Things to do in LA, OC: Standup comedy, Independence Day

A standup showcase, a sci-fi classic and the return of a Tony-winning musical make up our short list of Southern California’s fireworks-free cultural offerings this Independence Day weekend. Before you go, remember to check by phone or online for reservation requirements and COVID-19 logs.

“Dear Evan Hansen”
A teenage boy with social anxiety struggles with the untimely death of a classmate on a backcountry engagement in the hit Tony-winning musical. Ahmanson Theater, 135 N. Grand Ave., LA 8:00 p.m. Friday, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; other dates until July 31st. $40-$189.

The talented Sarah Silverman directs a new installment of this stand-up comedy show benefiting the Downtown Women’s Center. Rory Albanese, Kimberly Clark and Eddie Pepitone also make appearances. Elysian Theatre, 1944 Riverside Drive, LA 9:30pm Saturday. $15.

‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
A manned mission to Jupiter is threatened by HAL 9000, a rogue artificial, in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 hilarious sci-fi fable, presented in glorious 70mm format as part of the new Ultra Cinematheque 70 Fest film series Intelligence. American Cinematheque at Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $10, $15.

“Emotions in Play with Pixar’s Inside Out”
Kids of all ages can get in touch with their feelings while having a little fun in this family-friendly interactive exhibit inspired by the magical 2015 Disney and Pixar animated story. Discovery Cube Los Angeles, 11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar. Thursday to Sunday; closes on September 11th. $13.95-$19.95; Advance tickets required.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
The Open Fist Theater Company transfers the action from ancient Greece to the pre-civil war south in a provocative reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Forest Fantasy. Recommended for ages 10+. Atwater Village Theater, 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village. Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m.; other dates until August 13th. $15, $25.

“The Firecracker Follies”
The creative team behind the annual holiday show Fruit Cake Follies parodies all things Independence Day in this crazy music and comedy revue. Cavern Club Theater at Casita Del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $40. Things to do in LA, OC: Standup comedy, Independence Day

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