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Wednesday, September 28

How to Make White People Laugh author Negin Farsad

The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St, los angeles, CA 90013

7:30pm

Comedian-filmmaker Negin Farsad looks at comedy from the perspective of an Iranian-American female who holds a dual master's degree in African-American studies and public policy. Tonight she'll do stand-up and discuss her new memoir, How to Make White People Laugh, in which she draws on her childhood growing up with immigrant parents in Palm Springs, visiting her ancestral homeland, pursuing comedy and the challenges of online dating for women of color. "It's hard to date when you're an ethnic lady," she writes. "Women of color are like day-old sandwiches — you pick one if all the fresh sandwiches are taken." Farsad also has co-directed two documentaries, including 2008's Nerdcore Rising, about the nerdcore genre of hip-hop, and 2013's excellent The Muslims Are Coming!, which followed Muslim-American comics touring in post-9/11 America and featured interviews with Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn, Rachel Maddow, Aasif Mandvi and Maz Jobrani.

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An American in Paris

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

7:30pm

Live set by DJ Mean Mr. Mustard

Whether conducting a rudimentary English lesson for his arrondissements’ local school children or tidying up his microscopic attic apartment, Gene Kelly’s Jerry Mulligan leads a life so effortlessly infused with choreography, even his daydreams are set to song. Culminating in an elaborate, unprecedented, 17-minute dance number (price tag: nearly $5 million dollars in 2016), Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris also fashions the appropriate Siene-side stage for the on-screen debut of Leslie Caron (GigiDaddy Long Legs), who Kelly discovered in the Ballet des Champs Elysées and brought back stateside specifically for this picture. An immediately recognizable Gershwin songbook paired with the iconic set pieces of a classic Hollywood musical master and perfectly-integrated choreography from Kelly himself (not to mention the loveable sourpuss on Oscar Levant) make this a universally delightful watch, rich with the natural romanticism and swelling emotion of the City of Lights. 

Dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1951, 35mm, 113 min.

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Germán López in Concert

Pepperdine University

Malibu, 90263

8:00pm

The esteemed timple player from the Canary Islands, Germán López, brings his musical virtuosity to Pepperdine University’s Raitt Recital Hall in Malibu for one-night-only on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00pm. Germán López in Concert will feature López along with Antonio Toledo on Spanish guitar. The masterful López blends the ancient traditions of his home island with sonic dexterity. The concert will take place at Pepperdine’s Raitt Recital Hall located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263. Tickets cost $17 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, and are available by calling 310-506-4522 or online at http://arts.pepperdine.edu/events/german-lopez.htm.

ABOUT GERMÁN LÓPEZ:
Germán López is an esteemed timple player from Gran Canaria, an island making up an archipelago off the coast of Africa, pertaining to the nation of Spain. As a conservatory-trained musician, López blends the ancient traditions of the Canary Islands with musical virtuosity. His instrument of choice, the timple: (pronounced tim-play), is a diminutive 5-stringed instrument intrinsic to music of the Canary Islands. Unlike the ukulele that it resembles, it has a full resonance despite its high timbre, possibly due to its rounded back.

In his eagerness to experiment with new music, always starting from where the timple unfolds naturally, López recently released his album Root, which offers his approach to world music and flamenco. Captivated for years by the rhythmic and visceral richness of these genres, López moved into a new musical dimension with his timple on this album, exploring malagueñas (a Spanish dance similar to the fandango), polkas, tajarastes (native music of the Canary Islands), bulerías (a fast Flamenco rhythm), tanguillos (a kind of tango), and rumbas, including original compositions by López himself.

At the age of seven he entered the Conservatory of Music of Las Palmas, acquiring an eventual master’s degree in 2001. Since the age of ten, López has been performing publicly, which now includes collaborations with the symphony orchestra of Gran Canaria, festivals such as WOMAD, Circuits INJUVE, and Expozaragoza, among others. He recently starred in the opening ceremony of the annual WOMEX conference (2014) earning himself an unexpected, spontaneous standing ovation.

WHAT: Germán López in Concert
WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263
TICKETS: 310-506-4522 or http://arts.pepperdine.edu/events/german-lopez.htm
PRICES: $17-$35 for the public; $10 for Pepperdine students

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The Luck at Hotel Cafe

Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90028

8:00pm

Join us for a special live performance by indie folk brother-sister duo, The Luck, at Hotel Cafe on Wednesday September 28th! London-born members Max and Esmay Luck are currently recording their upcoming EP, True North, alongside Paul Broucek, President of Music at Warner Brothers Pictures, and three-time Grammy Award-winning engineer/mixer, Ed Cherney (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton). True North debuts on September 30, 2016. For more info, visit www.theluckmusic.com

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Thursday, September 29

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