11016 Norris Avenue, Pacoima, 91331
11:00am to 12:30pm
As part of The Unusual Suspects Neighborhood Voices Program, a group of Northeast San Fernando Valley residents, ages 14 and up, are writing an original play. The group will perform the play in a bili...
577 S. Coast Highway A-1, Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
6:30pm to 10:00pm
Still life is the study of inanimate objects. For this exhibition we asked artists in painting medias and photography to explore and arrange commonly found objects to create unique and thoughtful narratives. The works include; oil, acrylic, watercolor, traditional and digital photography mixed media.
Please join us Thursday April 2 from 6:30 to 10:00pm for art, live music and more.
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA
7:15pm to 8:30pm
Karima Bennoune in conversation with Ani Zonneveld
A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism and recent recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Bennoune offers an eye-opening chronicle of peaceful resistance to extremism in her recent book. Scouring the globe for stories of heroic individuals—artists, doctors, lawyers, and educators— who challenge stereotypes of Islamist fundamentalism, Bennoune shares these vivid portraits that offer an uplifting look at our best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide. Reservations recommended. Please visit website for reservation/standby policies.
450 N. College Way, Claremont, 91711
Malian singer-songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara has created a unique modern folk sound based around the traditional Wassoulou music of West Africa, jazz, and blues. Diawara’s powerful material is drawn from her own history and voices the spectrum of the contemporary African experience. The dulcet tones of her voice and guitar have won her accolades and many famous fans including Damon Albarn, Herbie Hancock, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. In addition to touring the world, Diwara has performed at the Glastonbury festival in Scotland and shared the stage with Paul McCartney for the 2012 African Express finale concert.
TBA upon registation, West Hollywood, CA 90046
11:30am to 3:00pm
In this Poetry and Art workshop, we will take Kunitz’s perceptions on poetry as a point of inspiration, engaging in exercises to help us “deep sea dive” using our imaginations and hearts as guides. Because our earliest perceptions were experienced not as words, but as images, we will find our way to language through the visual, using simple but powerful art materials and techniques to “turn our minds in another direction” and to serve as the bridge to poem-making. Through a series of exercises, we will dive into the writing process in ways that will likely be unfamiliar and generate surprising, possibly “messy” and rich results.
Calling all Jazz & Music Lovers! Rique Pantoja will be doing a live performance at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 3rd at 8:00PM. Sharing the stage with him are talented friends Brandon Fields, Hussain Jiffry, Mike Shapiro, and Robert Montero. You can expect this First Friday Jazz Series to be a night of entertainment, filled with soulful Brazilian melodies and blazing, up-beat sambas in the gorgeous Art Center Recital Hall. BIO: Rique Pantoja was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, but studied in the U.S. at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He traveled Paris to work and record with legendary American jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Rique has worked with a myriad of heavyweights on the international musical scene including: Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Santana, Ernie Watts, Ricky Martin, and classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. His music is found on Disney's musical Soundtracks “Jungle 2 Jungle”, Animated Film "Rio", and “Coming And Going”. Rique’s 2008 tune “I Believed It,” won the “Jazz/Blues Song of the Year,” at the prestigious Covenant Awards in Canada. Rique composed and arranged themes and underscoring for hit TV shows like “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous,” “Santa Barbara,” “Roque Santeiro,” “Another World” – as well as TV and radio jingles for major brands such as Coca Cola, Honda, Shell Oil, Globo Reporter, deBeers Diamonds, Pepsi Cola, Nissan, Toshiba, Guaraná Brahma and Marie Claire.