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Monday, August 1

Spotlight: Margo Price

The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live

800 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

8:00pm

Born in Aledo, Ill., Margo Price moved to Nashville after dropping out of college in 2003. There, she met musician and future husband, Jeremy Ivey, and formed a band called Buffalo Clover who would eventually develop a local following. But it was personal tragedy (losing her firstborn son to a heart ailment) that brought Price's calling into even sharper focus, leading to her debut LP, Midwest Farmer's Daughter — released on March 25 on Jack White's Third Man Records. Tracks like album opener "Hands of Time," "About To Find Out," and "Hurtin' (On The Bottle)" add a fresh twist to classic Nashville country, with a sound that could've made hits in any decade. Meanwhile, the hard-hitting blues grooves of "Four Years of Chances" and "Tennessee Song" push the boundaries further west to Memphis (the album was recorded at the legendary Sun Studio). Midwest Farmer's Daughter has been met with historic praise, performances on "Saturday Night Live," "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Conan, CBS This Morning, and major profiles with the The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, NPR, Fader, and more. It also debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart — the first time in history that a solo female artist's first album has debuted in the Top 10 without the benefit of a single on the Hot Country Songs chart. Currently in the midst of a headlining U.S. tour, the GRAMMY Museum welcomes Margo Price to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation surrounding her debut album, tumultuous life and rising career, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. The conversation will be followed by a special acoustic performance.

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Tuesday, August 2

CHAMBER MUSIC: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ELIZABETH SPRAGUE COOLIDGE

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

10:00am

In 1925 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge (1864–1953) established the Coolidge Foundation at the Library of Congress, an unprecedented gift that ensured her support for contemporary music would continue for many generations. An accomplished pianist and avid composer, Coolidge’s passion was chamber music. In pursuit of her vision to make chamber music available to all, she built at the Library of Congress an intimate, finely-tuned auditorium that bears her name. For the last ninety years, world-class artists have appeared on its stage in free public concerts, many of which are broadcast on radio and, today, online. During her lifetime, Coolidge sponsored concerts across the United States and abroad, befriending countless performers and composers along the way. She became a generous benefactor to many and commissioned some of the most important new chamber music of the twentieth century. But her interest in contemporary music went beyond personal taste. She regarded music as an artistic expression of its time and culture. Coolidge said, “My plan for modern music is not that we should like it, not necessarily that we should even understand it, but that we should exhibit it as a significant human document.” Featuring selections from her personal papers and original music manuscripts commissioned by the Coolidge Foundation, this exhibit pays tribute to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s remarkable life and legacy.

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THE HISTORIC BEATLES TOUR OF 1964

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

7:30pm

SOME FUN TONIGHT! THE BACKSTAGE STORY OF HOW THE BEATLES ROCKED AMERICA: THE HISTORIC TOUR OF 1964. Learn how The Beatles changed the rock & roll touring industry with their groundbreaking, earthshaking, moneymaking 1964 tour of the United States and Canada where they performed 32 shows in just 33 days! Fab Four Exhibits author and collector Chuck Gunderson will cover the intricate role that Beatles manager Brian Epstein played — and the risks and rewards involved in planning this monumental tour. Attendees will trail the group from coast to coast as Gunderson describes in detail the cheeky quotes delivered at the press conferences and the mayhem that followed them to each city. Guests will also hear the story about one flamboyant promoter who paid over five times their normal fee to convince The Beatles to play in his city. Gunderson will describe the venues, examine the contract riders and even discuss the support acts that warmed up the crowd prior to The Beatles' set. The evening will also feature rare footage, including interviews of the group that changed the face of music forever. In conjunction with its current special exhibit, Ladies And Gentlemen…The Beatles! (curated by the GRAMMY Museum and Fab Four Exhibits), the GRAMMY Museum is pleased to welcome back Gunderson to the Clive Davis Theater for his riveting multimedia presentation.

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Grey Gardens

The Music Center

135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

8:00pm

Broadway's daring musical sensation Grey Gardens arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre starring Rachel York (Broadway's City of Angels, Anything Goes at the Ahmanson) and the legendary Betty Buckley (Tony Award®-winning Grizabella in Cats, Olivier-nominated Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard). Based on the cult classic documentary, this haunting and often hilarious musical recounts Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' most eccentric relatives' fall from society darlings to notorious recluses in their crumbling East Hampton estate. Grey Gardens was hailed as Time magazine’s number one show of the year and garnered 10 Tony Award nominations. This mesmerizing musical comedy, directed by Michael Wilson. 

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Wednesday, August 3

Kington Trio at the Grammy Museum

GRAMMY Museum

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015

11:15am

Curated by the Woody Guthrie Center, the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, and Kingston Trio Legacy Project, the exhibit traces the Folk Revival era of the early 1960s and spotlights the important contributions of the Kingston Trio in making folk music popular with a new generation.

Among the items included in the exhibit are:

  • Instruments owned by Kingston, Trio, Dave Van Ronk, Paddy Clancy, and John Sebastian
  • Handwritten documents from artists, including a special display of Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics of "Song to Woody"
  • Stage costume pieces worn by Kingston Trio, Josh White, Phil Ochs, and others
  • Multiple listening stations, video displays, and much more

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Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life

The Broad Art Center, EDA

240 Charles E Young Drive #2275, 240 Charles E Young Drive #2275, 0

2:00pm

The Broad’s first special exhibition is a comprehensive survey of the work of artist Cindy Sherman. Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life is the first major museum show of Sherman’s work in Los Angeles in nearly 20 years, and the exhibition fills The Broad’s first-floor galleries with 120 works drawn primarily from the Broad collection with key loans from other institutions.

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Thursday, August 4

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