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Saturday, January 31

TV Writing Class – One-Day Workshops

Los Angeles Writers Group Headquarters

1728 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Unit B, CA, Los Angeles, 90046

11:00am to 4:00pm

Your story is the engine of your show. Knowing your story, your characters, and how to boil your story down to a few sentences can make the difference between a pass and a sale. Come with your story idea (any TV category) and characters or come just to learn. If you bring your idea with you, then you will have a chance to work on your log line and characters with an industry pro and more. Learn: What an “idea” means, how to write a log line, the importance of knowing your characters as well as you know your friends, understand protagonists, antagonists in the television medium, character arc and story arc, what a beat sheet is and why it’s important, and how to problem-solve troubled scenes

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Helping Hands for Hand-Held Devices

Crowell Public Library

1890 Huntington Drive, CA, CA 91108

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Three Upcoming Saturdays: January 31, February 28 & March 28, 2:00-4:00 pm

Electronically savvy students from San Marino High School will be available on three upcoming Saturdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Crowell Public Library’s Thornton Room to help people figure out how to use their hand-held devices. People can sign up for any or all of the free sessions. Many people have iPods, Androids, tablets, iPhones, and other gadgets, but can’t figure out all of the features. The teen volunteers are familiar with many of the concepts behind these devices, so even if they haven’t used a particular gadget, they may be able to help a person figure out what to do.

This program was initiated by San Marino High School junior Chunbill (“Billy”) Liu who grew up surrounded by gadgets, but noticed there was a technology gap with people who did not have that advantage. Billy approached Librarian Rex Mayreis about closing this gap, while getting in some community services hours for himself and his friends, but has continued the program because there is such a need. The Los Angeles Times covered a session last year and posted a video about it at http://lat.ms/1sODdVg.
If you are frustrated with online and telephone support options, come to Crowell Library and work with a living, breathing techie that will help you “bond” with your device. There’s nothing like one-on-one assistance to help solve problems and tackle sticky widgets.

To reserve your spot for this program, please call 626-300-0777, extension 579 as soon as possible. There are a limited number of teen volunteers, so slots will fill quickly.

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Night on Broadway

Bringing Back Broadway

Broadway and Third St., Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm to 10:00pm

Bringing Back Broadway presents “Night on Broadway” – a multi-venue art and streetscape celebration, complete with programing on newly opened pedestrian spaces, merchant pop-ups, kids activity area, a vintage car display and restaurant specials. 

The event, which is in conjunction with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), will take place on January 31, 2015, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., highlighting entertainment, food and nighttime fun along Broadway from 3rd Street to 11th. Last year’s “Day on Broadway” event celebrating Huizar’s Bringing Back Broadway’s 6th anniversary was a huge success, drawing hundreds of participants. This year’s event could prove even more popular. 

“As we celebrate the 7th anniversary of Bringing Back Broadway, we’re looking forward to providing an opportunity for Angelenos of all ages to experience a fun and exciting evening immersed in the historic district, while discovering what Broadway is all about,” said Councilmember Huizar. “The momentum we’ve created to revitalize this historic street is undeniable. Our job is not finished by any means, but more and more, Broadway is once again becoming an important destination in the City of Los Angeles - day and night.” 

The free, all-ages Night on Broadway celebration will feature programming in six of Broadway’s historic (and often closed-to-the-public) theaters (Million Dollar, Los Angeles, Palace, Tower, Orpheum, and the Theatre at Ace Hotel (aka United Artists Theatre.) An on-street festival area will feature booths and pop-up shops from local DTLA businesses, a vintage car show, a family-friendly kids’ area, and a main stage featuring live musical performances. Broadway restaurants, bars and businesses will be open, many offering specials for Night on Broadway participants. More than a dozen food trucks will be on site, and Broadway’s historic Grand Central Market vendors will be open late with special Night on Broadway programming. 

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American Remains

The Salon at Automatic Sweat

2656 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, 90034

6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Salon at Automatic Sweat is pleased to announce American Remains, an exhibition of sculptures and installations by SeMeN SPeRmS and Nick Stewart. Inspired by the concept of Contemporary American Folklore, this idea focuses on the economically torn city of Roswell, completely dependent on folklore or "conspiracy" tourism. The harsh living in this rural desert town surrounded by a deep-seeded paranoia that shadows closely behind heavy conspiracy theorists leaves little option for the residents to feel comfort. Easily accepting a wink or shit-grinned smile from a bottle, or pipe, to escape their reality that has been shaped by myth; A Roswell Lamppost-- with two almond-shaped, flat black eyes, and a green bulb emanating an eerie haze -- has been misshaped or mutated by an unclear but powerful momentum. Small bits of wreckage elude to the mythos of the region, yet also a possibility of the normal scene in a poverty stricken environment.

