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Wednesday, September 3

THE DROP: LP IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LOS ANGELES CHAPTER OF THE RECORDING ACADEMY

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0

7:30pm

Please join us as we welcome LP back to the Clive Davis Theater for a performance and an intimate discussion, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman. LP, an artist signed to Warner Bros Records, just debuted her first major label record, Forever For Now, following her 2012 EP Live at EastWest Studios. Both the EP and the full length, each produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer and Warner Bros. Records chairman Rob Cavallo, showcase the power and prowess she’s earned as a performer from earlier times barnstorming the country — “250 shows a year, driving around the country in a tiny van.”  That’s the standard she and Cavallo took to the studio. 

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Spotlight Tour: Skirball Architecture and Gardens

Skirball Center

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90049

8:00pm

The Skirball campus has been recognized for its intimate scale and sensitivity to the surrounding natural environment. Take a tour of the spectacular buildings and gardens and learn about the vision of the Skirball’s architect, the world-renowned Moshe Safdie.

Comfortable walking shoes, hats, and sunglasses are recommended. Weather permitting only.

 

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The Academy Celebrates The Black Movie Soundtrack

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood, CA 90068

8:00pm

Grammy®-winning musician and composer Marcus Miller teams up with award-winning producer/director Reginald Hudlin for a soulful celebration of music and movies, with clips on the Bowl’s big screen. From Stormy Weather and Super Fly to Purple Rain and Waiting to Exhale, it will be an unforgettable evening marked by a stellar array of special guest performances.

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Stiff Little Fingers

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

9:00pm

Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”. In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.

These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality.

Over the years, their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. Their studio albums demonstrate their passion and anger, each in its own way. In ’94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, Guitar and Drum, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled “Strummerville”.

After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. They are currently working on a new album, and many of the new songs have been debuted at live gigs, with tremendous response from fans. With song titles like Trail of Tears, My Dark Places and Liar’s Club covering topics such as the recent economic collapse, Jake’s personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism in the west. Jake has said, “You’ve probably worked out by now, I don’t do “comedy” songs !!” But the songs continue to inspire fans old and new. Countless people have already contacted Jake to say that “My Dark Places” gave them the strength to tell others about their own bouts with depression.

Though focused on their new material, they always play the old favorites at gigs. Jake said, "You have to strike a balance. The difficulty with a band like ourselves is to try not make it sound like a cabaret band. Obviously, it’d be very easy to go, ‘Hey, here’s another old one you may remember.’ A lot of the old songs the audience greet like old friends. I suppose it’s the same as any band that’s been around for any length of time. And yes, there are nights that we don’t particularly want to play “Alternative Ulster” or “Suspect Device” because we’ve heard them ‘til they’re coming out our ears. But there’s always the possibility that somebody out there has never seen the band before, never heard them."

Using the band’s rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band. The result is the band’s latest release – No Going Back was released in March 2014.

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iO West - Bipolar Bear Presents Sketchy Improv

IO West Theater

6366 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 90028

10:30pm to 11:30pm

Peanut Butter is not the same without Jelly. A Bow is simply no good without an Arrow. And Romeo wouldn’t be caught dead without his Juliet.

That’s exactly why BIPOLAR BEAR PRESENTS SKETCHY IMPROV. It’s not an improv or a sketch show. It’s both!

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday 10:30pm, comes this dangerously-exciting hour with three improv teams, using only an audience suggestion to weave a spontaneous series of characters and scenes. In between, a sketch team will perform very thought-out, well-written, and quite-rehearsed sketches. Together, they don’t make sense apart.

New teams every show, cultivated from a rotating list of LA’s up-and-coming comedic talent. Loft stage. Free.

iO West Theater is accessible by LA Metro's Red Line, and has shows on three stages all night, every night -- come early, stay late! All-ages shows in the Loft and DCT stages. Must be 21+ to access the bar and/or see any Main Stage show. Drink specials daily.

Follow Bipolar Bear at https://www.facebook.com/bipolarbeardie

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Thursday, September 4

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