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Wednesday, October 29

Anthony Breznican - Dark Sarcasm in the Classroom: The Adult Appeal of YA Lit

Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles CA, 90071

7:00pm

Author of "Brutal Youth" Anthony Breznican was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today, and is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Week. Brutal Youth is his first novel. Our LAPL's reviewer describes the novel's characters as "...well drawn and complex" and that Breznican "...illustrates nicely the development, derailing and re-forging of fragile new relationships." Copies of Mr. Breznican's book will be available for purchase.

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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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Metro Presents Invisible Cities Acoustic Concert Performance

Union Station

800 North Alameda St,, Los Angeles, CA 90046

7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: Historic Ticketing Hall

7:00pm Doors open
7:30pm Program begins

Celebrating the award-winning opera one year after it encompassed Union Station and transfixed Los Angeles, this free acoustic concert performance of the opera reunites the original cast of INVISIBLE CITIES. Composer and librettist Christopher Cerrone was nominated for a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his adaptation of Italo Calvino's beloved novel. The story depicts a host of fantastical cities the explorer Marco Polo narrates to Kublai Khan: unreal cities of desire, of memory, of the imagination. Cerrone’s delicate musical setting explores sonic qualities of decay and lushness with a haunting simplicity. Last year's production by The Industry and LA Dance Project became a runaway success -- don't miss this chance to experience the music again!
Admission is free. Seating opens 30 minutes prior to performance and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Preferential seating for TAP card holders!

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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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