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Wednesday, December 3

Jonny Two Bags (Social Distortion)

The Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

8:30pm

Salvation Town, the surprising and powerful solo debut by Jonny Two Bags, guitarist for the Southern California punk rock institution Social Distortion, defies expectations at every turn.A diverse array of talent that spans the musical spectrum was enlisted for the recording. Revered singer-songwriter Jackson Browne shares vocals with Wickersham on “Then You Stand Alone,” while David Lindley, whose guitar work graced several of Browne’s classic ’70s albums, contributes to four tracks. Los Lobos’ multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo and his sons David Jr. and Vincent join in on “Wayward Cain” and super-sideman Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Eric Clapton, k.d. lang, Dave Alvin) also appears on guitar. The drum chair is filled by Pete Thomas, a mainstay of Elvis Costello’s bands The Attractions and The Imposters. Guest vocalist Gaby Moreno (recent Latin Grammy Award winner as Best New Artist) sings on “Avenues.” Other vocal guests include Julie Miller (wife and collaborator of Buddy Miller) and backup singers Terry Evans and Arnold McCuller, best known for their work with Ry Cooder and James Taylor. Wickersham’s colleagues in Social Distortion, keyboardist Danny McGough and bassist Brent Harding, join on a few tracks while Austin accordion luminary Joel Guzman and bassist/punk kingpin Zander Schloss (Weirdos, Circle Jerks, Thelonious Monster) round out the lineup.

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Thursday, December 4

Happiness Program

Art of Living Center

948 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Happiness and peace can only be experienced in the present moment, yet the mind has a tendency to swing between regrets about the past and anxiety about the future. This constant vacillation is a primary cause of stress. It reduces the ability to think clearly, complicates relationships, clouds creativity, disturbs our sleep, and drains energy. The breath has proven to be a powerful tool for releasing stress, renewing the spirit, and restoring balance, health, and energy to the body, mind and emotions.

Learn Techniques at the ARt of Living Happiness Program

Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique and other ancient practices
Valuable skills for managing negative emotions and challenging situations, for improving focus and productivity at work and strengthening relationships
Practical wisdom and processes to discover what in your life is working for you and what is not working for you
Low-impact yoga for improved health and increased flexibility

Benefits

"The secret lies in our own breath. Through breathing exercises, certain breathing techniques and some practice of meditation, we can rekindle positive vibrations within and around us." -- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation

Reduced stress
Greater sense of joy, happiness and enthusiasm
Experience more confidence
Development of interpersonal skills

Testimonials

"The Art of Living course is the most precious gift I have ever received. The knowledge spoken and the practices taught were shared with so much love. I have happiness, strength and peace. The world has been waiting for this course. "
-- Daniel Mendez, Writer, Houston, Texas

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Mussorgsky with Dudamel

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave, 111 S Grand Ave, CA 0

8:00pm

Come hear Dudamel lead the LA Phil in the sonic blockbuster Pictures at an Exhibition, a kaleidoscopic collection of vivid orchestral scenes, plus atmospheric music by Salonen and Rachmaninoff.

Come for: Dudamel conducts Mussorgsky's much-loved symphonic pictures.

And more: The brilliant Helix by LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Rashaun Mitchell and Stephin Merritt: Performance

REDCAT

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

8:30pm

The intoxicating choreography of former Merce Cunningham dancer Rashaun Mitchell meets the fanciful musical stylings of Magnetic Fields singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt in a space of liquid luminosity—a beguiling visual design created by installation artist Ali Naschke-Messing with lighting design by Davison Scandrett. A celebration of the mysteries in the art of performance, of on-the-spot wit and invention, and of the absurd, this one-of-a-kind collaboration is inspired by an observation from Richard Avedon: “We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be.” Mitchell is joined by dancers Hiroki Ichinose, Cori Kresge and Silas Riener; Merritt performs solo, on and off the stage.

Thur-Sat 8:30pm & Sun 7:00pm

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Friday, December 5

Metro Presents All-American Boys Choir

Union Station

800 North Alameda St,, Los Angeles, CA 90046

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Historic Ticketing Hall

The All-American Boys Chorus, America’s Most Beloved Boys Choir, will perform holiday season favorites. Among the songs the 36 choristers, ages 10 to 15, will sing are White Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Silent Night, and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. There will also be a fun audience sing-a-long.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

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FIGat7th Holiday Sessions

FIGat7th

735 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

8:00pm to 10:00pm

FIGAT7TH HOLIDAY SESSIONS

Fridays | December 5-19
4pm | Happy Hour All Night
7pm | DJ
8pm | Show
TASTE Level (Lower Level, M1)

Enjoy free weekly concerts featuring bands and singer-songwriters performing original music at FIGat7th Holiday Sessions. The weekly concerts kick-off on Friday, December 5th with the soulful sounds of USC alumna Raquel Rodriguez, continues with Ethio Cali on December 12th and closes out with Subsuelo on December 19th. Several FIGat7th TASTE restaurants will feature an all night happy hour with food and drink specials.

Get more information at ArtsBrookfield.com/HolidaySessions.

December 5 – RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ

Los Angeles singer Raquel Rodriguez and her band play soul how it was always meant to be played. Their 2013 full-length debut Miss Me boasts a collection of impassioned, invigorating, and irresistible songs that are as fresh as they are fiery. Raquel’s song “Already Beat” is in the season 6 premiere of FX’s hit show, Sons of Anarchy.

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Saturday, December 6

Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Jazz and the Orchestra

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave, 111 S Grand Ave, CA 0

3:00am

Explore the connections between orchestral music and America's music: jazz. This dynamic concert will feature Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) students performing alongside Grammy-nominated pianist, John Beasley, and his big band, MONK'estra, made up of LA's finest jazz and studio musicians (including members of the Tonight Show Band, Dave Matthews Band, and more). These jazz masters will lead us in lessons on jazz history, swing, improvisation, and groove with the music of Tchaikovsky, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Abreau reverberating through Walt Disney Concert Hall!.

Come for: Each TSFY concert is a dramatic presentation, conducted by a Dudamel Conducting Fellow and staged by theater artists.

And more: Prior to the concert there are interactive art workshops related to the program's musical themes.

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