SAT | FEB 15
“THE WRONG MAN”
If you’ve ever been interested in an indie-musical inspired by a character in a Johnny Cash song, you can rejoice! Writer and musician Ross Golan uniquely tells the story of a man wrongly accused of the crime committed in “Folsom Prison Blues.” It’s an acoustical folk tale with sounds that echo both Tom Waits and R. Kelly. The story will stay with you just as much as the songs will get stuck in your head. Directed and choreographed by Lee Martino. Sat. 8 p.m. $34. Through March 16. Skylight Theatre, 1816 ½ North Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 761-7061. ” target=”_blank”>simonandstingtour.com.
“SANDRA BERNHARD AND THE FLAWLESS ZIRCONS: SANDYLAND”
If you were a respected and talented comedian, singer, author, actor and monologist, you’d have a land named after you, too! From Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” to a recurring role on legendary sitcom “Roseanne,” to off-Broadway successes, Bernhard understands entertaining. She will sing, muse about her teenage daughter and probably be flawless. Sat. 8 p.m. $25-$60 (general), $15 (UCLA students). Royce Hall at UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 825-2101. ” target=”_blank”>wbtla.org.
SUN | FEB 16
THE DA CAMERA PLAYERS
With a historical space enriching music, and music enriching a historical space, these Players bring a new meaning to “surround sound.” Ida Levin, Peter Stumpf, Brian Dembow, Peter Myers and Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu bring their string instruments to a contemporary temple that architecturally echoes Old Jerusalem. The program honors the compositions of three Jewish émigré composers: Erich Korngold, Ernst Toch and Louis Gruenberg. Sun. 3 p.m. $45. Wilshire Boulebard Temple, Irmas Campus, 11661 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. (424) 208-8932. ” target=”_blank”>kehillatmaarav.com.
TUE | FEB 18
MATT ZOLLER SEITZ
The filmmaker and critic presents his new book celebrating the whimsy and honesty of Wes Anderson. As TV critic of New York Magazine, contributor to The New York Times, editor-in-chief of rogerebert.com and a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, Seitz has developed one of the most pronounced voices in artistic analysis. “The Wes Anderson Collection” weaves together interviews, images and the life of the man responsible for cult classics such as “Rushmore,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and more. Dress up as one of your favorite Anderson characters for the chance to win a Book Soup gift card! Tue. 7 p.m. Free. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. (310) 659-3110. THU | FEB 20
GLOBAL VIOLENCE REDUCTION – CANCELED
Violence has been decreasing rapidly in recent decades, and slowly and consistently for the last couple hundred years. Professor Marc Gopin, director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, will explore the why and how of this good news, look at interfaith relations, women’s rights, and both the contributions and challenges presented by international development. Thur. 7:30 p.m. Free. Temple Ramat Zion, 17655 Devonshire St., Northridge. (818) 677-4724. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.