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Happening Saturday

January 08, 2011


Cirque Berzerk From the big top to the big time, Cirque Berzerk begins a nearly monthlong residency at Club Nokia. Cirque-goers can expect more of the troupe's signature pairing of traditional circus and aerial arts with punk rock and cabaret noir influences. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. Though Jan. 30. $19.50-$125. Check website for times and dates.


Palm Springs International Film Festival L.A. may get most of the film-buzz juice in SoCal, but the Palm Springs International Film Festival is an underrated host of touted docs, shorts and features every year. Highlights for 2011 include "Juan," a portrait of an incorrigible cad, and "Lula, the Son of Brazil," about outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Through Jan. 17. Various venues and times. Check for full info.

Cinephiles and boozehounds will unite at the "Naked Gun" and "Airplane!" Drink Along, the latest installment of the Downtown Independent's sudsy screening series. The comedic double feature will toast the late actor Leslie Nielsen, and rooftop beer pong will continue "till late." The first drink is on the house. Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., L.A. 7 p.m., 8 p.m. showtime. $10. (213) 617-1033.


Ann Magnuson Tackling the catalog of one of rock's most inventive voices is a tall order, but Ann Magnuson is undaunted by the demands of David Bowie's repertoire. On the occasion of his birthday, she'll play a slew of sparkly covers with her band, the Star Whackers From Mars. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $20.

The L.A. Philharmonic The charismatic and emotive Gustavo Dudamel leads the orchestra through Leonard Bernstein's First Symphony, "Jeremiah," an account of the prophet Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations. The work's three movements will be sung by in Hebrew by mezzo Kelley O'Connor. The night includes a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 and John Adams' "Slonimsky's Earbox." Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $57-$180.


Heritage Park Orange picking at citrus groves was once as important to Southern Californians as bargain hunting at the Grove is to them today. Reconnect with the Golden State's past through the tactile joys of picking oranges in La Verne's Heritage Park. The La Verne Heritage Foundation supplies the bags and picking accoutrements; visitors are responsible only for a drive to harvest. La Verne Heritage Foundation, 5001 Via De Mansion, La Verne. Free. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (909) 593-2862.

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