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Summer 2015 Happenings


Published Jul 1, 2015 8:00 AM

Arts and Entertainment


Third Phase Chief Blanket. Navajo, circa 1875. Courtesy, The Durango Collection, Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. SWT-42

Murder for Two

Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small-town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney, and the writer is killed. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills — with the help of his silent partner, Lou. Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two, a hilarious musical murder mystery with a twist. One actor investigates the crime. The other plays all the suspects. And they both play the piano.

MAY 26 – JULY 5. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $57–$72. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Bad Jews

Daphna Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. This youngest generation of Feygenbaums sharpens its wit, familial vitriol and humor, making what The New York Post praises as “delicious, nasty, good fun!”

JUNE 9–JULY 19. Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $37–$77. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

The Afghan Carpet Project

The Afghan Carpet Project features six carpets designed by L.A.-based contemporary artists Lisa Anne Auerbach, Liz Craft, Meg Cranston, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi and Toba Khedoori, and then handmade by weavers in Afghanistan. The exhibition is the culmination of a project that began with a trip to Afghanistan to visit weavers in Kabul and Bamiyan in March 2014. The trip provided the artists with insight into the craft and the production process, as well as the living and working conditions for the weavers. Following the trip, each artist came up with an original design for her carpet — some reflecting upon the experience, and others derived out of the artists’ respective practices.

JUNE 13–SEPT. 27. Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth

Comprising approximately 12 new paintings — including a major wall painting in the lobby gallery — and a multimedia installation, this new body of work by Los Angelesbased artist Mark Bradford refers to formative moments in his life and ruminations on the body in crisis. As an artist who has long been interested in strategies of mapping and the psychogeography of the city he calls home, Bradford uses his characteristic painting style to excavate the terrain — emotional, political and actual — that he inhabits. Examining the moment and afterlife of the 1992 uprisings in Los Angeles, which he experienced from his studio in Leimert Park, Bradford has translated the outrage and lasting wounds of the riots into these new paintings.

JUNE 20–SEPT. 27. Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:


Photo courtesy of CAP.

An Evening with Buddy Guy

At age 78, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock legends, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues.

AUG. 13/ THURS / 8 P.M. Royce Hall. Tickets: $49–$119 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: (310) 825-2101.

Snarky Puppy plus Kneebody

Grammy-winning contemporary collective Snarky Puppy quintessentially embodies what it means to be a modern jazz fusion band — touring relentlessly, fearlessly pushing the boundaries of the form and constantly collaborating with a host of talented musicians. Frequent collaborator of Snarky Puppy, Kneebody — who will open the show — is an eclectic Los Angeles quintet thoroughly acquainted with 1960s freebop, 1970s jazz-rock, 1990s hip-hop and postmillennial indie rock — along with classical postminimalism.

SEPT. 24 / THURS / 8 P.M.Royce Hall. Tickets: $19–$49 ($15 UCLA students). Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Treasured Textiles from the American Southwest: The Durango Collection®

This exhibition features Southwestern textiles created during the 19th century — a time of tremendous change as American occupation and the eventual coming of the railroad influenced trade, commerce and the exchange of ideas among various residents of territorial New Mexico and Arizona. During this period, three great weaving Mtraditions flourished in the distinctive landscapes of the American Southwest: Pueblo, Diné (Navajo) and Hispanic. Treasured Textiles was adapted by the Fowler Museum from the exhibition Masterpieces of the Durango Collection: Native Blankets from the Early American Southwest, developed by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., in partnership with the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, N.M.

SEPT. 13, 2015–JAN. 10, 2016. Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: