A high-flying Cinco de Mayo celebration, a musical journey through Renaissance Spain, and a theatrical descent into the underworld make our short list of Southern California cultural offerings this weekend (And if you (look for Mother’s Day options, you’ll find them here.) Before you go, be sure to call or check online for booking policies and other COVID-19 protocols.
Journey to hell and back with the nationally touring production of Anaïs Mitchell’s catchy, romantic musical that transports the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice from ancient Greece to modern-day New Orleans. Ahmanson Theatre, the Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles $40 to $225. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates until May 29. centertheatregroup.org
“Cinco de Mayan” by Lucha VaVoom
Masked Mexican wrestlers wrestle, comics crack, aerialists soar and burlesque performers strut their stuff in a special Cinco de Mayo edition of this cheeky variety show for ages 21 and up. The Aztec dance troupe Xipe Totec and the Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company also appear. The Mayan Theater, 1038 S. Hill St., Downtown LA 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday. $75. luchavavoom.com
“On the Golden Mountain”
The Huntington and Los Angeles Opera join forces for composer Nathan Wang’s site-specific musical drama based on Lisa See’s novel about her great-grandfather’s struggles and triumphs as a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles in the 19th century. The Huntington Library, Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino. 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday; also from May 12 to 15. $135, $150. huntington.org
“Score for Here”
Clockshop, an arts organization based in Los Angeles, presents multimedia artist Jimena Sarno’s new interactive, site-specific soundscape that allows park visitors to create their own personalized sound experiences using a phone app downloadable for free. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles Saturday through August 31; opening: Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Park Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m. to sunset. Free. horlogeshop.org
The venerable British vocal ensemble specializing in sacred Renaissance music closes its 2022 US tour with a program titled “The Golden Age of Spanish Polyphony”. The local choral group, the St. Monica Academy Choir, also performs. St. Andrew’s Church, 311 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Saturday. $50, $75. saintandrewpasadena.org
Thrills and chills await in an all-new edition of this dark and offbeat burlesque show directed and choreographed by local dancer Brittany DeWeese; from 17 years old. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood. 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; other dates until May 28. $20, $25. (818) 202-4120. zombiejoes.com
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