Weekend Top 5: Passion Pit, Pies, Paper Nautilus

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It’s a busy weekend for the arts between a festival of experimental music, a sea-themed opera, a daring dance debut, and a noted Syrian musician.

1. Cage 100 Festival
Jacaranda celebrates the centennial of avant-garde composer John Cage’s birthday with four concerts in four Santa Monica locations. Highlights include a performance of Cage’s earliest published work, Greek Ode (1935), and a free performance of Eric Satie’s “Vexations,” performed by 32 pianists over 24 hours. The festival focuses on Cage’s time in Santa Monica and his admiration for Satie. Sep. 6 – 9, Santa Monica. More information

2. Good Food Pie Contest
Drool over an armada of sweet and savory contenders, all vying to win the affection of the judges, who this year include L.A. Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles magazine dine editor Lesley Bargar Suter. Or enter your own pie in the competition, helmed by Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food. Wear an apron and you can attend for free. 2 – 4 p.m., Sat. Sep. 8, LACMA. More information

3. Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Omar Souleyman
It’s a cross-cultural collision when London’s eminently danceable electro-pranksters Hot Chip share a bill with Syrian wedding singer and party animal Omar Souleyman. The Boston boys of Passion Pit may not be as exotic, but their chopped-up synth sounds as if it could have come from Mars. 7 p.m., Sun. Sep. 9. Hollywood Bowl. More information.

4. Kiss n’ Ride
The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, which is known for bringing performances to audiences instead of the other way around, debuts their latest work at a bus terminal in Van Nuys. This piece explores the notion of leaving as a beginning and an end, perfect for busy travellers. Sep. 7 – 8, Van Nuys FlyAway. More information.

5. Gavin Bryars’ ‘The Paper Nautilus’
Sit among tanks of sea creatures while taking in a show of powerful songs not meant solely for an underwater audience. It’s part of Long Beach Opera’s “Outer Limits” series, and please, no jokes about singing fat ladies when you’re sitting under a replica of a giant blue whale. 8 p.m., Fri. Sep. 7. Aquarium of the Pacific. More information.

[Photo courtesy of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre]

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