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Tuesday, December 1

Reflections of RABIZ: Armenian pop culture between Yerevan and Los Angeles

Abril Bookstore

415 E Broadway #102, Glendale, 91205

7:30pm to 9:00pm

Reflections of RABIZ
Armenian pop culture between Yerevan and Los Angeles

An audiovisual presentation by a Dutch anthropologist

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015 - 7:30PM

415 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

Admission is Free.

RIK ADRIAANS is an anthropologist from the Netherlands who speaks Armenian and has spent time living in Armenia and in the Armenian community of Los Angeles, where he has interacted with and observed unique intricacies and aspects of Armenian culture that are oftentimes taken for granted by Armenians. Rik is a PhD candidate at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He holds a BA and MA in anthropology from the University of Amsterdam. His dissertation project examines the relations between Armenia and the Armenian diaspora in Los Angeles through the lens of media and popular culture. With this talk, he will give us a glimpse of our culture through the eyes of an outside observer. Be ready to be surprised!

The word rabiz has its roots in Soviet Armenia’s musicians' trade unions, but is nowadays most commonly used to refer to a genre of folk-pop music that can be heard from the taxis and minibuses of rural Armenia to the banquet halls of Glendale. In this presentation, a Dutch anthropologist explores the different meanings and contexts of rabiz across the Armenian world while relating them to issues of identity, class and diaspora formation. Bringing together images, audio and video from his research on Armenian popular culture in Yerevan and Los Angeles, the presentation will show rabiz to be not merely a musical genre or a subcultural phenomenon, but also a powerful mirror reflecting social and political transformations that have affected the lives of Armenians around the world in the last decades.

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Isabel Allende—The Japanese Lover

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049


Don’t miss Isabel Allende—New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The House of the Spirits and Daughter of Fortune—discuss her latest book, The Japanese Lover, with author Susan Orlean.

In this exquisitely crafted novel, a love affair blossoms between Alma, a young Polish refugee living in San Francisco during World War II, and Ichimei, who shortly after meeting Alma is forcibly removed from his home and sent to live in an incarceration camp—like thousands of other Japanese Americans. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but they are continually forced to hide their love from the world. Sweeping through time and spanning continents, this multigenerational epic explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate.

Signed books distributed at the program.

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Riverdance - The 20th Anniversary Tour

Pantages Theatre

Minneapolis, CA 55403


The international Irish dance phenomenon returns by popular demand with RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour. The production, which is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, is currently celebrating a sold out, critically-acclaimed run across Europe and Asia and will arrive in North America in Fall 2015.

RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures.

Riverdance plays Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. There is a performance at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, and performances at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

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