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Thursday, August 7

JazzPOP: Beep

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024


Beep—the Oakland-Brooklyn electro-jazz trio of keyboardist Michael Coleman, bassist Nate Brenner, and drummer Sam Ospovat—is one of the most distinctive and beloved bands to emerge from the Bay Area in recent years. The members combine an improviser’s restless spirit of invention with an infectious, driving alt-pop sensibility honed from their work playing as sidemen with indie acts like tUnE-yArDs, Chris Cohen, Miles Kurosky, and Enablers. 

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Niki J Crawford Live at Molly Malone's

Molly Malone's

575 South Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, 90036

8:30pm to 10:00pm

Niki J. Crawford live at Molly Malone's:
July 17
July 23
August 7
August 14
Niki J. Crawford has more than just a shared birthday in common with her musical inspiration Whitney Houston. She is also an American Recording Artist/Songwriter from the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana with a powerful, unforgettable and melodic voice. The singer/song writer crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel. After an incredible three years touring as the lead singer of Orgone, the long awaited return of Niki J Crawford is here with the release of her self-titled debut record in the first half of 2015.
Niki has been singing since she was 6-years-old. From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to the recently completed tour with Orgone, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest voices in music.
She has toured internationally with music icons Macy Gray, Carlos Santana, Keb Mo and Nikka Costa; is featured on multiple tracks on albums of Babyface, Mary J. Blige, George Michael and Brian McKnight.
She has performed on various late-night TV shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live.
A multi-talented artist, Niki J. Crawford not only sings but is also a talented and growing actress. She just finished shooting an upcoming film “Revival” based on the gospel of John starring as the adulterous women and "Mr. Sophistication,” in which she plays herself-a popstar alongside Tatum O' Neal, Harry Lenix and former Lakers star, Rick Fox.
Niki can also be seen in Taylor Hackford’s "Love Ranch,” which was released worldwide in 2010. Based on a true story, she plays “Tawny,” a beautiful sex-driven working girl in the first legalized brothel in Las Vegas alongside stars Gina Gershon, Taryn Manning and Bai Ling. The film also stars Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci.
Other credits include co-starring alongside Ginnifer Goodwin and Kevin Connolly in the hit comedy, "He’s Just Not That Into You"; “American Dreamz”, in which she plays an incredible singer who gets to tell Hugh Grant…I HATE YOU!; as well as roles in “The Tenants,” “Seeing Other People,” "Gridiron Gang,” "Miss March", and “Killer Diller,” which she received a “Two Thumbs Up” for her performance and was told “She is The REAL American Idol” from Ebert & Roper.
Niki has also guest-starred on television shows “Ally McBeal,” “Wanted,” and was a “Scarlett” series regular; she has guested on hit productions “Rent” (Shubert Theater), and “Behind Closed Doors” (Tyler Perry Prod./T.D Jakes Prod.); and is also currently featured singing in the national Subway Campaign.

Niki has said her goal is to make feel-good music and great films with an energy that inspires and alleviates negativity.


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Friday, August 8

Kamasi Washington and the Next Step


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Bandleader and saxophonist Kamasi Washington is an exciting young player on the jazz scene today. The award-winning saxophonist is also a member of the groups the Gerald Wilson Bing Band and Luckman Jazz Orchestra and has performed with artists ranging from Billy Higgins and Wayne Shorter to Snoop Dogg, Mos Def, and Raphael Saadiq. Washington has performed at such festivals as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, and Radio Music Awards. 

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Saturday, August 9

Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando

Skirball Cultural Center

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


Winner of the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando was created to pass on the mariachi tradition to the next generation of musicians and showcases the advanced students of the award-winning Mariachi Master Apprentice Program.

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5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Musician and percussionist Daniel Tatita Marquez brings the sounds and instruments of Uruguay to LACMA. A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Daniel has traveled the world performing the unique sounds of candombe—a rhythm and dance from Africa that has been an important part of Uruguayan culture for over 200 years. Currently living in New York, Tatita has produced six albums and was the Uruguayan cultural representative at the FIFA World Cup Fan Fest in South Africa, Yeosu Expo in Korea, and SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. He was chosen by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony to represent Uruguay in the television program Q'Viva.

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Sunday, August 10

Amy Bloom- Lucky Us

Skirball Cultural Center

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


Join National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Amy Bloom (Away, Come to Me) as she reads from and discusses her highly anticipated new book, Lucky Us.

Her first novel in seven years, Lucky Us explores the journey of half-sisters Iris and Eva as they navigate the pleasures, perils, and hard choices of adult life. Bloom’s wry humor, psychological insight, and stunning prose bring alive the 1940s—in her words, “a big-shouldered, red-lipped, earth-moving time in American history”—through the story of these two remarkable siblings.

A Q&A and book signing follow the program.

“Remarkable…. One waits a long time for a novel of this scope and dimension.”—Michael Cunningham

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