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Wednesday, September 10

Popshop West 024 with Waters

Echo

Los Angeles, CA 90026

8:00am

Spring 2010 saw the demise of Port O'Brien, and founding member/front man Van Pierszalowski needed a break from the hectic, wonderful mess that is touring. He stumbled into respite in Oslo, Norway, and spent some time away from making music. Van explored the new city, swam in the Norwegian fjords, enjoyed the weather and the experience of seasons changing. He found his bearings and fell in love again.

Inspiration arrived and as he wrote, Van was compelled to fuel the process further by changing his environment once more. He spent most of the next year traveling: to Alaska, where he'd spent summers working on his father's commercial salmon fishing boat; to California, where he'd grown up in a seaside town off Highway 1; and eventually to New York, where in Brooklyn he endured relentless blizzards and a cold nearly reminiscent of Oslo.

Van gave his new project a name: WATERS. These new songs he wrote veered away from the frequently loose, punchy anthems of Port O'Brien, and as he intensively pieced each one together, he sought a bigger sound – something louder than he could play on his own. So Van returned to Oslo, where his new journey had begun. He put together a band of fine Norwegian gentlemen and spent every day of the next two months rehearsing in a small practice space outside of the city.

According to Van, "The record is about waking up. It is about getting out of a situation that seems endless, and realizing you're not too old to make dramatic and sudden changes in your life. It is about starting over."

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Nuestras Bellas Raices

Ford Amphitheater

2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East Hollywood, CA 90068, Los Angeles, 90068

9:45am

Unidos Por La Danza presents Nuestras Bellas Raices, its first annual Latin American folklorico show that is a multicultural celebration of different countries and cultures from North, Central and South America.

Folklorico dance is a universal form of communication and expression that reflects significant values, traditions, thoughts, feelings and imagination of individuals and their cultures.

Join us for a memorable cultural evening with music and dance from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

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See A Little Bit Country

Annenberg Space for Photography

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067

11:00am

It’s time to see the world through country colored lenses.  Curated by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Country Music Hall of Fame, Country: Portraits of an American Sound at the Annenberg Space for Photography includes over 100 historical and contemporary photos, artifacts, a digital jukebox (this is where your kids will station themselves, and you want them to, because even if you’re not a country fan, the kids should know Dolly & the Man in Black), an original short form documentary with interviews from exhibited photographers, country musicians and historians and more.

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Ben Mezrich in conversation with Brett Ratner

William Turner Gallery - Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404

6:30pm

Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.  He has authored twelve books, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty-three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, His book, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal was also a New York Times bestseller. The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network –written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers.  Ratner’s films as a director alone have grossed close to $2 billion at the global box office.  He most recently directed and produced the action adventure “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson. 

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Prong

Whisky A Go Go

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

Prong is an American metal band formed in 1986. Founded by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor who was a sound man for the famous club CBGB and bassist Mike Kirkland (doorman at CBGB’s). Ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons joined a few months later. Prong released an EP[3] Primitive Origins and an album Force Fed that were noted for their brutal hardcore punk sound. The recordings were released on Southern Records in the U.K. and Europe in the late 1980s. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor all cite Prong as an influence to their musical style. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor all cite Prong as an influence to their musical style

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5 Seconds of Summer

House of Blues

8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069

7:00pm

5 Seconds of Summer is infiltrating airwaves around the world with their hot pop hit "She Looks So Perfect". With their driving pop-rock confections and loveable personalities, 5SOS have fans singing along with one exciting performance after anothert. Whether they're shredding out fan favorites like "Don't Stop" or jumping around the stage, 5 Seconds of Summer puts on a show that fans of driving guitars, anthemic pop, and incredible showmanship won't want to miss.

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