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Wednesday, July 29

Langston Hughes’ Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz

Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA

7:15pm

(JULY 29) Laura Karpman with performance by soprano Janai Brugger

From Africa to the Americas, the south to the north, cities to suburbs, opera to jazz, gospel to be-bop, and “shadows to fire”—discover “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz,” Hughes’ response to the riots at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman, originally commissioned by Carnegie Hall to create the first vocal performance of Hughes’ poem, created an orchestral composition with plural voices including Hughes’, projected images, and recorded selections drawn from a dozen musical traditions, in an epic tapestry evoking the turbulent flux of American cultural life. This special presentation of “Ask Your Mama” adapted for the ALOUD stage, featuring Karpman and soprano Janai Brugger marks the release of a new recording of the orchestral work. Reservations recommended. Please see website for standby policies.

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Free Screening, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

Featuring a Q&A with director Roger Allers and producer Salma Hayek-Pinault after the screening.

2015, 84 min, color, animated, DCP | Inspired by the beloved classic, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
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Written and Directed by Roger Allers. Starring Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek-Pinault, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, John Rhys-Davies and Quvenzhané Wallis

Kahlil Gibran’s timeless prose has been given enchanting new form in this breathtaking animated adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.

Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila cleans the house of exiled artist and poet Mustafa. The more difficult job is to keep her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home, but first they must evade the authorities who fear the truth in his words.

Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), with stunning poetic sequences designed and directed by acclaimed animation directors from around the world, including Oscar®-nominated or winning directors Tomm Moore, Joan Gratz, and Bill Plympton.

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Thursday, July 30

Gamble House ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Tour

The Gamble House

4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 91103

11:00am

(JULY 30) For a limited time this summer the Gamble House will once again open its servants’ quarters for exclusive 90-minute “Upstairs Downstairs” tours. Visitors to the Gamble House from July 30 through August 16 will be able to compare the living quarters of the served with those “in service.” New information recently emerged about the Gamble family and their servants allowing the curators to share more of the personal history of those who lived and worked at 4 Westmoreland Place in Pasadena. Learn just how the Gambles lived in, maintained and appreciated their beautiful Greene & Greene house.

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