this week's event picks (mar 23-29 2016):

 Madame Butterfly
The heartbreaking Puccini-written opera is a tragic love story of East meets West and features the return of soprano Ana María Martínez as the beloved geisha.

@ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Grand Ave. Wednesday Mar 23 & Saturday Mar 26 7:30pm.

Cat Art Show
This weekend-long exhibit returns for its second time to Los Angeles with over one hundred works focusing on cats — domesticated companion and glorified internet meme — as muse.
@ Think Tank Gallery. Fashion District. Thursday Mar 24 8-10pm, Friday Mar 25 - Sunday Mar 27 11am-5pm.

 Los Angeles Poverty Department: What Fuels Development?
An exhibition on the LAPD's arts efforts serves as a set for a devised theater piece exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality. While the event takes place outside Downtown LA in nearby Pasadena, its message and context couldn't be closer to home. Plus, read Hyunjee Nicole Kim's review of LAPD's exhibition from issue 3.

@ Armory Center for the Arts. Pasadena. Friday Mar 25 & Saturday Mar 26 8:30pm. Additional performances Apr 1, 2 and 3.

Channa Horwitz & Haroon Mirza
Drawings by the Boyle Heights–raised Horwitz, who died in 2013, are accompanied by sculptural light and immersive sound structures that recognize her life built by British installation artist Haroon Mirza.

@ Francois Ghebaly Gallery. Under Ten. Ends Saturday Mar 26.

 Here's the Thing
This group show brings together artists all sharing affection for the charm of the everyday objects and materials taken out of context or meaningfully misused.
@ Art Share LA. Arts District. Closes Saturday Mar 26.

 Museum of Broken Relationships (Preview)
Ace Hotel offers a preview of this project that grew from a traveling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins to a full-fledged curatorially-interactive museum opening in Hollywood in May 2016.
@ Ace Hotel. Historic Core. Monday Mar 28 8-11pm.

Pssst... that's not all that's going on! Find more local events and sort them by neighborhood at calendar.getdowntown.la.
LA Opera's elegant new rendition of Madame Butterfly is now being performed at the Dorothy Chandler.
(image via Superchief Gallery)