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Step into the Rhythm of LA’s Vibrant Jazz Scene with Jazz at LACMA | May & June 2024

Step into the rhythm of Los Angeles’ vibrant jazz scene with Jazz at LACMA, a captivating live music series that sets the stage for unforgettable Friday evenings at the Smidt Welcome Plaza. Nestled within the cultural hub of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), this series invites music enthusiasts of all stripes to immerse themselves in the soulful melodies and electrifying performances of some of the city’s finest jazz musicians.

Held from May through October, Jazz at LACMA offers an enchanting escape into the world of jazz, where each performance promises to be a celebration of creativity, improvisation, and the rich musical heritage of L.A. Best of all, admission is free and open to all, welcoming both seasoned jazz aficionados and newcomers alike. As you settle into the intimate outdoor setting of LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza, surrounded by the museum’s iconic art installations like Urban Light and Levitated Mass, prepare to be serenaded by a lineup of extraordinary artists whose talents transcend boundaries and captivate audiences around the globe. Plus? It’s BYOB. You can bring your own food, drinks, blankets, and folding chairs for a lovely picnic on the lawn or treat yourself and reserve a table at the Stark Bar and go in high style.  Also, admission to the museum is FREE on these Jazz nights from 3 to 6pm so you can really make a day of it.

Evening Light at LACMA by Jacqueline Tager

Among the standout performers gracing the stage of Jazz at LACMA are trailblazers like woodwind virtuoso and spoken word artist Katisse Buckingham. Hailing from the vibrant streets of Los Angeles, Buckingham’s musical journey has been shaped by a diverse array of influences, from the pioneering sounds of Miles Davis and Run DMC to the timeless compositions of Bach and Weather Report. With a resume that boasts collaborations with musical titans like Prince, Herbie Hancock, and Dr. Dre, Buckingham’s performances are a testament to the boundless creativity and innovation that define the L.A. jazz scene. Plus, there’s the incomparable Sweet Baby J’ai, an award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer whose genre-defying work has enraptured audiences across the globe. As the founder and executive director of the Sunset Music Festival, Sweet Baby J’ai has dedicated her career to expanding the boundaries of jazz, blending elements of soul, funk, and R&B into a mesmerizing tapestry of sound. With a roster of collaborators that includes jazz luminaries like Nate Morgan and Rosemary Clooney, Sweet Baby J’ai’s performances are a testament to the enduring power and versatility of jazz music. Rounding out the lineup is saxophonist, composer, and educator Dr. Teodross Avery, whose illustrious career spans the worlds of jazz, pop, and film. From recording sessions with Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone to composing for hit films like “Beauty Shop” and “Brown Sugar,” Avery’s diverse talents have made him a sought-after collaborator and a driving force in the contemporary jazz scene. As the head of Jazz Studies at Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Avery is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of jazz musicians, ensuring that the legacy of this iconic musical genre continues to thrive for years to come.

With each performance, Jazz at LACMA offers a unique opportunity to experience the magic of live jazz in one of the city’s most iconic cultural institutions. So grab a seat, soak in the sights and sounds of Jazz at LACMA. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early to secure your spot. Join us as we celebrate the vibrant tapestry of jazz music and the rich cultural heritage of Los Angeles.

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New Women Auteurs of Contemporary World Cinema | FREE

This winter, join guest curator Jacqueline Lyanga, Global Cinematheque’s Founder and Artistic Director, for a spotlight on auteur women of contemporary world cinema. This free public screening series will showcase debuts and second features from women who both write and direct their films. These filmmakers all bring their own distinct point-of-view and visual and narrative style and evolve the representation of women in cinema. The series will feature the Mexican film Tótem by Lila Avilés, the Malaysian film Tiger Stripes by Amanda Nell Eu, the French film The Rapture (Le Ravissement) by Iris Kaltenbäck, and the British film Girl by British-Nigerian filmmaker Acura Onashile.

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Jazz at LACMA Returns & Other Spring Exhibitions and Events | April 2023

I’m thrilled that Jazz at LACMA is returning on April 28th! It’s been a long wait since last season. Jazz at LACMA is one of my favorite Los Angeles events, always taking place in Smidt Welcome Plaza next door to the iconic Urban Light. It’s a great picnic opportunity for gathering with friends on the lawn and sharing food and drinks. There is also the on-site Stark Bar if you’d prefer sit down and be served. And miraculously Jazz at LACMA happens every Friday from April until November! And best of all? It’s free and open to the public. It’s the perfect opportunity to see and celebrate L.A.’s finest jazz musicians.
There are also three new exhibitions that will open at LACMA this month. Light, Space, Surface: Selections from LACMA’s Collection will open to the public on Sunday, April 2, followed by Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing on Sunday, April 9, and Women Defining Women in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Beyond on Sunday, April 23. Spanning the Middle East, Japan, and beyond, these exhibitions showcase art and stories from around the world.
Hope to see you at LACMA this spring and later this summer!

