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Tuesday, March 31

Meline Toumani—There Was and There Was Not

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

8:00pm

Armenian American author Meline Toumani discusses her thought-provoking new memoir, There Was and There Was Not, with radio journalist Barbara Bogaev. 

In the book, which was named as a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award, Toumani examines the legacy of the Armenian genocide of 1915 and the complex role it plays in her own identity. The author spent four years conducting interviews with Turkish scholars, visiting the remains of Armenian villages, and building a complicated life in Istanbul—all part of what she calls “a love thine enemy experiment.” In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, There Was and There Was Not asks hard questions about what it means for a diaspora, created from and later galvanized by a tragedy, to move forward and flourish, and reflects on how we use—and sometimes abuse—our personal histories to make sense of our lives. A Q&A and book signing follow the program. Barbara Bogaev is guest host for American Public Media's Marketplace Money; former host of Soundprint, a public radio documentary program; and substitute host of NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

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Wednesday, April 1

LUBA NUDE YOGA

unknowngallery

801 Ocean Front Walk #8, Venice, 90291

11:00am to 3:00pm

Since the inception of Hegre-art in 2002, founder and principal photographer, Petter Hegre, has been traveling the world capturing sophisticated images of the sexiest, most beautiful models on the pla...

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THE NEXT WAVE: Fracking and Our Water

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

12:30pm

Co-presented with the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Fracking is both demonized and praised almost daily in the media, leaving most Americans confused. We strive to bring some clarity to this divisive issue by bringing together scientists and policy makers to tease out the facts about the effects of hydraulic fracturing on the quality and quantity of the nations water. Panelists: Jonathan Bishop, California State Water Resources Control Board; water treatment engineer Subir Bhattacharjee; Stanford environmental scientist Robert Jackson; and Damon Nagami, director of the Southern California Ecosystems Project at the NRDC. Moderated by Mark Gold, acting director, UCLA Institute of Environmental Sustainability. THE NEXT WAVE: QUALITY, QUANTITY, AND ACCESSIBILITY OF WATER IN THE 21ST CENTURY Throughout 2015 the Hammer and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explore the most pressing issues surrounding the current and future state of water.

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The Thrilling Adventure Hour April Fools' Fun-Around

LARGO at the CORONET

366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90095

8:00pm

The Thrilling Adventure Hour April Fools' Fun-Around

"Before we close down the show next week, we want to have a bit of fun with the WorkJuice Players and some special guests, for you, the Adventurekateers! Join Paul F. Tompkins, Marc Evan Jackson, Hal Lublin, Janet Varney, Annie Savage, and all of the WJ Players for this goof-around, April Fools' Day episode of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, in which roles are assigned ON STAGE DURING PERFORMANCE, your favorite episodes are made new again, and improvisation is key to success!

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Lost & Found Club

Cinefamily

611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA

10:30pm

Jump in the democratized stream of short film consciousness, where you’ll decide what hits the screen. We’re opening our archives and putting the programming in your trusted hands, intrepid audience, as we pair weird, wonderful ephemeral films for a vote before spooling up the selected 16mm marvels. Watch as our audience (always a healthy mix of tastemakers and troublemakers) splits into sects, leering and jeering over an all-killer, no-wrong-answers assault of accumulated reels. Bonds will be forged, impulses will be followed, and we’ll watch the bejeesus out of some real rarities. What kind of accidents would you prefer to see a safety film about? Travel film? Abstract, or narrative? Who’s starring? Which country? When decade? Cartoon of choice? Pick your box-office poison! - See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/lost-and-found-film-club/#sthash.9pkLdpS...

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Thursday, April 2

The Boone Children's Gallery

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

11:00am

Come paint with us! Located next to the Korean and Chinese galleries, the Boone Children’s Gallery is a free creative space where visitors of all ages are invited to learn the art of East Asian brush painting. No prior art-making experience is necessary. Friendly and helpful staff introduce painting techniques, offer tips, and even provide high chairs for very young artists. Visitors sit at communal tables in this fun, family-friendly, and resourceful place to relax, create, and make new friends.

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Member Preview: African Textiles and Adornment

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

11:00am

African Textiles and Adornment: Selections from the Marcel and Zaira Mis Collection featured over 35 dynamic textiles and commanding headdresses. Brilliant color, bold patterns, and intriguing symbols characterize the dress of many societies throughout the African continent. Not only are garments visually compelling, but they are also laden with emblems of power that signify the wealth, status, prestige, or even divinity of the bearer.

Please note: There are two additional days of Member Previews for this exhibition (April 3 and 4)

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Craft Night at CAFAM: Canvas Painting Party with Mark Montano

CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM

5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036

12:00pm

Listen to music, relax, and paint! Designer and television personality Mark Montano will be hosting a Social Artworking party, where everyone will receive a painting kit to make their own canvas. The program is designed for people without any painting experience, but fun for all levels of artistic abilities. There will be templates you can use or create your own image. RSVP requested to cafamapril2015.eventbrite.com

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