3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles, 90039
A World Premiere play about our city. East L.A. born, Mexican American, Ester holds down a full time job as a chef's assistant while Lee, her talented husband is an unsung sculptor and stay-at-home dad. Invited to dinner by a wealthy couple from their Children’s school, Lee and Esther navigate a delicate game of power and propositions in a hilly enclave of Los Angeles. A seduction, by the American Dream, proves humorous yet hazardous between friends when wealth beguiles and divides.
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068
Bluegrass Association of Southern California and The Bluegrass Situation present an evening of bluegrass music with the Claire Lynch Band. A quartet that blends tradition and innovation, two-time Grammy nominee Claire Lynch sings vocals, accompanied by banjo player Mark Schatz, mandolinist-guitarist Jarrod Walker and string player Bryan McDowell. This "mini bluegrass festival" also features sets from The Brombies and Burning Heart Bluegrass. - See more at: http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/1034#sthash.X2JGc8L4.dpuf
13031 West Jefferson Blvd., Playa Vista, 90094
Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & the Gang has performed continuously for the past 43 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.
Kool & the Gang has continued to tour the world appearing with artists such as Kid Rock, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, The Roots and a 50-city tour with Van Halen.
Kool & the Gang was recently honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement award. In October 2015, in the town they sing about in one of their earliest hits ”Hollywood Swinging” Kool & the Gang was honored to take their place as American musical icons with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the spring of 2016, Kool & the Gang received a nod from their home state and they were inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. In the band’s hometown of Jersey City they received a touching tribute when a street they grew up on was re named in their honor: “Kool & the Gang Way”.
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
Our salute to Jerry Lewis concludes with two Frank Tashlin comedies pairing the funnyman with crooner Dean Martin.
"ARTISTS AND MODELS"
Former Looney Tunes director Frank Tashlin was the perfect choice to helm this wacky tale about comic books and their creators. In one of the last and best films of their highly successful partnership, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis play an aspiring artist and his comics-obsessed roommate; Dorothy Malone and Shirley MacLaine (in her second feature) provide romantic interest. Along with prime Lewis slapstick, Dino gets to croon some wonderful songs by Harry Warren and Jack Brooks.
"HOLLYWOOD OR BUST"
The final big-screen pairing of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis is this hilarious road movie. When a new car is raffled off, both film buff Malcolm Smith (Jerry Lewis) and gambler Steve Wiley (Dean Martin) claim the prize and agree to share it on a cross-country trip to Tinseltown, where Malcolm hopes to meet his favorite actress (Anita Ekberg). With an aspiring dancer (Pat Crowley) and a Great Dane (“Mr. Bascomb”) as fellow travelers, it’s a thoroughly entertaining ride given plenty of cartoon-like zing by animator Tashlin.
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Just when you thought you'd figured out what art really is, Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer is where modern art and the Protestant work ethic weirdly intersect, which is to say that a 340-ton granite megalith painstakingly transported over two weeks from Riverside sits in a 456-foot-long slot, and you get to contemplate it all. Clearly, your kid couldn't do that. Forty-five years in the making -- from concept to construction to carefully avoided clusterfuck -- it's whatever you want it to be. Process art? Yes. Land art? Yes. Cubism? Well, yes, depending on where you're standing when you look at it. The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of philanthropist and children's activist Nancy Daly, which makes perfect sense given the fact that many creative discoveries come from children playing with rocks.