10 Ways to Have a Blast in L.A. This Weekend

From classic ’80s pop and drag royalty to tango and a deadly ménage à trois
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DANCE: Shen Yun 2015
More than 100 costumed dancers and acrobats, accompanied by a full orchestra, relive 5,000 years of Chinese history. It’s a spectacle fit for an emperor. More information (January 22; Dolby Theatre)

THEATER: There Is a Happiness That Morning Is
In this play by Mickey Maher, Ellen and Bernard have been teaching the poetry of William Blake at a small college for 15 years. But one night they take their love of poetry and each other too far. More information (January 23; Sacred Fools Theater Company) 

DANCE: Tango Buenos Aires
The 25-member company shows off the passion and romance of tango music and dance with a performance of the Song of Eva Perón, which celebrates the former first lady of Argentina. A preconcert lecture explores the history of Tango, one of the most seductive and dramatic art forms. More information (January 23; Valley Performing Arts Center)

MUSIC: White Arrows
In 2012, the L.A.-based psych-pop group released its self-recorded album, Dry Land Is Not a Myth, and went on to open for bands like Cults, White Denim, the Naked & Famous, and Santigold. The touring has cemented their sound, and their strong sophomore album, In Bardo, was released in September. More information (January 23; The El Rey Theatre)

ART: Jenny Yurshansky—Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory
The Pitzer College artist-in-residence reflects the tension of the immigration debate through her art. Using flora from the Claremont campus, she integrates invasive plant species into her sculptures, prints, and projections. More information (January 24; Pitzer Art Galleries)

COMEDY: Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye
Long before RuPaul ruled the drag world, Dame Edna was queen of the scene. After 50 years on the British stage and screen, Barry Humphries’ purple-haired alter ego bids toodles. More information (January 24; Ahmanson Theatre)

ART: Brian Weil, 1979-95: Being in the World
The exhibition features a collection of 60 photographs, prints, and videos that showcase isolated and invisible communities during the 1980s and ’90s. More information (January 24; Santa Monica Museum of Art) 

THEATER: Thérèse Raquin
The story of of a deadly ménage à trois, based on Émile Zola’s novel, comes to the Long Beach Opera. More information (January 24; Long Beach Opera)

KIDS: Snow Days at the L.A. Zoo
Sumatran tigers and other animals get a rare encounter with snow as kids frolic in the man-made flakes. More information (January 24; Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden)

MUSIC: Spandau Ballet
No one can think of the ’80s without recalling British band Spandau Ballet’s smooth hit “True.” The band has reunited to promote Soul Boys of the Western World, a documentary that premiered at the Royal Albert Hall. This year marks the first time the band has toured North America in nearly three decades. More information (January 24; The Wiltern)

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