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Friday, July 25

New Original Works Festival 2014: Program One


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


"Gamson has a purpose beyond herself, a choreographic design that supports her humanistic worldview.” —LA Weekly 

REDCAT's annual New Original Works Festival kicks off with a program of works by Wilfried Souly, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, and Overtone Industries.


Spellbinding choreographer and dancer Wilfried Souly draws from the traditions of his native Burkina Faso and contemporary dance theater forms in Saana/The Foreigner, a solo featuring live music by multi-instrumentalists Julio Montero, aka Cuñao, and Tom Moose. All three collaborators are immigrants to the US, who bring their own personal experiences to this new work focused on Souly’s journey to create a new life, expressing his personal tale with a multi-layered blend of dance, music, and spoken word.  


Virtuosic dancers share intimate or volatile moments, floating in a shifting landscape of veils, shadows, and changing light, in acclaimed choreographer Rosanna Gamson’s kinetic investigation of the neuroscience of dreams. Performed by six dancers, Still is rich with tender and violent movement, explosive athleticism and stunning moments of stillness. The action is set against an eclectic sonic landscape of viol, cello, and violin music ranging from French 17th-century court composer Marin Marais, to new world post-rock band instrumentals.


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Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


1983, 60 minutes, color, DCP | Written by Spike Lee; directed by Spike Lee; with Monty Ross, Donna Bailey, Stuart Smith, Tommy Redmond Hicks, Horace Long.

Lee won a Student Academy Award for this hour-long film, which he made as his master’s thesis for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Monty Ross (who would go on to co-produce several of Lee’s features, including Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X) plays a Brooklyn barbershop owner who must decide whether to allow racketeers access to his shop in order to keep his business open. The black-and-white cinematography was the work of Ernest Dickerson, while Lee and Dickerson’s fellow NYU student, Ang Lee, served as assistant director. The acclaimed film also became the first student effort to be screened in Lincoln Center’s prestigious New Directors/New Films festival.


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Saturday, July 26

Machinations in the Library



Featuring Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan and film historian Marc Wanamaker

with series curator John Nein, Senior Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Lost & Found at the Movies is the Library Foundation's new series celebrating the art of cinema and the vitality of film culture. Eclectic in theme and varying in form, this onstage magazine explores how we lose ourselves and find ourselves at the movies.

In this fourth installment, join Nein, Turan, and Wanamaker as they explore the ways that Los Angeles has appeared in film over the years—from the very first few images of the silent era, to the suburban noir, to the blockbuster “disaster” films.  Afterwards, Turan will sign copies of his newest book, Not to be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From a Lifetime of Film.

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Sunday, July 27

Polo Match at Will Rogers Memorial Park

Have your kids ever seen the “Game of Kings” played live?  It’s majestic and relaxing to lounge on a blanket with a picnic brunch or lunch and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you.  (Players often let the kids on the field between matches to meet the horses.) Learn a little bit about polo, watch a match and then hike the park or tour Will Rogers old house (he was a huge horse and polo fan).

Matches are free and open to the public all summer.  Saturdays from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Don The Beachcomber & The Origins of the American Tiki Bar & ENCHANTED ISLAND

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


Tiki guru Sven Kirsten (Book of Tiki) gives an illustrated presentation about the charismatic world traveler who originated the Tiki Bar with his 1934 Don the Beachcomber bar (on McCadden Place across the street from the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!). Following is cocktail tasting, a booksigning with Sven and the 1958 film ENCHANTED ISLAND.


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Monday, July 28