By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
TUESDAY, MARCH 31
Thomas the Frank
Who said, “America touts itself as the land of the free, but the No. 1 freedom that you and I have is the freedom to enter into a subservient role in the workplace. Once you exercise this freedom you’ve lost all control over what you do, what is produced, and how it is produced. And in the end, the product doesn’t belong to you. The only way you can avoid bosses and jobs is if you don’t care about making a living. Which leads to the second freedom: the freedom to starve”? If you answered “Tom Morello,” then you already have your ticket to An Evening With Tom Morello at the Grammy Musuem. The museum’s executive director, Robert Santelli, will interview the — okay, we’ll type it again — Grammy Award–winning musician about his songwriting, political activism, electric and acoustic careers. If everyone is good, Santelli will scram so Morello can get down to some musical business. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. , downtown; Tues., March 31, 8 p.m.; $19.95. (213) 480-3232. —L.M.
Love Her or Leifer
If this Wikipedia is to be believed, Carol Leifer must have been a HUGE disappointment to her parents, Anna, a psychologist, and Seymour Leifer, an optometrist. However, she’s made a tidy career out of making funny as a standup comic, actress and writer (Seinfeld; do I really need to list the others?). Now she’s written a book, When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win, a collection of stories and thoughts that’ll have you laughing and saying, “Fran who?” (That’s “Leibovitz” in case you didn’t get that.) Leifer tells me (yeah, that’s right — we’re tight) that the inspiration for the book was a no-brainer: “I know so many writers in this town who are over 40 and lie about their age. To me, that’s the mark of a true pussy.” Leifer appears with Garry Shandling in a Writer’s Bloc/Book Soup event. The Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills; Tues., March 31, 7:30 p.m.; $20, resv. required. (310) 659-3110. —L.M.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
He Walked the Line ... of Bad Taste
Johnny’s lacquered hairdo could be the only sane reason for watching Johnny Cash Presents: The Everly Brothers, a cross between an airship in David Lynch’s Dune and a silkworm. 1970 wasn’t a very good year for the brothers, and these fine artists’ talent is lost in a sea of tinsel macramé, Dentine and bad songs. This show’s set has to rate as the tackiest in the history of TV music shows, a tacky genre to begin with. Here, D.O.A. white acts like Melanie or Kenny Rogers and the First Edition offer no contest opposite the other brothers, Stevie Wonder and his band, and Ike and Tina Turner. Watch the camera guy losing it as he zooms in and out in rhythm on the Ikettes’ boobs and fringes. It’s this kind of show. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Wed., April 1, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 206-8013. —Philippe Garnier
A few fortunate L.A. audiences previewed choreographer David Roussève’s latest, Saudade, last May before its praised premiere at last summer’s Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. Those who missed out have another chance as David Roussève/REALITY returns with the finished product, which Roussève describes as infused with the “bittersweet” nature of the Portuguese title as well as fado, the sensual Portuguese blues music that backs the dancing. The collaborating dancers include Esther M. Baker-Tarpaga, Nehara Kalev, Marianne M. Kim, Taisha Paggett, Sri Susilowati, Olivier Tarpaga and Anjali Tata, as tour guides for considerations of flight, the American South and individuals finding individual strength and common ground to struggle against oppression. At UCLA Freud Playhouse, Westwood; Wed.-Sat., April 1-4, 8 p.m.; $34-$46. (310) 825-2101 or www.UCLALive.org. —Ann Haskins
THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Poetry in Motion
In a year when we’ve gone from having had the worst president ever to, possibly, the best one ever, more and more Americans seem to groove on taking a microscope to our leaders and the political process. For its Fifth Annual Poetry/Performance Festival, Highways Performance Space has adopted the theme “Personal is Political.” Michael Datcher curated the three-day event poetry/performance festival. Each day has a different focus: “Three Minutes of Funk: The Politics of Slamming” (Thurs.); “Leimert Park to Santa Monica: The Politics of Race” (Fri.); and “The People’s Champ(s): The Politics of Heavyweights” (Sat.). Sorry, no “Politics of Dancing.” Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Thurs.-Sat., April 2-4, 8:30 p.m.; $5-$15; $25 all three nights. (310) 315-1459. —L.M.
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