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Wednesday, September 17

Artist Talk: Mario Garcia Torres

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Mario Garcia Torres (b. 1975, Monclova, Mexico) received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005 and currently lives in Mexico City. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have taken place at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2013); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2009); Kunsthalle Zürich (2008); and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007). He has also participated in such international exhibitions as the Berlin Biennale (2014); the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013); Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany (2012); the São Paulo Bienal (2010); and the Venice Biennale (2007). Garcia Torres’s exhibition at the Hammer Museum is the first solo presentation of his work in Los Angeles.

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West Hollywood, CA 90069


With its open-armed energy and elegiac grace, “AUGUSTINES” marks a colossal leap forward for Votiv/Oxcart recording group Augustines – no mean feat considering the extraordinary power of their breakthrough 2011 debut, “RISE YE SUNKEN SHIPS.” Songs like “Now You Are Free” and the plaintive “Walkabout” are both immediate and engaging, joining joyously unrestrained arrangements with singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy’s signature affective lyricism. “AUGUSTINES” marks a milestone on Augustines’ amazing journey, the work of a gifted band ascending to new heights while simultaneously grappling with their place in the universe.

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Pantages Theatre

Los Angeles, CA 90028


Hailing from San Francisco, California, Train is a three-time Grammy Award-winning band whose infectious pop-alternative rock sound has delighted ticket holders all over the world. Forming in 1994 with Pat Monahan on vocals, Jimmy Stafford on guitar, and Scott Underwood on drums, they were touring nationally by 1997 playing concerts with Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Cracker, and Hootie & the Blowfish. They broke into the mainstream with their self-titled debut album in 1998 and Top 20 single “Meet Virginia.” Train’s 2001 sophomore album Drops of Jupiter debuted in the Billboard top ten and sold over two million copies on the strength of its title track. Their third studio album My Private Nation came out in 2003 with the single “Calling All Angels,” and was certified platinum in the US. They veered more into adult contemporary on 2006’s For Me, It’s You and followed with the release of Save Me, San Francisco in 2009, with singles “If It’s Love,” “Marry Me,” and the RIAA 6x platinum-certified worldwide hit “Hey, Soul Sister,” reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 100 album chart. In April 2012, Train released their sixth studio album California 37, which reached No. 5 with the hit song “Drive By.” In 2013, they headlined a tour through Canada and the US with Gavin DeGraw, The Script, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

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Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

Royce Hall

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095


East African vocalist and songwriter Somi's latest album The Lagos Music Salon (Sony/Okeh) is inspired by a recent 18-month creative sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria. Somi weaves story-based lyrics with global jazz and soul to reflect on her West African sojourn, resulting in a socially-conscious and deeply poetic body of work that The New York Times hails as "both serious and seductive.” 

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Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

Catalina Bar & Grill

Hollywood, 90028


Lisa Fischer (born December 1, 1958) is an American R&B vocalist and songwriter. She rose to fame in 1991 with her debut album So Intense, which produced the Grammy Award–winning hit single "How Can I Ease the Pain". Known for her wide, high-reaching vocal range, Fischer has been recognized as one of the most successful session vocalists of the era

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Gob Squad: Western Society


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


he ingenious British-German ensemble playfully probes Los Angeles with two audacious projects that shrewdly mix performance and impromptu video to elevate the banality of everyday life into soaring artistic experiences. Every night is different when these adventurous artists draw inspiration from the streets of downtown L.A. and sunny Venice Beach. 

Richly adorned in bling, Gob Squad creates an unruly, high-styled romp that is also a sublimely intimate multimedia snapshot of the American family, set to irresistible live music. Partly inspired by a month of anthropological research at Venice Beach and environs, this glamorously finessed and surprisingly affecting event features stunning gold stilettos, bucket loads of Ferrero Rocher – and a live video recreation of what may be the least watched video on YouTube. Gob Squad invites audience members to play key roles in their awe-inspiring and deeply moving portrait of civilization in the 21st century, with the color and sound turned up to 11.

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