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Tuesday, July 7

Edan Lepucki discusses and signs California

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

"In her arresting debut novel, Edan Lepucki conjures a lush, intricate, deeply disturbing vision of the future, then masterfully exploits its dramatic possibilities." ---Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Goon Squad
The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.  Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.  A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love. (Back Bay Books)

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Lianne La Havas (SOLD OUT)

Troubadour

9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00pm

One night last October, Lianne La Havas' life changed on a dime. The 22-year-old London-born singer, songwriter, and guitarist had been asked to appear on the influential British music show Later… with Jools Holland (a rare invitation for an unknown artist), and she made sure to take advantage of her moment. Cutting a striking figure in a white pleated skirt and side-swept poof of hair, with a radiant smile spread across her face, La Havas performed "Age"—a playful tune about a dalliance with an older man—with effortless grace and charm. When the show aired, the reaction was instantaneous and unanimous: Lianne La Havas was on her way to becoming a star. "With her electric guitar strung high, and her beautiful, smoky, vibrato-rich croon of a voice enunciating every word, she seems to be confiding in you directly, with no filter in between—a strange (and rare) mix of fragility ... and impregnable, ensnaring confidence," raved the UK's Sunday Times about the performance.

Following La Havas' performance on Later…, her London club residency sold out in a few hours and she was tapped by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who had also appeared on the program that night, to open his band's North American tour in December 2011. She was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2012—an annual poll of music critics and industry figures to find the most promising new musical talent (past winners include Adele and Jessie J).

The daughter of a Greek father and a Jamaican mother, La Havas fell in love with music at a young age and cites her parents' tastes as a huge influence. Her dad, who played accordion, piano, and guitar, favored jazz artists like Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, while her mother loved female soul-R&B singers like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Mary J. Blige. La Havas remembers wanting to sing herself at age seven after watching Lauryn Hill belt out a gospel tune in Sister Act 2. She enrolled in college to study art but dropped out to pursue a career in music after joining a circle of friends who wrote and recorded music while attending London's famed performing arts institution The BRIT School. One of those friends asked La Havas to accompany her at a gig and also introduced her to British singer Paloma Faith, with whom La Havas toured as a back-up singer. She also performed in bands, put her music up on MySpace, and found management, which led her to Hales and her future. Now La Havas is ready to take center stage herself and win over American audiences with the August 7 U.S. release of Is Your Love Big Enough? by Nonesuch Records.

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Wednesday, July 8

Bettina Washington: The Cliff Dancer: My Love Affair with Ivan Dixon

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

In the enthralling tale, Betty Washington, a mother of three, recounts her life to us about the trials of being a part of the black elite in the 1960's. At a time when most black women were trapped by society in roles forced upon them, Betty Washington was able to push past those barriers and enjoy a life of luxury. But that luxury came with a shocking price after she is forced to shoot one of her womanizing husband's multiple lovers at his office. Certain she will never find love again, fate steps in the form of a then little known actor Ivan Dixon who she sees in a film, A Raisin in the Sun. A love affair birthed by fate, and tested by the fires of Washington's walk with Christ. It's a battle that forces Washington to choose between her soulmate and her conscience.  “Bettina Washington presents a life story about passionate self-discovery that reveals the challenges faced by a Black woman fashioning her own path. With feisty and revealing prose Ms. Washington tells an extraordinary story full of surprising turns that include devastating betrayal, extraordinary love, tragic loss and an ultimate triumphant of spirit. This well crafted autobiography is essential reading for anyone who has ever attempted to pursue an authentic life no matter the cost.” -Lisa B. Thompson is the author of the book Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class" and the play "Single Black Female." (Fat Bet Pubications)

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Thursday, July 9

Petra Cortright: Niki_Lucy_Lola_Viola

DEPART Foundation

Depart Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90069

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Petra Cortright: Niki_Lucy_Lola_Viola
Curated by Paul Young
On view July 9 - September 19, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 6-9PM
Depart Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard, LA, CA 90069

Niki_Lucy_Lola_Viola will be an immersive experience, comprised of several large-scale flash animations as well as new video work grounded in the artist’s digital painting process. Petra cortright (b. 1986) is a los angeles based artist working in video, painting, and new media. She uses a range of media, both digital and analog, to explore the aesthetics and performative cultures of online consumption. Her works, which first gained notoriety in online communities, frequently employs effects, filters, and computer graphics, to highlight performative memes and behaviors common on video sharing sites.

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Intuition & Equalibrum

Troubadour

9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00pm

Intuition & Equalibrum are rapper / producer duo that have been working together for over a decade.

Intuition resides in Los Angeles and hails originally from Alaska. He's loved rap music since his childhood, but never thought he'd end up being a rapper. Equalibrum resides in Santa Barbara and hails originally from Connecticut. His love for rap music developed during his youth through his obsession with skateboarding and skate video soundtracks.

The two met in Santa Barbara while attending college. They began working together immediately and haven't stopped since. Intuition's rhyme-heavy but laid back style seem to blend perfectly with Equalibrum's sample-heavy beats that are rooted in tradition, but somehow forward thinking at the same time. The team sounds so comfortable together because they learned the art form together.

They've released 3 full length albums together including last year's self-titled Intuition & Equalibrum. Intuition has also released 2 weird mixtapes and an EP with Los Angeles rapper VerBS. Equalibrum has released 2 full length instrumental albums, and 3 instrumental EPs.

They've been featured in the likes of LA Weekly, LA Times, NME, countless blogs, and the front page of Reddit, but none of that matters because the group has managed to become it's own media team. With a number of beautiful music videos, a popular podcast called Kinda Neat, and a well curated music Youtube channel sharing the Kinda Neat moniker, the duo has managed to amass an anomalous following without any PR team and next to no mainstream press. Their hermitic tendencies, go-at-their-own-pace style of releasing music, and rare performance appearances have created a passionate following with a familial feeling.

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