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Thursday, July 30


Echo Park Film Center

1200 N. Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026


The Rural Route 2014/15 Tour Program presents the best short experimental, documentary, narrative and animated films of the festival. Selections include Symphony No. 42 (Réka Bucsi, 10 min, animation, 2013 Hungary), The Sea [Is Still] Around Us (Hope Tucker, 4 min, Experimental, 2012, Corinna, Maine) and Ngaben: Emotion & Restraint In A Balinese Heart (Robert Lemelson, 16min., documentary, 2012, Klung Kung, Bali, Indonesia), a poetic and impressionistic look at "Ngaben," the famed, elaborate Balinese funerary ritual from the perspective of a mourning son. FILMMAKER ROBERT LEMELSON IN ATTENDANCE!

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New Original Works Festival


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


Nguyễn Nguyên and Maria Gillespie Bloom
Evocative projections and landscapes saturate the stage to frame the nuanced movements of co-choreographers Nguyen and Gillespie, who traverse the intersection of dance, theater, and new media in a collaboration with video artist and astrophysicist Fabio Altenbach. Live video is manipulated to explore themes of home and dislocation in this rich work developed with the Beijing International Dance Festival.
Sheetal Gandhi, Ulka Mohanty and Mark Gutierrez In|Expiration
Contrapuntal percussive dance and stirring vocalizations come together in this highly rhythmic performance blending Kathak, Bharatanatyam and contemporary dance forms. Enhanced by live music from bassist Mark Guttierrez, Gandhi and Mohanty investigate issues of personal justice and identity, the imperative of breath, and the repercussions of race-fueled violence.
Zac Pennington, Jherek Bischoff and Steven Reker Crying
Channeling the passion of an enigmatic pop idol, the multidisciplinary team of composer Jherek Bischoff, vocalist/co-composer Zac Pennington, and choreographer Steven Reker, transcend the concert form to explore the incongruities of pop personae — performer as icon, androgyne, messiah, and martyr — in a lush, four-song suite interpreted with a string quartet, vocals and movement.

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Friday, July 31

Los Angeles Coliseum Historic Tours

LA Coliseum

3911 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90037


Come take a tour of the GREATEST STADIUM IN THE WORLD with a history, legacy and connection like no other! The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum & Sports Arena complex is one of the most venerable sports monuments in America today with countless historic events & milestones taking place inside its walls during nine decades of celebrated history. The Coliseum has served as home field for the USC Football team since 1923 and is the only stadium that has played host to two Olympiads (X and XXIII), two Super Bowls (I and VII) and a World Series (1959). It was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27, 1984. The Coliseum has also hosted Evil Knievel in 1973, a Papal Mass by Pope John Paul II in 1987, Nelson Mandela's Crusade against Apartheid in 1990 & countless sold out concerts including U2, Pink Floyd, The Who, Metallica, Bruce Springsteen & the Rolling Stones. The MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers as well as the NFL's St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders have also called the Coliseum home.

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Filipino food‹LASA at elysian


2806 Clearwater St., Los Angeles, CA


Filipino food is known for its adobos, fried seafood and vinegar-laden dishes with flavors that are bold, bright, savory and, at times, funky. It could be said that it is not a cuisine the general population, even in a food-adventurous city like Los Angeles, explores with abandon. But a young Filipino chef and his brother are looking to change all that.

Through October 30th, 2015, the Filipino inspired pop-up and restaurant project, LASA, will be offering their take on this up-and-coming ethnic cuisine the last Friday of the month at the beautiful bar/restaurant and private event venue, Elysian. Reservations are recommended. Spots can be reserved on Open Table or by calling 323-522-6625. Walk-ins are welcomed and seated on a first come first serve basis.


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Music Center Plaza

135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012


Same night, different vibes, 13 Fridays in a row. The Music Center hosts free, weekly dance parties all summer long – because the world needs more spontaneous dancing.
Beginner dance lessons, live band or DJ, and open dance floor. Bring a picnic or grab a bite on site.


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