10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0
Beginning with a reflection on the early AIDS epidemic, Jim Hodges’ collaborative film Untitled eschews linear narrative to introduce a fractious timeline, moving from the sublime to the tragic and back again. By juxtaposing mainstream network news, activist footage, artists’ works, and popular entertainment from the last turbulent decades, the film references regimes of power that precipitated a generation of AIDS and queer activism which continues today. (2010, Dir. J. Hodges, C. Marques da Cruz and E. King, 60 min.)
8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
Upstate New York, at the confluence of the great Hudson River and its mighty tributary the Mohawk --from this stunning landscape came the creation of a new world of science. In 1887, Thomas Edison moved his Edison Machine Works here and in 1892, it became the headquarters of a major manufacturing company, giving the town its nickname: Electric City. The peak of Autumn, 1919: The pull of scientific discovery brings Charles Proteus Steimetz, a brilliant mathematician and recent arrival from Ellis Island, to town. His ability to capture lightning in a bottle earns him the title "Wizard of Electric City." Barely four feet tall with a deeply curving spine, Steinmetz's physical deformity belies his great intellect. Allied with his Mohawk friend Joseph Longboat and his adopted eleven-year-old granddaughter Midget, the advancements he makes in Electric City will, quite simply, change the world.
The peak of Autumn, 1965: Sophie Levine, the daughter of a company man, one of the many scientists working at The Company, whose electric logo can be seen from everywhere in town. Her family escaped Europe just before World War II, leaving behind a wake of annihilation and persecution. Ensconced in Electric City, Sophie is coming of age just as the town is gasping its last breaths. The town, and America as a whole, is on the cusp of great instability: blackouts, social unrest over Vietnam, and soon the advent of the seventies. Into her orbit drifts Henry Van Curler, the favored son of one of Electric City's founding Dutch families, as well as Martin Longboat, grandson of Joseph Longboat. This new generation of Electric City will face both the history of their town and their own uncertain future, struggling to bridge the gap between the old world and the new. Electric City is a vital, pulsing, epic novel of America, of its great scientific ingenuity and its emotional ambition; one that frames the birth and evolution of its towns against the struggles of its indigenous tribes, the immigrant experience, a country divided, and the technological advancements that ushered in the modern world.
800 W. Olympic Blvd, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, 0
Legendary American singer and pianist Leon Russell has entertained the world for five decades, getting his start as an in-demand session player and playing on hundreds of hit records before he began releasing his own albums in 1967. One of popular music’s most celebrated musicians; Russell’s songs have hit the charts across several genres and have been covered by a diverse range of artists. It seems like there’s almost nothing Leon Russell hasn’t done. The Tulsa-born musician came to prominence as a member of Phil Spector’s legendary studio band and a session player who recorded with everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones. He was one of the highlights of George Harrison’s historic Concert for Bangladesh and he produced several songs for Bob Dylan. During the 1970s, his own albums—released on his own pioneering label, Shelter Records—made him one of the biggest concert draws in America, and he wrote two songs that would go on to become true modern standards: “Superstar” (co-written with Bonnie Bramlett) and “A Song For You.” Though he chose to retreat from the spotlight, Russell never stopped touring and releasing music on his own, and his gospel infused, soul-country blend continues to echo through the work of such artists as Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown and Kid Rock. In 2010, he and longtime fan Elton John collaborated on The Union, one of the year’s most acclaimed records and a Top Five hit. In 2011, Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, on April 1 of this year, the day before his 72nd birthday, Leon Russell released a new studio album, titled Life Journey, via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). For our latest installment in our flagship An Evening With series, please join us in welcoming Leon Russell to the Clive Davis Theater for an in-depth interview, moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. After the interview, Russell will perform a few songs on piano.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0
Connie Butler joined the Hammer Museum as chief curator in 2013. Prior to joining the Hammer, she was chief curator of drawings at MoMA from 2006–2013, where she organized major exhibitions including On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century and Greater New York at MoMA PS1. She served as curator at MOCA from 1996–2006 where she organized the internationally acclaimed exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.
Recently appointed chief curator at MOCA, Helen Molesworth is a distinguished scholar, writer, and curator. Before joining MOCA, she was the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA/ Boston, overseeing a rigorous program of acclaimed monographic and historical survey exhibitions and an emerging collection of contemporary art. Molesworth’s recent exhibitions at the ICA include This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s and Dance/Draw.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
In 1994, the band Live emerged as the preeminent post-grunge musical act. It'd be hard to find a rock fan’s CD collection that didn’t include Live’s massively successful Throwing Copper, an album that sold eight million copies and topped the Billboard Top 200 chart. With the exception of a recent hiatus, the band has been touring since 1990. Beginning with club concerts, the quartet eventually became one of the hottest rock tickets in the mid-1990s. Their minimalist stage show allowed Live to focus on providing a straight-ahead rock experience – with a clean, crisp sound. Lead singer Ed Kowalczyk, who left the band in 2009, delivered lyrics with an extensive vocal range and intense passion. His departure paved the way for current frontman Chris Shinn, who performed with the band on the Summerland Tour 2013 for 35 concert dates throughout the U.S.
4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604
Fools Logic; An original performance inspired by the music of the iconic mega musical group, Supertramp. Fools Logic is a complete rich multimedia driven concert including interactive video throughout the entire performance with all live stellar musicianship by accomplished and experienced professionals. Fools Logic recreates the original sound of Supertramp in the 1970’s at the height of their global popularity and fame with hit after hit on radios everywhere and in the Billboard Top 40.
But that’s not all. Fools Logic injects audience participation at the perfect moments to keep people on their feet, dancing and singing along to all the amazing Supertramp chart toppers.
High energy. Perfectly paced performance. Incredibly entertaining. Exciting from start to finish.
Fools Logic is the perfect show to fill seats and make audiences cheer with either two 45 minutes sets or one continuous 110 minute performance of non-stop action.
Supertramp shaped the music of the world. Fools Logic brings it back to life with an electric bolt of energy and creativity!
Adam “Smitty” Smith-Drums/Vocals