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Top 10 Weekend Events: Mike Tyson, Bivalve Bacchanal, Aimee Mann and More
What do clam chowder and JK Simmons have in common?
The weekend is full of adolescent angst and expiated guilt – and that’s just on stage. In addition to Mike Tyson and Judy Blume (actually, her novels) taking center stage, there’s a new musical project from Aimee Mann and a chance to scare yourself with the help of Wilford Brimley.
LEARN: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
The heavy hitter swaps pigeons for pathos in Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, a one-man show directed by Spike Lee. It earned raves on Broadway and this weekend, the troubled former boxer brings his show to Los Angeles. (March 8-10; Pantages Theatre)
LISTEN: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo
Their new musical collaboration is called #BOTH, and this weekend you can get a taste of it as the duo plays two shows at Largo. (March 8-9; Largo at the Coronet)
EAT: Best of the West Chowderfest
Chowderheads of the world, unite! Whether you prefer the creamy New England style or the tomato-based Manhattan, this bivalve bacchanal is your chance to vote for your favorite iteration of the seafood stew as prepared by chefs using local ingredients. (Saturday, March 9; Aquarium of the Pacific)
WATCH: Forever: A Parody of the Novel by Judy Blume
Remember the adolescent raunch of Judy Blume’s risqué (at least for 7th graders) books? Relive “the end of innocence” with an on-stage adaptation of Forever — sure to deliver both laughs and squirms. (March 8-April 13; Actors Circle Theater)
EXPERIENCE: 6th Annual Tattoo and Music Festival
In the 1990s, Orange County’s biggest export was a pop-punk sound adored by suburban teens worldwide. Two decades later hyperactive bands—and the ink slingers who embellished them—do their thing alongside acts like psychobilly guitarist Reverend Horton Heat, snotty rockers the Vandals, and the original lineup of Pennywise. (March 8-10; OC Fair & Events Center)
LISTEN: WordTheatre West Hollywood
Word meets deed as actors JK Simmons (Juno), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), and Annette O’Toole (Smallville) enliven Richard Bausch’s compact Southern fiction with a staged reading. Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Glee) performs his own work based on his recent collection, The Dangerous Animals Club. More information (Sunday, March 10; location revealed upon ticket purchase)
WALK: Handcrafted Modern
As part of the Sidney D. Gamble Lecture Series, artist Leslie Williamson presents a photographic tour in Pasadena of the homes of such architectural and design heavyweights as Albert Frey, the Ackermans, and the Eameses, showing how they reconciled professional practice with their personal space. (Saturday, March 9; Neighborhood Church)
The Montreal-based group, founded by L.A. native Victor Quijada, joins the physicality of hip-hop with the narrative storytelling of contemporary dance. Breakdancing meets abstract movement, creating a hybrid of dance forms as the choreography focuses on human relationships. (Saturday, March 9; Luckman Fine Arts Complex/Cal State L.A.)
DANCE: Masquerade Motel Featuring Swedish House Mafia
If you haven’t quite gotten your fill from near-constant airtime on radio stations, don’t miss Swedish House Mafia’s last West Coast performances. Special guests include Nero, Alesso, and Zedd among others. (March 8-9; Los Angeles State Historic Park)
SHIVER: The Thing
Halloween is a ways off, but that’s no reason to pass up an opportunity to scare your pants off. Soak up John Carpenter’s remake of the cult classic at this midnight screening. Wilford Brimley is in it? We’re so there. (Friday, March 8; Nuart Theatre)