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Thursday, October 2

Free Screening: Aberdeen

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

2014, 97 min, color, DCP | Written and directed by Ho-Cheung Pang; starring Louis Koo, Gigi Leung, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung, Man-Tat Ng, and Carrie Ng

Aberdeen is the newest film from the genre-hopping Hong Kong director Ho-cheung Pang. The director's shape-shifting filmography runs from comedy (Vulgaria, Men Suddenly in Black) to horror film (Dream Home) to unusual coming-of-age work (A.V., Love in a Puff). While a departure from the gleefully crass tone of his recent movies, Aberdeen is in keeping with the tone of many of Pang's films: an ensemble cast—de facto families—wrestling with pecking order within the unit, and the repercussions from those battles within the group. Pang is reunited with an actor he’s used in the past, including Chapman To and Derek Tsang. But Aberdeen deals with the push-and-pull of actual family currents, a melodrama focusing on the trials that take place among the Cheng family, who live in Aberdeen. The film is the second of three works presented in partnership with the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office.

 

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Friday, October 3

Louis Van Taylor Sextet

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:00pm

Saxophone and woodwind specialist Louis Van Taylor has been performing the world over. His career began with a 20-year association with Ray Charles, followed by stints with the Gap Band, Kool and the Gang, Gerald Wilson, Jimmie and Jeannie Cheatham, Phil Ranelin, and many others. Van Taylor has taught at USC Jazz Studies Department for seven years and has also mentored Washington Rucker’s Jazz for Wee People, sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.

 

 

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Sunday, October 5

Andell Family Sundays—Draw It!

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

12:30pm

Drawing is one of the most basic methods of making art. Check out traditional and nontraditional drawings, such as Edward Moses's Rose Screen, for inspiration. Experiment with different drawing materials and techniques in artist-led workshops.

Special on October 12: Join Hervé Tullet, New York Times bestselling picture book author, as he reads from his new book, Mix It Up! and paints with families to create a giant collaborative floor mural.

While you're here, visit the Broad Contemporary Art Museum to see more than a thousand miniature cars zooming through Chris Burden's kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, in action every Sunday at the following times: 10:30–11:30 am; 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm.

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Talk: African Cosmos: Stellar Arts with Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:00pm

In this richly illustrated lecture, Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer, curator of African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, presents the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with both traditional and contemporary African arts. Drawing on a stunning array of arts and artists, Kreamer considers how the celestial bodies of the sun, moon, and stars—and phenomena such as lightning and rainbows—serve as sources of inspiration in the creation of art in Africa from ancient times to the present. Far from abstract removed concepts, African notions of the universe are intensely personal and place human beings in relationship with earth, sky, and the heavenly bodies.

 

Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer is deputy director and chief curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art.

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Pianist Nadia Shpachenko

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

6:00pm

Pianist Nadia Shpachenko performs Sergei Prokofiev: 10 Pieces for Piano, op. 12, and Alexander Scriabin: Sonata no. 9, op. 68, additional works to be announced.

 

Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist . . . spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of techinque,” pianist Nadia Shpachenko has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe, and Asia. She has given world and national premieres of dozens of works by composers such as Elliott Carter, Henry Cowell, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Yury Ishchenko, Leon Kirchner, Dave Kopplin, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others. She has recently collaborated with such renowned artists as Emanuel Borok, Martin Chalifour, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Maia Jasper, David Korenvaar, Genevieve Lee, Julie Landsman, Ronald Leonard, Jerome Lowenthal, Victor Rosenbaum, Marek Szpakiewicz, and the Biava String Quartet. Dr. Shpachenko is currently associate professor of music at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; adjunct professor of music at the Claremont Graduate University; and piano faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival. In addition, she has recently served as faculty at numerous other music schools and festivals. Winner of many international piano competitions, Dr. Shpachenko frequently gives master classes in conservatories and universities in the United States and abroad. She completed her doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees at the University of Southern California, where she was awarded the title of outstanding graduate.

 

 

 

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Monday, October 6

Clone of Story Time in the Boone Children's Gallery

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:00pm

Ever wonder why dragons love tacos and why crayons decided to quit one day? Join Boone Gallery staff every Monday and Friday at 2 pm in the Korean art galleries as they take us on a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors. Relate the stories to the art in the Chinese and Korean galleries in a comfortable space suitable for families and children of all ages. Admission is free!

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Free Members-Only Screening: Whiplash

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

2014, 106 min, color, DCP.  Includes a conversation with director Damien Chazelle, and actors Miles Teller, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, and J.K. Simmons

Whiplash, writer-director Damien Chazelle’s short film about the relationship between an eager, obsessed jazz drumming student and his punishing and exacting instructor, won the attention of audiences at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A year later, Chazelle brought a full-length version of Whiplash to Park City. Starring Miles Teller as the absorbed protégé and J. K. Simmons as his mercurial and intense teacher who assaults his student’s devotion as if it were a crash cymbal, Chazelle's feature debut seduces and stuns with the alacrity of a hard bop classic. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. Whiplash has since played Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Chazelle is on hand to describe the experience of making a short, then embarking on a feature version of it, eventually finding a way to breathe new life into the project. The Q&A with Chazelle, Teller, Reiser, Benoist, and Simmons immediately follows the screening.

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