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Saturday, August 16

The Philippine Chamber Singers - Los Angeles - "I Will Sing Forever" - 10th Year Anniversary Concert

Music Centers Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012


The Philippine Chamber Singers – Los Angeles (PCS-LA) is proud to present “I Will Sing Forever”— a special 10th year anniversary celebration at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, August 16th.

After serving the Los Angeles community for the last 10 years with its cultural and musical needs, Artistic Director Gelo Francisco and PCS-LA are truly blessed with the opportunity to make history as the first Filipino choral group to perform solo at The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. As always, PCS-LA will highlight the Filipinos’ rich heritage through choral and orchestral, traditional and avant-garde choral pieces. And for once, the works of notable Filipino composers including Father Manoling Francisco, S.J.; Ryan Cayabyab; Ruben Federizon; Fabian Obispo; and Robin Estrada to name a few, will be featured on this very prestigious stage.

Very special friends will join in the celebration. Hear the tender voices of Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s Choir led by their founder and artistic director, Christopher Avendaño, ethnic sounds from the Kulintang by Asuncion Ojeda, mash-ups with guitarist extraordinaire Perfecto de Castro from the 90s Pinoy Rock supergroup Rivermaya. Together, musical styles will be infused into a treat for the whole family to enjoy.

Tickets available through TicketMaster or at The Walt Disney Concert Hall box office windows. For more information visit www.pcsla.org or https://www.facebook.com/PCSLA .

Lisa M. Ulanday
[email protected]

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Sunday, August 17

Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival

Central Plaza in Los Angeles Chinatown

943-951 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

3:00pm to 7:00pm

The highly anticipated 3rd Annual Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival, presented by Bolthouse Farms, will be taking place on Sunday, August 17, from 4 pm to 7 pm, at Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza. This all-inclusive chef-driven event includes some of L.A.’s best chefs preparing unique fried chicken dishes and sides, in addition to an array of delicious desserts and beverages.

Top L.A. chefs and restaurants serving fried chicken and sides at this year’s event include:

BADMAASH Nakul Mahendro – Top Ten Indian Restaurants in Los Angeles, Gayot 2014

Craft Ray England – LA’s 75 Best Restaurants, Los Angeles Magazine 2014

Eggslut Alvin Cailan & Johnny Lee – Best Thing We Ate, Zagat 2013

Free Range LA Jesse Furman – Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches in LA, The Huffington Post 2013

Homegirl Café & Catering  - Assisting high-risk and formerly gang-involved young women and men to become contributing members of the community through training in restaurant service and culinary arts.

Kris Morningstar – James Beard “Rising Star Award” Nominee

Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores Brian Dunsmoor – Best New Southern Restaurant in Los Angeles, LA Weekly 2013

Superba Food & Bread Jason Travi – 10 Most Exciting New Restaurants, Angeleno Magazine 2014


According to Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores executive chef Brian Dunsmoor, "I love the fact that even the worst fried chicken is still good but eating great fried chicken is like finding god!"


McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams


Sprinkles Cupcakes

Valerie Confections

Beverages: Jason Bran and Damian Windsor are creating cocktails for the festival. Guests should also expect juice from Bolthouse Farms, coffee from Portola Coffee Lab, tea from Seventh Tea Bar, craft sodas from Los Angeles Ale Works, water from Pure Water of Los Angeles, and some fun surprise drinks.

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Tuesday, August 19

The Drop: Al Jarreau


800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0


Following the unexpected passing of legendary keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke, GRAMMY-award winning singer and song stylist Al Jarreau pays a fond tribute to Duke in My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, to be released August 5 on Concord Records. Garnering a stellar list of musicians including bassists Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke; saxophonists Gerald Albright and Boney James; and singers Dianne Reeves, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway and Jeffrey Osborne; among others, the new album illustrates Duke’s broad musical scope that includes post-bop, jazz-fusion, R&B and Brazilian jazz. Jarreau and Duke formed an interminable relationship upon meeting in San Francisco in 1965, while Jarreau was working as a social-worker and Duke was establishing himself, playing on weekends at Half Note. After Jarreau made his debut on-stage one Sunday night, he was invited to join Duke’s trio on a regular basis. My Old Friend, extends Duke’s legacy, in addition to being another bright spot in Jarreau’s own illustrious repertoire. The album commences with a gem from Jarreau’s own songbook, “My Old Friend,” from his 1981 landmark LP Breakin’ Away. The motif of friendship emanates from the laidback mid-tempo groove of the track, and remains a central theme throughout the album. Please join us as we welcome Jarreau to the Clive Davis Theater to celebrate the release of the new album with an interview, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, and performance.

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Thursday, August 21

4th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Avenue & 1st Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

10:00am to 10:00pm

Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles featuring a star-studded lineup of celebrated chefs and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Set amid one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the food, wine, and cocktails from some of the most prominent influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the music industry’s brightest talents. The festival lineup will feature a sprawling showcase of unlimited tastings as well as cookbook signings, wine seminars and cocktail tastings, culinary demonstrations, luxurious dinners and more. Guests will have the chance to mingle with luminaries and culinary icons such as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Chiarello, Scott Conant, Graham Elliot, Dominique Crenn, Pierre Gagnaire and Ari Taymor, as well as television personalities such as Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible.”

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Masterclass in the Round


800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0


In conjunction with the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, please join us for Masterclass in the Round, as we welcome an all-star lineup of esteemed songwriters/producers in KC Porter (Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson), Claudia Brant (Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, John Legend) and Aureo Baqueiro (Benny Ibarra, Rodrigo Dávila, Pambo, Alejandro Fernández) to the Clive Davis Theater to discuss their craft and the production of their hit songs. The event, hosted by Claudia Brant, will be moderated by John Echevarria from Universal Music Publishing Group Latino and will feature special guests Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez.

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Friday, August 22