LACMA Public Programs August 2013


August 7, 2013

August 2013

The art of looking – renaissance and baroque art

The art of looking – renaissance and baroque art

Talks & Courses

Japanese Kites: A Vanishing Art

Wednesday, August 28 | 7 pm

Brown Auditorium | Free; tickets required and available at the ticket office one hour before the start of the event.

Collector David M. Kahn will speak about hand-painted kites, a unique genre of Mingei, which is little known in the U.S. and produced by a rapidly shrinking number of traditional craftsmen in Japan. Kahn will focus on works that are included in an exhibition at Santa Fe’s Museum of International Folk Art through March 23, 2014, with approximately 250 hand-painted kites dating primarily to the Showa period, along with related woodblock patterns, books, and other materials.

Sponsored by the East Asian Art Council.

MUSIC Programs

Jazz at LACMA

Featuring the art of jazz as practiced by leading Southern California artists, these free concerts are presented at the BP Grand Entrance every Friday evenings from April to November. Friday Night Jazz is made possible by K-JAZZ 88.1.

BP Grand Entrance | Free, no reservations | From July 5–August 30, BCAM and Resnick Pavilion will remain open until 11 pm every Friday night.

Luther Hughes & Cannonball/Coltrane Project

Friday, August 16 | 6 pm

Initially formed as an homage to the 1959 landmark album, The Cannonball Adderley Quintet in Chicago, the Cannonball/Coltrane Project continues to pay tribute to its two namesake jazz giants with arrangements and original compositions related to or inspired by Cannonball and Coltrane. The group has released a number of critically acclaimed recordings that are played on leading jazz stations across the country.

Cross Hart Jazz Experience

Friday, August 23 | 6 pm

Led by bassist/composer Ryan Cross and drummer Lorca Hart, the Cross Hart Jazz Experience takes a fresh approach to jazz standards with high-energy arrangements. The group’s acclaimed self-titled debut album has received airplay nationally, and the group has performed across Southern California in jazz clubs and festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival.


Friday, August 30 | 6 pm

Joined by pianist and producer Geoffrey Keezer, Grammy nominated vocalist Denise Donatelli returns to LACMA following the release of her Grammy Award nominated recording Soul Shadows. Her 2010 release When Lights are Low received two nominations, one for Best Jazz Vocal Album and another for Best Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for Keezer’s arrangement of "Don't Explain.” Donatelli’s busy touring career has taken her across the country and around the world at major clubs and festivals.

Latin Sounds

Relax in Hancock Park as world-renowned artists play the hottest sounds from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, and Los Angeles. The concerts are every Saturday 5–7 pm, May through September at the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater at LACMA, in Hancock Park north of the museum. Free; no tickets or reservations required.

Chuchito Valdés Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Saturday, August 10 | 5 pm

Chuchito Valdés, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. Valdés and his band reinvigorated age old Cuban musical forms, the venerable cha-cha-cha and mambo standards revitalized by the muscular virtuosity of a younger generation.

Dori Caymmi

Saturday, August 17 | 5 pm

Internationally acclaimed Dori Caymmi is a two-time Grammy Award winner (Best Latin Song and Best Latin Samba Recording). The Brazilian singer, guitarist, songwriter, arranger, and producer has worked with Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, and Gilberto Gil, as well as Dionne Warwick, Toots Thielemans, Elaine Elias, Ricardo Silveira, and Edu Lobo. He has toured the world in concert venues ranging from Carengie Hall to major international jazz festivals.

Justo Almario Afro-Colombian Ensemble

Saturday, August 24 | 5 pm

A native of Colombia, saxophonist and composer, Justo Almario has been fusing Latin, Afro-Cuban, South American, funk and jazz genres for over thirty-five years, working with such legendary artists as Mongo Santamaria, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, and Jennifer Lopez. Almario's newest ensemble combines jazz elements with the Afro-Colombian rhythms such as cumbión, porro, chandé, fandango, and, best known, cumbia.

Johnny Polanco

Saturday, August 31 | 5 pm

LACMA’s 2013 Latin Sounds series ends with one of the West Coast’s hottest salsa bands, Johnny Polanco y Su Conjunto Amistad. As one of the most sought-after band leaders in the U.S., he has gained the distinction for making the type of contagious Latin music appreciated by salsa dancers worldwide. Mr. Polanco has been performing concerts the world over for nearly thirty-five years and has worked with such artists as Cachao, Tito Puente, Jr., Charlie Zaa, Ray De La Paz, Tito Nieves and many others.

Sundays Live

Sundays Live is an ongoing series and includes free classical music concerts presented by LACMA in cooperation with Friends of Sundays Live. These concerts take place in the Bing Theater and feature mid-career professionals and student virtuosos taking center stage.

Please note: Sundays Live concerts can be heard live via streaming audio at, or by delayed broadcast the following Wednesday at noon on KCSN, 88.5 FM.

Bing Theater | Free, no reservations

The Encore Saxophone Quartet

Sunday, August 11 | 6 pm

Performing works by Bach, Elgar, Escaich, and Strayhorn.

Theodore Norman Legacy Concert: Ensemble Fret and UCLA Guitarists

Sunday, August 18 | 6 pm

A tribute to guitarist Theodore Norman, featuring alumni of the UCLA guitar department. Performers include Ensemble Fret featuring Peter Yates, Buzz Gravelle, and Walter Marsh, with special guests Phillip Graulty, Marc Nimoy, and others.

