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Sunday, April 27

Films4Change: Blackfish

Broad Stage

1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

4:00pm

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Panelists TBA.

 

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Chopin - Piano Concerto

Royce Hall

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

7:00pm

Due to a growing revolt in Warsaw, Chopin was forced to leave behind his young love, soprano Konstancja Gładkowska, and immigrate to Paris. Though separated, Chopin continued to be inspired by her, composing the Larghetto of his virtuosic Concerto No. 2 with her in mind. Gładkowska eventually married another, and Chopin found other loves as well. But perhaps on certain anniversaries or when they heard “their” song, they thought fondly of each other…and smiled. In her LACO debut, “spectacular pianist” Natasha Paremski takes you down memory lane. (American Record Guide)

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Monday, April 28

Javier Téllez: Games are forbidden in the labyrinth

REDCAT

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

12:00pm to 6:00pm

A co-production between REDCAT and Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, Games are forbidden in the labyrinth is Javier Téllez’s first solo exhibition on the West Coast. The exhibition features newly commissioned installations Chess (2014); Three Chess Problems: Carroll 1872, Duchamp 1943, Nabokov 1951 (2014); and Téllez’s film Dürer's Rhinoceros (2010) in which the artist reflects on the social and historical conception of the psychiatric institution: from architectural structures to technologies and treatments. 

Mostly known for his films, Téllez works in collaboration with psychiatric patients or people with disabilities as protagonists. Combining documentary with fictional narratives, often taken from literature and cinema, the artist questions the definitions and social prejudices established between the concepts of normality and pathology. The strategy of using invisible or socially marginalized characters thus becomes a way for the artist to contaminate certain totalitarian versions of history, giving voice to those who usually have none, reflecting a form of resistance to the normalization and homogenization that is characteristic of the dominant discourse...

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