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Monday, July 13

Ryn Weaver

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 95928

9:00pm

On the day Ryn Weaver was born, NASA and CNES, the French national space agency, conjointly launched the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite. It was an oceanographic marvel, providing unprecedented measurements of sea levels, tides and the ocean floor.

To the cynic, this factoid may seem wholly coincidental. But in talking with Ryn, or listening to her music, one begins to believe in things like destiny, the uncanny, the stars. She has French blood. She has a reoccurring dream of orcas. “I was a little mermaid,” she says of her childhood. When she moved to New York City, she missed the Pacific so much she would fill her bathtub with chilly water and submerge.

Some musicians have a fascinating backstory. She was raised on a kibbutz in rural Oregon. Her father formed that LeBron James Cult. Ryn is not one of those musicians. She was born in Encinitas, California, a surfer town with a mosaic of the Virgin Mary hanging ten under a bridge, and raised in perpetually pleasant San Diego. Her dad is an architect. Her momma is, as she says, “just a momma.” This does not diminishes her fascinating character.

In conversation, Ryn leaps from topic to topic. She talks of lunar cycles, ascendent zodialogical signs, the effect of soy consumption on vegetarians’ nipples, the differing eroticism in the art of Gustav Klimt and his protege Egon Schiele, Kate Bush’The Dreaming, love, the symbolism of stone fruit in a Joanna Newsom song, the fantasy MMORPG RuneScape, pre-zipper fashion design, death, the empathetic powers of domesticated rats, gender politics, David Bowie’s groin in Labyrinth, and the ominous allure of the sea in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.

The day that Ryn was born is also the Day of the Velvet Voice, according to the numerologists at the Secret Language. Her voice is her instrument, and it is indeed as fleecy and voluptuous as brushed burgundy velvet. Her voice is also chiffon, devoré and nacré. It is cotton and silk. It can be crushed or hammered. When Ryn first began composing songs, she would deeply pile her vocals in a computer, building ethereal swirls, posting them to Soundcloud.

Ryn meets Benny Blanco on Halloween in New York, her first time in the city. She is dressed at Bambi. He is dressed as himself, an impossibly young multiplatinum producer. They hang out in a burlesque club, part ways. Two years later, Ryn is crashing up and down the California coast. “It is the most irresponsible time of my life. I’m trying to wash everything out of my system.” She bumps into Blanco again in L.A. on his birthday. He invites her to a party. She plays him her songs on Soundcloud, like the fingersnap slow-jam “You,” which she has appropriately hashtagged #Fairy Pop. “I show Benny but he was wasted,” Ryn remembers. He listens again sober and reaches out to her.

“Ryn’s music sounds like butterflies in your brain,” Blanco says, “Like if you took dope beats, mixed them with Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush and then attached it to a bungee cord.” After cowriting and coproducing hits for Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa, Blanco has partnered with Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit. It’s an inspired pairing. Both are precocious, twentysomething talents playing left field in pop music, lobbing hooks to the radio that bounce and unexpectedly curve. Working with Ryn is their debut collaboration. “The project didn’t make sense until an hour of us working together for the first time,” Angelakos says. “What makes Ryn so fascinating is this odd straddling between reality and surreality. Someone so innocent, fresh and excited is something so rare that it almost seemed like a facade, but none of it is.”

In Ryn’s songs you can hear the euphoric pulse and summer breeze of Blanco, and the giddy rush and dust-devil synth swirls of Angelakos. Drums pound like fists against the door on “OctaHate,” a slow-jam swing turned earthquake, as Ryn’s voice rises in an anxious trill, building, building, hitting a peakin squeak as she belts, “You shot me down!” When you listen, bear in mind you’re hearing her first take in a studio, ever. Listen more closely and you can hear what sound like drops of water in a tub.

“OctaHate” equals hate times eight, Ryn explains. The day that Ryn was born is the 222nd day of the year. Two times two times two is eight. Her debut EP is being released on August 8. Are you starting to see?

There is something mystical about this Fairy Pop. So, no, there is no grand, juicy backstory. Ryn is a young woman who busted her ass waiting tables and sleeping in her car. That’s cool. Once you tell an interesting origin tale, what is left to say? Ryn may not be a story, but she is filled with them. Stop chasing the white whale and observe the ocean before you.

