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Thursday, December 11

Meghan Daum in conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh

William Turner Gallery - Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404

7:00pm

General Admission: Complimentary
Purchase the book, $26, guarantees a reserved seat.

Join us for our year end party featuring Meghan Daum in conversation with Sandra Tsing Loh.  Plus live music, wine and some nibbles.

Meghan Daum is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth. She is also the author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House and The Quality of Life Report, a novel. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and other publications. She has also contributed to NPR’s Morning Edition, Marketplace, and This American Life.  Meghan has appeared several times on the Live Talks Los Angeles stage, interviewing Molly Ringwald, Anna Quindlen and Francine Prose. Visit her website.

Sandra Tsing Loh’s work ranges from off-Broadway solo shows (Aliens in America, Bad Sex with Bud Kemp) to radio commentaries on NPR’s Morning Edition and on This American Life.  Variety named her as one of America’s 50 most influential comedians.  Her weekly Loh Life and syndicated Loh Down on Science are broadcast on KPCC.  A contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly, her memoir  The Mad Woman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones,  based on her Best American Essay 2012 on menopause, was published by W.W. Norton in May, 2014.  Her previous books include Mother on Fire,  A Year in Van Nuys and Depth Takes a Holiday.  Her new solo show Burning Woman, developed by the Sundance Theatre Lab, will premiere in 2015.

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Claudette Sutton discusses and signs Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

Farewell, Aleppo is the story—told by Mike's daughter—of the journey that would ultimately take him from the insular Jewish community of Aleppo to the solitary task of building a new life in America. It is both her father’s tale that journalist Claudette Sutton describes and also the harrowing experiences of the family members he left behind in Syria, forced to smuggle themselves out of the country after it closed its borders to Jewish emigration. The picture Sutton paints is both a poignant narrative of individual lives and the broader canvas of a people’s survival over millennia, in their native land and far away, through the strength of their faith and their communities. Multiple threads come richly together as she observes their world from inside and outside the fold, shares an important and nearly forgotten epoch of Jewish history, and explores universal questions of identity, family, and culture.”

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Claudette Sutton discusses and signs Farewell, Aleppo: My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

Farewell, Aleppo is the story—told by Mike's daughter—of the journey that would ultimately take him from the insular Jewish community of Aleppo to the solitary task of building a new life in America. It is both her father’s tale that journalist Claudette Sutton describes and also the harrowing experiences of the family members he left behind in Syria, forced to smuggle themselves out of the country after it closed its borders to Jewish emigration. The picture Sutton paints is both a poignant narrative of individual lives and the broader canvas of a people’s survival over millennia, in their native land and far away, through the strength of their faith and their communities. Multiple threads come richly together as she observes their world from inside and outside the fold, shares an important and nearly forgotten epoch of Jewish history, and explores universal questions of identity, family, and culture.”

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Friday, December 12

RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm

The Montalban Theatre

1615 North Vine Street, Los Angeles, 90028

8:00pm

An original live stage spectacular filled with music, laughter, dance and raw energy opens in Hollywood at The Montalbán Theatre on December 12 for six performances only. Appropriate for all ages, RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm is a unique hybrid performance sensation which explores the human potential and finds the music within all of us, a story of one man's journey across the country, learning about musical expression and realizing possibilities beyond his wildest dreams. Audiences become a part of the quest, discovering their own rhythm in heartbeats, breath, movements of their hands and feet - how it's all connected to the pulse of life.

This highly energetic, unique live theatrical experience is a living, breathing, inspiring, interactive, family-friendly rhythmic adventure. RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm tells its story more through action and music than dialogue. The hero's journey into rhythm engages the audience as the ensemble make music for -- and WITH -- the audience. Each cast member blend their high caliber musicianship with physical stunts and movement, and is supported by never-before-seen creations and stunning visual effects.

