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Thursday, October 23

Zocalo Public Square: Has the Media’s Obsession With Scandal Ruined American Politics?

Downtown Independent Theater

251 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012


(OCT 23) Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson all had affairs before, during, or after their presidencies. Their extramarital relationships were common knowledge among the journalists who covered them–but they were never exposed by the press. Over the past 25 years, however, sex scandals have become kryptonite to elected officials and catnip for the media. How did politicians’ private lives become public, and how did politics become fodder for the tabloids? In 1987, Gary Hart was the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president when rumors broke of his infidelity, along with a photo of a 29-year-old model perched on his lap. Did Hart’s political disgrace–which coincided with the rise of the 24-hour news cycle–mark a more profound shift in American politics? And are we worse off for our contemporary emphasis on the character of our politicians? Yahoo! News national political columnist Matt Bai, author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, visits Zócalo to discuss the American media’s obsession with sex, and how it’s changed our democracy.

Books will be available through Skylight Books.

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Jessie Ware

Tower Theatre

Los Angeles, 90014


English songstress Jessie Ware has been captivating fans around the world since breaking onto the pop scene with her ethereal love song "Wildest Moments". Ware possesses a polished style and silky-smooth vocals, and she effortlessly glides across the stage with grace at her enchanting performances. Her powerful lyrics and awe-inspiring sound transcend traditional pop, and her alluring music will be on full display as she treats concertgoers to songs from her debut album Devotion.

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Friday, October 24

Metro Presents Neptune Winds

Union Station

800 North Alameda St,, Los Angeles, CA 90046

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Two 45-minute sets at 4:30pm & 5:30pm

Location: Waiting Room

Musicians from Neptune Winds come from around the world to study at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, located in downtown Los Angeles. The group formed as part of the Colburn’s chamber music initiative in 2014, which encourages collaboration and community-based performance among conservatory students. The ensemble—featuring musicians on flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon—performs classical and contemporary works, as well as popular tunes.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, "HURRICANE MAMA": Salonen, Saariaho & Sibelius

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave, 111 S Grand Ave, CA 0


This far-reaching concert begins with the stirring, knife-edge fanfares of Janáček’s Sinfonietta, turns toward the future with Saariaho while celebrating the organ’s past, then plunges into the cool, Finnish mythic soundscapes of Sibelius.

Come for: A characteristically dramatic program from our beloved Conductor Laureate, Esa-Pekka Salonen.

And more: An awesome 10th birthday present for the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ with world-renown French organist Olivier Latry.

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