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Thursday, August 6

Art of Japan (50 min)


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and art by exploring the outstanding collection of painting, netsuke, ceramics, and prints on this 50-minute tour that looks at the museum's collection of works dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. Taking place in the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the tour is enhanced by the unique viewing experience.

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ART Excel (Yoga & Meditation Seminar) for Youth ages 8-13

Art of Living Center, Los Angeles

948 West Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007

6:30pm to 3:00pm

ART Excel: All 'Round Training in Excellence

The ART Excel course supports the overall well-being of children by teaching them a variety of empowering techniques that foster peace of mind, mental clarity and focus, physical relaxation and emotional stability.

This course is taught through games and activities where students learn valuable lessons in sharing with others, working and playing in harmony and developing a sense of belonging with others.

Children become more self-expressive, comfortable and natural with diverse groups of people. Activities such as making a new friend each day and random acts of kindness help students to become aware of the needs of others and encourage the integration of human values into their daily lives

In order to be successful in life children need academic skills as well as life skills.

ART Excel students learn:

The Six Golden Keys to Success
Yoga and breathing processes which help eliminate fear and anxiety
Techniques that enhance focus and concentration
Simple meditation and relaxation techniques
Skills in friendship, leadership and teamwork

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SFMOMA Curator Sandra Phillips: Perfect Likeness Tour

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


Sandra Phillips, senior curator of photography, SFMOMA, leads a walkthrough of the exhibition.

Sandra S. Phillips is senior curator of photography at SFMOMA where she has organized such exhibitions as History of Photography from California Collections (1989), and a 1989 retrospective of John Gutmann. Phillips has authored or coauthored numerous exhibition catalogues, including Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog (1999), Crossing the Frontier: Photographs of the Developing West, 1849 to the Present (1996), and Dorothea Lange: American Photographs (1994). Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals, books and catalogues. Phillips received a BA in art and art history from Bard College in 1967 and an MA from Bryn Mawr College in 1969. She earned a PhD in art history in 1985 from City University of New York.

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Ruth Galm discusses and signs Into the Valley

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069


Ruth Galm’s spare, poetic debut novel, set in the American West of early Joan Didion, traces the drifting path of a young woman as she skirts the law and her own oppressive anxiety.
Into the Valley opens on the day in July 1967 when B. decides to pass her first counterfeit check and flee San Francisco for the Central Valley. Caught between generations and unmarried at 30, B. doesn’t understand the new counterculture youths. She likes the dresses and kid gloves of her mother’s generation, but doesn’t fit into that world either.  B. is beset by a disintegrative anxiety she calls the carsickness, and the only relief comes in handling illicit checks and driving endlessly through the valley. As she travels the bare, anonymous landscape, meeting an array of other characters an alcoholic professor, a bohemian teenage girl, a criminal admirer B.’s flight becomes that of a woman unraveling, a person lost between who she is and who she cannot yet be

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Sunset Concert: Hurray for the Riff Raff

Skirball Cultural Center

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


Celebrate American roots music with Hurray for the Riff Raff, whose album Small Town Heroes was named one of the fifty best of 2014 by Rolling Stone. Bronx-born, Puerto Rican frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra delivers husky, powerhouse vocals and beautifully crafted songs, blending gritty Delta blues, rootsy Appalachian folk, country, rock, and pop. The result is a unique stamp on the American folk tradition.

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Aero Theater

1328 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, 90403


Director Peter Bogdanovich’s B&W Depression-era tale of confidence man Ryan O’Neal and his young daughter (Tatum O’Neal, 10-year-old Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner) is paired with his screwball farce WHAT’S UP, DOC?, starring O’Neal, Barbra Streisand and Madeline Kahn in her standout screen debut.

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JazzPOP: Ross Hammond’s Humanity Suite

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


"Hammond's opus is a remarkable effort ... it'll remind you why you started loving jazz in the first place." – Michael Roberts, Jazziz Magazine

"A monumental stew of improvisation and emotional force from guitarist Hammond and band..." – George Grella, The Brooklyn Rail

Guitarist/bandleader Ross Hammond has been at the center of the Sacramento jazz scene for more than a decade, playing infectious music that combines dreamy rock-inflected grooves with expansive free jazz escapades. His acclaimed Humanity Suite, inspired by the work of artist Kara Walker, features a sextet of heavyweight California improvisers.

Ross Hammond – guitar
Vinny Golia – winds
Catherine Sikora – tenor saxophone
Clifford Childers – trombone
Kerry Kashiwagi – acoustic bass
Dax Compise – drums

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Friday, August 7



5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036


Led by conductor/arranger John Beasley, the 15-piece modern jazz band MONK'estra captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s unique quirkiness. Offbeat accents and punchy dissonances can be found in MONK'estra's fresh arrangements of Monk’s and other classic and original compositions. Beasley’s contemporary twist incorporates Afro-Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, hip hop, big-band instrumentation, and stunningly atmospheric ensemble textures, all powerfully driven by a propulsive rhythm section.

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