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Summer 2018 Happenings


Published Jul 1, 2018 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Patrick Staff from Made in L.A. 2018. Courtesy of the Hammer Museum.

Made in L.A. 2018

The fourth iteration of the Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition continues to highlight the practices of artists working throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The exhibition, organized by Hammer curators Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale, is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog as well as a full roster of free public programming.

THROUGH SEPT. 2. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

taisha paggett from Made In L.A. 2018.

Fiiman Tembe: Maroon Arts from Suriname

The Maroon peoples hold a special place in the history of Africans and their descendants in the Americas. Their enslaved ancestors escaped the coastal plantations of the Dutch colony of Suriname and established free communities with whom the colonial authorities eventually negotiated formal peace treaties. The Maroons, or Fiiman (Freemen or Free People), have long been renowned for tembe — traditional art forms including architectural designs, vibrantly hued textiles and intricately carved utilitarian objects such as serving trays, combs and canoe paddles. A legacy of resistance and self-determination remains critically relevant for Maroons, as major economic, political and social challenges in recent decades have significantly affected many aspects of life, including artistic practices. Nonetheless, tembe remains an important element of being Fiiman.

THROUGH SEPT. 9. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona

A Better Orpheus Inc. provides an unusual service — one that allows the living to communicate with the dead. When Nikki Corona loses her twin sister, A Better Orpheus puts her in touch with Orlando, a man dying too young. The ensuing love story leads to a journey through a vivid, surprising afterlife. In the rich literary tradition of magical realism and inspired by Dante’s Inferno comes the world premiere of a new play by Obie Award–winning playwright and Academy Award– nominated screenwriter José Rivera.

SEPT. 4 - OCT. 7. Location: Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: TBD. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole: Blind Spot

Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer was named Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2012, 2015 and 2016. Teju Cole is a writer, art historian, photographer and the photography critic for The New York Times Magazine. He is also the author of four books, each in a different genre: the novella Every Day Is for the Thief, the novel Open City, the essay collection Known and Strange Things and, most recently, the genre-defying Blind Spot. Their powerful new collaboration, Blind Spot, based on Cole’s new work of the same name, investigates humanity’s blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history, combining photography and Cole’s own voice with a live score composed by Iyer and featuring trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, mallet percussionist Patricia Franceschy and cellist Tomeka Reid.

SEPT. 22 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: The Theater at Ace Hotel. Admission: TBD. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Teju Cole. Courtesy of CAP UCLA.


This Ukrainian quartet describes itself as an “ethno-chaos” band. The term dakhabrakha means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language, and the quartet takes from both ancient traditions and contemporary aesthetics to give a truly unique and unexpected musical experience. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian instrumentation, the quartet’s powerful vocal range creates a unique style that reflects their heritage with a keen ear for contemporary resonances.

SEPT. 27 / THURS / 8 P.M. Location: The Theater at Ace Hotel. Admission: TBD. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web:

Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths

Assembled from public and private collections, Striking Iron reveals the history of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most basic natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, spiritual potency, and astonishing artistry.

THROUGH DEC. 30. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: