Eastside Weekend: Museums of the Arroyo; Writing Workshop; Opera in Highland Park


Pacific Opera Project’s Ariadne auf Naxos comes to Highland Park


Opera comes to Highland Park with Ariadne Auf Naxos, a blend of playful performances and haunting arias. Originally set at the home of the richest man in Vienna, the opera within an opera will now be set in 1913 Highland Park  during the opening of the Ebell Club. Expect both English and German compositions performed by the Pacific Opera Project. Performances will be ongoing through May 23.

Mexican author Mariano Azuela’s 1915 novel Los de Abajo (The Underdogs) is considered one of the most important works of fiction on the Mexican Revolution. The author, along with the novel, will be the subject  of a conference exploring Azuela’s influence. Friday, Saturday, May 15 – 16 at Cal State L.A.
The calendar lies. It says May, long after April showers. We should be dancing through flowers. Okay, Los Angeles could use the water. The weather shouldn’t deter you from The Neighborhood Nursery School Spring Fair. Looks like there will be a silent auction featuring items from local businesses and of course there’s a handmade quilt raffle. So yeah, don’t dally. Saturday, May 16.
Concepts are constantly floating about in your mind. You see bad movies, you read horrible books and you sit through boring plays. You think, “I could do better.” But for some reason you lack the proper tools to craft your masterpiece. Perhaps a visit to a writing workshop could help, but where in creation could you find one? Well, it just so happens acclaimed writer Sheila Callaghan will be leading a workshop, Saturday May 16, at The Shop. And it’s free.
Much is made about changing communities along the Arroyo Seco washbasin. Learn about the communities and their varied histories on Museums of the Arroyo day, where you can explore The Gamble House, Heritage Square, The Los Angeles Police Museum and many more locations, Sunday, May 17, from noon to 5 p.m. And they’re all free.
The continuation of Dark Pants follows comic artist Matt MacFarland’s vignettes of people putting on pants that may or may not impart superpowers. Yes, it sounds similar to a movie with a group of women who wear the same pants, but the drop the pants metaphor for a second and understand that MacFarland is trying to tell a varied story. The pants are just the vehicle! Book release party at Book Show L.A. Saturday May 16.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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