A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

Award-winning, visionary playwright Murray Mednick brings his unique sensibility to the hair-raising, sometimes violent and often hilarious exploits of François Villon in “Villon,” presented by Padua Playwrights at the Odyssey Theatre. Follow the 15th-century poet and his gang of bandits, vagabond priests and swordsmen-courtiers through the treacherous forests of medieval France in a play filled with murder, mayhem and poetry. Read our review to learn more.

Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of free tickets to the performance on Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. Email editor@culturespotla.com with “Villon” in the subject line to be entered in the drawing.

‘Villon’ runs through March 23 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., LA 90025. For tickets and information, (310) 477-2055, ext. 2, or www.OdysseyTheatre.com.