Hyo Jin Kim/Hyung Su Kim: Madame Freedom
The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), known for its commitment to presenting a far-reaching roster of work by globally renowned artists, will host the U.S. premiere of Hyo Jin Kim, and Hyung Su Kim’s Madame Freedom.
This mixed media work is a stirring fusion of live interactive dance, music, and a sumptuous media installation that incorporates black and white footage from a famous 1956 Korean melodrama Jayu buin (Madame Freedom). Steven Chung, the Korean Studies scholar based at Princeton, notes, “the women’s melodrama of the late 1950s was arguably one of the most important and influential of the period’s mass cultural products.” The film follows the path of a Korean housewife who flirts with a rapidly modernizing and westernizing South Korea.
This new stage collaboration of Madame Freedom looks to the historical struggle of Korean women to break free of the social, economic and political constraints of yesteryear as it considers the uneasy contemporary legacy of hard-won changes nearly 60 years later. Today’s Madame Freedom is rumination on identity, myth and the tension between dreams and the burdens of the past.
The Times of London called it “intriguing and visually seductive, while The Guardian states it is “an exceptional performance using music, dance, and cinema to create an atmosphere that will pull you into the past and remove its restraints”
REDCAT 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tony Bennett at Segerstrom Hall with special guest Antonia Bennett
“Gratitude and joy, gruffness and beauty balance each other perfectly in singing that has grown more rhythmically acute with each passing year.” (The New York Times)
Legendary song master Tony Bennett, 88 years young and still going strong will make a one night appearance at Segerstrom Hall on Sunday, October 5th. This is a rare opportunity to see a live performance by the man who left his heart in San Francisco.
The 17 Grammy award winner, Anthony Dominick Benedetto, started his musical career as a singing waiter to help support his family. With his 15th and 16th wins at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (with Amy Winehouse) for “Body and Soul” and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Duets II”, Bennett captured the record for the longest Grammy participation span of 49 years between wins.
Tony Bennett’s initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950’s, including such chart-toppers as “Because of You,” “Rags to Riches,” and a remake of Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart.” He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including: “I Wanna Be Around,” “The Good Life,” “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?” and his signature song, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco,” which garnered him the first two of his 17 Grammy Awards. He has introduced a multitude of songs into the great American Songbook that have since become pop music classic and he is one of only a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and 10’s.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
For tickets visit: http://www.scfta.org/home/Events/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1618
LA Islam Arts Initiative
Return Of The Mecca; The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop
The Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) brings together nearly 30 cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to tell various stories of traditional and contemporary art from multiple Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI is the first-of-its kind, wide-scale citywide initiative on Islamic arts producing and presenting programming such as art exhibitions, panels, discussions, and performances. Anchoring LA/IAI are two connected exhibitions, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and the contemporary art exhibition, Shangri La: Imagined Cities commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) to be held at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) at Barnsdall Park from October 26 to December 28, 2014.
This weekend, The William Grant Still Arts Center showcases how the vibrant history of hip-hop culture was dominated, if not deeply influenced by its relationship to Islam. Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop will examine the connection between some of hip-hop’s most significant and influential artists and how the hip-hop culture was dominatd by its relationship to Islam through film, video, sound photography, album cover art, and other media.
William Grant Still Arts Center. 2520 S. West View St. Los Angeles, 90016
For a complete listing of exhibitions and events visit http://laislamarts.org/
Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture
Filipino Americans represent the largest population of Asian Americans in California, and Los Angeles holds the record for the largest Filipino population in the country so this is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity and culture of our Philippine community.
Los Angeles’ 23rd Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture will be taking place in Grand Park this year on October 4th & 5th. The event will feature Filipino art in the forms of both tradition and contemporary music, dance, food, comedy, visual arts, and so much more!
With various activities great for all ages, the festival will allow entire families to spend a fun weekend out in the sun at one of Downtown LA’s most popular outdoor areas.
There will be lots of delicious and authentic food featuring Asian and Filipino cuisine, in addition to arts and craft for the kids along with storytelling at the Youth Pavilion. Competitions, shopping, and special performances by Filipino celebrities will have the whole family enjoy a fun, exciting weekend!
Saturday and Sunday October 4 & 5
Grand Park 101 South Hill Street
Noon to 8pm Sat. and 10am to 6pm Sunday
Fifth Floor Gallery: Molecule Designing the Unseen
Fifth Floor Gallery will present the culmination of its collaboration with the Institute for Art and Olfaction. Together with the I.A.O. they have developed a signature scent available exclusively at Fifth Floor Gallery and packaged in a limited edition wooden vessel for its launch. To commemorate the event, Micah Hahn, the creative director of the I.A.O. has created a series of limited edition prints to be exhibited in the gallery. These prints are an stylized representation of a selection of the molecules that make up the new scent and are printed with gold foil on heavy linen paper. For the exhibition, each Molecule print will be accompanied by a sample of its scent.
An olfactory palliative for the urban Angeleno, the scent itself counterbalances dry concrete, hot shimmering metal and the dog days of a never-ending summer with bright herbaceous citrus, tropical fruits, lush florals, and dry, musky woods: a scent oasis for the road-weary.
Reception Saturday October 4 6-9pm
Fifth Floor Gallery
502 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, 90012