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Saturday, September 27

Monumental Ambiguities: Pre-Columbian artifacts under the spell of the (in)visible.

REDCAT

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

6:00pm

A double bill followed by a panel discussion that considers the debate over artifacts, cultural property and historical stewardship in Mesoamerica. In Paradox (2001, 30 min.) Leandro Katz alternates between static views of the stone altar of the mythic Dragon of Quiriguá in Guatemala and imagery of controversial labor practices at nearby banana plantations. Jesse Lerner and Sandra Rozental’s documentary La piedra ausente (The Absent Stone, 2013, 82 min.) recounts the fate of the largest carved stone monolith of the Americas, which represented the pre-Hispanic water deity. When moved in 1964 from San Miguel Coatlinchan to Mexico City’s National Anthropology Museum, the extraction sparked a local rebellion. The stone eventually became an urban monument and altogether different icon of Mexican identity, while back in Coatlinchan, replicas of the absent stone appear everywhere, still resonant in the community’s memory.

In person: Mariana Botey, Jesse Lerner, Sandra Rozental and others

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Die Antwoord

Hollywood Palladium

Hollywood, CA 90028

7:00pm

South African rave rap group Die Antwoord catapulted to overnight success when their edgy music video for 2010 single “Enter The Ninja” went viral. The video was perfect for viral success, looking like an punk art project, but it also had high-quality production, deft rapping and a highly danceable backing track. It's a mix that earned the band a growing cult following and propelled it to a pair of internationally acclaimed albums and concerts with sold out tickets around the world. On the 2013 European tour, the scene was somewhere between a hip-hop show, a rave and a gonzo comedy routine full of frenetic energy, intense dance music and lots of thrusting. On stage, Die Antwoord blasted through an hour and a half of music, including its latest, “Cookie Thumper!” The shows are a visual treat too, with the tattooed co-lead singer Ninja half-naked and wearing a mask fit for a horror movie villain and the other lead Yo-landi Vi$$er sporting bright pink hot pants and pitch-black contact lenses.

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Paolo Nutini

The Wiltern

Los Angeles, CA 90010

7:30pm

Paolo Giovanni Nutini (born 9 January 1987[1]) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician from Paisley. Nutini's debut album, These Streets (2006), peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Its follow-up, Sunny Side Up (2009), debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Both albums have been certified quintuple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.

After 5 years, Nutini released his third studio album, Caustic Love, in April 2014. The album received extremely positive reviews from music critics. Caustic Love debuted at number one on the UK Album Charts and was certified platinum by the BPI in June 2014.

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Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté

Royce Hall - UCLA

Los Angeles, CA 90095

8:00pm

Mali’s musicians are restlessly creative spirits who voice something universally transcendent amid even the most turbulent of times—that the human spirit needs music to find its place in a world of confusion. Toumani Diabaté is one of the most important of these artists; a beacon of hope and guidance. He plays the kora, a 21-string harp unique to West Africa, and is responsible for bringing this instrument to audiences around the world. Now performing with his son Sidiki, Diabaté traces his family of hereditary musicians back 71 generations. Their new album 'Toumani & Sidiki' (World Circuit Records) has been described as "the finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré" by The Guardian.

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