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Tuesday, August 11

Kim Van Alkemade discusses and signs Orphan Number Eight

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069


A stunning debut novel of historical fiction set in the forgotten world of New York City's Jewish orphanages.  In 1919, four-year-old Rachel Rabinowitz is placed in the Hebrew Infant Home where Dr. Mildred Solomon is conducting medical research on the children. Dr. Solomon subjects Rachel to an experimental course of X-ray treatments that establish the doctor's reputation while risking the little girl's health. Now it's 1954, and Rachel is a nurse in the hospice wing of the Old Hebrews Home when elderly Dr. Solomon becomes her patient. Realizing the power she holds over the helpless doctor, Rachel embarks on a dangerous experiment of her own design. Before the night shift ends, Rachel will be forced to choose between forgiveness and revenge. Inspired by true events, Orphan #8 is a powerful novel about the human capacity to harm and to love. 

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Sarah Silverman & Friends: A Benefit


366 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048


This show is a benefit for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in Washington, DC dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Their outreach and legal teams advocate for LGBT marriage equality, protecting women’s reproductive rights, keeping religion out of public schools, fighting faith-based discrimination and exposing the radical agenda of Religious Right organizations.

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Rebecca Kleinmann with the Jason McGuire Trio & The Danny Green Trio with Arun Luthra

blue whale

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #301, Los Angeles, CA 90012


The Blue Whale presents a double set of world-class Jazz and Flamenco Jazz, featuring the award-winning pianist Danny Green with bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm with special guest saxophonist from NYC, Arun Luthra. They share the bill with flutist Rebecca Kleinmann’s stunning new collaboration with world- renowned flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire’s Trio with percussionist Marlon Aldana and bassist Paul Martin Sounder.
The Danny Green Trio is touring the California coast to promote their latest album After the Calm. Hailed as “one of the important up-and-comers on the scene today” by All About Jazz, Green is one of the most prolific and talented jazz pianists in Southern California, and has received Best Jazz Album at the San Diego Music Awards and awarded a music residency at the San Diego Museum of Art. After receiving scholarships to study music at UC San Diego and San Diego State University, Green developed his own unique style that incorporates a blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and classical elements with evocative melodies and infectious rhythms. Green’s compositions are contemporary pieces that move jazz into an entirely new direction, yet feel as though they have been around for decades. Green’s dynamic trio, which includes skillful bassist Justin Grinnell and sensational drummer Julien Cantelm, recently recorded their latest album in New York City, to be released in 2016.
Arun Luthra has been one of the premiere saxophonists and composers on New York’s jazz scene for well over a decade. He is one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music, as well drawing from a wide variety of modern and classic musical influences to create a vibrant new sound and style. In addition to his career as a performer, composer, and arranger, Luthra is also a faculty member at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York alongside such jazz and world music greats as Reggie Workman, Chico Hamilton, and Junior Mance, and Bobby Sanabria.
Internationally acclaimed flutist and singer Rebecca Kleinmann has steeped her natural musicality in the waters of Brazilian Music, Jazz and Flamenco, and honors these traditions while emerging with her own voice. On this California tour she combines forces with the unparalleled virtuosic talent of flamenco guitarist Jason McGuire along
with the grooving subtleties of drummer and percussionist Marlon Aldana and bassist Paul Martin Sounder. Jason McGuire "El Rubio" has become synonymous with flamenco despite his Irish/American heritage. With over 30 years playing experience and concerts from coast to coast he has been for many years the guitarist other professional players come to help learn and hone their craft. As Musical Director of the award winning flamenco dance company Caminos Flamencos as well as Musical Director for "The New World Flamenco Festival," Jason has shared the stage with some of the top flamenco artists in the world today as well as other legendary performers like Carlos Santana, Savion Glover and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. The Jason McGuire Trio joined by versatile Kleinmann will feature original music by McGuire and Kleinmann along with music of composers such as Hermeto Pascoal. The agility, depth, playfulness and precision of the group are a captivating joy to witness.
TUESDAY AUGUST 11th 2015, 9:00pm
THE BLUE WHALE, 123 ASTRONAUT E S ONIZUKA ST. Suite 301 LOS ANGELES, CA 90012 (213) 538-8038

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Wednesday, August 12

You, the living


611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA


The second installment in Roy Andersson’s “living trilogy” inhabits the same creepily beautiful milieu as its predecessor, Songs from the Second Floor. Zombie-like characters lumber through another batch of grim and risible vignettes, like a poem cycle starring a collection of droopy clowns. Despite the characters’ existential dread, the film is brisk and silly—like a mash-up of Buster Keaton and Kafka—with a particularly spirited soundscape. Cartoonishly oversized trumpets and drums, the sounds of the Swedish city, ceremonial refrains, a dirge, the strumming of a rock guitarist—and most importantly, the weary characters’ whiny soliloquies—form a veritable symphony, buoying along mundane and miserable lives with irreverent pomp. Aided by this propulsive musicality, Andersson’s quippy critiques of capitalism and indulgences in paranoia move from funerals to nightmarish trials, stunningly presented with his trademark static shots of his hand-built alternate reality.

Dir. Roy Andersson, 2007, 35mm, 95 min.


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