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May 2017

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PAUL SIMON!

Paul Simon backstage at the Philharmonic Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, 1967 (Photo Don Hunstein) Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment

PAUL SIMON!

  • By Karen Vock
  • Photo By Don Hunstein/Courtesy of Sony Music

“I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.” “First thing I remember when you came into my life, I said, ‘I’m gonna get that girl no matter what I do.’” “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it’s a wonder I can think at all.” I’ve been listening to – and loving – Paul Simon’s smart, thoughtful words and bright, beat-filled music all my life. I’ll bet you have, too. And, who can forget the MTV mainstay video for the hit single from Graceland, “You Can Call Me Al”, featuring Simon and Chevy Chase lip-synching the vocals? The exclusive West Coast appearance of Paul Simon: Words & Music at Skirball Cultural Center gloriously celebrates the legendary artist through September 3rd.

A traveling exhibition organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the show illustrates how Paul Simon’s music captured the story of generations and the mood of the nation, reflecting social and cultural ideals.  Visitors will journey through Simon’s lifetime of making music, his creative process illuminated by artifacts including instruments, sheet music, handwritten lyrics, photography, costumes, as well as listening stations and performance footage spanning Simon’s six-decade career. Exclusively at the Skirball, the show will feature additional treasures from Simon’s private archive and a fantastic music lab, which invites guest interaction, developed in collaboration with Roland Corporation.

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Björk Digital!

Björk Digital presented by the LA Philharmonic

Björk Digital!

  • By Arlene Winnick
  • Photo Courtesy of LA Philharmonic

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is about to break new ground when the artist and singer Björk makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut performing with the orchestra in a concert on Tuesday, May 30th featuring the electronic beats and breakthrough music from her latest album, Vulnicura. Björk’s concert is a special addition to the LA Phil’s Reykjavik Festival, highlighting the profound musical creativity from Iceland’s capital.

In association with the concert is the West Coast premiere of Björk Digital, an exhibition of groundbreaking digital and virtual reality (VR) video works that has traveled the world with stops in London, Montreal, Houston and Mexico City. The exhibit, a collaboration of Björk and a collection of world-renowned directors, programs and visual artists, consists of six VR experiences; a Biophilia room, a hands-on educational space and a Cinema room, a curated program of Björk’s music videos spanning her career. Björk Digital will run from May 19th to June 4th at Magic Box at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles.

Björk is the successful singer, songwriter, producer and DJ whose artistry has spanned decades and covers a variety of musical stylings from electronic and techno to pop, classic and avant guard. Björk began her career with The Sugarcubes, considered Iceland’s biggest rock band; she moved on to a solo career in 1992.

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Lauren’s Wealth!

Lauren Greenfield on view at Fahey / Klein

Lauren’s Wealth!

  • By Cynthia Lum
  • Photo By Lauren Greenfield

You may have heard the quote by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe  “less is more,” however this does not hold true for the subjects of Lauren Greenfield’s exhibit showing concurrently at the Annenberg Space for Photography and Fahey / Klein Gallery. Greenfield’s Generation Wealth examines the influence of affluence over the last 25 years chronicling an unprecedented global obsession with wealth and materialism. ” Keeping up with the Joneses” has become surpassing the Joneses, on first glance it seems that the exhibit is about the rich, but a deeper look tells us that it is really about the pervasive desire for MORE no matter how much “more” you already have.

Remarkable in scope and depth the award winning photographer and Grammy winning filmmaker takes viewers from Moscow high society to Atlanta strip club royalty. Greenfield’s photographs explore the desire for more and succeed in revealing gender dynamics, cult of celebrity, consumerism, power of sex and marketing and their eventual consequences.

With intimacy and candor that Greenfield’s photographs are synonymous with, her subjects reveal more than the flashy and fleeting outward displays of status, wealth, and beauty. Images of mega -mansions, beauty pageants, luxury hotels designer handbags and the spread of all this affluence to Russia, China and the European super-rich brings the real cost of all this artifice into focus, financial fallout, body image insecurities, addiction, and ultimately dissatisfaction.

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Sondheim & Jazz!

Dave Grusin presents: Jazz from “West Side StorySondheim & Jazz: Side by Side featuring Bill Charlap, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Renee Rosnes

Sondheim & Jazz!

  • By Cythia Lum
  • Photo Courtesy of LA Phil

Dave Grusin presents: Jazz from West Side Story Sondheim & Jazz: Side by Side. As part of the LA Phil’s Jazz series, audiences will be treated to an evening of electrifying jazz renditions of Stephen Sondheim masterpieces. The first half of the concert will showcase Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes’ stunning jazz interpretations of songs from Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking shows like Company, Follies, and Sweeney Todd, featuring the dynamic voice of Tony-nominated and platinum award-winning singer songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway. The concert,  led by Associate Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Scott Dunn, with a soaring string ensemble arranged by Renee Rosnes, will showcase the sophistication, wit, and genius of one of Broadway’s most innovative artists.

The second half of the show will feature world renowned pianist/composer Dave Grusin playing his ingenious jazz interpretation of Leonard Bernstein’s music from the famed classic West Side Story. Considered one of the best musicals of all time, this Romeo and Juliet inspired theatrical masterpiece which opened on Broadway in 1957 has become part of our musical landscape with artists as diverse as Barbara Streisand, Aretha Franklin and Phil Collins and Wyonna Judd recording songs from the Broadway sensation. Now Dave Grusin has given us yet another incarnation of Bernstein’s unforgettable music, keeping the original melodies, and adding a hip jazz note and Afro-Cuban beat.

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