Sensuous Woman, Mean Men, Dancing Swans
FRIDAY, March 21
Margaret “I’m not bi, I’m I” Cho is our favorite all-American girl, and we can’t decide what makes us laugh harder: saying that “Laura Bush’s pussy tastes like Lysol” or calling Ann Coulter “Cunta Kinte.” (And, yes, I too agree that I’m not fat, I just have fat parts.) Last we heard of the newly svelte-by-way-of-belly-dancing Cho, she was sandwiched between Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry hosting the True Colors tour and starring in a burlesque variety show, The Sensuous Woman. And on her current comedy tour, Beautiful, Cho teams with Liam Sullivan, a.k.a. Kelly of YouTube’s “Shoes” fame. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, dwntwn.; Fri., March 21, 8 p.m. & Sat., March 22, 7 p.m.; $46.50-$62. (213) 480-3232.
This is your last chance to embark on the Tragical History Tour and experience Rutlemania: The Semi Spectacular Tribute Concert featuring The Rutles. Who are the Rutles? “The Rutles are a legend. A living legend. A legend that will live long after other living legends have died.” Eric Idle directs this live stage version of his 1978 rock mockumentary, with lyrics by Neil Innes, about the Prefab Four — Dirk (Paul), Nasty (John), Stig (George) and Barry (Ringo) — as they sing such never-were classics as “Ouch!,” “Hold My Hand” and “Get Up and Go.” The original Mersey boys proclaimed they were bigger than God, but the Rutles only claimed to be bigger than Rod, as in Stewart. Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, 1615 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; Fri., March 21, 8 p.m.; $35. (866) 468-3399.
SATURDAY, March 22
Comedian Jeffrey Ross is the go-to guy for all those Comedy Central celebrity roasts, having taken shots at William Shatner, Pamela Anderson and Flavor Flav. As a card-carrying member of the Golden Girls fan club, we should hate this guy: Saying he “wouldn’t fuck Bea Arthur’s dick with Andy Dick’s pussy” was cruel. And that one bit about sweet old Betty White (“Speaking of Shatner, Betty White just shat in her pants”) was totally uncalled for. But as long as he lays off Estelle Getty, we’re okay. For The Meanest Men in Comedy tour, Ross joins very rotund fellow comic Ralphie May, who isn’t so much mean as he is meaty. Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, Sat., March 22, 8 p.m.; $25 & $35. (213) 480-3232.
The Art of Resistance is a night of dialogue exploring what it means to be Jew, Arab or black, and how the cultures coexist. Author and Loyola Marymount University professor Michael Datcher and Levantine Cultural Center director Jordan Elgrably are joined by actors Roger Guenveur Smith and Mark Broyard, poets Peter Harris and Rachel Kann, DJ Al-Fareed and hip-hop group Chutzpah; plus, live music by Nailah and a performance of Smith and Broyard’s L.A. Weekly Theater Award–winning Inside the Creole Mafia. Fais Do-Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd., L.A.; Sat., March 22, 8 p.m.; $15, $12 students, resv. suggested. (310) 657-5511.
SUNDAY, March 23
Eurodisco is alive and well in Russia, and Russian pop star Philip Kirkorov sounds like he should never be heard outside of a wedding banquet hall. But Kirkorov, whose hair (think Sanjaya meets Rick James) is prettier than yours, was given the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin himself and landed in the Guinness Book of World Records for most sold-out consecutive shows in the same venue. Do you think those pseudolesbians from t.A.T.U. could fill the Kodak? Nyet. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., March 23, 7 p.m.; $40-$225. (213) 480-3232.
MONDAY, March 24
David Schwimmer played the perpetually mopey Ross on that show that seemed so popular with the kids. For the series Reel Talk with Stephen Farber, the former Friends star screens and discusses his directorial debut, Run, Fatboy, Run, which looks pretty amusing, especially if you’re an Anglophilic fan of Simon Pegg from Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Pegg plays an overweight man who enters a marathon in a bid to win back his ex-fiancée (Thandie Newton), whom he ditched at the altar. Wadsworth Theater, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., W.L.A.; Mon., March 24, 7 p.m.; $20. (213) 365-3500.
TUESDAY, March 25
Be among the first to watch the accompanying video to Björk’s upcoming single, “Wanderlust.” Directed by Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch of the S.F.-based collective Encyclopedia Pictura, the 3-D video was nearly a year in the making and includes mechanical puppets, paintings and sculpture. Part of the museum’s film and music screening series Flux, the program also includes works by Geoff McFetridge, Cat Stolen, Amautalab and an after-party. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Tues., March 25, 7 p.m.; free, resv. required. (310) 443-7000.
WEDNESDAY, March 26
California Video is a retrospective of West Coast video art at the Getty that includes single-channel video, video sculpture and video installations dating back to 1968 by more than 50 artists. For the exhibit, LACMA assistant curator Rita Gonzalez hosts the first in a series of video screenings by Lawrence Andrews, Steve Fagin, Erika Suderburg and others. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood; Wed., March 26, 7:30 p.m.; free, resv. required. Exhibit thru June 8. (310) 440-7300.
THURSDAY, March 27
It’s every little girl’s dream, and no doubt every budding prima ballerina’s, to play the tragic Princess Odette and dance the famous pas de deux with her Prince Siegfried. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the most enchanting of all classical ballets, has gone through many productions since its 1877 premiere at the Bolshoi Theater. And artistic director Kevin McKenzie’s staging for the American Ballet Theatre features five casts, beginning with Michele Wiles and David Hallberg and followed by Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky; Gillian Murphy and Jose Manuel Carreño; Paloma Herrera and Ethan Stiefel; and Julie Kent and Hallberg. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Thurs.-Fri., March 27-28, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 29, ?2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 30, 2 p.m.; $25-$95. (213) 365-3500.
Legendary choreographer Bob Fosse was the only director to win an Academy Award, a Tony and an Emmy in the same year, and the American Cinematheque screens two of his most acclaimed movie musicals. Cabaret (1972), the Weimar-era musical starring Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York, garnered Fosse an Oscar for Best Director. And All That Jazz (1979), which was based on his life and featured the late Roy Scheider as a womanizing, drug-abusing and chain-smoking Broadway director who works himself to death, won another four Academy Awards. (Best line: “Don’t bullshit a bullshitter.”) Discussion with York follows the screenings. Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Thurs., March 27, ?7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 466-FILM.
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