Events calendar: weekend of love

love fight

The Lucha VaVoom variety show, featuring Mexican wrestling, burlesque and comedy, returns to The Mayan Theater (1038 S. Hill St., Los Angeles) with a Valentine’s Day celebration. Under the title of Amor Impossible, the show marks the return of this show to the stage after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus. Wrestlers like Magno, Extreme Tiger, Dr. Maldad and Chupacabra participate; also burlesque dancers and acrobats, including Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière (pictured) and Veronica Yune and Miss Magnolia. Only over 21 years old. Friday and Saturday 8 pm. Tickets $45 to $60. Reports

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Musical theatre

Before Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz entered the scene, many, many things had happened. This is broadly the story of Wicked, the musical that can be seen starting this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa). The story goes that long before the girl from Kansas came to Munchkinland, two girls met in the land of Oz, one with emerald skin, the other with fair skin. How one became an evil witch is what this musical reveals. Tuesday to Friday 7:30 pm; Saturday 2 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday 1 and 6:30 pm. Tickets $44.75 to $194.74. Reports

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Story on Everest

The Everest: Ascent to Glory exhibit combines photos, film and artifacts from five expeditions from the first attempts and first arrivals to the colossal mountain Tibetans call “The Mother of the World Goddesses.” The exhibition, held in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society of London at the Bowers Museum (2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana), includes more than 20 original objects and 60 photographs from the illustrious history of Everest that reflect the triumphs and tragedies intertwined in this mountain. From Friday to August 28. Open every day except Monday. Tickets $12 to $15; children under 12 years free. Reports

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Mardi Gras at SeaWorld

The partying, food and fanfare of New Orleans has come to SeaWorld San Diego (500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego) with this year’s all-new Mardi Gras event. The celebration includes live music, special decorations, two daily parades, colorful costumes, DJ music, enthusiastic artists, and activities and games for children. Visitors can also sample the new Creole and Cajun inspired menu. Every Saturday and Sunday in February. Tickets start at $64.99. reports.

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family cinema

A New York teenager, Miles Morales, becomes the new Spider-Man and joins forces with an entire team of Spider-Men – including Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham – in the film Spider-Man. Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is presented this weekend by the Academy museum (6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles) as part of its Family matinee program. Saturday 11 am at the Ted Mann Theater. Tickets $5. Reports

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new exhibit

One of the most important pieces of the Age of Enlightenment, “An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump” (1768), by Joseph Wright of Derby, will be exhibited at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens (1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino) starting this weekend. It will be part of the “Science and the Sublime: A Masterpiece by Joseph Wright of Derby” installation. The monumental 6-by-8-foot painting is on loan from the National Gallery in London, where it is one of the most popular works. From Saturday to May 30. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Tuesday. Tickets $13 to $29. reports.

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black history tribute

In celebration of Black History Month, the Disneyland Resort (1313 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim) presents Soulfully, a series of events that pay tribute to Black heritage and culture. Visitors will be able to learn about and enjoy this culture through music, gastronomy, art and other creative expressions. Among the musical acts there are live shows of R&B, gospel, jazz and other rhythms in various locations throughout the resort. Art by black artists can also be admired at various points throughout the resort, such as in the parks and in the Downtown Disney District. Soulfully takes place during and after the month of February. Reports

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indie music

The singer Silvana Estrada is the most recent jewel of indie music that Mexico has given to the world. Her debut album, “Marchita”, which she released a few weeks ago, has received flattering reviews from major English and Spanish media outlets in the United States. She is now embarking on her first solo tour and will arrive this weekend in Los Angeles, where she will give a concert at The Paramount Theater (2708 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., Los Angeles). Doris Anahí, a singer who is also beginning her career, will open the show. Tickets sold out. Reports

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Jazz at Soraya

The interpreter Gretchen Parlato, considered one of the sweetest voices in jazz, will be part of the Jazz at Naz Festival that takes place at the Soraya Theater (18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge). The composer and vocalist will be accompanied on stage by Gerald Clayton in a show that will have a flavor of Brazilian jazz. Friday February 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets from $41. Information (818) 677-3000 and

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