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Tuesday, August 19

The Drop: Al Jarreau


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


Following the unexpected passing of legendary keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke, GRAMMY-award winning singer and song stylist Al Jarreau pays a fond tribute to Duke in My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke, to be released August 5 on Concord Records. Garnering a stellar list of musicians including bassists Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke; saxophonists Gerald Albright and Boney James; and singers Dianne Reeves, Kelly Price, Lalah Hathaway and Jeffrey Osborne; among others, the new album illustrates Duke’s broad musical scope that includes post-bop, jazz-fusion, R&B and Brazilian jazz. Jarreau and Duke formed an interminable relationship upon meeting in San Francisco in 1965, while Jarreau was working as a social-worker and Duke was establishing himself, playing on weekends at Half Note. After Jarreau made his debut on-stage one Sunday night, he was invited to join Duke’s trio on a regular basis. My Old Friend, extends Duke’s legacy, in addition to being another bright spot in Jarreau’s own illustrious repertoire. The album commences with a gem from Jarreau’s own songbook, “My Old Friend,” from his 1981 landmark LP Breakin’ Away. The motif of friendship emanates from the laidback mid-tempo groove of the track, and remains a central theme throughout the album. Please join us as we welcome Jarreau to the Clive Davis Theater to celebrate the release of the new album with an interview, moderated by Vice President of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Scott Goldman, and performance.

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Thursday, August 21

4th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Avenue & 1st Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

10:00am to 10:00pm

Now in its fourth year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles featuring a star-studded lineup of celebrated chefs and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Set amid one of the country’s foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the food, wine, and cocktails from some of the most prominent influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the music industry’s brightest talents. The festival lineup will feature a sprawling showcase of unlimited tastings as well as cookbook signings, wine seminars and cocktail tastings, culinary demonstrations, luxurious dinners and more. Guests will have the chance to mingle with luminaries and culinary icons such as Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Michael Chiarello, Scott Conant, Graham Elliot, Dominique Crenn, Pierre Gagnaire and Ari Taymor, as well as television personalities such as Robert Irvine, host of the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible.”

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Masterclass in the Round


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


In conjunction with the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, please join us for Masterclass in the Round, as we welcome an all-star lineup of esteemed songwriters/producers in KC Porter (Carlos Santana, Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Boyz II Men, Janet Jackson), Claudia Brant (Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, John Legend) and Aureo Baqueiro (Benny Ibarra, Rodrigo Dávila, Pambo, Alejandro Fernández) to the Clive Davis Theater to discuss their craft and the production of their hit songs. The event, hosted by Claudia Brant, will be moderated by John Echevarria from Universal Music Publishing Group Latino and will feature special guests Desmond Child and Rudy Pérez.

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Friday, August 22

The Music Center presents Dance Downtown: 90s Night

The Music Center Plaza

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

6:30pm to 10:00pm

It’s time to go back in the day and relive your dance memories from the 90s! We’ll be rocking moves like the running man, typewriter and cabbage patch to some of the hottest tunes of that decade. Come dressed in your 90s best (dig deep in that closet)!

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

Founded by siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska, The Belle Brigade’s music is artfully arranged, with enticing melodies and pop harmonies, fueled by the interplay of driving rhythms between Barbara’s drums and Ethan’s guitars. Both are gifted songwriters – finding inspiration in the works of Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, The Beach Boys, Sly Stone, Harry Nilsson and countless others. The Belle Brigade has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Conan” and their compelling live performances have led to tours with such artists as the Nocturnals and K.D. Lang.

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Saturday, August 23

Love Songs of the Revolution

Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium

630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, 90071


Los Angeles author Bronwyn Mauldin reads from her latest novel, Love Songs of the Revolution – a literary thriller based in the last days of Soviet Lithuania. In Mauldin’s novel, Martynas Kudirka, an official painter for the Lithuanian Communist Party, enjoys a pleasant, unremarkable life with a beautiful wife and all the privileges that come with being a party member. Yet in the summer 1989, his ordinary world suddenly turns upside down. Political revolt is breaking out across Eastern Europe, and Martynas comes home to find his wife dead on the kitchen floor with a knife in her back. Realizing the police will not investigate, he sets out to find his wife’s
killer. Instead, he stumbles upon her secret life. Copies of Ms Mauldin's book will be available for purchase.

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