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Sunday, October 2

Concrete Verse Creatures

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Workshop attendees combine concrete poetry with 3-D paper models to create unique animals and robots, and then send them all on a grand adventure to parts unknown. Led by childrens book author and illustrator Mary Peterson, who tells funny stories with her art.

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Dynasty Handbag

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Jibz Camerons outlandish performance alter ego Dynasty Handbag is featured in this falling-apart, falling-down stand-up show that covers topics including the fact that everyone she knows is having a baby and how this makes her feel enraged and scared/inadequate, the future memory of the time when she got her Netflix special, and a cover of Rihannas well-known blue-collar anthem celebrating the proletariat. With live musical accompaniment by Taylor the Sax Bottom. This program is part of the Hammer’s Bureau of Feminism initiative.

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Monday, October 3

Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


n recent years, the parameters of Islamic art have expanded to include contemporary works by artists from or with roots in the Middle East. Drawing inspiration from their own cultural traditions, these artists use techniques and incorporate imagery and ideas from earlier periods. LACMA has only recently begun to acquire such work within the context of its holdings of Islamic art, understanding that the ultimate success and relevance of this collection lies in building creative links between the past, present, and future. Islamic Art Now: Contemporary Art of the Middle East marks the first major installation of LACMA’s collection of contemporary art of the Middle East.

As the second of a two-part program, this exhibition features approximately 29 works by artists from Iran, the Arab world, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, including Shoja Azari, Lulwah Al Homoud, Burhan Doǧançay, Fereydoun Ave, Shirin Guirguis, Newsha Tavakolian, Shadi Ghadirian, Hassan Hajjaj, Ahmed Mater, and Faig Ahmed, among others.

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800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015


The show that made country music famous showcases some of the genre's most popular artists in its first feature film, American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry. The film captures onstage Opry performances and backstage moments with Opry members Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Darius Rucker, as well as crowd favorites The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge. "Anyone who has ever spent a night at the Opry or played its stage will tell you there's nothing like it in the world," said Pete Fisher, Opry Vice President and General Manager. "This film captures everything that makes the Opry special and showcases performances by some of today's most compelling artists." American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry is directed by George J. Flanigen IV. Executive Producers are Steve Buchanan, Robert Deaton, Pete Fisher, and Flanigen. The GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to present a special screening of this film, followed by a Q&A with Pete Fisher and George Flanigen, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.

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Tuesday, October 4

Wednesday, October 5

The Beauty Within

ArcLight Culver City

9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, 90232


After living overseas for a few years Lai returns to ArcLight with a body of work titled, ‘Freeze Frame: The Beauty Within.’  Coinciding with the Asian World Film Festival, viewers get to see uninterrupted scenes taken randomly and by pure chance.  Her visual diary of street photography includes images shot while in a moving vehicle and at waist level. Filmmaker Monique Lai says, “I saw stories in front of me, and without looking thru the viewfinder, I had to trust that I got it.”

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They Are We

Fowler Museum at UCLA

North Campus, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Director: Emma Christopher, 2013, running time: 90 minutes They Are We is the story of a remarkable reunion of a family torn apart by the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. In central Cuba, members of the Gang-Longob?a small Afro-Cuban ethnic grouphave kept their unique heritage alive through decades of brutal enslavement, independence wars, and religious oppression. This film documents the efforts of director Emma Christopher to trace the origins of Gang-Longob dance and song traditions back to Sierra Leone where ancestors of the group were originally enslaved. Co-presented with Dance Camera West.

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