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MARDI GRAS MADNESS Valentine’s Day isn’t the only game in town this month. Let the good times


roll with the Long Beach Symphony on Saturday, February 22. Mardi Gras means masks, madness and music. Make plans to celebrate as fan-favorite Matt Catingub presents a lively, fun-filled musical evening centered around the distinct style that makes New Orleans the city of jazz. The Long Beach Symphony POPS! Series is a festive way to enjoy an


entertaining night out. The concert starts at 8 p.m., but the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and people are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic dinner — along with your favorite libations — to enjoy before the show. If you can’t bring your own food and drink, concessions will be available at the Arena with food and full beverage service.longbeachsymphony.org


What started as a


small troupe of street performers in small town Quebec in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has become a household name globally and has redefined how the world views the circus. The Canadian orga- nization has brought wonder and delight to 190 million spectators with productions presented in 450 cities on six continents. This winter, Cirque


du Soleil returns to Los


Angeles and Orange County withVolta, a captivating voyage of discovery. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, Cirque du Soleil’s critically acclaimed 41st original production explores the themes of celebrating differences and unique qualities in a world where technology often isolates people from one another, rather than freeing them. Written and directed by Bastien Alexandre, with Jean Guibert as the director


of creation,Volta weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score, composed by Anthony Gonzalez from the international electronic group M83. The nameVolta refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show. Performances will be held under the Big Top at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles throughSunday, March 8 and at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa MesaWednesday, March 18 through Sunday, April 19. cirquedusoleil.com


A KIND OF WEATHER


San Diego’s Diversionary Theatre, the nation’s third-oldest LGBT theatre,


kicks off its new Gender Series with the world premiere ofA Kind of Weather, running fromThursday, February 6 through Sunday, March 8. When Kid’s grieving father pops up at his Brooklyn doorstep and asks to move in, it puts a cramp in his sex life, not to mention the completion of his memoir about his gender transition. As he struggles to keep his professional and romantic deadlines, revelations about his family history begin to subvert his own narra- tive. A hilarious, time-jumping, tragi-comedy exploring gender identity and its effect on family,A Kind of Weatheris about learning to be who you already are. “I am honored to help imagine Sylvan Oswald’sA Kind of Weather in its


incarnation at Diversionary,’ director Bea Basso said. “Sylvan’s play imagines intimacy with oneself and with others as a shifting, subtle, overwhelming, and ever-changing ‘kind of weather.’ I look forward to sharing this world that switches theatrical modalities and moves curvaceously in time and space. And it will be a pleasure to make this work with Diversionary, a space that is that welcome combination of rigorous and kind.” Diversionary’s groundbreaking Gender Series consists of a compelling


trilogy of productions celebrating gender diversity with an abundance of heart, creativity and intellect. “Gender is fundamental to who we are,” said Matt M. Morrow, executive


artistic director. “It informs our every action consciously and unconsciously. It has also become, for better or for worse, a hot button issue at the forefront of our volatile news cycle. I’m ecstatic to convene a conversation here at Diversionary to showcase three radically different plays that celebrate gender diversity in a way that opens minds and hearts. Diversionary is here for our entire community. I look forward to sharing and honoring our community’s diversity with you.” diversionary.org or619.220.0097


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