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Thursday, August 7

Arctic Monkeys


Los Angeles, CA 90015


Following a three night sold-out stand at The Wiltern last fall and an electric KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas performance in December, Arctic Monkeys will return to the City of Angels this summer. The group will perform at STAPLES Center on August 7 as part of their 2014 U.S. tour. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will join them as special guest.

In March 2014 Arctic Monkeys scored multiple wins at the UK's GRAMMY-equivalent BRIT AWARDS, where they took home the two major titles of Best British Band and Album of the Year. At the fan-voted NME Awards, they won five awards.

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The Drop: Billy Joe Shaver


800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0


Acclaimed Texas outlaw songwriter Billy Joe Shaver describes his new studio album Long in the Tooth, as “dangerously good.” His first studio album in six years, Long in the Tooth narrates Shaver’s storied career, featuring his trademark truths in “Last Call for Alcohol” and “The Git Go.” Shaver’s four decade-spanning career launched into the public eye with Honky Tonk Heroes. Waylon Jennings’ landmark album presented Shaver-written classics at nearly every measure with “Old Five and Dimers Like Me,” “Willy the Wandering Gympsy and Me,” “Ride Me Down Easy,” and title track and Top 10 hit “You Asked Me To.” By writing and co-writing 10 out of the album’s 11 songs, Shaver distinguished himself as a songwriter, his work resonating with people across the board. In 1993, Shaver broke through, accumulating greater audiences as the booming Americana and Texas roots music and singer-songwriter scenes were gathering steam with the acclaimed Tramp on Your Street, united with guitar-playing son Eddy. Shaver has since released 11 additional independent albums, honored with the first American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting in 2002, and inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004. Please join us as we celebrate welcome Shaver to the Clive Davis Theater, to celebrate the release of the new album, just two days after it drops. After an interview, hosted by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, Shaver will perform.

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New Original Works Festival 2014: Program Three


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


Note: Both works presented each night.

The 11th annual New Original Works Festival closes with works by John Fleck and Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY.


Unclassifiable performer John Fleck re-invents the gothic horror genre in this horrifyingly hysterical tale of taxidermy, transformation and caged creatures. Fleck’s multi-character solo piece is a brilliantly staged screenplay, inspired by classic horror cinema and Freud’s Theory of Mind (Id, Ego and Super Ego) — all played out on one man’s body. Weaving video with theatrical movement and his remarkable vocal qualities, Fleck leads the audience on a journey into an unknown and darkly hilarious world.

“Fleck is a master at inverting the territory. He tests the boundaries by turning performance excesses and taboos into cultural commentary.” 

—Artweek Magazine


Israeli choreographer Danielle Agami teams up with Persian underground Hip Hop musician Omid Walizadeh in For now, a new work for ten dancers. For now plays between instinct and precision, subtlety and prowess, with jarring physicality and stillness, humor and subtle innuendoes. Agami, who is quickly establishing her new company as a significant force in Southern California’s contemporary dance community, is praised by Dance Magazine for having “the gift of turning awkwardness into something beautiful.”  


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Friday, August 8

Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament


800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015


The inaugural Nike 3ON3 Basketball Tournament came to the streets of L.A. LIVE, the premiere entertainment and sports district that surrounds STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, on August 7th, 2009. The inaugural tournament hosted over 500 teams and more than 13,000 players and spectators.

Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament has grown to become one of the largest 3ON3 street basketball tournaments and fan fests in Los Angeles. Annual participation in Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament exceeds 1,200 teams, 4,500 players and 25,000 spectators with participants and spectators coming from all over the country.

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Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament


800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015


Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament presented by NBC4 Southern California is back August 8-10 on the streets of downtown LA at L.A. LIVE! California’s largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament is home to every kind of “baller” there is: short, tall, college standout, recreational league champion, intramural player, gym rat, AAU or YMCA participant. Even if you haven't touched a ball in years, we still want you to play.

The three day event will feature fun activities for players AND spectators alike, including:
-Nike Slam Dunk Contest
-Over 20 interactive vendors
-Training & Recovery EXPO
-Music & dance performances
-Basketball-themed activities & giveaways

Registration deadline is July 25. For more info and to sign up your team, visit www.Nike3on3.com

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Dance Downtown: Samba

Music Center Plaza

135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

6:30pm to 10:00pm

Aug 8 | 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
The Music Center Plaza

The sights and sounds of Carnival come to The Music Center Plaza for Samba night. Join us for beginner dance lessons, live music and fun times with friends. No experience necessary, all are welcome. Enjoy this festive night of samba under the stars. Picnics are encouraged.

No experience necessary. Beginner lessons throughout the evening.

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FIGat7th Downtown Festival


https://www.facebook.com/FIGAT7TH, Los Angeles, CA 90017

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Event Name: FIGat7th Downtown Festival

Description: Free outdoors concert series. Open to the public. All ages.

Date: July 18 – August 22, 2014 (Every Friday)

Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Location: FIGat7th Plaza

Address:735 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Web: http://artsbrookfield.com/event/figfest

Phone: 213 955 7150

Gardens & Villa are an indie rock band from Santa Barbara, California. They formed following the collapse of a noisier post-punk band and a hitch-hiking journey up the west coast. The name is pulled from the location of their house on Villa Street, and the property’s lovely garden to which they tend. The music they make is very much connected to the coastal city they call home — the stony bike rides, dance parties, a scene free of judgment. The band refers to this Santa Barbara feeling as “coco vibes.”

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