Top 5 Weekend Events: Death, Opera, and Fiona Apple


This weekend is a big one for art lovers in Los Angeles with several major events and exhibitions happening at local museums. For music lovers, there’s another big show: Fiona Apple will play the Greek Theatre, but it’s BYOC (Bring Your Own Cephalopod).

1. Fiona Apple: If you missed Apple’s Palladium show in July, here’s another chance to hear the sultry, intense singer. Forget the impossibly long title of her new album; the stripped-down, passionate wit it displays makes her latest effort definitely worth the seven-year wait. Hometown guitar prodigy Blake Mills opens the show and backs Apple during her set. 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sep. 14. Greek Theatre. More information.

2. The Two Foscari: In his 140th role, Plácido Domingo stars in this little-known Verdi opera, which has not been staged in the United States in more than 40 years. Based on a play by John Byron, the story follows a nobleman who’s desperate to protect himself and his son from scheming rivals. This work didn’t pull any punches—the sharp social critique enraged Venetian nobles. Sep. 15 – Oct. 9, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. More information.

3. Nautica Malibu Triathlon: In the water, on a bike, or running on their own two feet, triathletes are three times as badass as most athletes. If the mere thought of one sport proves exhausting, try building sand castles or ogling famous bodies—and there are plenty at this celeb-studded race. Sep. 15 and 16, Zuma Beach. More information.

4. In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art: Rising from the rubble, this exhibition of contemporary art from Haiti explores the theme of reconstruction—literally and metaphorically—following the island nation’s devastating 2010 earthquake. Sep. 16 – Jan. 20, Fowler Museum at UCLA. More information.

5. Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective: This show celebrates the art of the L.A.-born Price with groundbreaking works that permanently changed contemporary sculpture. Architect Frank Gehry will design the exhibition, which also includes a fully illustrated catalog with essays by Stephanie Barron, Phyllis Tuchman, and Dave Hickey. Sep. 16 – Jan. 6, LACMA. More information.