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This Month at LACMA | March 2023

Your Week’s Plans Are Set with Coded

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982 includes works by more than 75 artists, many of whom were pioneers of what we now call digital art. The works reflect the simultaneous wonder and alienation that was characteristic of the 1960s and ’70s, along with the utopian and dystopian possibilities of these new machines. Reserve your tickets for this week!

Visit LACMA on Friday, March 17, and Sunday, March 19, to join free docent-led tours of the exhibition.

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982 explores how the rise of computer technology, together with its emergence in popular consciousness, impacted the making of art in the age of the mainframe. International and interdisciplinary in scope, Coded examines the origins of what we now call digital art, featuring artists, writers, musicians, choreographers, and filmmakers working directly with computers as well as those using algorithms and other systems to produce their work. Whether computer-generated or not, the many artworks considered here reflect the simultaneous wonder and alienation that was characteristic of the 1960s and ’70s, along with the utopian and dystopian possibilities of these new machines. Today, with digital technology having been fully integrated into our lives, Coded’s examination of the years leading up to the advent of the personal computer is relevant, even imperative, to fully appreciating art and culture in the age of the computer—both then and now.

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This Week at LACMA: Live Jazz, Scandinavian Design, Korean Art, & More!

Summer may be over, but Friday Night Jazz continues this month at LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza, just beyond artist Chris Burden’s legendary public art installation “Urban Light.” And jazz isn’t all happening at LACMA this week. Read on below for more exhibitions, screenings, and things to do at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Highlights of Palm Springs Modernism Week 2022

With just five weeks until one of Palm Springs’s liveliest festivals, Modernism Week returns in 2022 with in-person events, exclusive mid-century modern home tours, parties, food and wine tastings, panel discussions, talks from architecture experts, drag shows, and so much more. Tickets always sell out quickly and hotel rooms and short term rentals are booming, so read on for some of this year’s most exciting highlights of Modernism Week.

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Your Guide to All the Awards Season Films Released Over the Holidays

You may have already chosen your favorite film of the year and declared your selections for the 2020 Academy Awards Best Picture category but there are still dozens of buzzworthy films set to be released over the upcoming holidays. To help keep you up to date with all the new movie releases of 2019, check out our November and December release calendar below and write us in the comments about the movies you’re most excited to see or the ones you’ve loved most so far this year.

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Giant Humanoids Descend Upon DTLA in “Fantastic Planet” at FIGat7th

Gigantic, startling, illuminated, and altogether breathtaking humanoid figures will descend upon Downtown Los Angeles later this month at the FIGat7th Plaza. The Australian artist Amanda Parer’s latest must-see light installation opens Tuesday, October 30th and will live among us through November 10th.

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The Best Pre-Halloween Weekend Events in Los Angeles

Whether you are looking for a good fright this pre-Halloween weekend or if you scare easily and would just like wonderful dinner and a nice glass of wine, Los Angeles is offering you plenty of options before the big city-wide Halloween celebration on Wednesday the 31st. Events include The Nightmare Before Christmas with a live score by Danny Elfman, the Haunted Hayride, Disco Dining Club, An Evening with Yotam Ottolenghi, An Evening with Rupaul, the P-22 Day Festival in Griffith Park, the KCRW Masquerade Ball, A Dog Day Brunch at Angel City Brewery, and, of course, Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever. Check out the weekend’s best pre-Halloween events below!

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The Secret is Out! The Secret Art Show at ATB Studios – Saturday, September 30

The secret is out! The annual The Secret Art Show will return Saturday, September 30th at ATB Studios in Burbank! Which “secret” artist creations will you take home?

Hosted by the Burbank Arts for All Foundation, this one night only pop-up art gallery event will once again feature hundreds of 4” x 6” original works of art — paintings, drawings, sketches, photos, collages and doodles from artists, celebrities, animators, educators, students, and more! For the first time, The Secret Art Show will also host The Artists Salon, a curated space with larger works from 10 renowned artists.

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