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Saturday, August 9

The Fountain Theatre’s acclaimed “Forever Flamenco”

Ford Theaters

2580 Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, 91326

8:30pm to 10:30pm

The dancers, musicians and singers of Forever Flamenco have been delighting Fountain Theatre audiences for over two decades with the intensity, precision and exhilaration for which flamenco is known. Now Forever Flamenco returns to the outdoor stage at the Ford Theatres with this passionate expression of Spanish culture. A roster of internationally renowned flamenco artists will pay tribute to Los Angeles flamenco pioneer Roberto Amaral on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood.

Forever Flamenco at the Ford will celebrate Amaral’s seminal 49-year career with performances by bailaores/as (dancers) Roberto Amaral, Fanny Ara, Manuel Gutiérrez, Pamela Lourant, Timo Nuñez, Mizuho Sato, Yaelisa and Ryan Zermeño; cantaores (singers) Antonio de Jerez and Jesus Montoya; guitarristas (guitarists) Adam del Monte, Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” José Tanaka and Antonio Triana; and percusionista (percussionist) Joey Heredia. Watch for more surprise artists, as well as guests and dignitaries honoring the accomplishments and contributions made by Amaral to the cultural landscape of Los Angeles.

“Roberto is a flamenco visionary with a trademark style,” comments Forever Flamenco producer Deborah Lawlor. “As he continually strives to find new and refreshing approaches to the form, he has also found an enormous sense of gratification and pride in his dedication to teach and mentor others. Many of his former students and protégés have gone on to become stars in their own right.”

The Fountain’s Forever Flamenco series has been called “the city’s preeminent flamenco series” by the Los Angeles Times and “L.A.’s most significant venue for flamenco” by the LA Weekly. Working Author designates it “the rarest of treats… for both connoisseur and novice alike, ‘Forever Flamenco’ offers the opportunity to luxuriate in the incendiary passions of flamenco.” Dance writer Debra Levine says, “Performances feature superb gypsy guitarists and singers. Do you enjoy seeing the body in spellbinding motion? Great artistic individuality? Live music? Then go,” and Stage and Cinema’s Tony Frankel writes, “Thrilling, sexy and sensuous.”

Forever Flamenco at the Ford takes place on Saturday, Aug. 9. Doors open for picnicking at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Reserved seating is $50 and $75; VIP tickets, which include preferred seating, pre-concert private VIP catered party with artists and a gift bag, are available for $100. Purchase tickets on or before Aug. 2 and save $5. Tickets are available at FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 8 or more, please call 323 769-2147.

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Sunday, August 10

"A Faery Hunt Jr. - The Missing Faery Light" story

Tarzana Community and Cultural Center

19130 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, 91356

10:30am to 11:30am

Come see A Faery Hunt's newest members perform! A Faery Hunt Jr. performance class is debuting today! Join the faery folke, junior actors students ages 8-12, on a fun and gentle quest for the Faery Royalty. As the audience makes their way through the gardens, they actually become part of the story. The shows are for children, boys and girls, and the young-at-heart. Most of the children come in costume. There is something for the whole family in this interactive original show. Groups and birthdays are welcome.

Tarzana Community and Cultural Center,
19130 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana, CA 91356

The cost: $12.50
Reservations suggested: 818-324-6802
www.afaeryhunt.com
Ages 2-10

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Monday, August 11

Voasis

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm

VOASIS is an ensemble of eight singers performing contemporary vocal a cappella, jazz and pop under the direction of Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, The Sing Off) and Greg Jasperse. A program of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the group’s members comprise some of the industry’s top performers, arrangers and producers. Based in Los Angeles, VOASIS performs at both the summer and winter festivals of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale season. Current members include Laura Dickinson, Loren Battley, Genevieve Artadi, Ann Sheridan, Fletcher Sheridan, Greg Whipple, Greg Jasperse and Daniel Weidlein. Producer Deke Sharon has boasted a 20+ year career as one of contemporary a cappella’s most important arrangers, singers and producers. A founding member of The House Jacks, he has also co-produced the 2012 hit Pitch Perfect and NBC’s The Sing Off. He is currently filming Pitch Perfect 2 in Baton Rouge, LA.

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Tuesday, August 12

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve: Perseid Meteor Shower Party

Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve

North of US-101 and West of Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills, CA 91307

8:00pm

One of the best shows of the season is in our skies with the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Bring a blanket, lie back and see if you can catch a few “shooting stars” and enjoy the full moon. Plus there will be telescopes for viewing the moon, Saturn and other celestial features, as well as star stories to entertain all ages. Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead. 2 hours.

