On the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, comes a new portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century. Arrested in 1962 as South Africa’s apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and most memorably to his wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters—a majority of which were previously unseen—provide an intimate view into the uncompromised morals of a great leader. In this special evening at ALOUD, Sahm Venter, the editor of this collection and a former Associated Press reporter who covered and was witness to Mandela’s release from prison in 1990, along with Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, the granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie who wrote the foreword, will share the stage with activists and actors to bring these deeply moving letters to life.
In conjunction with the closing of the GRAMMY Museum’s exhibit Bruce W. Talamon: Soul, R&B, and Funk Photographs 1972-1982: A Love Letter to the Music, the Museum is thrilled to welcome legendary musician, Verdine White to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate discussion of his illustrious career and featured photographs in the exhibit. As the bassist and co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, Verdine helped define the sound of R&B, pop, and funk during the 1970’s and 80’s. Today, Earth Wind & Fire continue to perform to sold-out audiences around and the world. He has won eight GRAMMY Awards including the prestigious Life Time Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Please welcome Verdine to the Theater for this special celebration, hosted by GRAMMY Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman.
AltaMed's premier fundraiser, East LA Meets Napa, is celebrating 13 years! East LA Meets Napa will take us on a journey through time, 2,000 years in the making, as we experience food and wine from Napa Valley and beyond at L.A. Live, in the heart of Downtown LA. The perfect setting for the 2,000 guests who enjoy trekking their way past their favorite food and wine stations. Latino owners, chefs, and representatives from 40 restaurants and 40 wineries showcase their wonderful food and wines.
This event includes a VIP private pre-event reception, live entertainment, dancing, all the food you can eat, all the wine you can drink and a surprise or two! Top sponsors enjoy the comfort of their very own private VIP lounge areas. In addition, AltaMed be providing a Celebrity Champagne Lounge with champagne and a chocolate fountain and hosted by several celebrities throughout the evening. This exclusive lounge is a great way to relax on lounge seating, mingle with other guests and VIP's and enjoy the refreshments and entertainment throughout the night.
With 2,000 guests in attendance, East LA Meets Napa is AltaMed’s highest attended annual fundraising event. Invitees will include the AltaMed Senior Management Team, Host Committee co-chairs and committee members, elected officials, sponsors, and friends of AltaMed.