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Tuesday, July 29

The Hold Steady

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Things to know about The Hold Steady: 

* "Teeth Dreams" is the sixth album from one of America's most acclaimed rock bands. 

* This is their first release in four years. Their last, "Heaven is Whenever," came out in May 2010. 

* The songs on "Teeth Dreams" came together over the past three years. Many of them went through significant changes along the way. Four years is the most time between any two The Hold Steady releases. 

* Guitarist Steve Selvidge joined The Hold Steady for the "Heaven is Whenever" tour. "Teeth Dreams" is the first THS release where Selvidge participated in the writing and recording. A number of the songs were written at sessions in Memphis, where Steve lives. 

* The album was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz. Nick has produced records by Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Ghost and more. 

* "Teeth Dreams" was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon Studios in Franklin, TN. It is the first record that THS has made outside of the NYC area.

* This five-piece line up (two guitars, bass, drums, vocals) of the band showcases a bigger and tougher sound. The guitars are especially present on this release. 

* This is the first release on the band's own Positive Jams imprint, which is in partnership with Washington Square/Razor & Tie. 

* The title "Teeth Dreams" refers to a common nighttime dream. Dreams about teeth are usually triggered by anxiety. Anxiety is a theme that shows up in a number of songs on the album. 

* The band recently launched an official fan club called The Unified Scene, and released a five song covers EP to the members of the club. 

* The Hold Steady played their first show in 2003. They are entering their second decade as a band. The Hold Steady has been cited as influential by numerous rock acts such as Japandroids, Titus Andronicus, Frank Turner and many others. 

* THS has toured heavily, and has played at least one show in all 50 states. They achieved this in summer 2013 when they played a show in Wyoming, the last state on their list.


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Wednesday, July 30

See a little bit of country

Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067


It’s time to see the world through country colored lenses.  Curated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Country: Portraits of an American Sound at the Annenberg Space for Photography includes over 100 historical and contemporary photos, artifacts, a digital jukebox (this is where your kids will station themselves, and you want them to, because even if you’re not a country fan, the kids should know Dolly & the Man in Black), an original short form documentary with interviews from exhibited photographers, country musicians and historians and more.

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Summer in the City

Westfield Century City Mall

10250 Santa Monica Bl, Los Angeles, CA, 90067

5:30pm to 8:30pm

The Century City Chamber of Commerce is hosting an event called "Summer in the City" where professionals can come to network with other successful professionals in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to, law, finance, accounting, real estate, and marketing. Event will be held at Pink Taco's Outdoor Patio at Westfield Century City Mall. You may RSVP by calling 310-553-2222 or by going onto our website at www.centurycitycc.com.

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PEN Emerging Voices

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that provides new writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need to launch a professional writing career. The 2014 Emerging Voices Fellows are Brandon Jordan Brown, Marci Carrillo, Andrés Reconco, Margaret Spilman, Hanne Steen, and Victor Vazquez. Please join us in celebrating the culmination of their fellowship with a public reading followed by a receptio

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Thursday, July 31

The Boone Children's Gallery


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


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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Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky (50 min)


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Tour the exhibition Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky, which draws on recent scholarship to explore the exchange between French and German artists who were inspired by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne. This generation of artists—Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, and Gabriele Münter, among others—worked in a style known as Fauvism or Expressionism, which made use of vivid colors to forge a new art. 

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Mindful Awareness

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.

The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.

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