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Saturday, January 31

Waldemar Bastos at the Aratani Theater

Aratani Theatre (JACCC)

244 S San Pedro Street., Los Angeles, 90012

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Angolan guitarist/vocalist Waldemar Bastos makes a rare LA appearance as part of the inaugural ARATANI World series of global music and dance. The series celebrates the songs, sounds and dance of seven ensembles both local and international, from Africa, India, Hawaii, Philippines, Japan, Bulgaria, Latin America, Central Java, Brazil, New York, and Los Angeles.Each singular artist carries forth yet transforms their rich cultural traditions.

Waldemar Bastos will offer music of Angola, "He melds elegiac longing with the effervescence of African and Brazilian pop, transcending sorrow with sparkle and grace," says The New York Times. My music is defined by my own life experiences, praise for Angolan identity and a call for universal brotherhood ...it is gratifying to me to hear or read critics who say that my music is universal. It is not a regional music, but instead for people everywhere. This is my sincere goal, my contribution for harmony among people! For me this is the first and ultimate function of Art”.

Few artists of any nation have created such a passionate and human statement on political themes as Waldemar Bastos.Exploring musical styles from across the African continent, Bastos’ work is sensual as well as sensational. His heartfelt signature piece,‘Sofrimento,” quickly became an anthem for the people’s struggle for freedom - a message inspired by his own political imprisonment. An album review of Pretaluz recounts: “...a tender lament for Angola, this singer/songwriter casts a spell that lingers long after the last note has faded.” On his new album, Classics of My Soul, Bastos warns a young man not to fly too low, where danger lurks, but to aim high and fly past it. This 2014 album was produced by Derek Nakamoto with several tracks featuring the London Symphony Orchestra.

Whether with a symphonic orchestra, musicians from around the globe, or a single guitar, Bastos’ loving and rousing melodies transport us to places of comfort, love, and revelation. His voice conveys his understanding of the great suffering that exists in the world, yet he always overcomes feelings of loss with the sounds and rhythms of hope, joy, and loving kindness. As stated in a review of his album Renascence, “Bastos sings these sentiments feelingly over propulsive rhythms dominated by the kind of African guitar sounds that will be familiar to fans of mbaqanga or anyone who’s heard Paul Simon’s Graceland. He seeks not only to sing away his troubles, but also to dance them away, and if those troubles cannot be forgotten, nevertheless, they are ameliorated by the pleasures of his music.”

Bastos received international recognition for his song “Sofrimento” in the 2012 International Songwriting Competition (with judges such as Tom Waits, Naz, and Suzanne Vega). Beautifully rendered in his 1998 album Pretaluz, his songs range from the contagious rhythms of his native Angola to the widely acclaimed song “Kuribota,” which calls forth the dancer in all of us. He introduces us to the bittersweet realities of the world we live in, but within a turn of the melody he carries us back to a place of faith and optimism. As a spokesperson for peace and reconciliation, Bastos worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto in the now famous “Zero-Landmine” project.

The Aratani World Series presents seven different programs over the course of six months. Curated and Produced by Judy Mitoma, former Director of the World Festival of Sacred Music - Los Angeles, the series will be a co-presentation with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and the World Festival of Sacred Music - Los Angeles.

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The Gunner From Gehenna - Live Hollywood Radio Theatre

L. Ron Hubbard Theatre Presents Golden Age Radio Hour

7051 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 90028

7:00pm to 9:30pm

A plot to steal a miner's gold reveals how a good man can go bad . . . and how a bad man can do good.

Enjoy a night of live radio theater with Hollywood actors; doors open at 7pm, show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Parking is free with validation.

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The Stray Birds

The Hotel Cafe

1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, 90028

7:00pm

The Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles later, the genre-melding acoustic trio prepares to make its Yep Roc Records debut. Known for their songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and gorgeous three-part harmony singing. 

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Double Feature: High Crime & The Family

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

7:30pm

Double Feature: High Crime & The FamilyDouble Feature: High Crime & The FamilyDouble Feature: HIGH CRIME (LA POLIZIA INCRIMINA LA LEGGE ASSOLVE), 1973, Ambassador, 100 min. Dir. Enzo G. Castellari. Cop Franco Nero, frustrated with superior James Whitmore’s slow accumulation of evidence, goes after a drug ring, confronting mob boss Fernando Rey and rich importer Silvano Tranquilli. As Nero steps on more toes, people die, and now his girlfriend and daughter are in harm’s way. Unrelenting and unforgiving, one of the best collaborations between Nero and Enzo G. Castellari (director of the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS). 

THE FAMILY (CITT VIOLENTA aka VIOLENT CITY), 1970, 100 min. Dir. Sergio Sollima. Killer Charles Bronson is chased by double crossers while on a vacation with main squeeze Jill Ireland and, after mucho mayhem, left for dead. But Bronson re-emerges from prison to hunt through the New Orleans underworld for his traitorous comrades. He gets more than he bargained for, running into duplicitous Ireland and her new hubby, mob boss Telly Savalas, who wants to hire Bronson - and wont take no for an answer. One stylish action scene after anotherwhipped into a frenzy by Ennio Morricone’s shredded electro soundtrack... - Grady Hendrix, New York Sun. 

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Travis Tritt

Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center

12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, 91730

8:00pm

Join us for a special evening with CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt in an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. Performing some of his biggest hits, including “Trouble,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions,” the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience. Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739. Tickets are priced at $65.00 and are available online at www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com or through the Box Office at 909.477.2752.

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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

University Park Campus Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

3551 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, 90089

8:00pm

This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms thatas Glass puts ithave no business being together: dance and radio. One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. Glass and choreographer Monica Bill Barnes thought their work shared a sensibility. Glass found Barness dances funny and intensely personal. Barnes, in turn, says, Ira has a way of telling stories that makes me . . . empathize, which is what I want an audience to do when we are dancing. In May 2012 Barnes and Glass collaborated on three short dances that were part of a This American Life variety show that was beamed into movie theatres nationwide. It was such a success that they decided to do a full show that combines stories and dance. Join us for an exciting evening of entertaining and unexpected convergences.

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Sunday, February 1

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