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Friday, May 29

Thundercat

Royce Hall - UCLA

Los Angeles, CA 90095

7:00pm

Student Committee for the Arts at UCLA is proud to present Thundercat live at Royce Hall on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 7p.m.

Opening acts include Teebs and student performers to be announced. Tickets are on sale now for $25-$35 with fees and can be purchased on Ticketmaster or at UCLA CTO. UCLA students with valid Bruincards can reserve their FREE tickets at the SCA website, and will be notified via email when tickets will be available for pickup.

“Thundercat is Stephen Bruner, a bassist with perfect pitch who has released two brilliant albums on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Splitting the difference between Bowser’s Castle overtures and George Duke, they encompass jazz, funk, soul and the occasional love groove to ecstasy or a pet cat. And sometime in the last 18 months, Kendrick Lamar recruited the South Central native to supply the celestial ecclesiastical architecture undergirding the year’s most talked about album, To Pimp a Butterfly.” – Jeff Weiss, Rolling Stone

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Smallpools

El Rey Theatre

5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 95928

8:00pm

Los Angeles' foursome Smallpools consists of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums). Their self-titled debut EP was released this summer and gained them critical acclaim as the first single "Dreaming" shot to #1 of Hype Machine within its first 3 days and is currently climbing the alternative radio charts. To support the EP, the band went on tour with Australia's San Cisco and will head out next with Two Door Cinema Club followed by Walk The Moon in October and Twenty One Pilots in November.

When asked how to describe their vibe, the band said: Smallpools are a group of brothers with ADD working in their dad's factory on an assembly line. Everybody has their roll, but sometimes one will wander into another's department, to help or to frustrate. And every now and again everybody just stops production and plays a game of street fighter.

The working relationship in the band is really unique. Sean and Mike, both from the East Coast, have been friends and toured in various bands for years. While Beau and Joe, of Portland, OR, came to Los Angels to pursue music and within weeks stumbled upon Sean and Mike. The East Coasters definitely bring a different attitude and personality to the music compared to the laid-back “rational rhythm” team, and compliment each other really well, all being a vital part to the sound and dynamic of the band - on and off stage.

“("Mason Jar")...a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools' youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” Neon Gold

Smallpool's self-titled debut EP is out now via RCA Records and the band is currently in the studio recording their full length, which will come out early 2014.

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Saturday, May 30

Kahanamoku Klassic Outrigger Canoe Regatta

Mother's Beach

4101 Admiralty Way (corner of Palawan Way), Marina del Rey, 90292

8:00am to 4:00pm

The Kahanmoku Klassic is a world-class outrigger canoe race hosted by the Marina del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club, celebrating surf, outrigger and Hawaiian culture. It's one of the favorite races within the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association Race Series. The race draws 2500+ participants annually who battle in a 6 mile novice and kid’s race, 10 mile men, women and coed races in six person outrigger canoes.

Gathering over 25 outrigger canoe clubs along the Southern California Coast, the day will be packed with races out on the open ocean along the Venice and Santa Monica Piers and at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey. Attendees will have the opportunity to see a variety of teams compete for first place and learn about the historical Polynesian sport of outrigger.

For the first time ever in collaboration with the Hornblower Cruise Line, attendees will have an opportunity to catch race action out on the open water aboard the cruise liner as it retraces the race route.

Additionally, guests will have an opportunity to peruse a variety of vendor pop-up shops and foodie booths that span fitness and sporting gear to traditional Hawaiian cuisine and refreshments between rooting for the home team!

Attending the regatta at Mother's Beach is free!

For those that would like to take
Cruise Time and Location:
9am - 11am & 1pm - 3pm
Departs from Fisherman’s Village - 13755 Fiji Way
*Arrive 30 minutes before departure
For tickets click this link: http://www.hornblower.com/cruise?date=05%2F30%2F2015&port=mdr

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Affair of the Arts

The Culver Hotel

9300 Culver Blvd. (at Main Street), Culver City, CA 90232

11:00am to 6:00pm

The 4th AFFAIR OF THE ARTS in Downtown Culver City will be held on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, and will feature a variety of fine and functional art, live music, art workshops and demos, plus refreshments and also activities for kids.

Featured at this art festival is an interactive art project titled “What Matters?”, a response to the turmoil happening across the United States and an illustration that art can play an important role in social justice and bringing people together to explore important issues. This exhibit was intentionally planned by the event’s producers from TheWhole9.com and The Peace Project, who believe that “Art Changes People and People Change the World.”

Most of the 60 participating artists hail from Southern California and include painters, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists, wood workers, glass blowers and jewelry artists. The event will also feature eclectic music from some of LA’s most loved musicians, snacks from popular food trucks, workshops, and glass-blowing demonstrations. Admission is free.  

In the spirit of creating a better world, a portion of proceeds from the festival will support The Peace Project’s life-changing work which currently includes rebuilding communities in the Philippines, on-going work around mobility in Sierra Leone, Africa, and unity and community building here in Los Angeles in response to the national turmoil caused by police violence. 

“For the past four years, we’ve been using the power of TheWhole9.com’s artists’ community to fuel change through the local and international initiatives of our non-profit, The Peace Project. Affair of the Arts has grown into another powerful way we can bring people in the community together around art and raise awareness of our collective ability to create a more peaceful world.“ shared Lisa Schultz, Founder of TheWhole9.com and The Peace Project.

The event will be held outside next to The Culver Hotel: 9300 Culver Boulevard at Main Street. Culver City’s downtown restaurants and bars including The Culver Hotel, Kay ‘N Dave’s, and The Wallace will be welcoming festival-goers so they can make a day of it in Downtown Culver City.  

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