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Things to do in LA, OC: Music, Theater, Bugs

Two classic tragedies—one theatrical, the other operatic—and a celebration of all things entomological make our short list of Southern California cultural things to do this weekend. Before you go, remember to check by phone or online for reservation requirements and COVID-19 logs.

‘Hamlet’
The melancholic Dane seeks revenge on the murderer of his father the King in the Antaeus Theater Company’s stripped-down production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale. Directed by Elizabeth Swain. From 13 years. Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 E Broadway, Glendale. 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2pm Sunday; other dates until June 20th. $40. (818) 506-1983. antaeus.org

‘Aida’
An Ethiopian princess and an Egyptian warrior share an ill-fated romance as Los Angeles Opera presents veteran director Francesca Zambello’s reinterpretation of Verdi’s epic musical drama in 2016. With soprano Latonia Moore and tenor Russell Thomas. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Downtown LA 7:30 p.m. Saturday; other dates until June 12th. $29-$399. (213) 972-8001. laopera.org

Insect Fair 2022
Creepy crawlies will be in force when this kid-friendly, bug-centric festival returns with live presentations, musical performances, hands-on activities and more. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., LA 9:30am to 5:00pm Saturday-Sunday. $7-$15 (including museum admission); Advance purchase required. (213) 763-3466. nm.org

‘Xavela Lux Aeterna’
LA-based multidisciplinary artist Dorian Wood is joined by the Isaura String Quartet and guitarist Michael Corwin in this celebration of beloved Costa Rican singer and LGBTQ icon Chavela Vargas. Los Angeles Union Station, Ticketing Hall, 800 N. Alameda St., Downtown LA 8:30 p.m. Friday. Free. Limited Seating; Reservations recommended. unionstationla.com

“The most beautiful home…maybe”
The current housing crisis in our fair city is explored in this irreverent, immersive, and multimedia performance starring singer-actress Karla Mosley, created by artist-activist duo Mark-n-Sparks. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., Downtown LA 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday. $13-25 (Saturday performance will also be available on live stream, $8-15). (213) 237-2800. redcat.org

‘Nevenka Then & Now, Part 2’
The LA-based women’s choir, which specializes in choral music from Eastern Europe, continues its 45th anniversary celebrations with an outdoor performance of favorite repertoire from the past two decades, as well as a performance by acclaimed Bulgarian singer Tzvetanka Varimezova. Farnsworth Park Amphitheater, 800 Mt. Curve Ave. East, Altadena. 4 p.m. Sunday. $22; Presale required; no tickets available at the box office. nevenka.org

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