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Friday, April 3

Memento Mori gallery exhibit and book signing, Paul Koudounaris

La Luz de Jesus

4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90027


The world's leading photographer and documentarian of funerary culture, Dr. Paul Koudounaris brings his latest, and by all accounts greatest, macabre display to La Luz de Jesus with a photo exhibit based on images from his new book Memento Mori. Having traveled the world for over a decade documenting the use of human bones in sacred contexts, he has distilled beautifully morbid photos from over 70 countries into a single package, filling the new book with the best-of-the-best, from Indonesian burial caves, to gilded Asian mummies, to jeweled German skeletons, to Bolivian skull festivals. And the finest of these images will be on display as part of a show which will open with a book signing on Friday, April 3. This is a kind of last go-around, since, after ten years among the dead, the author has decided that it's not possible for him to top the material contained in Memento Mori, and has indicated that it will be the end of his work with human remains--the last is usually the best, and this show promises to be a sumptuous visual feast which proves that while death may always be a mystery to the living, it can also be a source of beauty, awe, and inspiration.

Details: Memento Mori gallery exhibit opening and book signing, Friday, April 3, 8 to 11 pm. La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., 90027. Cross Streets: Vermont and Hollywood Blvd.

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2332 W 4th ST, Los Angeles, CA 90057


Grupo de Teatro SINERGIA and Teatro FRIDA KAHLO present CITA A CIEGAS (BLIND DATE) by Mario Diament; directed by Rubn Amavizca-Mura CITA A CIEGAS Cita a Ciegas is a terrifyingly beautiful, imagistic play in which a blind man interviews isolated strangers on a park bench, and finds interconnections between them and his own life. If Becketts play Waiting for Godot is about waiting; then Diaments play is about our deep need to achieve immortality by being heard as we face the meaninglessness of existence. March 27 through April 26 Fridays and Saturdays 8 PM; Sundays 6 PM 

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First Friday Jazz Event Series w/ Rique Pantoja

Calling all Jazz & Music Lovers! Rique Pantoja will be doing a live performance at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 3rd at 8:00PM. Sharing the stage with him are talented friends Brandon Fields, Hussain Jiffry, Mike Shapiro, and Robert Montero. You can expect this First Friday Jazz Series to be a night of entertainment, filled with soulful Brazilian melodies and blazing, up-beat sambas in the gorgeous Art Center Recital Hall. BIO: Rique Pantoja was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, but studied in the U.S. at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He traveled Paris to work and record with legendary American jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Rique has worked with a myriad of heavyweights on the international musical scene including: Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Santana, Ernie Watts, Ricky Martin, and classical guitarist Christopher Parkening. His music is found on Disney's musical Soundtracks “Jungle 2 Jungle”, Animated Film "Rio", and “Coming And Going”. Rique’s 2008 tune “I Believed It,” won the “Jazz/Blues Song of the Year,” at the prestigious Covenant Awards in Canada. Rique composed and arranged themes and underscoring for hit TV shows like “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous,” “Santa Barbara,” “Roque Santeiro,” “Another World” – as well as TV and radio jingles for major brands such as Coca Cola, Honda, Shell Oil, Globo Reporter, deBeers Diamonds, Pepsi Cola, Nissan, Toshiba, Guaraná Brahma and Marie Claire.

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