Calendar July 26 – August 1
SAT | JUL 26
NATIONAL DANCE DAY
Put on your horah shoes and grab a partner! The Music Center and Grand Park join forces with the Dizzy Feet Foundation, an organization co-founded by Nigel Lythgoe and artist and dancer Adam Shankman, for the West Coast’s flagship celebration of National Dance Day. Experts and amateurs alike are invited to join in the hoopla. Learn from esteemed dance companies and stay for a dance film screening after sunset. Maybe you’ll choose hip hop, maybe you’ll choose jazz — but definitely choose to dance. Sat. 10 a.m-3 p.m. Free. Grand Park, 227 N. Spring St., Los Angeles. (213) 972-8080. ” target=”_blank”>lacma.org.
SUN | JUL 27
“STUPID F***ING BIRD”
Catch this bird before it closes. If you’re into satirical remixes, this irreverent play by Aaron Posner is the perfect response to one Anton Chekhov. Posner takes Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and mashes up the angst and poetry of the artist’s pursuit with some bubbling mad humor. The playwright’s celebrated works include adaptations of Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen” and “My Name Is Asher Lev.” Directed by Michael Michetti, this production features Adam Silver, Amy Pietz, Zarah Mahler and others. 2 p.m. $34 (general), $29 (senior). Boston Court Performing Arts Center, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. (626) 683-6883. TUE | JUL 29
FIRESIDE CHAT FOR LAWYERS
Have a law degree? A pang for justice? Join The Jewish Federation’s Young Legal Business and Professional group for a special evening with two of L.A.’s finest attorneys. Patricia Glaser, partner and chair of the litigation department at Glaser Weil, got her J.D. from Rutgers University and has been called a trial icon. Jonathan Anschell, who serves as CBS general council, nabbed his top position at the age of 36, which is like 12 in lawyer years. Come be inspired, instructed and networked. Dinner and drinks included. Tue. 7 p.m. $18. The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 761-8000. THU | JUL 31
CONJUNTO CHAPPOTTIN Y SUS ESTRELLAS
A California debut so special that the Skirball is laying down a dance floor. The band, which has been around for 60 years, may have seen a change in bandleader, but the zest and funk of Latin jazz and salsa is far from lost. Founded by the renowned Arsenio Rodriguez, the band has remained a staple in Cuban “son” groups. You may find it hard to stay still, so don’t fight the urge. Come early for a DJ set by KCRW’s Tom Schnabel. Thu. 8 p.m. Free (parking $10). Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. ” target=”_blank”>icrfla.org.
FRI | AUG 1
It’s an operatic love story — or a lovely operatic story. Carol Jean Delmar pens the journey of her parents, a couple forced to relocate repeatedly, not just to escape Nazi pursuit but to hold onto their dreams. In telling their story — Delmar’s father was an opera singer — the author weaves together a tale of family, music and survival. Delmar, who is an L.A.-based journalist and theater critic, brings expertise and intimacy to a unique bit of history. Her presentation includes photos and music. Fri. Noon. Free. L.A. Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 651-3704.