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Summer 2012 Happenings


Published Jul 1, 2012 8:00 PM

Arts and Entertainment

Made in L.A. 2012


Photo by: Lee Thompson.

This celebration of 60 emerging and under-recognized local artists includes new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances and paintings.

June 2–Sept. 2. Location: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and LA ART. Admission: $10 adults, $5 seniors (65+) and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID, free for museum members, students with ID, UCLA faculty and staff, military personnel, veterans and visitors 17 and under accompanied by an adult. Free on Thursdays for all visitors. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol

Explore the recent transformation of abstract painting into a dynamic platform in contemporary art.

Apr. 29–Aug. 20. MOCA Grand Avenue. Admission: $12; $7 for students and seniors; free for jurors and children under 12. Thursday nights free for all visitors from 5-8 p.m. Phone: (213) 626-6222. Web:

Family Jam: Raga and Tala: Music of India

Enjoy the beauty of Indian Classical music and dancing to the rhythm of raga and tala. This fun family program invites you to create your own anklets adorned with bells and experience music with your whole body.

June 17 / Sun / 2 p.m. Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Digital Media Academy

Teens can combine their love of action sports with filmmaking; preteens can learn to create Hollywood visual effects on film; and all kids can enjoy adventures in 2-D and 3-D game creation. All camp courses are project-based and taught by award-winning industry experts in state-of-the-art facilities. DMA instructors share cuttingedge skills and teach using the very latest technology.


Photo courtesy of : The Geffen Playhouse.

June 25–July 20. UCLA Campus. See website for list of courses, programs, prices and dates. Phone: (866) 656-3342. Web:

The Exorcist

Witness the horror and suspense as the iconic 1971 novel comes to life on stage. The Exorcist explores the unsettling battles of good versus evil, faith versus fact and ego versus ethos.

July 3–Aug. 12. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $35-$85 Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Ocean Front Walk


The Venice Beach Biennial treats the famed Venice Beach boardwalk, Ocean Front Walk, as an outdoor exhibition venue.

Venice Beach Biennial Directed by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, the exhibit features the work of more than 30 local artists on Ocean Front Walk, plus collaborations with veteran boardwalk artists and live performances.

July 13-15 / 11 a.m. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Fowler OutSpoken Conversation: Robin D. G. Kelley and Tom Schnabel: "Africa Speaks, America Answers"

Learn about the dynamic link between African music and American jazz. Join UCLA historian Robin D. G. Kelley M.A. '85, Ph.D. '87 and KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel M.A. '72 for a conversation and listening session revisiting the late 1950s and early 1960s. After the talk, Kelley will sign copies of his new book, Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times.

Aug. 9 / Thurs / 7 p.m. Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Summer Sunset Concert: Que Me Entierra Con La Banda: Banda Music in L.A.

A special concert featuring a musical conversation with Banda Sol de Santa Cruz and special guests Wil- Dog "El Gavachillo" of Ozomatli and Yarel Ramos of Mun2.

Aug. 19 / Sun / 4 p.m. Fowler Museum.Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Nick Offerman: American Ham Tour

Nick Offerman, who plays "Ron Swanson" on the hit TV show Parks and Recreation, embarks on a humorous tour that features authentic accounts of cautionary tales, tunes and tips for prosperity.

Sept. 29 / Sat / 8 p.m. Royce Hall. Tickets: $25. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Docent-Led Tours

Take a free, docent-led tour of UCLA's Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Visitors gain a new knowledge of botanical concepts, historical facts and characteristics of rare specimens in the garden's collection.

Mon, Wed and Fri / 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Admission: Free for groups of 10 or more. Phone: (310) 206-6707. Web:


A restaging and U.S. premiere of Eugéne Ionesco's famous Theatre of the Absurd play about French villagers who slowly turn into rhinoceroses. Performed in French with English subtitles.

Sept. 21-22 / 8 p.m. Royce Hall. Admission: $20-$70; $15 for UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Bebel Gilberto plus special guests Forro in the Dark

The colorful sounds of Brazil fill Royce Hall as headliner Gilberto's trademark electronic bossa nova joins with Forro, the four-person collective that is brilliantly updating a traditional sound for the 21st century.

Sept. 28 / Fri / 8 p.m. Royce Hall. Admission: $20-$55; $15 for UCLA students. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: