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Wednesday, October 29

Héctor Bourges

REDCAT

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

7:30pm

In this lecture/performance in the REDCAT Lounge, Héctor Bourges, a member of the Mexico City-based theater/performance art ensemble Teatro Ojo, combines a series of gestures with images of historical events that have influenced the Mexican national identity project. Bourges uses performative elements such as masks and ventriloquism to reveal the strategies of Mexican political powers and to depict the double standard discourse of politics, always fraught with false hopes and hidden secrets.

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THE DROP: OK GO

GRAMMY Museum

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

7:30pm

Formed as a quartet in Chicago in 1998 and relocated to Los Angeles three years later, OK Go (Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind, Dan Konopka, Andy Ross) have spent their career in a steady state of transformation. Their new record,  Hungry Ghosts, due out in on October 14 will release on the band’s own label, Paracadute. Hungry Ghosts is the band’s fourth full-length album and the newest addition to a curriculum vitae filled with experimentation in a variety of mediums. The band worked with longtime producer and friend Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT), while also enlisting a new collaborator in Los Angeles, veteran Tony Hoffer, (Beck, Phoenix, Foster the People) to create their most comfortable and far-reaching songs yet. Building on (and deconstructing) 15 years of pop-rock smarts, musical friendship, and band-of-the-future innovations the forthcoming Hungry Ghosts contains melancholic fireworks (“The Writing’s on the Wall”), basement funk parties (“Turn Up The Radio”), IMAX-sized choruses (“The One Moment”), and space-age dance floor bangers (“I Won’t Let You Down”). Continuing a career that includes viral videos, New York Times op-eds, a major label split and the establishment of a DIY trans-media mini-empire, collaborations with pioneering dance companies and tech giants, animators and Muppets, OK Go continue to fearlessly dream and build new worlds in a time when creative boundaries have all but dissolved.  Please welcome OK Go to The Clive Davis Theater to celebrate the release of Hungry Ghosts. Following an interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, the band will perform.

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Thursday, October 30

Agua a Cucharadas

Los Angeles Theater Center

514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

2:00pm to 8:30pm

An expansive play that covers the distance from Puerto Rico to Japan, Philadelphia to San Diego, and the virtual world to the physical, Water by the Spoonful ties together the lives of a host of unforgettable characters in a play about forgiveness and redemption. Performed in Spanish. Presented as part of the 2014 LATC Encuentro.

 

October 30, November 1, 6, 8, Thursdays 8:30 p.m. Saturdays 2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.

 

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Properties of Silence

Los Angeles Theater Center

514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

2:30pm to 8:30pm

Poetry, science, and history spiral out of control as a contemporary Phoenix realtor, her pool contractor husband, and the famed 17th C. poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz meet in a multi-layered dreamscape. Inspired by Sor Juana’s most signi-cant poem, Primer Sueño (First Dream). Presented as part of the 2014 LATC Encuentro.

 

October 30, November 1, 7, 8, Thursday and Friday 8:30 p.m. Saturday 2:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

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Hello Kitty Con

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

4:00pm

(OCT. 30-NOV. 2) Join Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary celebration with world premier events and experiences including a global Hello Kitty Hug-a-thon, the first Hello Kitty museum exhibition of its kind, the first official Hello Kitty Convention in the world, lots of supercute product introductions, and many more surprises!

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Summer Brave

USC McClintock Theatre

1010 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, 90089

7:00pm

By William Inge.
Directed by Robert Bailey.

The line between restraint and desire is blurred when an unpolished young stranger comes to town. Sensual at times and charmingly amusing, Summer Brave is William Inge’s thoughtful revision of his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Picnic.

Performance Dates and Times
10/30/2014 at 7 p.m.
10/31/2014 at 7 p.m.
11/1/2014 at 2:30 p.m.
11/1/2014 at 8 p.m.
11/2/2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: students, $5; faculty and staff, $8; general public, $10. Tickets purchased by phone or online are $12.

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Thu, Oct 30, 7:15 PM [ALOUD] The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

ALOUD @ Central Library

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

7:15pm

What is the role of fiction in 21st century America? Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favorite American novels—Azar Nafisi, author of bestselling Reading Lolita in Tehran, invites us to join her as citizens of “The Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

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