Los Angeles Symphonic Winds

Sunday, August 25 | 6 pm

Directed by Steve Piazza, performing works by Holst and Stravinsky.


Story Time in the Boone Children's Gallery

August 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 | 2 pm

Hammer Building, Level 2 | Free, no reservations

Join Boone Children's Gallery staff for story time in the Korean art galleries every Monday and Friday at 2 pm.

Andell Family Sundays—Hans Richter: Art Experimenter

August 11, 18, 25 | 12:30 pm

North Piazza | Free, with museum admission | 12:30–3:30 pm

Artist Hans Richter often collaborated with other artists and experimented with different ways of making art. Visit the special exhibition Hans Richter: Encounters and be inspired by his spirit to express yourself through movement and painting with your friends and family.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Series: [San Bernadino] Art+Film Lab

Now untilSunday August 25

Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino is the second site for the LACMA9 Art + Film Lab. Area residents are invited to participate in free film workshops, an oral history project, outdoor film screenings, plus a free day at LACMA. Presented by LACMA in collaboration with the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation and the Arts Council.

Art+Film Lab: Oral History Drop-Ins

August 16, 17, 23, 24, 25 | 5 pm

Drop-in Hours:

· Fridays and Saturdays: 5-7 pm

· Sunday August 25: 1:30–5 pm

We invite you to create a living, breathing portrait of yourself and loved ones through our video oral history project. Feel free to bring a friend or family member. Take turns being the interviewer or the storyteller inside the camera frame.

Los Colores De La Montaña

Saturday, August 10 | 8:30 pm

2010, 90 min., Spanish with English subtitles| Dir. Carlos César Arbeláez, w/ Hernán Mauricio Ocampo, Nolberto Sánchez, Genaro Aristizábal

Precocious Manuel loves soccer, despite having to play in a makeshift field with a tattered ball. When Manuel’s father surprises him with a new ball, it becomes his prized possession, until it accidently gets kicked into a minefield.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Friday, August 16 | 8:30 pm

2009, 87 min. | Dir. Wes Anderson; w/ the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman

This animated film centers on a fox who endeavors to control his rabblerousing ways in order to be a better husband and dad. Love of trouble proves too tempting for Mr. Fox to resist, however.


Saturday, August 17 | 8:30 pm

1960, 91 min., Spanish with English subtitles | Dir. Roberto Gavaldón; w/ Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, Enrique Lucero

Meet Macario, a poor peasant in colonial Mexico who dreams of nothing but to devour a roast turkey all by himself. Macario is visited by three ghosts who each attempt to deny him this pleasure in exchange for a greater prize. Macario’s choice reveals his true character.


Friday, August 23 | 8:30 pm

1954, 96 min., b/w, Japanese with English subtitles | Dir. Ishirô Honda; w/ Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata

The original Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) was an international sensation that spawned twenty-eight sequels in just over forty years. Made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack, the radioactive reptile served as a metaphor for the nation.

The Kid with a Bike

Saturday, August 17 | 8:30 pm

2011, 87 min., French with English subtitles | Dir. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne; w/ Thomas Doret, Cécile De France, Jérémie Renier

When twelve-year-old Cyril is abandoned by his father, he becomes an orphan beholden to no one. Trading self-pity for resistance, Cyril searches for acceptance in others with heartbreaking results. An unlikely friendship begins to melt Cyril’s cool exterior and demonstrates the capacity of no-strings-attached love. The Dardenne brothers have created an unflinching portrait of one of the most resilient characters in cinema.

Mini Docs

Saturday, August 17 | 12 pm

Perris Hill Park, San Bernardino | Free, sign-ups will be available 30 minutes before each workshop.

Everyone has their own way of seeing the world. In this workshop, train your unique gaze onto your environment or neighborhood. Create a video document of a person, group of people, activity, or place that you find colorful or interesting. How do you capture their essence or mood? What is it about them that you want to share with the world?


Sunday, August 18 | 12 pm

Perris Hill Park, San Bernadino | Free, sign-ups will be available an hour before each workshop.

The visual image is a huge part of film language. How do you get a moving or still image to capture what you’re feeling? Try some techniques, borrowed from film professionals, to help you create more expressive compositions. Learn about shot size, depth of field, composition, quality of light, and camera movement. Your home movies and travelogues may never look the same.

Instant Film

Saturday, August 24 | 12 pm

Ready, set, film! Take turns playing director, cinematographer, and crew/actor in this instant filmmaking workshop. Your small group will shoot footage, interpreting a random theme suggested by workshop participants. Learn in-camera editing and work under creative constraints. It’s all about getting it “in the can.” Wince or laugh as we screen everyone’s group work inside the Lab.


Location and Contact: 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax Avenue), Los Angeles, CA,

90036 | 323 857-6000 |

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am–5 pm; Friday: 11 am–8 pm; Saturday, Sunday: 10 am-7 pm; closed Wednesday

General Admission: Adults: $15; students 18+ with ID and senior citizens 62+: $10

Free General Admission: Members; children 17 and under; after 3 pm weekdays for L.A.

County residents; second Tuesday of every month; Target Free Holiday Mondays

Press Images:

(Left): Image: Georges de La Tour, Magdalen with the Smoking Flame, oil on canvas,

Gift of The Ahmanson Foundation. Photo © 2013 Museum Associates/LACMA

(Center, Left): Image: Daruma Kite, c. 1960, from the collection of David M. Kahn. Photo courtesy of David M. Kahn.

(Center, Right): Jazz at LACMA: Denise Donatelli

(Right): Los Colores de la Montaña, 2010,

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