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Monday, June 1

Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

10:00am

The Butterfly Pavilion is open at the Natural History Museum for the summer.

More than 53 different butterfly and moth species and an array of plants take up residence every summer for the much-anticipated seasonal exhibit, the Butterfly Pavilion. Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life, and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.

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LA Prepares to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES

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12:00pm

Entering its second year, EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES is back, bigger and bolder, with restaurants, bars, food trucks and everyone in between ‘turning (RED)’ this June to raise money and awareness for the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In Los Angeles, establishments ranging from Son of a Bun to The Bazaar by Jose Andres are creating special (RED) dishes, drinks and tasting menus.

All offerings will be available throughout the month of June.

WHERE & WHO:

There are numerous food and drink businesses in and around Los Angeles turning (RED) this June, including:

Mélisse, M Street Kitchen, Stella Barra, Emporium Thai Cuisine, Tres @ SLS Beverly Hills, Ta Bom Truck, Canvas Food Truck, Son of a Bun, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, The Library at the Redbury, Katsuya Brentwood, Katsuya Hollywood, Katsuya LA Live, Peaches’ Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen, Cleo Hollywood, Pizzeria Mozza LA, Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza Newport Beach, Sushi Roku, Petit Trois, Coral Tree Café, Sanook Soi 38, Gourmet Genie, Baby’s Badass Burgers, chi SPACCA, Mozz2Go, The Pudding Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Canvas Food Truck, Ta Bom Truck, Hurricane Kitchen, and more!

Additionally, a number of LA’s world-renowned chefs are serving as culinary ambassadors, supporting the campaign across social media, events and many other ways. Interviews with Chef Ambassadors based in LA and beyond can be arranged pending their availability. Names include: John Shook, Vinny Dotolo, Ludo Lefebvre, Nancy Silverton, Anthony Bourdain, Amanda Freitag, David Chang, Anne Burrell, April Bloomfield, Bobby Flay, David Burke, Dominique Ansel, Josh Capon, Seamus Mullen, Wylie Dufresne…and more!

WHEN:

The EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign goes live in LA’s restaurants, bars and food trucks from June 1 through June 30, 2015.

WHY:

EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES transforms food and drink into a force to fight AIDS. What people choose to eat and drink this June will help raise money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, to provide life-saving HIV/AIDS medication to those who need it most. 100% of each participating business’ donation will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

HOW:

Starting May 7, 2015, consumers can visit www.eatREDdrinkRED.org to find out where to EAT (RED) Drink (RED) SAVE LIVES in Los Angeles and around the world.  Diners can also follow @RED and #86AIDS to see firsthand the great (RED) food and drink experiences that will be available in cities around the world.

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All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur - Extended

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

12:30pm

The exhibition explores the GRAMMY-nominated artist’s songwriting talent and celebrates Shakur’s legacy as a magnetic performer, charismatic actor, heartfelt poet and outspoken social activist.

“Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip hop artists.  His writings are both powerful and provocative,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum.  “It is an honor to be the first music museum to acknowledge Tupac's legacy and to bring context to what was an incredible career."

All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur showcases the rapper’s love of words and his talent as a gifted communicator through handwritten lyrics and poems.  The exhibit also features artifacts from his career breakthrough with hip-hop group, Digital Underground and his rise to fame as a solo artist. 

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Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

12:30pm

Through a collection of sitars, artifacts and rare photographs from the Shankar family, the exhibit provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the GRAMMY-winning world music icon's early life, the roots of his musicality and his vast impact on Western music.

"Ravi Shankar is as synonymous to world music as Elvis Presley is to rock and roll," said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. "Through his decades of world concert performances and the relationships he built with Western artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Philip Glass, John Coltrane, and The Beatles, Shankar was instrumental in introducing the world to Indian music, and we are excited to introduce our visitors to the influential life of Ravi Shankar."

