Ascots and Madness

Norman, is that you? Nope, its just Mick, ascot undone. See Saturday, Monday and Thursday.

FRIDAY, February 2

Dreamy, hypnotic alt-country music is not exactly congruent with the billion-dollar views and showplace museum setting of the Getty. Or is it? The Watson Twins, Chandra and Leigh, will certainly make the gleaming facility seem more like their front porch with their laid-back yet sophisticated style. The night kicks off the Music at the Getty series, which will basically travel the musical globe while you just pay for parking. Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center; Fri., Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 440-7300 or

SATURDAY, February 3

“The only performance that makes it, that really makes it all the way, is the one that achieves madness.” Isn’t that a great line? Of course, you know it’s Mick Jagger at his poutiest in Performance, which, like most of us, you wrote your senior thesis on in film school. A cool new exhibit of photographs that have never been shown in a gallery is currently running. Many of the more-than-20 images in Performance: A Photographic Exhibition Featuring the Work of Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg have never even been seen by the public, and include Mr. Androgyny himself, David Bowie, in The Man Who Fell to Earth. Drkrm. Gallery, 2121 San Fernando Road, Suite 3; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; thru Feb. 24; free. (323) 223-6867.

Sometimes the press release writes it for you: “This will be the sweetest Winter Dance party since Meatballs 3 and The Jane Fonda Workout. This dance is for all you lonely hearts, heartthrobs and dancing aficionados. This is your chance to go back to the future. We will not be able to provide oiled goat wrestling this year due to last year’s untimely accident. Most of you probably have a lot that you would have changed about your last eighth-grade dance (whether it was lambada, not having a Jheri curl, your acid jeans not being tight enough, the untimely boner, that unplanned teen pregnancy, the fling with the lunch lady or when you farted during the slow dance . . . ). IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER!!” Welcome to The Allamacani Junior High 1986 Ultimate Dance Re-Enactment, presented by Cabaret Voltaire and the Los Angeles Dodgeball Society, the sickos who came up with the Drunken Spelling Bee and Four Square Championships. Festivities include “the Arturo Arrevalo International Dance contest, a Hot Lips contest, a Zima Bong, Boones Farm bottle service, a 7 minutes in Heaven room, slow dancin’ without a buffer zone and lots of cheesy pickup lines.” Artshare, 326 Hewitt St., dwntwn.; Sat., Feb. 3, 9:30 p.m.; $7, $5 in advance. (323) 465-3864 or

SUNDAY, February 4

Gentlemen, start your high-definition flat screens! The Chicago Bears meet the Indianapolis Colts for Super Bowl XLI. Billy Joel sings the national anthem; Prince does his thing at halftime. The game will suck, but the commercials will rock. God bless America. CBS; Sun., Feb. 4, 3 p.m.

For the rest of you, today is a great day for Disneyland, the zoo, just about any movie — or just drive to Laguna Beach in, like, 25 minutes. It’s the only day of the year you can. Hell, ride your bike down Wilshire for all it matters.

Nothing says “There’s a game today? I had no idea” more than Concerts at the Villa: The Aulos Ensemble. The program includes renowned soprano Julianne Baird performing French Baroque music by French composers that draws from the romantic myths of Diana and Actaeon, Pan and Syrinx, and Hero and Leander, among others. See? The Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades; Sun., Feb. 4, 1 p.m.; $25, $20 students. (310) 440-7300.

MONDAY, February 5

Though he is prone to posing for book-jacket photos in an ascot, Adam Gopnik nevertheless seems like a very genial fellow. His book, Paris to the Moon, rubbed our faces in the fact that he — not you, not me — got the coveted position of being The New Yorker’s man in France. His latest, Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York, further makes our lives seem empty and less meaningful as he writes about settling back with his family in New York City. But I’m not bitter. Nope. No way. The Skirball Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; Mon., Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.; $8. (866) 468-3399.

Speaking of things I didn’t write last year, Oscar-nominated indie darling Little Miss Sunshine screens, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Part of AFI Awards Screening Series, ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; Mon., Feb. 5, 8 p.m.; $11. (323) 464-4226.

TUESDAY, February 6

Who never wore a dorky ascot? Norman Mailer, that’s who. And at the age of 84, he can still write most of the new literary whippersnappers under the table. Mr. Mailer presents and signs his new book of historical fiction imagining the youth of Adolf Hitler in The Castle in the Forest with Los Angeles Times Book Review editor David Ulin. (Adam Gopnik needs tickets.) Presented by Book Soup at the Writers Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills; Tues., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.; $20. For reservations, e-mail

WEDNESDAY, February 7

If you couldn’t make it to New York for Keith Bunin’s acclaimed play The Busy World Is Hushed, the cast is coming to you. Jill Clayburgh, Hamish Linklater and Luke McFarlane reprise their roles for a recording by L.A. Theatre Works. The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; Wed.-Fri., Feb. 7-9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 10, 3 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 11, 4 p.m.; $20-$46. (310) 827-0889.

THURSDAY, February 8

When asked by journalists to describe her type of humor, Sarah Silverman often responds that “deconstructing comedy is fine if you don’t mind it killing the funny.” Just go. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Thurs., Feb. 8, 8 p.m.; $25, $20 in advance. (213) 480-3232.

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