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Sunday, November 30

Chris Isaak

Saban Theater

8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211

9:00pm

Singer/songwriter/musician/actor Chris Isaak makes his debut appearance on the Saban Theatre stage, and this hepcat should fit right in with the retro architecture at this spectacular venue.  Isaak’s music magically recaptures the brilliance of of the classic Sun sound, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity.  In fact, the late Sam Phillips, the genius behind Sun Records, had this to say about Isaak, “very talented, and his music is so damned honest.  It’s incredible.”  

Isaak’s music has appeared in scores of films and television shows, as has Mr. Isaak himself.  He starred in Showtime’s The Chris Isaak Show, and has appeared in numerous films, including Little Buddha, Twin Peaks, Married To The Mob, Silence Of The Lambs, and more.

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Monday, December 1

Story Time in the Galleries

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:00pm

Ever wonder why dragons love tacos and why crayons decided to quit one day? Join Boone Gallery staff every Monday and Friday at 2 pm in the Korean art galleries as they take us on a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors. Relate the stories to the art in the Chinese and Korean galleries in a comfortable space suitable for families and children of all ages. Admission is free!

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Ben Watt

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

After twenty years with Tracey Thorn in the best-selling alternative duo Everything But The Girl, and ten as as international DJ and label boss of acclaimed electronic label Buzzin’ Fly, this year saw Ben Watt return to his earliest folk-jazz roots with his first solo album for thirty-one years. Entitled ‘Hendra’, it follows his 1983 cult classic ‘North Marine Drive’, and claimed the award for ‘Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album’ at the recent AIM (Association of Independent Music) Awards 2014 in London fending off albums by Anna Calvi and Blood Orange. Decorated with an array of four and five-star reviews on release, it features collaborations with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and producer Ewan Pearson. This year has seen him tour with different sized line-ups but tonight he plays solo acoustic and electric). Expect songs from ‘Hendra’ plus old gems, wild cards and stories behind the music.

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Alex Clare

The Belasco Theater

Los Angeles, 90015

7:00pm

Combining jazz and blues with dubstep and funk sounds like an unconvincing jumble of genres, but soulful, innovative performer Alex Clare has a special talent for fusing unlikely inspirations together. After gaining worldwide recognition with his 2011 smash single "Too Close", the bearded Brit is tearing up the live circuit with his thrillingly creative concerts. Ticket buyers can expect an eclectic show that takes them through a roller coaster of emotions. On the one hand, Clare uses part of his setlist to strip down his performance and return to his noble singer-songwriter roots, growling tenderly about lost love. But just as seamlessly, his band churns out a surge of dancey anthems as he picks up the pace, celebrating themes like found love that always gets concertgoers on their feet. Clare's enthusiastic onstage demeanor and impressive vocal range are perfectly complimented by his band's booming, tribal-like percussions, unleashing a wonderfully unique live experience.

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Reading Basquiat: Exploring Ambivalence in American Art

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Before his death at the age of twenty-seven, Jean-Michel Basquiat completed nearly 2,000 works. These unique compositions--collages of text and gestural painting across a variety of media--quickly made Basquiat one of the most important and widely known artists of the 1980s. Reading Basquiat provides a new approach to understanding the range and impact of this artist's practice, as well as its complex relationship to several key artistic and ideological debates of the late twentieth century, including the instability of identity, the role of appropriation, and the boundaries of expressionism. Jordana Moore Saggese argues that Basquiat, once known as "the black Picasso," probes not only the boundaries of blackness but also the boundaries of American art. Weaving together the artist's interests in painting, writing, and music, this groundbreaking book expands the parameters of aesthetic discourse to consider the parallels Basquiat found among these disciplines in his exploration of the production of meaning. Most important, Reading Basquiat traces the ways in which Basquiat constructed large parts of his identity--as a black man, as a musician, as a painter, and as a writer--via the manipulation of texts in his own library.

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An Evening with Carlos Santana

The Orpheum Theatre

842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90014

7:30pm

One of the most influential and celebrated musicians of our time, Carlos Santana will sit down with L.A.'s own Cheech Marin to share the story of his life-- from his humble childhood in Mexico, to his emergence in the 1960s rock underground in San Francisco and the explosion of his musical career. In his new memoir The Universal Tone, Santana’s authentic voice and unparalleled story is delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary charge of his guitar. From collaborations with other greats like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to Juanes, Pitbull and Lila Downs, hear the remarkable life story from a musician Rolling Stone has rated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. All tickets include a pre-signed copy of Carlos Santana's book.

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An Evening With Carlos Santana

Orpheum Theatre

842 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

7:30pm

One of the most influential and celebrated musicians of our time, Carlos Santana will sit down with L.A.'s own Cheech Marin to share the story of his life-- from his humble childhood in Mexico, to his emergence in the 1960s rock underground in San Francisco and the explosion of his musical career. In his new memoir The Universal Tone, Santana’s authentic voice and unparalleled story is delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary charge of his guitar. From collaborations with other greats like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to Juanes, Pitbull and Lila Downs, hear the remarkable life story from a musician Rolling Stone has rated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

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