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Thursday, August 6

Friday, August 7

MONK’estra

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:00pm

Led by conductor/arranger John Beasley, the 15-piece modern jazz band MONK'estra captures the spirit of Thelonious Monk’s unique quirkiness. Offbeat accents and punchy dissonances can be found in MONK'estra's fresh arrangements of Monk’s and other classic and original compositions. Beasley’s contemporary twist incorporates Afro-Cuban rhythms, modern jazz, hip hop, big-band instrumentation, and stunningly atmospheric ensemble textures, all powerfully driven by a propulsive rhythm section.

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Breakin’ Down the Beat: A Night of Spoken Word

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

7:00pm

Honoring the Beat Generation of the ’50s and ’60s, a new generation of poets broadens the spectrum of spoken word: their lyrical performances reveal the intersections between text, song, movement, and media. Questioning social consciousness, ringing voices of justice, and promoting cultural awareness, this eclectic group demonstrates the visceral power of poetry.

Featured poets include: Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ise Lyfe, Rachel Kann, Mayda Del Valle, Aleshea Harris, and Traci Kato-Kiriyama.

Make a night of it! Visit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and hear live music performed by Patsy Moore and Friends at 8:00 p.m.

Presented outdoors, lounge-style, with cocktails and snacks available for purchase.

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US Premiere of Tom Stoppard's 'Darkside'

Garage Theatre

251 E. 7th St., Long Beach, 90813

8:00pm

It is time for the US Premiere of Darkside, incorporating Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and you are invited. Is it an incredibly unique theatrical experience, or is it a thought experiment in any colour you like? This great gig in the sky is an urgent, yet timeless tale where Emily McCoy and her companion become lost on the run, in a world consumed by corruption, money and greed, witch hunts and brain damage. All the while, desperately searching for hope, kindness and what is the good. It's us and them, coming together in a beautiful eclipse for only this moment. Just breathe. And be there.

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