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Sunday, August 17

Burbank Comedy Festival

Flappers Comedy Club Burbank

102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, 91502

10:00am to 10:00pm

Comedic history will be made at the Burbank Comedy Festival, the first live comedy festival in Los Angeles, August 17 through 23.

The weeklong event will feature 200 amazing shows by up-and-coming comedians and national headliners Adam Carolla, Jeff Garlin, Joey Medina, Carlos Alazraqui, Brad Williams, Darren Carter, Jimmy Dore, Jimmy Shubert, Brian Dunkleman, and more to be announced. The Burbank Comedy Festival will be held in the Main Room, Yoo Hoo Room and Bar at Flappers Comedy Club, 102 E Magnolia Boulevard in Downtown Burbank.

The festival is dedicated to discovering America’s next comedy superstar. By pairing emerging comedians with established headliners, the Burbank Comedy Festival will give the next generation of talent the opportunity to perform and connect with top entertainment professionals, to encourage live comedy, and do some funny business.

As Los Angeles’ first and only weeklong live comedy celebration showcasing stand-up, improv, sketch, music, magic and variety, the Burbank Comedy Festival will be a gathering of the biggest players in the industry, with top celebrity talent, red carpet events, industry showcases, comedy classes, networking opportunities, and after-parties.

"Burbank is the media capital of the world, so it's natural for us to host a comedy festival of epic proportions," states Barbara Holliday, co-owner and founder of Flappers Comedy Club and the Burbank Comedy Festival. “With the world’s greatest comedians living or working in Burbank, the Burbank Comedy Festival will deliver the perfect platform to showcase their talent.”

For tickets, master schedule, submission criteria, sponsors, podcasts and more, please visit http://burbankcomedyfestival.com.

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The Missing Faery Light story

Tarzana Community and Cultural Center

19130 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana, 91356

10:30am to 11:30am

Winner of the Nickelodeon's Award for "Best Children's Theater in Los Angeles," come and join the faery folke on a fun and gentle quest for the Faery Royalty. As the audience makes their way through the gardens, they actually become part of the story. The shows are for children, boys and girls, and the young-at-heart. Most of the children come in costume. There is something for the whole family in this interactive original show. A Faery Hunt Jr. actors will be making a guest appearance. Groups and birthdays are welcome.

The cost: $12.50
Reservations suggested: 818-324-6802;
www.afaeryhunt.com
Ages 2-10

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unSUNg 2014: Songs Uncommon and New

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

1020 North Brand Blvd., Glendale, 91202

6:00pm to 8:00pm

unSUNg returns to Glendale for a second season, presenting new and neglected vocal chamber music. Each concert is sure to include something you’ve never heard before, by professional performers from all over Southern California. Be sure to stay for the reception, and spend a summer evening being part of our passion projects!

After last year’s noteworthy success in launching this unique collaborative series, the second season again includes chamber works scored for voice and piano and other instrumentation, but also features a set of choral pieces and excerpts from a new chamber opera. August's concert includes songs by Steven Snowden, Alan Berman and Mark Abel; an appearance by ARF, with their arrangement of songs by Max Kaplan; and a sneak peek at excerpts from a new chamber opera by David Avshalomov.

Ample parking is available on the street or in the lot behind the church, and the church is wheelchair-accessible.

Tickets are $15, and a three-concert subscription is available for just $38. Discounts are available for full members of Lauri’s List.

For more information, see http://www.laurislist.com/unsung

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Thursday, August 21

SANGER: One Woman, One Story.

El Portal Monroe Forum Theatre

5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

8:00pm

Pamela Daly portrays one of the most influential women
in American history - Margaret Sanger; the Founder of
Planned Parenthood. Celebrated and vilified, her legacy
has drawn admiration and disdain from opposing sides
on controversial issues. This one-woman play is entirely
in Sanger’s own words.

“Sanger” hits the topics of Abortion, Birth Control, Sex,
and The Liberation of Women head on. This Woman Rebel
shakes the foundations of America through two World Wars, giving the world a network of clinics beginning in 1916 and the Pill in 1957. The Left and the Right have defined her to fit agendas – now you will hear from her.

SANGER: One Woman, One Story.

LIVE at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.

Preview: August 21st
Runs: August 22nd - August 31st

Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm.
Saturday - Sunday @ 3pm.

Tickets Available at http://www.elportaltheatre.com/

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