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Bridal shops abound on Broadway in Downtown -- for now. / Photo by M.V. Jantzen via LAist's flickr pool.

Downtown’s Broadway district has gone from high-end retail, professional offices and entertainment to a bargain strip of clothiers, jewelers, fast food and mom and pop joints. Now the yuppies are taking over, and what does that mean to the area’s current residents and retailers? City Councilmember Jose Huizar, Orpheum Theatre/Anjac Fashion Buildings owner Steve Needleman, organizer Manuel Criollo and CRA Deputy Chief of Operations Don Spivack visit Zócalo to discuss if there is room for both. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jerry Sullivan, editor and publisher, Los Angeles Garment & Citizen.

7:30 pm // The Orpheum Theatre // 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles // Free, but reservations recommended.

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Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” comes to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a weekend engagement beginning tonight.

7:30 pm // Dorothy Chandler Pavilion // Los Angeles // $25-$115.

Here Is What Is is a documentary capturing the musical genius of record producer to the stars, Daniel Lanois. It's “part home movie, part concert film, part travelogue” that follows Lanois to Morocco, Ireland, Los Angeles and his Toronto studio. As a bonus tonight, Lanois will perform live after each screening with percussionist Brian Blade.

6:30 and 9:30 pm // Vista Theatre // 4473 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles // $20.

Kave-In spins at Far Bar in Little Tokyo tonight. Indulge in cheap drinks, Sapporo on tap and food for noshing while you while tick off the minutes to Friday. The Far Bar is behind the Chop Suey Café and you have to enter through the alley to find it. Shhh. It’s a not-so-secret.

8 pm // The Far Bar // 347 E. First St., Los Angeles // Price depends on your appetite.

Today marks V-Day West Hollywood, a part of the global movement to stop the violence against women and girls. To commemorate the occasion, Vox Femina, a women’s chorus, will perform Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.

8 pm // MACHA Theatre // 1107 Kings Road, West Hollywood // $20 ($10 for students).

The Powerhouse Theatre’s second annual “Festival of New Solo Plays” from Stacie Chaiken's "What's the Story?" workshop opens tonight and runs through April 6. The 15 writer-performers promise “an eclectic array of new work that is deeply moving, hilariously brave, bawdy, brazen and bold.” Onstage tonight is Christina Johnson’s Hunger Strike: You can make me be quiet, but you can't make me eat and Gabby Friedenthal’s Cowboys and Hurricanes.

8 pm // Powerhouse Theatre // 3116 2nd St., Santa Monica // $10-$15.

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In its 15th year, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival kicks off tonight with an awards ceremony and champagne reception. Honorees tonight are: Ivy Bethune, Evelina Fernandez, Julia Cho, Dawnn Lewis and Yolanda King (posthumously). The evening will be co-hosted by Hattie Winston and Ted Lange (yes, of Love Boat fame. The festival continues throughout the weekend with various performances and programs.

6:30 pm // El Portal Theatre // 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood // $63 for reception and awards ceremony.

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