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Monday, October 27

Dream Boys


1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026


Independent music from the west coast of Scotland has always had a kinship with psychedelic pop music from the west coast of America. Orange Juice loved The Byrds, Teenage Fanclub wanted to be in Buffalo Springfield, the Pastels adored the Electric Prunes. Dream Boys are a modern day trans atlantic love affair realized. Consisting of 3 americans and 1 scotsman, their songs have the spirit of postcard records filtered through the rural haze of the paisley underground. Pure pop with nods to New Zealand’s Flying Nun records and an aura of psychedelia akin to the Church. Their songs float around the notion of time and space, love and heartbreak, the highs and lows with a range of emotion and introspection. One can’t imagine these songs coming from any other band or from any other time other than now.

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A Woman is Worth a Thousand Questions


631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012


“Halah Anvari questions what it means to be an Iranian woman, both in her own country and in the West.”

– Time Out London

Two powerful, eye-opening programs deconstruct and recontextualize women’s complex relationship with Islam in Iranian culture and society. Ranging from experimental film and video to documentaries, the works draw attention to ways women are posited both within Islam and at its border, with codes of sexual propriety, veiling and separation functioning as signifiers of a condition fraught with contradiction and hope.

Artists include Haleh Anvari, Samira Eskandarfar, Loghman Khaledi, Firouzeh Khorosvani, Nassrin Nasser, Pooya Razi, Jinoos Taghizadeh and Nikoo Tarkhani. Part of the Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), which links nearly 30 L.A. institutions to explore traditional and contemporary arts from Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI launches this fall in conjunction with the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and the contemporary exhibition Shangri La: Imagined Cities, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for its L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.


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Tuesday, October 28

Vista Hermosa Natural Park: Little Nature Explorers

Vista Hermosa Natural Park

100 N. Toluca St., Los Angeles, CA


Discover nature with your little one in the heart of Downtown! Join our Naturalist for story time, a nature walk, and other fun activities as you and your toddler explore nature together. This program is designed for 1-5 year old children, but all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the children’s play area. 1 hour.

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800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0


Legendary American singer and pianist Leon Russell has entertained the world for five decades, getting his start as an in-demand session player and playing on hundreds of hit records before he began releasing his own albums in 1967. One of popular music’s most celebrated musicians; Russell’s songs have hit the charts across several genres and have been covered by a diverse range of artists. It seems like there’s almost nothing Leon Russell hasn’t done. The Tulsa-born musician came to prominence as a member of Phil Spector’s legendary studio band and a session player who recorded with everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones. He was one of the highlights of George Harrison’s historic Concert for Bangladesh and he produced several songs for Bob Dylan. During the 1970s, his own albums—released on his own pioneering label, Shelter Records—made him one of the biggest concert draws in America, and he wrote two songs that would go on to become true modern standards: “Superstar” (co-written with Bonnie Bramlett) and “A Song For You.” Though he chose to retreat from the spotlight, Russell never stopped touring and releasing music on his own, and his gospel infused, soul-country blend continues to echo through the work of such artists as Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown and Kid Rock. In 2010, he and longtime fan Elton John collaborated on The Union, one of the year’s most acclaimed records and a Top Five hit. In 2011, Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, on April 1 of this year, the day before his 72nd birthday, Leon Russell released a new studio album, titled Life Journey, via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). For our latest installment in our flagship An Evening With series, please join us in welcoming Leon Russell to the Clive Davis Theater for an in-depth interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. After the interview, Russell will perform a few songs on piano.

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Rebecca Kleinmann & SK Kakraba Band

blue whale

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Jazz flutist Rebecca Kleinmann's versatile trio featuring guitarist Dusty Brough and drummer Julien Cantelm explores grooves from Brazil, Flamenco, and the Balkans in original compositions. Ghanaian Gyil player SK Kakraba performs traditional and original music with his West African band. Kakraba and Kleinmann met this past summer in Ghana and are looking forward to this first collaboration in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, October 29