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Daughter of the great movie star Ingrid Bergman and famed director Roberto Rossellini, Isabella Rossellini has long been a magnetic, irresistible figure. But Green Porno Live! — proposed, written, directed and performed by Rossellini herself — is a marvelously bizarre dose of stagecraft. It's originally named for a 2008 Sundance network television series, but tonight's event is a right-here, right-now incarnation with Rossellini in the flesh. It's an unparalleled examination and re-creation of the sexual rites and practices of sundry wildlife, from insects to fish. To witness Rossellini — breathtakingly composed, achingly classy and naturally dignified, with her cool, deliberately precise, Italian-inflected enunciation — go through detailed recitations of the choreography necessary to complete reproduction, with each exotic biological form and function clinically described, is mesmerizing in ways that simply beggar description. Between the mixture of wild and weird physicality and physiques (“I withdraw my entire body into my shell, where I can hide my vagina and my penis … I have both”) and unexpected erotic minutiae (“I can produce darts. I use them to inflict pain on my partners before mating … it turns me on.”), Rossellini has cooked up a truly unique take on theatrical, er, edutainment. Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park; Sat., Oct. 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; $27 members, $30 nonmembers. (213) 763-3466, nhm.org.

Sat., Oct. 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/11/14)

LA Weekly