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Sunday, May 4

Monday, May 5

see the “flight of the butterflies,” in 3d imax

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037


Flight of the Butterflies is now showing at the California Science Center in 3D IMAX, and it’s a must-see movie that takes you on the 3,000-mile journey that Monarch butterflies travel every fall from Canada, through the United States and to Mexico. This spectacle of the most amazing insect migration is sure to amaze your kids (and you!).

Good to know: parking is $10, cash only, (or you can take the Metro) and plan on spending the day – when you purchase your movie tickets you can reserve your free, timed tickets to visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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El Vez

El Vez is the Latin sensation that is sweeping the Nation and the world, following successful tours in Australia, Germany, Spain, Norway, Holland, Austria, England, France, Belgium, Canada and more.

A modern multicultural hybrid of Americana and Mexicano, he is more than entertainment, he is a thinking man’s Elvis, a post-modern King with a Latin twist, the Chicano experience presented and told through the songs of Elvis.

Imagine Ceasar Chavez fronting a Punk Rock band, Liberace teaching Chicano Studies, Tom Jones singing about the Virgin de Guadalupe, throw in multiple costumes changes, dancing back up singers and a rocking band and you have imagined El Vez!

El Vez is like a Jukebox exploded and put back together again. The Music mixes and remixes last centuries music, matching and contrasting various genre and styles, 5 different tunes may find their way into one Elvis song, becoming an EL VEZ song. The subject matter is Elvis through a latino looking glass. "In the Ghetto" becomes "En El Barrio", "Suspicious Minds" become "Immigration Time". Elvis' logo's like TCB...become "Taking Care of Business" an ode to the undocumented workers of America. Mixed in with El Vez originals (i.e.; the zapatistas in chiapas, safe sex) it becomes a musicophiles history dream.

El Vez has appeared on The Tonight Show, Oprah, MTV, HBO, CNN, Live with Regis & Kathy Lee, he has even been a question on Jeopardy & "mucho mas"…As raved about in Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, TV Guide, The New Yorker, Los Angeles & London Times and many others.

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Juan Manuel Echavarría: Coping with Violence, Defying Oblivion


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


A novelist–turned–artist, photographer and videomaker, Juan Manuel Echavarría screens two films in which peasants in his native Colombia devise original ways of coping with entrenched everyday violence—bloody conflict among guerrillas, army, paramilitaries and drug traffickers that has persisted for decades. In Bocas de Ceniza (Mouths of Ash, 2003–04, digital video, 18 min.), subjects look directly to the camera and mourn the toll of violence in individually created folk songs. The second documentary, Réquiem NN (2013, digital video, 67 min.), takes place in the town of Puerto Berrío on the Magdalena River—from which local residents regularly fish out the remains of victims of violence. Burying the so-called “No Names” (“NNs”), the townspeople adopt the fallen as their own: they give them names, invent personal histories, and decorate and visit their tombs.

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Tuesday, May 6



800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, 90015


Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan’s musical career began in the 1960’s in the UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and the Faces.  He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg, among many others.  McLagan relocated to Austin, TX in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two very exciting decades. The British rock legend will release United States, his first new studio album in five years, on June 17 via Yep Roc Records.  McLagan recorded and produced the album at his own The Doghouse Studios in Manor, Texas.  The 10 original tracks on United States feature McLagan on vocals, keys, and guitar, with songs mixed by longtime friend Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones.)  The album alternates between lusty grooves and reflective musings, showcasing McLagan’s beguiling charm and timeless gift for crafting memorable hooks.  Yearning standout “Love Letter” leads into the smooth and moody take-charge song “Who Says It Ain’t Love,” while “Shalalala” draws from classic soul and “How Blue” rides a boogie-woogie shuffle.  Before McLagan plays the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia May 15 and NPR’s Cabinet of Wonders in New York City on May 17, join us for McLagan’s second appearance in The Clive Davis Theater, for an intimate discussion, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman.  After the discussion, McLagan will perform a selection of songs.

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