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Tuesday, May 12

Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90012


The worldwide ambassadors of Armenian music begin their remembrance with colorful, riveting ballet music by one of Armenia’s greatest composers. A darker tone colors Tigran Mansurian’s plaintive Concerto for violin and strings, featuring a gifted young virtuoso. The evening reaches a musical and emotional peak with Shostakovich’s intense and most performed Symphony.

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Wednesday, May 13

Wednesday Morning Writing Workshop

Los Angeles Writers Group Headquarters

1728 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Unit B, Los Angeles, 90046

11:00am to 1:00pm

"Our Sunday Creative Writing Workshops have been such a hit, we want to bring the inspiration to your weekday. Every other Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Los Angeles Writers Group offers a creative writing workshop where you can show up and write for 2 hours based on creative writing prompts. Create, share (or don’t – no pressure!), and discuss the writing life and process. You’ll leave with new writing, new ideas, and the inspiration to continue this work.

Writing exercises are based on the needs of the group, on sheer creativity, and to encourage you to write what we may not have otherwise written."

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"Wine After Work" Class

Patina Restaurant

141 SOUTH GRAND AVE., Los Angeles, CA

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Award-winning Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes will guide guests through essential tips, etiquette, and international drinking customs for impressing clients and colleagues when dining out for business. Fernandes has worked with Patina since 2000, and over the course of over a decade, has curated its extensive and award-winning international wine list.
These intimate classes for ten people offer an opportunity for one-on-one instruction. Classes are $50 per person (excluding tax) and feature five wine pours and selections from Patina’s lauded artisanal cheese cart. Guests who stay for dinner immediately following the class will also enjoy one complimentary glass of any of the five wines they previously tasted.
During each beginner-intermediate level session, Fernandes will educate students on:
• Basic tips for demystifying wines from celebrated French regions – the May 13 class will focus on on Provence
• Go-to food pairing tricks
• Top questions to ask a sommelier when selecting a wine and how to choose impressive wines to suit any expense account
• How to properly sip and swirl a wine when presented with that first tableside taste, and when to send a bad wine back

$50 per person (excludes tax)

Reservations for each series can be made by calling the restaurant at 213.972.3331.



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Héctor Bourges: Desorganizar La Mimesis / Disorganizing Mimesis

REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

631 West 2nd St, Los Angeles, 90012


In this lecture-performance, Héctor Bourges, a member of the Mexico City-based artistic collective Teatro Ojo, combines a series of gestures with images of historical events that have influenced the Mexican national identity project. Bourges explores a variety of staging forms and modes of performance (such as nahualismo, masks, metamorphosis, ventriloquism) to reveal common strategies of political powers.

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Ralph S. Peer: And the Making of Popular Roots Music


800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015


The GRAMMY Museum & peermusic invite you to a celebration and examination of the life and influence of the music man, Ralph S. Peer. Ralph S. Peer was a pioneering A&R man and global music publisher who saw the universal power locked in regional roots music and tapped it, changing the course and flavor of popular music in the United States and around the world.  In the course of an adventurous, sometimes revolutionary 50 year career, Ralph S. Peer (1892-1960) opened the door to previously marginalized music, then fostered its global success, playing a key, founding role in creating the durable rhythm & blues, jazz, country and Latin pop genres that we know today. 

The event will be hosted by Chris Sampson, Vice Dean, Division of    Contemporary Music USC Thornton School of Music, and will feature biographer Barry Mazor; GRAMMY Award winning producer and songwriter KC Porter and Bernard MacMahon , Director of the BBC/PBS production American Epic to be aired this fall. Musical guests include Latin GRAMMY winning artist  Gaby Moreno and The Americans as featured on American Epic.  

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