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Pencil This In: John Adams Discusses His Music, Audra McDonald in Concert and Zombie Joe's Theater Festival

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Paul Chan's discusses Waiting for Godot in New Orleans tonight. | Photo courtesy of REDCAT.

Paul Chan's discusses Waiting for Godot in New Orleans tonight. | Photo courtesy of REDCAT.
REDCAT presents Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans: An Illustrated Lecture tonight at 8:30 pm. The artist/activist gives a stirring live presentation about the community art experiment he spearheaded in New Orleans in collaboration with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and the public arts group Creative Time. “Chan and his colleagues staged five site-specific performances of Waiting for Godot in the Katrina-devastated neighborhoods of Gentilly and Lower Ninth Ward, playing to large crowds of local residents for whom the classic Beckett-penned lines rang with fierce immediacy.” Tickets: $9, $7 students and $5 for CalArts students, staff and faculty.

Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and journalist Elvis Mitchell continue their exploration of what it means to be African-American today with the third installment of their series The Black List. The screening includes interviews with John Legend, Whoopi Goldberg, Lee Daniels, Debra Lee, and Beverly Johnson. After the screening, there will be a panel discussion on the project, which includes HBO documentaries, a book and a gallery exhibition of photographs (on display now at the Paley). Tickets to the 7 pm screening and discussion: $25; tickets to include the 6 pm pre-event reception with special guests: $50.

Audra McDonald is a veritable Broadway superstar, earning three Tony Awards before she turned 30 (for Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime) and a fourth in 2004 (A Raisin in the Sun). The singer/actress performs at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse tonight at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $95.

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Tonight LACMA presents an evening with composer John Adams at 8 pm at the museum’s Bing Theater. He’ll be discussing his opera Nixon in China with Long Beach Opera Music Director Andreas Mitisek, along with excerpts performed by singers of the Long Beach Opera. Tickets: $18-25.

It’s the final night of Zombie Joe’s Underground50 hour Drive-By Theater Festivalfeaturing new plays that that been written, directed and performed in two days. Tickets: $15.

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