BY SEAN P. THOMAS
Getting all those trains and buses in and out of Union Station each day is a pretty nifty trick. That said, the general public will be far more impressed when the transit hub hosts the event Magic Mystery at Union Station. Taking place on the station’s South Patio on Saturday, July 20, from 6-9 p.m., the free happening will feature a lineup of talented magic makers, including some close-up artists. The night holds Lindsay Benner, a 2019 Magic Castle Award nominee, who will host the event, as well as magician Riccardo Berdini (pictured here) and illusionist Joseph Tran. In between acts, magicians and performers will filter into the audience to show their craft up close. Blink and you’ll miss it. At 800 N. Alameda St. or unionstationla.com.
photo courtesy Union Station
While The Broad’s first floor exhibit Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 continues to expose audiences to the work of black artists working during the height of the Civil Rights era, a companion event highlights the musicians who were shaking up jazz around the same time. On Wednesday, July 17, the Bunker Hill museum hosts Black Fire Sessions, an exploration of music inspired by the artwork of creative types working in 1960-70. The event features live performances by stalwarts of free jazz as they partner with young artists working in the space between jazz, R&B, hip-hop and soul. The lineup brings jazz legend Roscoe Mitchell (shown here) alongside contemporary artists Brett Carson, Busdriver, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Teebs and Mecca Vazie Andrews. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. and a ticket includes access to the museum. At 221 S. Grand Ave., (213) 232-6250 or thebroad.org.
photo by Ken Weiss
MONDAY, JULY 15 Mystic Monday Comedy Resident, 428 S. Hewitt St. or residentdtla.com. 8 p.m.: Case of the Mondays? Hopefully stand-up comedy can help. If not, it’s stand-up comedy at a bar. WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Feminist Book Club The Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., (213) 488-0599 or lastbookstorela.com. 7:30 p.m.: This month the club reads Jacob Tobia’s memoir “Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story.” Black Fire Sessions The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., (213) 232-6200 or thebroad. org. 8:30 p.m.: It’s a night of music fueled by the art on display in the “Soul of a Nation” exhibit. THURSDAY, JULY 18 Zocalo Public Square National History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd. or zocalopublicsquare.org. 7:30 p.m.: A panel of experts try to answer the question, “Are Americans turning against science?” Yeah, what do scientists know, anyway? FRIDAY, JULY 19 Dance DTLA Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave. or musiccenter.org/ dancedtla. 7 p.m.: This week, learn the moves to Argentine tango and practice with others in the park. Admission is free and there are also free dance lessons. SATURDAY, JULY 20 Magic and Mystery at Union Station Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St. or unionstationla.com. 6 p.m.: Magicians, mentalists and all kinds of performers will surprise and delight people during a unique event at the transit hub.
photo courtesy Teragram Ballroom
ROCK, POP & JAZZ
1720 1720 E. 16th St. or 1720.la. July 17: Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie. You heard them. July 18: The “Pure Noise Tour” features Counterparts, Terror, Sanction, and Year of the Knife. Blue Whale 123 Astronaut E.S. Onizuka St. Suite 301, (213) 620-0908 or bluewhalemusic.com. July 15: Andrée Belle Group. July 16: Alex Sadnik. July 17: David Tranchina Group. July 18: Singer Kristen Lee Sargeant, with special guests. (No, it’s not the Obamas.) July 19: Daniel Rosenboom Group. July 20: Dwight Trible Group. July 21: Thollem McDonas and Alex Cline. Bootleg Bar 2220 Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-3856 or bootlegtheater.org. July 15: Polartropica’s July residency continues with an “Intergalactic Space Odyssey,” backed by Miss Jupiter, Monolators, and Little Galaxies. July 16: Red Wanting Blue. July 17: Guitarist and singer Jessica Hoop. July 18: Drum & Lace has an EP release show. July 19: The Appleseed Cast is backed by Young Jesus, which, as we all know, does not feature a young person named Jesus. July 20: The Manx is a “goo-core” band that wears elaborate costumes and gets weird. Weird even for L.A. July 21: Meanwhile, James V has a music video release concert. The Escondite 410 Boyd St., (213) 626-1800 or theescondite.com. Continued on page 14
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Over the course of its brief four-year run starting in the late 1980s, alt rock band Galaxie 500 released just three albums. It was a limited output, but three decades later they’re still beloved. While former headman Dean Wareham has moved on to other projects, he’s not too big to return to his roots, and he’ll do that this week when he drops by the Teragram Ballroom. On Friday, July 19, Wareham, backed by a fourpiece band, will play Galaxie 500’s second album, On Fire, in its entirety, bringing smiles to graying fans of the dream pop album that melodically meshed lo-fi with psychedelia strains. Jason Quever’s musical project Papercuts will open. The concert begins at 8 p.m. At 1234 W. Seventh St. or teragramballroom.com.
Show off your dance moves in a no-judgment al fresco setting when Dance DTLA returns to Grand Park on Friday, July 19. Taking place from 7-11 p.m., the event is all about Argentine tango, the sultry and intimate dance popular in photo by Javier Guillen for Music Center/Grand Park Buenos Aires. If you have no idea where to start with Argentine tango, no worries — the event will feature live music and instructors who will provide free beginner lessons. It might take two to tango, but it’s perfectly fine to attend solo; maybe you’ll find your dance partner on the floor, with a rose between his or her teeth. At 200 N. Grand Ave. or grandparkla.org. Is the future female? It is for sure this week, as the Femme It Forward Tour stops at the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live. Filled with prominent female R&B artists including Brandy, Keri Hilson, Monica, Ashanti and more, the night highlights women in the entertainment industry. It’s more than just a concert, as in addition to some musical performances, there will also be panel discussions and comedy sets. It takes place on Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will go to a charitable organization that supports women’s advancements. At 777 Chick Hearn Court, (213) 763-6030 or microsofttheater.com.
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photo courtesy Femme It Forward
JULY 15, 2019
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