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Friday, November 28

Frank Vardaros Jazz Orchestra

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:00pm

Steeped in the rich tradition of such jazz orchestras as Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, and Count Basie, renowned trumpeter Frank Vardaros captures the brilliance of this music and provides a modern reincarnation of the great jazz orchestras. Vardaros has performed with Frank Foster, Ann Margaret, Nick Brignola, Clark Terry, and Arturo Sandoval at venues such as the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and the Marbella Spain Jazz Series.

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Milton Nascimento – Uma Travessia

Royce Hall, UCLA

340 Royce Dr, Los Angeles, 90095

8:00pm

Brazilian Nites Productions presents 50 Years of Magic – Milton Nascimento – Uma Travessia at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Friday, November 28th. The four time Grammy Award winning. Brazilian singer-songwriter celebrates his 50-year career with his latest album “Uma Travessia” and a World Tour, featuring his greatest hits. Nascimento pulls influences from far and wide, seamlessly blending rock and jazz, Portuguese fado, Spanish guitars, Andean flutes and Gregorian chants. With 37 solo albums and major collaborations with Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Esperanza Spaulding and more, his astonishing stage presence delights international audiences.

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Saturday, November 29

Small Business Saturday®

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12:00am to 11:45pm

Whether it’s the corner café with the delicious dark roast or the record store down the road that sells vintage vinyl, we all have a favorite small business. Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board is proud to support Small Business Saturday®, the day dedicated to celebrating these beloved businesses.

Let’s help make this Small Business Saturday one of the biggest yet. Here’s what you can do to get involved:

• GO OUT AND SHOP: Make sure to support the businesses in your neighborhood on Nov 29
• SHARE YOUR SUPPORT: Post about Small Business Saturday on social networks to get friends and family to #ShopSmall
• JOIN IN: Visit ShopSmall.com to get more ideas on what you can do for the big day

Get out and Shop Small® to make an impact on your community. Thanks for your support!

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Eugène Delacroix: Greece Expiring on the Ruins of Missolonghi

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:30pm

Painted in 1826 by Eugène Delacroix, the leading French Romantic painter of the day, Greece on the ruins of Missolonghi is one of the most celebrated French paintings of the 19th century. It was executed shortly after the event it commemorates: In 1825, during the Greek war of independence from Ottoman occupation, Turkish troops besieged the city of Missolonghi. The Greek population, already decimated by famine and epidemics, attempted a heroic liberation that ended in tragedy when the Turks killed most of the population of the city. Delacroix, like many European artists and intellectuals, was a fervent supporter of the Greek cause. Most of the painting is dedicated to the figure of Greece herself, represented as a young woman wearing traditional costume. Her posture and expression recall traditional religious images of the Virgin weeping over the body of Christ. The image of suffering Greece succeeded in conveying the plight of the Greeks to the French public.

Now kept in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, sister city to Los Angeles, this monumental painting has seldom traveled. Tour this exhibition, a rare opportunity to see a masterpiece by one of the great French artists of the 19th century.

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Sunday, November 30

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:30pm

Originated by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, and curated by Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts is the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. For millennia, Africans have gazed upon the celestial firmament, made sense of the heavenly bodies above them, and used their observations to chart their movements through the physical environment and regulate their agricultural and ritual calendars.

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Cellist Bongshin Ko, Violinist Phillip Levy, and Pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:00pm

Violinist Phillip Levy, cellist Bongshin Ko, and pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald perform an all-Brahms program: Cello Sonata no. 1 in E Minor, op. 38, Sonatensatz, WoO 2, and Piano Trio no. 2  in C Major, op. 87.

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the top classical performer of 1995, Phillip Levy has received worldwide critical acclaim at festivals including Spoleto, Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Israel, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Ojai, Seattle, and Aspen. He has received many prestigious awards and prizes, including the International Chamber Music Competition (Florence, Italy), Royal Overseas League (England), Myra Hess Trust, Welsh Arts Council, American Israel Cultural Foundation, and Rubin Academy Violin Competition (Israel). He led the London-based Locrian and Amphion String Quartets and served as principal violinist of the Apple Hill Chamber Players. Levy currently leads the Capitol Ensemble, Sundays Live’s artists in residence. His numerous solo performances have been broadcast on Israel television and radio, NPR, and BBC. As a dedicated pedagogue, Levy is in demand as a teacher at festivals throughout the world. For eight years, he held a senior lectureship in violin and chamber music at Stanford University and led the Stanford String Quartet, with which he performed and recorded extensively. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Phillip Levy is faculty at California State University, Long Beach.

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