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Wednesday, July 27

Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Though his reputation was eclipsed in the early twentieth century with the triumph of Impressionism, Théodore Rousseau (1812–1867) was one of the giants of French landscape in the second half of the nineteenth century, and his work was avidly collected for staggering sums across Europe and North America. Bringing together about seventy-five paintings and drawings, this international loan exhibition explores the astonishing technical and stylistic variety of his work, revealing him to be one of the most exciting, experimental, and affecting artists of his day.

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Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The Hammer's curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussions about works of art currently on view or from museum collections. This talk on Made in L.A. 2016 artist Wadada Leo Smith will be led by MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant.

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The Colossus Of Destiny – A Melvins Tale

Regent Theater

448 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, 90013


Film followed by directors Bob Hannam & Ryan Sutherby and Melvins, and an intimate set by Melvins

The Colossus Of Destiny – A Melvins Tale is a film about a band who have defied all the rules, for over 33 years and counting, and still managed to succeed and do it their own way. This is the journey of band members King Buzzo and Dale Crover which leads us from the backwards-waters of the Chehalis River in Washington State, down through the Golden Gate of Northern California, finally settling into the Los Angeles River Basin of Southern California with the rest of the world thrown in along the way.

Witness first hand the beliefs and attitudes, values and obscenities, slows and fasts, triumphs and toils, loves and hates, wits and giggles of a hugely talented and highly influential band. Hear what the countless number of peers, collaborators, understudies, admirers, even haters, have to say about their encounters with The Melvins over the past 3 decades and more. And come away with a lesson in how to survive in the wicked world of the music biz without taking yourself too damn seriously.

The documentary features interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra, Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic, Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more.

Dir. Bob Hannam & Ryan Sutherby, 2016, DCP

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The Black Version


366 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048


"The Black Version is a completely improvised show that was created and performed to all sold out houses at The Groundlings Theatre starting in 2010. Rolling Stone Magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast "A Comedic A Team", LA Weekly says it's " Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of Belly Laughs" and the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!The all African American cast of regulars includes show creator Jordan Black along with other comedy veterans Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, and Phil LaMarr all under the direction of Karen Maruyama. Past special guest performers include Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele (former original cast members) along with special guest performers such as Wayne Brady, Niecey Nash, Nyima Funk, Jerry Minor and Angela V. Shelton among others who come and perform in the show from time to time.

Along with the Groundlings Theater The Black Version has performed in San Francisco at the SketchFest comedy festival as well as the Louisville Improv Festival.

This talented cast has vast film and television credits ranging from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live to the Boondocks and Reno 911 and dozens more.

The show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the “black version” of that film.

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Thursday, July 28

Sinkane performs at the Skirball

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Experience the effortless appeal of Brooklyn-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Sinkane. Both nostalgic and ultramodern, Sinkanes music fuses free jazz, shoegaze, krautrock, Sudanese pop, and funk, inviting audiences to move and make connections together. Born in London and raised in Sudan and Ohio, Sinkane (a.k.a. Ahmed Gallab) has performed with such celebrated bands as Caribou, Yeasayer, and Of Montreal. In 2014, he released his most recent album, Mean Love, described as outstanding, style-hopping pop by the Guardian. He also served as the musical director of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor, a series of performances paying tribute to the title Nigerian synth-pop musician. Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Money Mark, and Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, among others, contributed to the series. At the Skirball, Sinkane will perform tracks from both his forthcoming album and his extensive back catalogue.

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Songhoy Blues`

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Fusing guitar-based rock, hip-hop, and R&B, Songhoy Blues recall iconic West African guitar heroes like Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré as much as The Black Keys.

Songhoy Blues formed in 2012, when political unrest in northern Mali forced young men and families to flee south to Bamako. In an effort to find joy in a time of crisis, the four-piece band began performing in bars and clubs throughout Bamako and soon landed an audition with French producer Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’naan). Their critically hailed debut album, Music in Exile, produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Moreau, pays homage to the history, traditions, and struggles of the Songhoy people of Mali, while evoking the traditional and the modern, the youthful and the ancient, the exotic and the familiar. According to the Guardian, “They have all the makings of African-rock crossover heroes.”

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