Things to do in LA, OC: comedy, theater, classical music

Pacific Symphony, comedian Mike Birbiglia and singer La Marisoul are on our list of cultural things to do in Southern California this weekend. Before you go, remember to check by phone or online for reservation requirements and COVID-19 logs.

“Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool”
The comedian and storyteller has a thing or three to say about the Middle Ages, mortality and dressing room etiquette in the world premiere of his latest solo show. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA Thursday through Friday 8:00 p.m., Saturday 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; other dates until August 28th. $35-$110. centertheatregroup.org

‘Boleros De Noche’
La Santa Cecilia singer La Marisoul shares the stage with the 18-piece Love Notes Orchestra in the return of this annual celebration of the popular and romantic Latin music genre. The Ford, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E Hollywood. Saturday 8 p.m. $85. theford.com

“Symphony in the Cities”
Maestro Carl St. Clair and Pacific Symphony are back on the road with a mix of classical and patriotic favorites in the return of this family-friendly, locally touring summer concert series. 1 University Drive, Orange. Pre-Show Activities, 5:30 p.m., August 7; Concert: 7 p.m. Free. Register at muscocenter.org (also August 13 in Mission Viejo and August 14 in Irvine, details at pacificsymphony.org)

‘mouth brain’
Our media-saturated moment and its impact on the mind, body, and spirit are questioned in the West Coast premiere of this intimate, hour-long, two-person performance created by local artist Barnett Cohen. Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1717 E. 7th St., Downtown LA 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free with RSVP. theicala.org

“Here are blueberries”
A mysterious, decades-old photo album illuminates the banality of evil in this new Holocaust drama co-written by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman (“33 Variations”) and Amanda Gronich. La Jolla Playhouse, Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theater, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. 8pm Thursday and Friday, 2pm and 8pm Saturday, 2pm and 7pm Sunday; other dates until August 21st. $25-$62. lajollaplayhouse.org

Yu & I duo
Violinist YuEun Kim and classical guitarist Ines Thomé perform pieces by Bartók, Schubert and Piazzolla as the Henry J. Bruman Summer Chamber Music Festival continues. Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA, 10740 Dickson Plaza, Westwood. Friday noon. Free. 1718.ucla.edu

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