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Thursday, September 25

Mindful Awareness

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

12:30pm

Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being.

The free weekly drop-in sessions take place in the comfortable seats of the Billy Wilder Theater and are open to all who are interested in learning how to live more presently in life. No special clothing is required, and participants are welcome to stay for 5 minutes or enjoy the entire 30-minute session.

 

 

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The Kooks

The Wiltern

Los Angeles, CA 90010

7:00pm

Formed in Brighton in 2004, The Kooks achieved mainstream commercial success almost immediately. Taking their name from the title of a David Bowie song, The Kooks signed to the Virgin Records label in 2005 and have not looked back since, enjoying Top 10 singles, No. 1 hit albums and a number of awards along the way.

Influenced by the music of artists such as The Police, The Strokes and The Rolling Stones, friends Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Max Rafferty and Paul Garred formed The Kooks while at Brighton Music College. Just a few months after forming, the band was offered a recording contract with Virgin. The resulting debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, was an immediate smash hit in 2006, reaching No. 2 in the UK album chart, achieving platinum status in both the UK and Ireland, and winning many fans in the US. In 2008, The Kooks returned with another hit album Konk, featuring the tracks “Shine On” and “Always Where I Need to Be.” The Kooks embarked on an extensive tour to help promote the album. The third album from The Kooks, Junk of the Heart, was released in late 2011. 

The commercial success of The Kooks has been matched with critical plaudits from their peers and the music industry. The single “She Moves in Her Own Way” was nominated for a BRIT Award in 2007. In 2006, The Kooks were crowned Best UK and Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards. That same year the band also picked up the UK Festival Award for Best Breakthrough Act. In addition to these wins, The Kooks have also been nominated on a number of occasions for both Q Awards and NME Awards.

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James Ellroy discusses & signs Perfidia

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101

7:00pm

In this new novel, James Ellroy writes about Los Angeles in a way that he never has before.  It is December 6, 1941, and America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans—but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.  The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons several Angelenos - a detective, a war profiteer, the only Japanese-American on the LA cop payroll, and a young woman looking for adventure - who must come together before the investigation rips them apart.

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Allen Stone

Mayan Theater

Los Angeles, CA 90015

7:00pm


Young R&B powerhouse Allen Stone is a self-described "hippie with soul," marrying social consciousness with pitch-perfect vocals reminiscent of soul greats like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. A gifted performer, Stone radiates charisma on stage, bringing expertly crafted songs like "Unaware" to life with an infectious, danceable energy amplified by his razor-sharp backing band. With a highly anticipated new album due out in 2014, Stone and company will treat fans to new material alongside fan favorites on their upcoming tour dates.

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BORN TO FLY: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

7:30pm

Propelled by Elizabeth Streb’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” the STREB company challenges the assumptions of art, injury, gender, aging, and human possibility. Revealing the passions behind the STREB dancers’ bruises and broken noses, BORN TO FLY: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity inspires audiences hungry for a fiercer existence in the world. (2014, Dir. C. Gund, 82 min.) A Q&A with Elizabeth Streb and Catherine Gund follows the screening.

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