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Thursday, July 9

Son Lux

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 95928

9:00pm

Founded by producer-composer Ryan Lott in 2007, Son Lux “works at the nexus of several rarely-overlapping Venn Diagrams” (Pitchfork). With the recent additions to the band of guitarist-composer Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang, Son Lux is now a ferocious trio both live and on record. Bones (June 23, 2015) is the first album documenting this new formation, and it draws from the three members' unique and omnivorous musical vernaculars. Few bands have built a more impressive and varied array of collaborators: Lorde, Beyoncé producer Boots, Sufjan Stevens, Matthew Dear, Busdriver, Vijay Iyer, Nico Muhly and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

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Friday, July 10

Contemplative Art Viewing

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

1:00pm

Mindfulness educator Mitra Manesh leads an art-viewing experience of works in the museum’s collection. This contemplative session takes place in the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts and is designed to deepen the art exploration experience by focusing on the suspension of judgment, creating an opportunity for art, artist, and self to be considered anew.

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Saturday, July 11

Family Amphitheater Performance: Rhythm Child

Skirball Cultural Center

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

12:00pm

In an energizing blend of soul, reggae, and ska, Rhythm Child reinterpret classics and perform an array of new, uplifting, and educational songs to engage the whole family.

In 2003, Norm Jones, managed by his wife Heather Jones, created Rhythm Child to provide parents and teachers the opportunity to interact with children through music. Accompanied by the Jones’s sons, Bailey and Andre, Rhythm Child has inspired creativity through live performances, children’s drum circles, movement, interactive workshops, and a line of educational products. The White House recognized Rhythm Child’s positive impact upon childhood education by inviting the band to perform at the 2011 Easter Egg Roll.

Through drumming, Rhythm Child encourages children to build confidence, connecting them with their inner rhythm and the rhythms of those around them.

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Veruca Salt

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 95928

9:00pm

One summer day in 2012, Veruca Salt’s vocalist-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post sat downstairs in Gordon’s basement in Los Angeles and sang together for the first time since the two ended their friendship and musical partnership 14 years prior. “It was sublime. Our voices hadn’t changed. We just locked right in and it was heaven,” Gordon says. Gordon and Post’s reunion eventually led to the pair reforming Veruca Salt with their original bandmates: Gordon’s brother, drummer Jim Shapiro, and bassist Steve Lack. This year, the quartet have been in the studio with Brad Wood (who produced their gold-selling debut album, American Thighs) recording new music.

Veruca Salt formed in Chicago in 1991, when Post and Gordon were introduced by a mutual friend. In 1993 Veruca Salt played its first gig and soon released the “Seether” single on local label Minty Fresh. A major-label bidding war erupted and the band signed to Geffen Records. They toured with alt-rock royalty Hole and released an album, American Thighs, which eventually sold a million copies worldwide. They scored features in Spin and Rolling Stone, recorded an EP, Blow It Out Your Ass It’s Veruca Salt, performed at the UK’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival and appeared on Saturday Night Live.

Veruca Salt broke up in early 1998 when Gordon suddenly left the band. Though she and Post aren’t eager to give exact details about what led to the breakup, they will say that ultimately a lack of coping skills led to their implosion. “We understand that people want to know the gory details,” Gordon says. “It was drugs and cheating and all that junk, and the two of us not talking about what was really going on. If it were Mick and Keith or something, Louise and I would have just had an old-fashioned fistfight and gotten back to work.”

In 2012, Gordon read that Mazzy Star had reunited. “I emailed Louise and said, ‘Hey, Mazzy Star are playing Coachella, shouldn’t we?’ And she said, ‘Maybe we should start with coffee.’” Post had been in touch with Lack over the years and broached the subject with him. Shapiro, too, was on board, and in August, the four original members sat down together for the first time. Meanwhile, Veruca Salt had been contacted by Minty Fresh about releasing a 20th-anniversary edition of American Thighs, which first appeared in September 1994. “It was very timely,” Post says. “And we thought, ‘What if we were to release something new, too?’

The new songs pick up where Veruca Salt left off 14 years ago, with their sing-along hooks, melodic pop smarts, thundering sonic aggression, reference-packed wordplay, and angelic harmonies still intact. “It’s miraculous to have this brand-new, beautiful chapter,” Post says. “We never saw it coming, and yet, here we are. To be able to reconnect and play with these dear friends of mine who are like my family . . . it’s such a gift. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Everything is where it’s supposed to be.”

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Sunday, July 12

Family Flicks Film Series: UPA Jolly Frolics Cartoons

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

11:00am

With bold color and playful music, the Jolly Frolics cartoon shorts produced by United Productions of America intro­duced audiences to a vibrant range of stories and characters. This selection highlights the Jolly Frolics’ unique spin on childhood icons like Madeline, Robin Hood, and Dr. Seuss. (35mm, color, 70 min.)
*All ages are welcome. Feel free to take a break with infants and toddlers in the theater lobby.

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