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Tuesday, July 14

Taste of Farmers Market

The Original Farmers Market

6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, 90036

5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Original Farmers Market today announced the date and a partial list of menu items for its popular Taste of Farmers Market event, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14 between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 pm. Themed “Best Bites,” the Market’s special seventh annual strolling tasting tour will feature samples of some of the best offerings from Farmers Market grocers, chefs, restaurants and specialty food merchants.
 
“The Taste of Farmers Market is one of our most-highly anticipated events each year,” said Ilysha Buss, Farmers Market Marketing Director. “It allows our merchants to showcase some of their favorite, and many times most popular, offerings to a new audience of food lovers. We’re thrilled to be able to present this great event again this year, with a special ‘Best Bites’ theme.”
 
The inaugural Taste of Farmers Market occurred for the Market’s 75th Anniversary and has since become one of the Market’s signature celebrations. Longtime visitors will savor some of their favorite foods, including Nutella crepes, buttermilk donut holes, New Orleans Shrimp and chicken rendang. First-time attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a tasting tour of the Market’s unique mix of cultures and cuisines.
 
Featured menu items for 2015 are represented by some of the Market’s longest-standing merchants and include a variety of vegetarian options. The following is just a sampling of what will be served:
·         Bob's Coffee & Doughnuts:  Buttermilk Donut Hole
·         The French Crepe Company:  Nutella Crepes
·         Monsieur Marcel French Gourmet Market & Restaurant: Mini Cheese Plate
·         The Salad Bar: Assorted Fresh Fruit Smoothies
·         Marmalade Café: Tuna tartare
·         Planet Dailies: Truffle Mac and Cheese
·         Tusquellas Fish & Oyster Bar: New Orleans Shrimp
·         Singapore's Banana Leaf : Chicken Rendang
·         China Depot : Chow Mein
·         Peking Kitchen: Orange Chicken and Egg Roll
·         Magic Nut and Candy Company: Caramel Corn
·         Bryan's Pit Barbeque: Chopped BBQ Beef Sandwich
·         Zia Valentina : Waffle Shot with Espresso
·         Bennett's Ice Cream : Handmade Ice Cream
·         The Refresher: Root Beer Floats
Admission to Taste of Farmers Market is $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the door. Advance purchase is recommended.  Advance tickets are now available at www.farmersmarketla.com, or in person at the Farmers Market Office located at 6333 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, Ca. 90036 on the second level above Gate One (open until 7 p.m. daily). A 10% discount is available for group purchases of 10 or more tickets.  Admission also includes free parking for the event for vehicles parked in the Farmers Market’s surface parking lots or The Grove parking structure.

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Los Angeles Cuisine 102: Korean Cuisine

Skirball Center

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90049

7:30pm

Explore the uniquely diverse cuisine of Los Angeles, one of the most multicultural (and most delicious) cities in the world through lectures and tasting.
Listen as local chefs and food writers discuss the various immigrant patterns and ethnic communities throughout the city, from its early history to today, and how they affect local cuisine. Then learn about and taste delectable dishes from Indian, Korean, and Thai cuisine.
July 14: Korean cuisine—Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee is a James Beard award nominee, the author of several books on food and travel, and a regular contributor and photographer for the Los Angeles Times’s Daily Dish.

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Girlfriend

Kirk Douglas Theatre

9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

8:00pm

Nebraska, the 1990s. Two teenage boys — one a social outcast, the other the quintessential jock — explore a relationship during a summer of self-discovery between high school graduation and the rest of their lives. Set to irresistible songs from Matthew Sweet’s landmark pop album of the same name, this rock musical gives voice to those of us who grew up in small towns, those of us who didn’t quite fit in and learned we were somehow different, and anybody who remembers the terror and thrill of first love.

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Wednesday, July 15

Downtown Culver City Third Wednesdays

Downtown Culver City

Culver and Washington Blvds and Dusquene Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

5:00pm to 9:00pm

Anyone who's been paying attention to the local food scene is well aware of the explosion of Culver City as a foodie destination. With the downtown area well scrubbed from streetscape improvements, locals and visitors alike can experience the area's resurgence first hand by checking out the city's Third Wednesdays, where about two dozen businesses get together to provide art work, music, food and other entertainment.

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