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Thursday, May 28

"Intimate Formations" by Arik Levy

Please Do Not Enter

Please Do Not Enter, 549 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, 90013

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Please Do Not Enter, the Curated Store of Downtown Los Angeles, presents Intimate Formations, the first West coast solo exhibition for multidisciplinary artist and designer Arik Levy. This exhibition is the first Los Angeles presentation of the artist’s work since a 2010 project at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and will be the first major exhibition held at Please Do Not Enter’s new gallery space and store in Downtown Los Angeles.
The exhibition Intimate formations will feature twenty-five artworks, including free standing three-dimensional works, large-scale sculptures, wall mounted pieces, neon sculptures and paintings; a prolific collection that attests to Levy’s ambitious and tireless creative impulse.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a new, full-color, 303-page hard-back book Arik Levy Art, which provides a comprehensive survey of Levy’s art work to date. The text includes a preface by Kenny Schacter and essays by Professor Olivier Schwartz, Asaf Gottesman, and Charlotte N. Eyerman. The book is published by Black Dog Publishing, London and will be available at Please Do Not Enter.

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Arik Levy: Intimate Formations

Please Do Not Enter

Please Do Not Enter, 549 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles, 90013

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Arik Levy: Intimate Formations
On view May 29 - July 11, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday May, 28, 2015 from 6-8:30pm
Please Do Not Enter, 549 S. Olive Street, LA, CA 90013

Intimate Formations is the first West coast solo exhibition for multidisciplinary artist and designer Arik Levy. This exhibition is the first Los Angeles presentation of the artist’s work since a 2010 project at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and will be the first major exhibition held at Please Do Not Enter’s new gallery space and store in Downtown Los Angeles. Intimate formations will feature twenty-five artworks, including free standing three-dimensional works, large-scale sculptures, wall mounted pieces, neon sculptures and paintings; a prolific collection that attests to Levy’s ambitious and tireless creative impulse. Israeli born and Paris based, Levy is internationally renowned for both his boundary bending contemporary art practice and his innovative work in industrial design

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Ordinary Light: A Memoir

ALOUD @ Central Library

630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles CA, CA 90071

7:15pm

he Pulitzer Prize-winning poet discusses her new memoir, a gorgeous kaleidoscope of self and family, that explores the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, religion, and unbreakable bonds. With lyrical precision and a tender intelligence, Smith delves into the life and death of her mother.  Smith struggles to understand her mother’s steadfast Christian faith, ultimately discovering her own prayer-like solace in poetry. Lynell George, whose own body of work includes reflections about place, family, and her mother, leads an intimate conversation with Smith about the extraordinary journey of a daughter.

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Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Los Angeles Central Library

630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

7:15pm

Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Thursday, May 28 7:15 PM

Tracy K. Smith in conversation with Lynell George

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet discusses her new memoir, a gorgeous kaleidoscope of self and family, that explores the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, religion, and unbreakable bonds. With lyrical precision and a tender intelligence, Smith delves into the life and death of her mother. Smith struggles to understand her mother’s steadfast Christian faith, ultimately discovering her own prayer-like solace in poetry. Lynell George, whose own body of work includes reflections about place, family, and her mother, leads an intimate conversation with Smith about the extraordinary journey of a daughter.

Reservations recommended. See website for standby policy.

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Le Moche by La Troupe de TRK

Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

10361 W PICO BLVD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90064

7:30pm to 9:00pm

Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents the Los Angeles premiere of Le Moche (The Ugly One), a satirical comedy that explores society’s fixation on physical beauty, on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, 2015. Written by Marius von Mayenburg and performed by members of La Troupe du Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, the exhilarating Le Moche follows talented engineer Lette who struggles for recognition, thwarted by an ugly face. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students, and tickets are available here. The play runs for 75 minutes with no intermission. Performances start at 7:30pm and are in French without subtitles. A no host bar will be available. Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz at Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles is located at 10361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 (310-286-0553). To learn more about Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, please visit http://www.theatreraymondkabbaz.com.

“When I read the script, I immediately loved the play,” says Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz Director Pierre Leloup, who also directs the play. “It makes you laugh as well as think, a rare combination on stage.”

Le Moche (The Ugly One) Synopsis –
Cynically humorous Le Moche is a black comedy that follows the story of Lette, a talented engineer who specializes in electrical security systems. One day, his superior decides to send an assistant to an important conference to present Lette’s latest achievement, arguing that Lette is not presentable. Lette, realizing that his face is hideous, decides to pursue plastic surgery.

The satirical comedy explores society’s fixation on external beauty. Author von Mayenburg questions the very notion of identity in a culture where physical beauty is a condition for recognition and social success. His social satire investigates the widespread phenomenon of our estrangement from our bodies, holding up a mirror to vanity. Le Moche challenges audience members to assess their own relative beauty, to question how the gaze of others might change if one’s appearance is altered, as well as consider the implications of making such a change. Engaging these notions, Leloup’s direction plays with the magic trick of theatre, toying with illusion to adjust our perceptions of the characters.

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Bette Midler

STAPLES Center

1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

8:00pm

Midler's "Divine Intervention" tour kicks off on May 8 and 9 in Hollywood, FL at The Hard Rock Live and will visit 24 cities nationwide including a stop at STAPLES Center on May 28. The tour is produced by Live Nation and Larry Magid Entertainment Group.
"I can't believe it's been a decade since I toured across this great country—but so I've been told," said Midler. "I'm ready to bring some 'Divine Intervention' to all of my fans this summer. Even though I'm already exhausted just thinking about it... I can't wait to perform some of the favorites, as well as some of the new favorites from my most recent album, It's the Girls!. See you on the road!"
Midler will be accompanied on stage by a 14-piece band as well as backing vocals by the Harlette's and production design by renowned stage designer Michael Cotten. Midler's "Divine Intervention" tour will feature material from the singer's iconic career as well as songs from her critically acclaimed new album, "It's The Girls!" - a glorious tribute to girl groups through the ages. "It's The Girls!" features the swinging sounds of WWII-era Andrews Sisters, to 60's super-groups like the Supremes and the Shirelles, to 90's hit makers TLC. The album was released last November to rave reviews. The New York Times said "the spark of madcap mischief that has lit up Bette Midler's performances for more than four decades has hardly dimmed, as evidenced by "It's the Girls!," her bubbly first studio album in eight years and one of her best." USA Today called Midler's new album "thoroughly charming."

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Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera: The Institute of Memory (TIMe)

REDCAT

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

8:30pm

Artist Lars Jan has done that rare thing: created something that feels entirely new." —Los Angeles Magazine

A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future. With two performers, high-tech 3D renderings, original music and a collage of found and composed text, TIMe traces the transformation of archives from physical to digital structures, and the corresponding evolution of national and personal remembering and privacy through the story of director Lars Jan’s father — an enigmatic Cold War operative and privacy-obsessed misanthrope.

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