9 Ways to Have a Great Weekend in L.A.

Riot grrrl iconoclasm, high school love, acrobatics, and exotic soda pop
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MUSIC: Julia Fordham
English songbird Julia Fordham’s voice sneaks up on you. Her smoky lower register lures you in, then her remarkable multiple-octave range and phrasing wows you in surprising and emotional ways. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of her landmark album PorcelainMore information (July 16; Catalina Jazz Club)

MUSIC: L7
The empowered punk of the ’90s riot grrrl movement was a counterballast to dude-heavy grunge rock. Leading the charge was the iconoclastic L.A. band L7, which has recently reunited to expose new audiences to its slightly sneering songs. More information (July 16-17; The Fonda Theatre)

THEATER: Girlfriend
The songs of Matthew Sweet serve as a through-line for a play about two high school guys who fall in love in 1990s Nebraska. More information (July 17-18; Kirk Douglas Theatre)

THEATER: Bent
Martin Sherman’s tale about two men who hide their relationship in Nazi Germany debuted on Broadway in 1979. This production is directed by Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project). More information (July 17-18; Mark Taper Forum)

ART: Fragonard’s Enterprise: The Artist and the Literature of Travel
With his patron Jean-Claude Richard de Saint-Non, Jean-Honoré Fragonard tagged along on that privileged-class rite of passage known as the Grand Tour, sketching landscapes along the way. More information (July 17-18; Norton Simon Museum of Art)

ART: Tongues Untied
The film by Marlon Riggs, the late artist-poet who ad­dressed AIDS in the black gay community in the ’80s, is part of an exhibition marking West Hollywood’s 30th anniversary. More information (July 17-19; MOCA)

MUSIC: Scotty’s Castle Organ Concert
A 1930s Death Valley estate houses a treasure: a Welte-Mignon organ. Once a mainstay of flapper-era theaters, the instrument is put into service once a year, when the mansion becomes a concert hall. More information (July 17; Scotty’s Castle)

MUSIC: Cirque Musica
Backed by a sonorous score performed by the house orchestra, the athletic acrobatic troupe brings its big-top antics to the Bowl. More information (July 19; Hollywood Bowl)

CONFABS: Around the World in 80 Sips
Sample unending effervescence from far-off locales, including Italy, England, and France, during a fundraiser that benefits Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition. More information (July 19; Galco’s Soda Pop Stop)

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