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Friday, February 19

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992

USC Scene Dock Theatre

1030 W. 37th St., Los Angeles, 90007

7:00pm

By Anna Deavere Smith. Directed by Gregg T. Daniel.

Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning work of documentary theatre weaves a portrait of real individuals who experienced the violent aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial. Through these verbatim portrayals, the piece explores the social, economic and political lines that divide not only a city, but a nation.

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 20, at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 25, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m.

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Modernity Now - YMF Debut Orchestra

Aratani Theatre

244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, 90012

7:30pm

No one is more representative of modernity in classical music than Esa-Pekka Salonen. As a former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and one of the most accomplished living composers, he is an artistic entrepreneur unique to our times. The cool ethos he has cultivated by engaging with technology and popular culture are exactly what YMF is about, and his music is all the more vital for it. To perform his colossally difficult Foreign Bodies is a reflection of both the Debut Orchestra’s virtuosity and its forward-thinking artistic mission.

The middle piece in this program is no less shocking. Employing elements of spoken word and theater, The Mysteries of the Macabre is hilarious, offensive, and deeply fascinating all at the same time. Featuring YMF Concerto Competition Winner Kirsten Ashley Wiest, this performance will feature singer, conductor, and orchestra participating in ways unthinkable to those who view classical music as an artifact of the past.

From this perspective, the first half of the program is ancient. Initially written 100 years ago, Petrushka is one of the first examples of modern classical music, with Stravinsky’s characteristic rhythmic drive and harmonic complexity. Performing this work first allows us the opportunity to examine where we have been, where we are, and most importantly, where we are going. The time for modernity is now.

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Titmouse 5-Second Animation Night

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

7:30pm

90 min. 5-Second Night is an annual tradition that gives Titmouse animators the chance to bring to life whatever strange/beautiful/disturbing/funny ideas they’ve had all year as a short-format cartoon. Tonight the studio opens up the screening of these masterpieces to friends, neighbors and fans and adds in a selection of rarities from the studios vaults.

Introduction by Titmouse founder Chris Prynoski. Free to American Cinematheque Members.

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Dr. Dog

The Wiltern

Los Angeles, CA 90010

8:00pm

The band Dr. Dog's musical styling of indie rock is strongly influenced by bands of the 1960s, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, but they have also touched upon more unrelated genres since their inception. Their earlier recordings show influence of the lo-fi sound and pop sensibilities of indie rock bands of the 1990s, such as Guided by Voices and Pavement.

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