Heading the cast is Bronkar Lee (Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent). Directed by Ameenah Kaplan (STOMP!, Blue Man Group, The Office) and choreographed by Simon Chalban (America’s Got Talent). Utilizing a six-member ensemble who beatbox, juggle, tap dance, and play on all sorts of percussion instruments in a one-of-a-kind performance. The cast also features Aaron Williams (Tap Dancer and Multi-instrumentalist), Melinda Sullivan (Dancer and percussionist and seen on So You Think You Can Dance), Paul Newman (Multi-instrumentalist and Boss Loop World Champion), Scotty Lund (Drummer and member of the L.A. Laker Band,) and Andrew Pulkrabek (Beatboxer and Bassist for The Senate).

Created & Directed by Bronkar Lee and Ameenah Kaplan; Choreography by Simon Chaban;
Multimedia Visual Designer Marc Rosenthal; Stage Manager Richard Druther; Costume Designer Michael Mullen; Produced by Cyndi Lee, Sam Rogers, Tina Sanchez and Kelsey Scott; and Presented by Gil Smith and The Montalbán.

Bronkar Lee, Lead/Creator/Artistic Director is the World's Only Rhythmic Juggling Beatboxer. International performer and world record holder as seen on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, America’s Got Talent, Madison Square Garden, Univision’s Don Francisco Presents, Disney and Celebrity Cruise Lines.

Ameenah Kaplan, Director/Co-writer is an original cast member of STOMP!, and currently the drum coach for Blue Man Group on the west coast. A choreographer, director, actor, musician, and composer, Ameenah directs for film and stage and has been awarded Best Choreographer by NAACP & LA Weekly (The Women of Brewster Place, Altar Boyz), Best Fight Choreography and Best Original Score by LA Weekly (Everyman for Himself), and Best Director by the NY International Short Film Festival (The American Failure). Also, many film and television acting credits including the TV show The Office.

RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm opens on December 12, for six performances only, and continues on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through December 21. Tickets range from $20-$50. The Montalbán is located at 1615 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 323-461-6999; www.themontalban.com/; or www.raditatical.com.

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Saturday, December 13

The Wilson Exercises

REDCAT

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

6:00pm

What if an art exhibition were an exercise, and the preparations toward a process of common exercising between artists, ideas, hosts and curators? Would it shift how we understand development and time—the time of making and of experiencing? For the exhibition at REDCAT, Anna Craycroft and Mark Vives have been invited to work collaboratively in an experimental project titled The Wilson Exercises. The repeated interactions between the two artists will lead to the development of a collective language through riffs, point/counterpoint dynamics, and provocations. Through a back-and-forth process of exchanges between their two distinct fields of expertise, the artists will explore novel processes of learning in the real-time space of the exhibition.

The Wilson Exercises is a multiple venue sequence: at Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway, the artists exercised together during an intensive boot-camp-meets-think-tank that will take shape as a semi-public schedule of events that will define and continue into the gallery presentation at REDCAT.

Opening Reception: Sat, Dec 13 6-9pm
On View: Tues-Sun 12-6pm or intermission

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Sunday, December 14

THE IMITATION GAME

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

Benedict Cumberbatch is mesmerizing as Alan Turing, the brilliant British mathematician whose work breaking German codes during WWII helped lay the groundwork for modern computers but faced a conviction for indecency because of his homosexuality. A discussion follows the new film with director Morten Tyldum and producers Nora Grossman and Ido Ostrowsky.

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Monday, December 15

see the galapagos in 3d imax

California Science Center

700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

12:30pm

Explore a paradise unlike any other, with the breathtaking film Galapagos 3D: Nature’s Wonderland. Located close to the equator in the Pacific Ocean, these remarkable volcanic islands are home to some of nature’s most incredible living creatures, like giant half-ton long-necked tortoises, dancing blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants. Small penguins living thousands of miles from their natural habitats share the seas with unique marine iguanas that spit sea-salt. Kids will be fascinated by the same wonders of nature that helped Darwin realize his theory of evolution.

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