Things to do in LA, OC: Dance, Music, Nowruz, Shakespeare

A rising classical music star, performances by two top dance companies and an entomological extravaganza top our short list of cultural offerings this weekend. Before you leave, remember to check by phone or online for reservation requirements and other COVID-19 protocols.

“OVO” by Cirque du Soleil
Acrobats, aerialists, etc. dressed as colorful insects cavort in this touring production by the Montréal-based company known for its high-flying, breathtaking spectacles. Microsoft Theater, LA Live, 777 Chick Hearn Court, Downtown LA 8:00 p.m. Thursday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday; other dates until May 1st. $44-$230. cirquedusoleil.com

‘Wagner, Mendelssohn + Brahms’
Rising violinist Randall Goosby joins guest conductor Roderick Cox and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program are Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Brahms’s Serenade No. 2. Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. Saturday 8 p.m. Also at the Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Sunday. $25-$133. laco.org

Martha Graham Dance Company
The storied troupe return to SoCal with a program that includes the world premiere of The New Canticle for Innocent Comedians, inspired by a long-lost 1950s Graham work and featuring a jazzy new score by pianist-composer Jason Moran, performed by alto-classical ensemble Wild Up. Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Saturday 8 p.m. $41-$86. thesoraya.org

‘ABT Forward’
The renowned American Ballet Theater also takes the stage with a trio of short programs: a celebration of the musical style of beloved crooner Tony Bennett, a tribute to legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, and a world premiere commissioned by acclaimed choreographer Alonzo King. Segerstrom Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 7:30pm Thursday-Friday, 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday. $39-$129. scfta.org

Iranian New Year Celebration

The Farhang Foundation’s free Iranian New Year celebration returns to UCLA on Sunday.

(Farhang Foundation)

13th Annual Celebration of Nowruz
Celebrate the Iranian New Year with the return of this free and family-friendly festival presented by the Farhang Foundation. Performers include Ava Choir, LA Daf Ensemble, Melieka Fathi Dance Company, Firuze Dance Company, plus puppetry, storytelling, treats and more. UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. farhang.org

The LA-based Pacific Opera Project – also known as POP – is staging Tchaikovsky’s one-act musical drama with blind soprano Cristina Jones in the title role of the blind princess whose father, the king, keeps her isolated and unaware of her blindness or herself is royal status. Sung in Russian with English surtitles. Aratani Theater, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 San Pedro St., Little Tokyo, Downtown LA 3 p.m. Sunday; also 7:30pm on March 26th and 3pm on March 27th. $12-$60; VIP Tickets (Opening Night Only): $100. pacificoperaproject.com

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
The Echo Theater Company rolls into Elysian Park with the company’s “Theater Truck” for a free and family-friendly 40-minute version of Shakespeare’s Forest Fantasy. Elysian Park, Angel’s Point Picnic Area, 929 Academy Road, LA 3 p.m. Saturday; also March 26. Picnics and picnic blankets recommended. echotheatercompany.com

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Caroline Bleakley

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