We’ve got rhinestones, goth cats, anime melodrama, utopian housing, and art hidden in the desert—yep, it’s another week in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, February 5
Diamond In A Rhinestone World: The Costumes Of Dolly Parton
Opening today: Dollywood comes to Hollywood with an extensive exhibit of the most iconic of Dolly Parton’s costumes on display at the Grammy Museum. In conjunction with Parton being honored as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year, the historical exhibit will tell her story through dazzling and trend-setting frocks. Through Sunday, March 17; The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Wednesday, February 6
Revised since its 2015 Off-Broadway run, this documentary musical (you read that right) focuses on a gay man who’s been kicked out of his church and moves to Uganda in order to make a difference in the world… only to find that the corruption there is greater than he ever suspected. Through Saturday, February 23; The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Zhang Ruyi: Bonsai
This marks Shanghai-based Zhang Ruyi’s first U.S. solo exhibition. Ruyi uses cement, steel, and ceramic to reconfigure familiar architecture into perception-bending plant-like formations, blurring the line between the human-made and the organic. Through Sunday, March 10; François Ghebaly Gallery, 2245 E. Washington Blvd.
Haitian-American musician Leyla McCalla is like no other artist out there. The multi-lingual multi-instrumentalist (she sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar) makes music that’s deeply soulful and rooted in tradition, yet distinctively contemporary. Zebulon, 2478 N. Fletcher Dr.; 9 p.m.
Thursday, February 7
This all-female troupe consists of some of the most talented improvisers today, with Lauran Lapkus, Mary Holland, Stephanie Allynne, and Erin Whitehead. After sharing the stage together for years, their collective comedic timing is impeccable. For the first half of the show, they chat with a celebrity guest, then improvise scenes drawn from that conversation for the second half. Dynasty Typewriter, 2511 Wilshire Blvd.; 8–9:30 p.m.
Friday, February 8
Beatriz Cortez: Trinidad / Joy Station
Los Angeles–based Beatriz Cortez creates an architectural dome that references utopian communities in both the United States and present-day El Salvador. Her work subtly comments on the politics of war and current migration issues using architecture, plant life, and historical tradition. Through Sunday, May 12; Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd.
Saturday, February 9
Desert X 2019
The second edition of the desert biennial directed by Neville Wakefield includes 19 international artists who have created site-specific installations throughout the desert. This is a free and publicly accessible art event spanning across the Coachella Valley. Through Sunday, April 21
The Edwardian Ball
Not your typical black-tie affair, the Edwardian Ball’s dress code requires that you come as illustrator/writer Edward Gorey’s amusingly morbid characters if you want to enjoy the circus-like atmosphere of this celebration of art, performance, technology, and whimsy. The theme for this year’s ball is taken from Gorey’s book The Epiplectic Bicycle, but you can choose to dress up as any of his sweetly ghoulish characters—whether it’s one of “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” or one of his unsettling cats. The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd.; 8 p.m.–2 a.m.
Sunday, February 10
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Ignore the grisly title—this anime melodrama about an unlikely friendship between a bookish high-schooler and his popular classmate with terminal cancer has more in common with a John Green novel than with anything related to horror. Fathom Events brings it to various theaters on February 7 and 10; see the website for details.