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Thursday, September 10

Robben Ford

Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park

2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, 90057


Five-time GRAMMY-nominated blues, jazz, & rock guitarist Robben Ford is a contemporary songwriter and Americana musician. His discography includes collaborations with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton, and KISS. Musician Magazine named him one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century.”

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Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

Getty Villa Malibu

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA


From MacArthur Fellow and critically acclaimed author of "Electricidad" and "Oedipus el Rey", Luis Alfaro's "Mojada" is a breathtaking reimagining of Euripides's "Medea" transported to East Los Angeles. In an epic journey of border crossings, Medea, a seamstress with extraordinary skill, runs from a past of betrayals. With husband Hason and their son in tow, our storied heroine's struggle to adapt takes a disastrous turn when old and new worlds meet in the City of Angels. Alfaro's gripping contemporary take on the ancient Greek myth tackles the complexities of family, tradition, culture, and the explosive moment when they all collide.

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 10–October 3, 2015; 8:00 p.m.

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Friday, September 11

Celebrating an Icon - "Ode to a Bridge"

Art Share L.A.

801 E 4th Pl., Los Angeles, 90013


Art Share L.A. will host a major art exhibition commemorating the beloved 6th Street Viaduct in a multi-media group-show entitled “Ode to the Bridge“ at their creative center located at 801 East 4th Place in Los Angeles. The exhibit, co-curated by Dale Youngman and Tanner Blackman, will feature over 30 local artists’ renditions of this landmark architecture, which is slated for demolition in the coming months.

The historic structure has been the setting for dozens of commercials, TV and film shoots, and is one of the most recognized and photographed structures in all of Los Angeles. Built in 1932, it is the longest bridge crossing the LA River, connecting Boyle Heights to Downtown Los Angeles. Although it is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, an unfortunate error during its construction became apparent after only 20 years, when a type of cement –eating disease known as Alkali-Silica Reaction began causing cracks in the concrete, thus compromising the integrity of the structure.

Celebrating the future of its replacement, we will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 16 from 7-9PM. Panel will include Tim Williams, Managing Principal from Michael Maltzan Architecture; Vic Martinez, Vice President of HNTB; Glenn Kaino, conceptual artist designing art installations and more.

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Scarred for Life

CASA 0101 Theater

2102 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033


DAVID VALDEZ returns to CASA 0101 Theater to perform his one-man show “Scarred for Life: Tale of A Mexican-American Trying to Get Out of East L.A.” SFL is a collection of misadventures growing up in an immigrant family and heading off to college at an Ivy League school. The story of “Scarred for Life” is based on true events and chronicles the comedic tales of a boy who grew up bilingual, bi-cultural…and by the freewways!

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Saturday, September 12

"California Impressionism": The Gardena High School Collection

Autry National Center of the America West

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, 90027


The story of the Gardena High School art collection is an enduring example of the power of art to rally a community and to shape people’s lives. Each year between 1919 and 1956, Gardena High School seniors collaborated to select and purchase contemporary art that they gifted to the school upon graduation. Thanks to their efforts, Gardena High School now possesses a museum-worthy collection of California Impressionist paintings, including works by some of the state’s most celebrated artists of the early twentieth century.

California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection features a selection of nine paintings from the collection, including major works by notable artists such as Maynard Dixon, Jean Mannheim, and Edgar Payne. The paintings on view reflect the state’s scenic diversity as well as the vitality of Gardena High School’s program and the Impressionist movement that once flourished here.

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