9 THINGS TO DO IN L.A. THIS WEEKEND

The Culture Files brings you riot grrrl iconoclasm, high school love, acrobatics, and exotic soda pop
  1. Music: Julia Fordham
    Her smoky lower register lures you in. Her range wows you. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of landmark album Porcelain. July 16, Catalina Jazz Club.
  2. Music: L7
    The empowered punk of the '90s riot grrrl movement countered dude-heavy grunge rock, and L7 led the charge. July 16-17, The Fonda Theater.
  3. Theater: Girlfriend
    The songs of Matthew Sweet serve as a through-line for a play about two high school guys who fall in love in 1990s Nebraska. July 17-18, Kirk Douglas Theater.
  4. Theater: Bent
    Martin Sherman's tale about two men who hide their relationship in Nazi Germany debuted on Broadway in 1979. By Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project). July 17-18, Mark Taper Forum.
  5. Art: Fragonard's Enterprise: The Artist and the Literature of Travel
    Jean Honore Fragonard tagged along with his patron on that privileged rite of passage known as the Grand Tour, sketching landscapes. July 17-18, Norton Simon Museum of Art.
  6. Art: Tongues Untied
    The film by Marlon Riggs, the latest artist-poet who addressed AIDS in the black gay community in the '80s, is part of an exhibition marking West Hollywood's 30th anniversary. July 17-19, MOCA.
  7. Music: Scotty's Castle Organ Concert
    A 1930s Death Valley estate houses a treasure: a Welte-Mignon organ. Once a mainstay of flapper-era theaters, it's put into service once a year. July 17, Scotty's Castle.
  8. Music: Cirque Musica
    Backed by a sonorous score performed by the house orchestra, the athletic acrobatic troupe brings its big-top antics to the Bowl. July 19, Hollywood Bowl.
  9. Confabs: Around the World in 80 Sips
    Sample unending effervescence from far-off locales during a fundraiser that benfits Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition. July 19, Galco's Soda Pop Stop.