Independent music from the west coast of Scotland has always had a kinship with psychedelic pop music from the west coast of America. Orange Juice loved The Byrds, Teenage Fanclub wanted to be in Buffalo Springfield, the Pastels adored the Electric Prunes. Dream Boys are a modern day trans atlantic love affair realized. Consisting of 3 americans and 1 scotsman, their songs have the spirit of postcard records filtered through the rural haze of the paisley underground. Pure pop with nods to New Zealand’s Flying Nun records and an aura of psychedelia akin to the Church. Their songs float around the notion of time and space, love and heartbreak, the highs and lows with a range of emotion and introspection. One can’t imagine these songs coming from any other band or from any other time other than now.
631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
“Halah Anvari questions what it means to be an Iranian woman, both in her own country and in the West.”
– Time Out London
Two powerful, eye-opening programs deconstruct and recontextualize women’s complex relationship with Islam in Iranian culture and society. Ranging from experimental film and video to documentaries, the works draw attention to ways women are posited both within Islam and at its border, with codes of sexual propriety, veiling and separation functioning as signifiers of a condition fraught with contradiction and hope.
Artists include Haleh Anvari, Samira Eskandarfar, Loghman Khaledi, Firouzeh Khorosvani, Nassrin Nasser, Pooya Razi, Jinoos Taghizadeh and Nikoo Tarkhani. Part of the Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), which links nearly 30 L.A. institutions to explore traditional and contemporary arts from Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI launches this fall in conjunction with the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and the contemporary exhibition Shangri La: Imagined Cities, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for its L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.
Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the samurai, the revered and feared warriors of Japan. The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of samurai armor in the world, presents a treasure trove of battle gear made for high-ranking warriors and daimyo (provincial governors) of the 12th through 19th centuries. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of samurai equipment through the centuries, featuring more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and face guards, weapons, horse trappings, and other battle gear.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0
Beginning with a reflection on the early AIDS epidemic, Jim Hodges’ collaborative film Untitled eschews linear narrative to introduce a fractious timeline, moving from the sublime to the tragic and back again. By juxtaposing mainstream network news, activist footage, artists’ works, and popular entertainment from the last turbulent decades, the film references regimes of power that precipitated a generation of AIDS and queer activism which continues today. (2010, Dir. J. Hodges, C. Marques da Cruz and E. King, 60 min.)
8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
Upstate New York, at the confluence of the great Hudson River and its mighty tributary the Mohawk --from this stunning landscape came the creation of a new world of science. In 1887, Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works here and in 1892, it became the headquarters of a major manufacturing company, giving the town its nickname: Electric City. The peak of Autumn, 1919: The pull of scientific discovery brings Charles Proteus Steimetz, a brilliant mathematician and recent arrival from Ellis Island, to town. His ability to capture lightning in a bottle earns him the title "Wizard of Electric City." Barely four feet tall with a deeply curving spine, Steinmetz's physical deformity belies his great intellect. Allied with his Mohawk friend Joseph Longboat and his adopted eleven-year-old granddaughter Midget, the advancements he makes in Electric City will, quite simply, change the world.
The peak of Autumn, 1965: Sophie Levine, the daughter of a company man, one of the many scientists working at The Company, whose electric logo can be seen from everywhere in town. Her family escaped Europe just before World War II, leaving behind a wake of annihilation and persecution. Ensconced in Electric City, Sophie is coming of age just as the town is gasping its last breaths. The town, and America as a whole, is on the cusp of great instability: blackouts, social unrest over Vietnam, and soon the advent of the seventies. Into her orbit drifts Henry Van Curler, the favored son of one of Electric City's founding Dutch families, as well as Martin Longboat, grandson of Joseph Longboat. This new generation of Electric City will face both the history of their town and their own uncertain future, struggling to bridge the gap between the old world and the new. Electric City is a vital, pulsing, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world.
800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0
Legendary American singer and pianist Leon Russell has entertained the world for five decades, getting his start as an in-demand session player and playing on hundreds of hit records before he began releasing his own albums in 1967. One of popular music’s most celebrated musicians; Russell’s songs have hit the charts across several genres and have been covered by a diverse range of artists. It seems like there’s almost nothing Leon Russell hasn’t done. The Tulsa-born musician came to prominence as a member of Phil Spector’s legendary studio band and a session player who recorded with everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones. He was one of the highlights of George Harrison’s historic Concert for Bangladesh and he produced several songs for Bob Dylan. During the 1970s, his own albums—released on his own pioneering label, Shelter Records—made him one of the biggest concert draws in America, and he wrote two songs that would go on to become true modern standards: “Superstar” (co-written with Bonnie Bramlett) and “A Song For You.” Though he chose to retreat from the spotlight, Russell never stopped touring and releasing music on his own, and his gospel infused, soul-country blend continues to echo through the work of such artists as Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown and Kid Rock. In 2010, he and longtime fan Elton John collaborated on The Union, one of the year’s most acclaimed records and a Top Five hit. In 2011, Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, on April 1 of this year, the day before his 72nd birthday, Leon Russell released a new studio album, titled Life Journey, via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). For our latest installment in our flagship An Evening With series, please join us in welcoming Leon Russell to the Clive Davis Theater for an in-depth interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. After the interview, Russell will perform a few songs on piano.