Keep On Keepn’ On
Even if you have never heard of Clark Terry, or are not a jazz music fan, you’ll find a lot to like about the documentary on the jazz trumpet legend.
Keep On Keepn’ On is an inspiring personal story of love, friendship, and commitment. It’s a story that transcends age and life experience, a story of triumph over adversity, the story of two remarkable men, a young blind pianist striving to make it in the jazz world, and a teacher who inspires while fighting for his own life and loosing his sight to diabetes.
Terry, a giant in the jazz world is one of the most influential musicians of our time. He has been a teacher and mentor to Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and is one few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. The trumpeter, was also the first African-American staff musician at NBC, breaking the TV color barrier and playing on The Tonight Show.
Justin Kauflin whose smile lights up the screen lost his sight at age 11 is introduced to Terry by director, Alan Hicks. Hicks thinks that Kauflin can talk to the aging trumpet player about blindness help Clark accept what is happening, and thus is born an unlikely bond between the two musicians.
Justin is preparing for an elite international competition, but suffers from debilitating nerves, while Terry’s health is taking a turn for the worse. Each of them facing huge challenges, they support one another with love and humor while making music, the teacher scatting a melodic line, and the student instantly picking out the notes on the keyboard. They share a unique musical language; glue that see’s them through hard times and taps into huge spirit in each of them.
Although the film focuses on Clark and Justin, other supporting family members must be mentioned. Clarks loving and devoted wife who looks after him and the musicians he befriends and Justin’s mother who has raised this incredibly talented young man who has not let his handicap be a handicap.
The film will screen at the Landmark Theater 10850 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles 90064
For show times and tickets visit: https://tickets.landmarktheatres.com/(S(svrasrjasudk5tw0e0eip3bw))/Ticketing.aspx?ShowDate=9/26/2014&TheatreID=267
AxS Festival 2014 | Curiosity
The sixth annual AxS Festival (pronounced axis) is a multidisciplinary program that explores the spot where art and science intersect. The festival programming is saturated with innovative visual art, theatre, dance, music, photography, history, science literature, film and architecture. The 2014 theme “Curiosity” was inspired by the Nasa/Jet Propulsion Laboratory built Mars Rover, Curiosity which is currently exploring the Martian surface some 50 million miles above us.
Produced by the Pasadena Arts Council in partnership with numerous Pasadena arts and science institution, the goal for the festival is to create audience experiences that bridge the boundary between art and science.
One of the featured art projects is Sphaerae, a large-scale temporary public artwork designed by Dutch architect Cocky Eek, which consists of five semi-transparent bubbles of different sizes. Together they form a mulit-dome construction designed for immersive, synesthetic experience. This will be the premiere showing in the US of the large-scale creation which was developed in partnership with Synergetica Lab in Amsterdam and the Artscience Interfaculty program in The Hague. Sphaerae’s programming will feature sound works, video screenings and artist talks.
Another don’t miss feature is The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House. The festival has commissioned the fascinating LA based arts collective, Machine Project to re-imagine a quintessential Pasadena landmark, The Greene and Greene Arts and Crafts masterpiece, The Gamble House. For this project artistic director Mark Allen has orchestrated a diverse group of Los Angeles artists to create new works exploring the history, aesthetic and craftsmanship of the Gamble House. Over the course of the festival the landmark house will be subtly transformed and revealed through experimental tours, participatory nap concerts, a tableau vivant, puppets, dance, séances, videos, inflatable sculptures, joinery-specific lawn furniture, a secret Swedish-Japanese fusion restaurant and more.
AxS Festival 2014 invites you to a two-week expedition, presented at partner venues throughout the city, across uncharted territory on the boundary between art and science.
For a complete schedule visit; axsfestival.org
(UN) Bridaled is the world premiere of a dance theater experience choreographed and directed by Marina Magalhaes. Last year’s awardee for Best Choreography by LA Weekly Theater Award, Magalhaes new work redefines dance theater performance with its seamless blend of Bossa Nova and Brazilian Funk music, Afro_Latin and Contemporary dance, live song and interactive theater. It explores the intersection of woman, bride, and immigrant with moving and hilariously defiant stories of women at the precipice of change. The work crosses the borders of countries, relationship statuses and society’s notions of womanhood.
September 25-27, 8:30 pm
Le Studio, 9500B Jefferson Blvd.
$15. General Admission, $12 Students and Seniors.
The skateboard culture of Southern California played a seminal roll in the early influences of many graffiti and street artists. The growth of the sport, or anti-sport, along with its strong visual component represented a renegade anti—authoritarian attitudes. This exhibition of street art and street inspired graphics symbolizes these origins and pushes forward a new generation of sleek, cool, fun and often taboo imagery on skate decks that epitomize this sub-culture.
The exhibit features works by acclaimed artists such as Shepard Fairey and Scharf, along with many artists with distinct styles that have gained fame in the world of skate and street art. The show includes a wide range of imagery, from Morley’s humorous proclamations, to Bumble Bee who uses his art to address a variety of disconcerting issues.
While street art tends to be a boys club, there are a number of women who have made their mark such as Sand whose full figured women standing up to 40 feet high project an air of empowerment.
Flower Pepper Gallery,
121 East Union Street in Old Pasadena,
Open daily from 11am to 6 pm, and until 7 pm on Saturdays.
The show will run through October 1.
For more information visit: www.flower-pepper.com
Angel City Jazz at Barnsdall Art Park
The Angel City Jazz Festival will come full circle on Sunday September 28th with a special all-day event on two stages celebrating the return to beautiful Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood, which was the home of the very first Angel City Jazz Festival.
This promises to be a fun and casual Sunday afternoon, with food from Gipsy Eats and Taqueria El Severo, beer from Angel City Brewery, and a selection of fine wines. There will be free outdoor events as well as ticketed special programming at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater.
Artists include Azar Lawrence, Craig Taborn, Bobby Bradford, Aruån Ortiz, Michael White, Taylor Ho Bynum, Josh Nelson, and a special benefit concert for jazz legend Arthur Blythe
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