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Aceyalone

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12:30pm

Ten solo releases deep and still working, Aceyalone solidifies his status as a titan of underground hip-hop with his new album, Leanin' On Slick. Looking back to the rhythm and blues standards of the past, the record has already been praised for Aceyalone's ability "to combine pop savvy with social commentary. You know – like shit used to do back in the day." Soulful and funky beats support Aceyalone's signature tight rhymes and bouncing-ball flow. Features appear from Daniel Merriweather and Cee-Lo Green, artists who share Aceyalone's respect for the history of R&B and talent for reminding audiences of its relevance by augmenting it with modern flavor. The title track is a light-hearted exploration of what someone would do in pursuit of the "superbad." Like the Blaxploitation era it references, the track is fun, powerful, and undeniably badass.

Aceyalone began his career at the Good Life Café of South Central Los Angeles. Opened in 1989, the spot quickly became the epicenter of a massive hip-hop movement that spawned Freestyle Fellowship, Jurassic 5 and myriad others. As a member of Freestyle Fellowship, Aceyalone helped craft four albums, including 1993's classic Innercity Griots. Since then, the prolific emcee has been a co-founder of the storied Project Blowed Collective, Haiku D'Etat (with Mikah 9 and Abstract Rude) and the A-Team (with Abstract Rude.) In 1995, the emcee released his debut solo album All Balls Don't Bounce, earning massive critical acclaim and Allmusic.com declaring Aceyalone "one of the greatest lyricists the West Coast has ever produced" and Bounce "a spectacular lyrical milestone." The longevity of his career now speaks volumes about his lyrical gift. "You might say I'm prolific," says Aceyalone, "but I'm still a work in progress. I'm just a conveyer of what's already out there and people just don't see it. I just interpret it." 2009 saw the release of Aceyalone & The Lonely Ones; an album that draws on Phil Spector, 60s girl groups, the J.B.s and a slew of raw, dirty funk for sonic inspiration. After indulging his love of Jamaican music for 2007's Lightning Strikes, the musically diverse emcee brought his admiration for doo-wop, blues and funk to the forefront. On the title track, finger snaps, falsetto choruses and Rickenbacker guitar dominate the production; a sound closer to Phil Spector's Wall of Sound than today's by-the-numbers beats. And like most classic hip-hop albums, Acey doesn't need 74 minutes, insufferable skits and guest stars you don't care about to fill time…

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Delta Spirit

Teragram Ballroom

Los Angeles, 90017

9:00pm

The fourth album from San Diego-bred five-piece Delta Spirit, Into the Wide was born in a flood-ruined, cave-like, rat-colonized room in the band's new hometown of Brooklyn. After spending more than a year writing together in the windowless studio they rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc, the group resurfaced with a batch of demos and headed to Georgia to team up with Ben Allen (a producer/engineer known for his work with artists like Animal Collective and Deerhunter). Recorded near an old shipping yard in Atlanta, Into the Wide intimately captures the claustrophobia of Delta Spirit's creative space, turning that tension into a moody meditation on the restlessness of city life, growing older, and longing for escape. With its lyrics largely inspired by the murder ballads of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, Into the Wide proves more darkly charged than anything the band's ever offered up before but—thanks to their command of both indelible melody and sprawling, atmospheric arrangements—ultimately emerges as Delta Spirit's most gloriously heavy album so far.

For Delta Spirit (vocalist/guitarist Matt Vasquez, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Kelly Winrich, guitarist Will McLaren, bassist Jon Jameson, and drummer Brandon Young), the raw, nervy energy running throughout Into the Wide stems partly from the band's return to the more free-and-easy approach they embraced in making their debut album, 2008's Ode to Sunshine. "On that first record we had no idea what kind of music we were going to make—we just went up to a cabin and pressed record and went for it without any fear," says Young, who sparked the founding of Delta Spirit back in 2005, when he spotted Vasquez busking in the streets of downtown San Diego. So while Into the Wide continues to push forward in exploring new sonic territory (as on 2010's History From Below and the band's self-titled 2012 release), Delta Spirit have also restored a sense of kinetic flow to their communal songwriting process. "When we were writing there were these songs that we really labored over and tried to polish," says McLaren. "But in the end, those songs didn't belong to us. The tracks that make up the album were the ones that happened quickly and naturally and just instantly felt good to us."

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Tuesday, June 2

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