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Pencil This In: Site-specific Performance at the Getty, A New 'Cirque' Opens in Santa Monica

Ants act during Cirque du Soleil's 'Ovo' (Photo: Benoit Fontaine © 2009 Cirque du Soleil Inc.)
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TGIF! We found a few art and theater events happening tonight, including fairy tales for grownups, a site-specific performance at the Getty, and a new Cirque comes to town, under a big top in Santa Monica. Read on for all the details.

Emmy-winning producer Elliot Shoenman and the Inkwell Theater present Fairy Tale Theatre, 18 & Over, which opens tonight at 8 pm. Learn life lessons by way of fairy tales and comedy—this production is a mash-up of folklore, fables and folly. Runs Thursdays through Saturdays until Feb. 11 at the Matrix Theatre on Melrose. Tickets: $25. There’s a reception tonight after the performance.

The Getty Center’s Arrival Plaza is turned into a sculptural and performative installation tonight at 7 pm for Kalpa, a new site-specific commission by artist Hirokazu Kosaka. In Sanskrit, kalpa means eon, and the performance follows an angel that comes down to earth once every 100 years and swipes the surface of a stone with her silk sleeves until the rock disappears. The performance is free, but reservations are required. Following Kalpa, the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) presents Shoe, a series of experimental duets that “seamlessly morph from musician to musician exposing a constantly evolving palette of musical voices.” Admission: free; reservations required.

OHWOW gallery presents Daniel Arsham's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, the fall, the ball, and the wall,which opens with a reception tonight from 6-9 pm. The New York-based artist uses his work to consider architecture, the natural world, and their interactions. The exhibition illustrates the artist's continued interest in “manipulating architecture and in challenging expectations of accepted realities.” The show is up through Feb. 16.

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The latest Cirque du Soleil show, Ovo, opens under the big tent on the Santa Monica Pier tonight at 8 pm. The show—about bugs—is being described as a “headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.” Tickets: $40-$158.50.

Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA’s three-week long staged reading festival continues tonight at Atwater Village Theatre with Accidentally, Like A Martyr by Grant James Varjas at 7 pm, and The Suck by Chris Merrill at 9 pm. WinterFest 2012 runs through Jan. 29. Admission to all readings is free, but donations welcome.