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Thursday, September 10

Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

Getty Villa Malibu

17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA

8:00pm

From MacArthur Fellow and critically acclaimed author of "Electricidad" and "Oedipus el Rey", Luis Alfaro's "Mojada" is a breathtaking reimagining of Euripides's "Medea" transported to East Los Angeles. In an epic journey of border crossings, Medea, a seamstress with extraordinary skill, runs from a past of betrayals. With husband Hason and their son in tow, our storied heroine's struggle to adapt takes a disastrous turn when old and new worlds meet in the City of Angels. Alfaro's gripping contemporary take on the ancient Greek myth tackles the complexities of family, tradition, culture, and the explosive moment when they all collide.

Thursdays–Saturdays, September 10–October 3, 2015; 8:00 p.m.

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Robben Ford

Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park

2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, 90057

8:00pm

Five-time GRAMMY-nominated blues, jazz, & rock guitarist Robben Ford is a contemporary songwriter and Americana musician. His discography includes collaborations with Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Larry Carlton, and KISS. Musician Magazine named him one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century.”

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Friday, September 11

Metro Art Presents: SK Kakraba

Union Station

800 North Alameda St,, Los Angeles, CA 90046

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: Waiting Room

Son of world-renowned master xylophonist Kakraba Lobi, SK Kakraba began practicing xylophone at a young age. Specializing on gyil, a Ghanaian instrument constructed of wooden slats placed atop calabash gourds, SK has become a master musician and craftsman. He taught xylophone for many years at the University of Ghana before moving to Los Angeles in 2012.

Today, he continues to teach and perform at various venues throughout Los Angeles. Kakraba's latest album Yonye was released on Sun Ark Records in July 2015. Listen here.

Metro Art Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. The diverse, all ages programming is designed to creatively activate the landmark station, engage the Los Angeles community and attract new riders.

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Celebrating an Icon - "Ode to a Bridge"

Art Share L.A.

801 E 4th Pl., Los Angeles, 90013

7:00pm

Art Share L.A. will host a major art exhibition commemorating the beloved 6th Street Viaduct in a multi-media group-show entitled “Ode to the Bridge“ at their creative center located at 801 East 4th Place in Los Angeles. The exhibit, co-curated by Dale Youngman and Tanner Blackman, will feature over 30 local artists’ renditions of this landmark architecture, which is slated for demolition in the coming months.

The historic structure has been the setting for dozens of commercials, TV and film shoots, and is one of the most recognized and photographed structures in all of Los Angeles. Built in 1932, it is the longest bridge crossing the LA River, connecting Boyle Heights to Downtown Los Angeles. Although it is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places, an unfortunate error during its construction became apparent after only 20 years, when a type of cement –eating disease known as Alkali-Silica Reaction began causing cracks in the concrete, thus compromising the integrity of the structure.

Celebrating the future of its replacement, we will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, September 16 from 7-9PM. Panel will include Tim Williams, Managing Principal from Michael Maltzan Architecture; Vic Martinez, Vice President of HNTB; Glenn Kaino, conceptual artist designing art installations and more.

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Ode to the Bridge Gallery Opening

Art Share L.A.

801 E 4th Pl., Los Angeles, 90013

7:00pm to 10:00pm

On Friday, September 11, 2015 Art Share L.A. will host a major art exhibition commemorating the beloved 6th Street Viaduct in a multi-media group-show entitled “Ode to the Bridge“. The exhibit, co-curated by Dale Youngman and Tanner Blackman, will feature over 30 local artists’ renditions of this landmark’s architecture, which is slated for demolition in the coming months.

Participating artists are closely connected to the Arts District and include Tom Garner, Jim Stern, Fred Hoerr, Qathryn Brehm, and Andre Miripolsky.

Ode to 6th Street Bridge will be open from September 9 – September 19th, Wednesday – Saturday, 1-6 PM.

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Scarred for Life

CASA 0101 Theater

2102 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90033

8:00pm

DAVID VALDEZ returns to CASA 0101 Theater to perform his one-man show “Scarred for Life: Tale of A Mexican-American Trying to Get Out of East L.A.” SFL is a collection of misadventures growing up in an immigrant family and heading off to college at an Ivy League school. The story of “Scarred for Life” is based on true events and chronicles the comedic tales of a boy who grew up bilingual, bi-cultural…and by the freewways!

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