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Waldemar Bastos at the Aratani Theater

Aratani Theater

244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, 90012

7:00pm

Angolan guitarist/vocalist Waldemar Bastos makes a rare LA appearance as part of the inaugural ARATANI World series of global music and dance. The series celebrates the songs, sounds and dance of seven ensembles both local and international, from Africa, India, Hawaii, Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, Latin America, Central Java, Brazil, New York, and Los Angeles.Each singular artist carries forth yet transforms their rich cultural traditions. Waldemar Bastos will offer music of Angola, "He melds elegiac longing with the effervescence of African and Brazilian pop, transcending sorrow with sparkle and grace," says The New York Times. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity and a call for universal brotherhood ...it is gratifying to me to hear or read critics who say that my music is universal. It is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere. This is my sincere goal, my contribution for harmony among people! For me this is the first and ultimate function of Art. Few artists of any nation have created such a passionate and human statement on political themes as Waldemar Bastos.Exploring musical styles from across the African continent, Bastos work is sensual as well as sensational. His heartfelt signature piece,Sofrimento, quickly became an anthem for the peoples struggle for freedom - a message inspired by his own political imprisonment.

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Waldemar Bastos at the Aratani Theater

Aratani Theatre (JACCC)

244 S San Pedro Street., Los Angeles, 90012

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Angolan guitarist/vocalist Waldemar Bastos makes a rare LA appearance as part of the inaugural ARATANI World series of global music and dance. The series celebrates the songs, sounds and dance of seven ensembles both local and international, from Africa, India, Hawaii, Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, Latin America, Central Java, Brazil, New York, and Los Angeles.Each singular artist carries forth yet transforms their rich cultural traditions.

Waldemar Bastos will offer music of Angola, "He melds elegiac longing with the effervescence of African and Brazilian pop, transcending sorrow with sparkle and grace," says The New York Times. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity and a call for universal brotherhood ...it is gratifying to me to hear or read critics who say that my music is universal. It is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere. This is my sincere goal, my contribution for harmony among people! For me this is the first and ultimate function of Art”.

Few artists of any nation have created such a passionate and human statement on political themes as Waldemar Bastos.Exploring musical styles from across the African continent, Bastos’ work is sensual as well as sensational. His heartfelt signature piece,‘Sofrimento,” quickly became an anthem for the people’s struggle for freedom - a message inspired by his own political imprisonment. An album review of Pretaluz recounts: “...a tender lament for Angola, this singer/songwriter casts a spell that lingers long after the last note has faded.” On his new album, Classics of My Soul, Bastos warns a young man not to fly too low, where danger lurks, but to aim high and fly past it. This 2014 album was produced by Derek Nakamoto with several tracks featuring the London Symphony Orchestra.

Whether with a symphonic orchestra, musicians from around the globe, or a single guitar, Bastos’ loving and rousing melodies transport us to places of comfort, love, and revelation. His voice conveys his understanding of the great suffering that exists in the world, yet he always overcomes feelings of loss with the sounds and rhythms of hope, joy, and loving kindness. As stated in a review of his album Renascence, “Bastos sings these sentiments feelingly over propulsive rhythms dominated by the kind of African guitar sounds that will be familiar to fans of mbaqanga or anyone who’s heard Paul Simon’s Graceland. He seeks not only to sing away his troubles, but also to dance them away, and if those troubles cannot be forgotten, nevertheless, they are ameliorated by the pleasures of his music.”

Bastos received international recognition for his song “Sofrimento” in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition (with judges such as Tom Waits, Naz, and Suzanne Vega). Beautifully rendered in his 1998 album Pretaluz, his songs range from the contagious rhythms of his native Angola to the widely acclaimed song “Kuribota,” which calls forth the dancer in all of us. He introduces us to the bittersweet realities of the world we live in, but within a turn of the melody he carries us back to a place of faith and optimism. As a spokesperson for peace and reconciliation, Bastos worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto in the now famous “Zero-Landmine” project.

The Aratani World Series presents seven different programs over the course of six months. Curated and Produced by Judy Mitoma, former Director of the World Festival of Sacred Music - Los Angeles, the series will be a co-presentation with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and the World Festival of Sacred Music - Los Angeles.

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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

University Park Campus Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, 90089

8:00pm

This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms thatas Glass puts ithave no business being together: dance and radio. One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. Glass and choreographer Monica Bill Barnes thought their work shared a sensibility. Glass found Barness dances funny and intensely personal. Barnes, in turn, says, Ira has a way of telling stories that makes me . . . empathize, which is what I want an audience to do when we are dancing. In May 2012 Barnes and Glass collaborated on three short dances that were part of a This American Life variety show that was beamed into movie theatres nationwide. It was such a success that they decided to do a full show that combines stories and dance. Join us for an exciting evening of entertaining and unexpected convergences.

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