Lily Tomlin, Rainn Wilson, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Stars take the Stage in Discover L.A.'s New Program, L.A. Performs, February 1 - March 13

With a Buy-One, Get-One Free Offer, Visitors Can Save Over $1,350 on Companion Tickets to L.A.’s Leading Performing Arts Companies When They Purchase a Two-Night Hotel Stay

LOS ANGELES, Calif.  (January 12, 2016) – For visitors seeking some of the best in Los Angeles’ performing arts, February 1 to March 13, 2016 is the time to visit. Travelers who book a minimum of two nights in a participating Los Angeles hotel via or will receive an electronic voucher that provides promotional codes for two-for-one ticket purchase offer at 14 of L.A.’s top performing arts companies.

In its inaugural year, L.A. Performs is designed to grow awareness and appreciation of the city as one of the world’s premier cultural destinations. The program is sponsored by Discover Los Angeles, which is run by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
“As the home to nearly 1,000 professional performing arts companies, Los Angeles offers an unrivalled abundance, diversity and quality of performance experiences,” said Michael McDowell, vice president for Cultural Tourism at Discover Los Angeles. “In this new, unprecedented promotion of L.A. Performs, visitors are invited to sample a wide range of outstanding performances at substantial savings.”

Highlights of L.A. Performs*:

  • Geffen Playhouse, Thom Pain (based on nothing), featuring Rainn Wilson (known for his role as Dwight Schrute, The Office), January 8 - February 14

    Directed by OBIE Award winner, Oliver Butler, the play concerns the life of a tragic and funny character named Thom, who has been described as, “just like you, except worse. He is trying to save his life, to save your life — in that order. In his quest for salvation, he'll stop at nothing, be distracted by nothing, except maybe a piece of lint, or the woman in the second row.”

  • Los Angeles Ballet, Don Quixote (world premiere), February 27 and March 26

    Based on Cervantes' iconic Spanish novel and choreographed by Los Angeles Ballet's Christensen and Neary (after Petipa), Don Quixote weaves a splendid tapestry of love, illusion, daring, and adventure. Gypsies, matadors, and windmills result in a profusion of excitement, humor, and family fun.

  • LA Opera, The Magic Flute, Conducted by James Conlon, beginning February 13 till March 6

    The Magic Flute, the sold out sensation that The Los Angeles Times called “a raging masterpiece” returns to LA Opera.  Mozart’s popular opera is reborn using projected hand drawn animation inspired by silent-film era that interacts with onstage performers.  A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports us into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness. Packed with exquisite singing and stage wizardry, Mozart's delightful blend of high comedy and serious drama enchants young and old alike.

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic, CITY OF LIGHT series, February 2 –March 12

    Under the leadership of Esa-Pekka Salonen, The New York Times proclaimed the Los Angeles Philharmonic to be “the most important orchestra in America.” French music is so universally appealing because its aesthetic consistently values color, lightness and transparency. Esa-Pekka Salonen’s natural tendencies make him an ideal interpreter of this music. His festival will feature Ravel’s delicate and enchanting Mother Goose – to be enhanced with a newly created multi-disciplinary installation – and Debussy’s influential opera Pelléas et Mélisande, for which Salonen has received ecstatic reviews. “…among the finest achievements of Salonen’s principal conductorship” (The Guardian). Chamber music, Symphonies for Youth and a Green Umbrella concert round out this special event.

  • Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, An Evening with Lily Tomlin, March 11

    Armed with more than a dozen of her timeless characters—from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann—the incomparable Lily Tomlin returns to provide comical insights and wildly witty observations about the human condition while taking her audience on what The Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip. As one of the most celebrated comedians in American comedy, Tomlin is an entertainer of the highest caliber!

Performing Arts Companies participating in L.A. Performs*:

  • Carpenter Performing Arts Center
  • Geffen Playhouse
  • Kirk Douglas Theatre
  • Los Angeles Ballet
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • LA Opera
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • LA STAGE Alliance
  • Mark Taper Forum
  • Music Center
  • Pasadena Playhouse
  • Valley Performing Arts Center
  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

This is the first L.A. Performs organized by L.A. Tourism. For more information, visit and follow #LAPerforms on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

*Some restrictions may apply. Tickets are subject to availability and offer valid for select performances. Please see for eligible performances and offer details.

About Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board is a private, non-profit business association whose primary mission is to market and promote Los Angeles as the premier site for leisure travel, meetings and conventions as the City’s official tourism marketing organization. For more information, visit the official visitor information website of Los Angeles at, join the more than one million people who follow L.A Tourism’s Facebook page at, or follow @discoverLA on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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