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
“We love when we read from the memoir To the Stars by Star Trek’s George Takei and find out he’s in the audience ... laughing! It’s also a blast when Vanessa Williams is in the crowd and winds up jumping onstage to read from Ivana Trump’s book.” Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd.; Mon., June 15, 8 p.m.; $60, $120 VIP. For tickets: Memeharry@llu.edu or (909) 558-3560. —L.M.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
Stephen Glassman at LNR Warner Center
White Tail Plaza is the name of sculptor Stephen Glassman’s latest opus. Glassman’s creations — sprawling and epic as they tend to be — have appeared everywhere from the Paris Opera to the Moscow Circus, and spectacle is part and parcel of the work. Yet it’s a bracing, humanist kind of spectacle, the kind that actually draws the spectator into the frame instead of alienating emotional connection due to the sense of scale. Coming to local attention in the ’90s with his skeletal bamboo constructs, placed in spaces annihilated by earthquake, fire and uprising, Glassman now turns his focus on transforming corporate workspaces into something a little less square and inhuman. In White Tail Plaza, Glassman dazzles in slo-mo with two islands that glow from within as the sun goes down, arched steel reminiscent of bird flight or the gentle waving of grasses that once spilled over the banks of the nearby Los Angeles River to merge with the land of Warner Center itself — the sum effect being transcendence and reminiscence. “Whom the gods notice, they destroy,” it’s been said, although it’s likely that the hour or two it takes to revel in Glassman’s creations might stay the hand of heaven. LNR Warner Center, near Intuit’s Innovative Merchant Solutions Building, 21215 Burbank Blvd., Woodland Hills; artist’s reception, Tues., June 16, 5 p.m.; free. (213) 840-1201. —David Cotner
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
The Doctor Is In With the In Crowd
What television character said, “Nobel invented dynamite. I won’t accept his blood money”? If you answered “Gregory House,” you already have your tickets for The Creative Process: Inside House. The show’s star, Hugh Laurie, and executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs, along with other panelists, will “explore why bad bedside manners make good television, even after more than 100 episodes.” Paley Center for Media, 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; Wed., June 17, 7 p.m.; $25. (310) 786-1091. —L.M.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
The Greatest Show on Earth
Never has running away to join the circus been more fetching an option — modern circus folk can be sexy! Exciting! Well-adjusted! Cirque Berzerk is in town, with seven performances per weekend during its run at the soon-to-be-closed State Historic Park. Founded in 2005 at Burning Man, the troupe boasts a cast and crew of 150, including very sassy acrobats and aerialists, astonishing men on stilts, and nauseating contortionists and magicians who’ll make your sense of propriety disappear. Enjoy the nightly wrap parties in the Berzerk Lounge, the seething/seedy stylings of Vaud & the Villains, the voluptuousness, the surreality and the fire, fire, fire. You get a 10 percent discount if you come by public transport, and a part of merchandising sales goes to Marriage Equality Rights in California. Kids 9 to 90 are welcome — but parental discretion is advised! Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., L.A.; Thurs., 8:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 7 & 10 p.m., Sun., 5 & 8 p.m., through July 5; $25-$80. (213) 840 1201 or www.cirqueberzerk.com. —D.C.
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