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Saturday, August 27

Skirball Performances: Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Explore traditional gong-chime music and dances from the southern Philippines with the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble of Southern California.

Formed in 2003 by UCLA Ethnomusicology and World Arts and Cultures alumni Bernard Ellorin, Mary Talusan, Eleanor Lipat-Chesler, Peter Paul De Guzman, and Nickki Martin, the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble’s mission is to represent marginalized ethnic minorities with artistry, integrity, and respect. As artist-scholars, the members conduct regular fieldwork in the Philippines with native practitioners of music and dance from the Maguindanao, Maranao, Tausug, Sama, and Yakan ethnolinguistic groups. The ensemble performs regularly at public events, festivals, and educational settings throughout Southern California.

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Anaïs, A Dance Opera

Greenway Court Theatre

544 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Anaïs, A Dance Opera, created by composer/lyricist Cindy Shapiro and director/choreographer Janet Roston and produced by Mixed eMotion Theatrix, explodes on stage by incorporating music, dance and visual projections into a cutting edge stage production that explores and illuminates the riveting life of famed diarist and literary figure Anaïs Nin and her world of words, sex, passion and creativity. This contemporary stage production opens August 27, 2016 through September 18, 2016 for a four-week run at the Greenway Court Theatre 544 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036. August 27 – September 18, 2016

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Sunday, August 28

Nathalia Palis

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Nathalia Palis invites families to move and groove to an eclectic mix of bilingual sing-alongs, ranging in style from rock and cumbia to jazz and reggaeton.

A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, Palis studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and then relocated to Los Angeles to begin her career as a music therapist, educator, and performer. Since 2012, she has released two albums, From Here to There and Dream a Little (Sueña un Poquito). Palis has been a guest on Despierta America (Univision) and The Talk (CBS), and her songs have been featured on a number of online blogs and radio stations.

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"In the Game"

DIESEL, A Bookstore

225 26th St., Santa Monica, 90402


Peggy Garrity to the store to discuss her memoir, In the Game: The Highs and Lows of a Trailblazing Trial Lawyer, on Sunday, August 28th at 3:00pm. Peggy Garrity began her life as a small-town Irish Catholic girl in the Midwest. Initially convent-bound, she became determined to escape a life like her mother’s, and in the mid-1970s, she reinvented herself as a high-profile Los Angeles trial lawyer and single mother of four. At a time when there were virtually no women solo practitioners, she represented David against Goliath and risked it all in the process. Including compelling courtroom dramas featuring would-be presidential assassin Sara Jane Moore, celebrities Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, and Cheryl Tiegs, and some of Los Angeles’ most notorious murder cases, In the Game is the groundbreaking story of a thrill-seeking solo trial lawyer and single mother who beat the odds at a time when working mothers, especially those in male-dominated professions like the law, faced the gauntlet of discrimination. Peggy Garrity grew up in the Mississippi River hamlet of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, population 6,000, a town with two Catholic churches, four Catholic schools, and fifty bars and pubs. After attending night law school for five years and having three babies, she was admitted to the California State Bar in December 1975, after which she launched a solo practice. She retired from law in December 2004, and is now a certified yoga and meditation instructor who teaches small groups of women in Santa Monica and Malibu. The LA Times published her op-ed about the Halliburton rape cases, About that Day In Court, in 2008. Garrity is a doting grandmother of six.

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Monday, August 29

Levitated Mass


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.

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