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Sunday, July 12

A Faery Hunt Enchantment at Crestwood Hills Park

Crestwood Hills Park

1000 Hanley Avenue, Los Angeles, 90049

10:30am to 11:30am

Have you ever seen magic left over from a rainstorm? Have you ever walked in a forest and thought you saw something little and enchanting out of the corner of your eye? Do you believe in Faeries? Come find the magic at this fun and gentle quest with the Faeries. You’ll meet faeries and funny creatures, maybe even Faery Royalty! A perfect show for the young and the young at heart!
Groups and birthdays are welcome. #afaeryhunt

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The cost: $12.50.
Reservations suggested: 818-324-6802;
Purchase tix: http://stores.afaeryhunt.com/store-catalog/
www.afaeryhunt.com

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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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Family Amphitheater Performance: Masanga Marimba

Skirball Cultural Center

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

12:00pm

An ensemble consisting of seven Zimbabwean marimbas—percussion instruments similar to xylophones—as well as a saxophone, trumpet, vocals, and drums, Masanga Marimba illuminates the interconnectedness of Latin American, African, European, and American musical traditions.

Led by ethnomusicologist Ric Alviso, Masanga Marimba formed in 2000 and has since performed to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Los Angeles area. “Masanga,” an African word used to describe the coming together of rivers or roads, emphasizes the diverse influences of the ensemble. Alviso’s experiences in Senegal, Ghana, and Zimbabwe and his bandmates’ knowledge of percussion performance, music composition, music education, jazz performance, and art combine to create high-spirited performances that inspire the whole family to get up and dance.

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Skirball Playdate: An Archaeology Adventure

Skirball Cultural Center

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

12:00pm

Discover what life was like thousands of years ago! Equipped with vests, trowels, and other digging tools, join the archaeological staff at the Skirball dig site.

Families will search for buried objects in an outdoor dig site, discover what they were used for in a field laboratory, and learn about the similarities between ancient times and today!

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Victoria Kirsch

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

6:00pm

Pianist Victoria Kirsch and friends perform Brahms’s: Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52 and songs by Schubert, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Kálmán, Johann Strauss Jr., and Lehár.

Pianist Victoria Kirsch lives to collaborate. Praised for her innovative programming and strong musical presence, she is committed to stretching the definition of traditional concert presentation. Joined by her fellow "stage animals”—singers, instrumentalists, actors, and dancers—she explores a variety of themes through live performance. As music director-curator-pianist for these programs, Kirsch juxtaposes historical and contemporary musical works, spoken texts, and related visual selections in unusual ways, encouraging audiences to discover the often-surprising connections among different art forms. Her witty, insightful commentary enhances the exciting collaborative performances that make up these musical-theatrical events.

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Monday, July 13

Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

9:00am

Precious historical artifacts, manuscripts preserve some of the finest examples of medieval art. Seen in libraries and museums behind glass, these books have been largely removed from the realm of touch, making it easy to forget that their lavishly illuminated pages were once turned, stroked, stitched, and sometimes even sliced by generations before us. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection, Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book explores manuscripts as tangible, tactile objects that invited touch and were handled—reverently, carelessly, obsessively, and critically—by medieval audiences.

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Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

9:00am

This installation of nineteenth-century pastels features one of Degas’s greatest late works, Russian Dancers (1899), on loan from a private collection. In an unusual departure from his depictions of ballet, Degas produced a monumental series based on the unfamiliar steps of Ukrainian folk dance. Inspired by the performances of traveling troupes he probably saw in Parisian cafés and theaters, Degas used the rich, powdery medium of pastel to capture their swirling movements and vibrant costumes. Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel sets this masterpiece in context with other works in pastel and colored chalks of Parisian popular entertainments.

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dineL.A. Restaurant Week (July 13-26)

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12:00pm to 11:00am

dineL.A. Restaurant Week (July 13-26) is a 14-day dining event showcasing Los Angeles as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from some of L.A.’s best restaurants. dineL.A. menus are subject to change. Start making your reservations today.

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