‘Cae­sar,’ Sim­mons, Stand­ing Rock

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Mark the cal­en­dar: As we roll deeper into June, here are some of the per­for­mances and ex­hi­bi­tions that have caught the curiosity of Times crit­ics, staff writ­ers and con­trib­u­tors.

‘Young Cae­sar’

The late, great com­poser Lou Har­ri­son’s con­tro­ver­sial the­ater piece about Julius Cae­sar’s love for an­other man will be per­formed by the L.A. Phil New Mu­sic Group and di­rected by the opera world’s ris­ing star, Yu­val Sharon. June 13, Walt Dis­ney Con­cert Hall, L.A. (323) 850-2000. www.laphil.com. — Richard S. Ginell

‘Thumbprint’

Fol­low­ing a pro­duc­tion cen­tered on Wik­iLeaker Chelsea Man­ning, Los An­ge­les Opera’s Off-Grand se­ries presents an­other top­i­cal work, this time the West Coast pre­miere of Ka­mala Sankaram’s piece about a Pak­istani woman who sur­vives gang rape and brings her at­tack­ers to jus­tice. June 15-18, REDCAT, L.A. (213) 972-8001. www.la­opera.org. — Richard S. Ginell

‘Gary Sim­mons’

In his first L.A. mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tion, na­tive An­ge­leno Gary Sim­mons ex­plores race, class and mem­ory through large-scale paint­ings and draw­ings shot through with ref­er­ences to film, ar­chi­tec­ture and pop­u­lar cul­ture. Opens June 28. Cal­i­for­nia African Amer­i­can Mu­seum, L.A. (213) 744-7432. www.caa­mu­seum.org — Deb­o­rah Vankin

A farewell and ‘Res­ur­rec­tion’

The Pa­cific Sym­phony closes its sea­son by cel­e­brat­ing the ca­reer of Pa­cific Chorale Artis­tic Di­rec­tor John Alexan­der, who is re­tir­ing. The orches­tra, led by Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Carl St.Clair, and the chorale per­form Mahler’s gi­gan­tic Sym­phony No. 2 (“Res­ur­rec­tion”). Thurs­day through June 11, Re­nee and Henry Segerstrom Con­cert Hall, Costa Mesa. (714) 755-5799. www.pacific­sym­phony.org. — Richard S. Ginell

‘Stand­ing Rock: Art and Sol­i­dar­ity’

The Stand­ing Rock protest in North Dakota brought to­gether na­tive and non-na­tive cul­tures in op­po­si­tion to the Dakota Ac­cess pipe­line. This mini-ex­hibit gath­ers ephemera from that ac­tion, in­clud­ing poster art, cloth­ing and pho­to­graphs. Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West, L.A. (323) 667-2000. Through Feb. 18. theautry.org. — Carolina Mi­randa

Casey Kringlen

YU­VAL SHARON di­rects “Young Cae­sar” at Dis­ney Con­cert Hall.

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