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What You’re Doing This Week: February 20

February 20, 2012 11:40 AM

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Even in the winter months in Los Angeles, there is never a shortage of varied and exciting entertainment. Don’t let the Santa Ana winds keep you away, there is much to do and see in Los Angeles this week!
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Tuesday, February 21

Fat Tuesday Celebration

The Farmer’s Market at The Grove
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-9211

Join in the Fat Tuesday celebration from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at the Farmer’s Market at the Grove. The evening features delicious Cajun cuisine, Dixie Beer (imported just for the occasion), lots of dancing, and New Orleans music from Eddie Baytos & The Nervis Bros, one of the most requested bands of the year. They will be performing on the Market’s West Patio stage. This evening is the culmination of a weekend-long event at The Farmer’s Market which included a Mutti Gras Pet Parade, hourly bead tosses, King cake and beignets and lots of fun music.
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LA Opera

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-8001

Not in the mood for Mardi Gras? Looking for something a little more refined? Experience the bravado and the baritone of Placido Domingo at the LA Opera in Verdi’s masterpiece Simon Boccanegra. He will be joined by conductor James Conlon, internationally recognized as a master of Verdi. The performance is at 7:30pm at The Opera House in downtown Los Angeles.
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Thursday, February 23

Philip Levine-US Poet Laureate

LA Central Library - Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 228-7000

The Los Angeles Central Library is hosting a very special evening with poet laureate Philip Levine whose writing captures the beauty in our everyday lives. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Levine grew up in Detroit where he worked in factories and lived the working man’s blue collar experience. His poetry is real and alive and finds beauty in the reality of making a living, the labor of work, and the hardships of living. His words paint a picture of Detroit that brings to life the city noises, the music, and the people. The event is free in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library, 7pm.
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Friday, February 24

Jackie Evancho Concert

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
777 Chick Hearn Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6020

If you are still in the mood for opera experience the sensational voice of 11-year-old Jackie Evancho at the Nokia Theatre. From You Tube sensation to singing for millions on America’s Got Talent, this young singer has ears perked-up all around the world. Her 2010 O Holy Night album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and she is the youngest artist to have an album go platinum. And to think her love of opera started with a family outing to see Phantom of the Opera. Go see and hear the phenomenon for yourself in person, live at Nokia.
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Sunday, February 19

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-6149

Free Sundays in February from 12:30pm – 5pm at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium courtesy of the folks at OVO, Cirque du Soleil’s current show adjacent to the Aquarium in the pier parking lot. This partnership is an obvious choice for the show as OVO is described as an “immersion into the teeming world of insects.” When visiting the Aquarium you will be immersed in the underwater world, gaining knowledge about the creatures of the Santa Monica Bay through hands-on, interactive exhibits of more than 100 species native to the Bay. The free Sundays will celebrate crustaceans – the ocean’s counterpart to insects on land.

Laura Gerson loves to discover things about Los Angeles and share them with your family. She blogs about kids activities and resources for moms at Mom Angeles.

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  • Christina Simon

    I really want to take the kids to see OVO and they love the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

  • Steve

    Jackie Evancho is not an opera singer, has never been an opera singer, denies being an opera singer and probably never will be an opera singer. She is a classical crossover singer.

    I hope some day the press can get this right.

  • Tunanorth

    As posted, Jackie is not an opera singer, but is instead a “Classical Crossover” singer; think Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, or Andrea Bocelli.
    She is also a vocal phenomenon not seen in more than 100 years.
    Destined to be one of the finest voices of the millennium, Jackie Evancho performances send concert-goers home realizing they have seen something that they will remember for the rest of their lives; on the level of being in Liverpool circa 1962.
    “Lightning in a bottle” is an understatement!

  • Ian L

    Do yourself a huge favor and go see Jacke Evancho live. She will astound you, I guarantee. Yes, she is that good!!! You’ll remember it forever.

  • CBS Local: What You’re Doing This Week of February 20

    […] Even in the winter months in Los Angeles, there is never a shortage of varied and exciting entertainment. Don’t let the Santa Ana winds keep you away, there is much to do and see in Los Angeles this week! Check out Mardi Gras at The Grove, opera performed by Placido Domingo and Jackie Evancho and free Sundays at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium thanks to OVO! READ MORE…. […]

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