’t handle any more egg puns, an “EGG-ucation Station” will help you see what it’s like to live life as a bunny, including how they smell, what it’s like to have paws, and how they use their ears to identify emotion.
Pennington Dance Group 15th Anniversary Concert
State Playhouse (Cal State LA Campus)
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Critically acclaimed modern dance company Pennington Dance Group celebrates its 15th anniversary with a combination of new and recreated choreography. The highly anticipated revival of Bella Lewitzky’s 1969 On the Brink of Time will be danced by the only dancer in the world authorized to dance it, John Pennington. The piece will feature strobe lighting and the first synthesized music to be commissioned and recorded for a record label by Morton Subotnick. In addition to On the Brink of Time, another historical piece and a revival of an earlier work by the group will be performed. The show will also feature three premieres choreographed by Pennington, including a work that has been re-worked and re-choreographed, and one previously presented as a work-in progress now ready for its official premiere. An additional performance will take place Sunday as well.
Enjoy Easter Brunch
Sunday is always a good day for brunch, but restaurants around the city will be upping their brunch game today by offering lots of great options for Easter. Bentwood’s Baltaire will offer a decadent Easter feast with housemade pastries alongside shellfish and carving stations. Tanzy in Brentwood and Hey 19 Public House will offer Bloody Mary Bars with their brunches, as West Hollywood’s FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place will offer a $40 three-course prix fixe brunch with options like a veggie quiche or steak and eggs. If you’d like a little ocean view with your meal, head to The Lobster for Lobster & Shrimp Sausage Chilaquiles, or head down the road to Herringbone Santa Monica where an Endless Rose brunch will be paired with dishes inspired by local farmers markets. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, Pitchoun! Bakery will offer an extensive selection of Easter treats like large chocolate eggs, chocolate characters, and Easter eclairs, while Le Petit Paris will offer a delicate chocolate bird’s nest with their prix fixe 3-course Egg Cocotte and lamb chop Easter Menu.