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Thursday, September 1

Nashville Unplugged

The Rose

Pasadena, 91101

7:00pm

Have you ever wondered the story behind “Live like You were Dying” for Tim McGraw? Did you know that the songwriter of “Friends in Low Places” actually traded his ownership of that song to pay off a hefty beer tab at a local bar in Nashville before it became a worldwide hit for Garth Brooks?

Introducing, “Nashville Unplugged: The Story behind the Song”, a songwriter in the round show that brings the most successful hit songwriters from Nashville right to you. The intimacy of this all acoustic, impromptu show makes for a highly interactive connection between the songwriters and the audience. No show is ever the same because there is no script or band; just some truth-telling troubadours with guitars in their hands, telling the stories behind some of the world’s greatest songs that they happen to have written.

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Eve Babitz’s Slow Days Fast CompanyCrosher

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

Matthew Specktor discusses and signs Eve Babitz’s Slow Days Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A. in conversation with Howard Rodman, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, and artist Zoe Crosher. Here was a time when no one burned hotter than Eve Babitz. Possessing skin that radiated its own kind of moral laws, spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and 70s. But there was one man who proved elusive, and so Babitz did what she did best, she wrote him a book. She also pulled off a remarkable sleight of hand: Slow Days, Fast Company far exceeds its mash-note premise. It is a full-fledged and full-bodied evocation of a bygone Southern California. In ten sun-baked, Santa Ana wind swept sketches, Babitz re-creates a Los Angeles of movie stars distraught over their success; socialites on three-day drug binges, evading their East Coast banking husbands; soap-opera actors worried that tomorrow s script will kill them off; Italian femme fatales even more fatal than she is. And she even leaves L.A. sometimes, spending an afternoon at the house of flawless Orange County suburbanites, a day among the grape pickers of the Central Valley, a weekend in Palm Springs where her dreams of romance fizzle and her only solace is Virginia Woolf. In the end it doesn’t matter if Babitz ever gets the guy she seduces us. (New York Review of Books)

Novelist and screenwriter, Matthew Specktor wrote the introduction for this edition of Slow Days Fast Company and will be presenting it for us tonight.

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Kicks

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

2016, 87 min, color, DCP

 

Written by Justin Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden; directed by Justin Tipping; with Jahking Guillory, Christopher Meyer, C.J. Wallace, Kofi Siriboe, and Mahershala Ali

Includes a conversation with writer/director Justin Tipping and actor C.J. Wallace

Writer/director Justin Tipping’s debut is an unusual look at life in the inner city—it’s a sneakerhead drama about the turmoil kicked into motion by a pair of Air Jordans. And the shoe that put His Airness on the map will do good things for this film as well. Brandon (Jahking Guillory) is a shy and sweet teen living just outside Oakland who endures all sort of humiliation to achieve his goal—owning a pair of the original and classic red-and-black Nike Air Jordans. When his shoes are stolen and Brandon is further embarrassed by the way it happens, he and his boys Rico (Christopher Meyer) and Albert (CJ Wallace) go looking for them. Their goal: getting the sneaks back from neighborhood tough guy Flaco (Kofi Siriboe), even it means that Brandon has to involve his no-nonsense Uncle (Mahershala Ali). Tipping keeps Kicks in constant physical and psychological motion, and the final tip-off comes as much as a surprise to audiences as it does to his mostly young and little-seen cast. Writer/director Tipping comes to LACMA with actor C.J. Wallace to discuss the making of Kicks.

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Squirrel Nut Zippers (SOLD OUT)

Teragram Ballroom

Los Angeles, 90017

8:00pm

After a long hiatus, the Squirrel Nut Zippers are pleased to announce their first set of tour dates since 2009 with seven shows being announced this morning. Several festival performances and a longer run in the fall are in the works and will be announced shortly.

2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies...

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ICON: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF B.B. KING

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8:00pm

The GRAMMY Foundation® and GRAMMY Museum® are partnering to celebrate the life and legacy of B.B. King, 15-time GRAMMY®-winning rhythm & blues singer. Titled Icon: The Life And Legacy of B.B. King, the live tribute will include performances by multi-GRAMMY winners Keb' Mo', Derek Trucks, and Jimmie Vaughan; GRAMMY winners Slash and Susan Tedeschi; GRAMMY nominees Joe Bonamassa and Kenny Wayne Shepherd; and artist Joe Lewis Walker. The show will be musically directed by the "Conan" show's own musical director and house band Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band.

In addition to a live tribute performance and storytelling by artists influenced by King's work, there will be a pre-event VIP reception, for VIP ticket buyers. A handful of auction items signed by participating artists will be available exclusively to attendees for silent bidding.

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Friday, September 2

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