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Decoders at Grand Performances Adventures in Paradise A Tribute to Minnie Riperton
Decoders at Grand Performances Adventures in Paradise A Tribute to Minnie Riperton
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Adventures from Paradise: A Tribute to Minnie Riperton

Hailed as the “best free outdoor summer concert series” by Los Angeles Magazine, Grand Performances at the beautiful California Plaza will feature the soulful 70’s sounds of the wonderful Minnie Riperton.

With a vocal range of five octaves and a rare ability to sing in the whistle register (the highest register in the human voice) Riperton originally planned to be an opera singer but turned to pop in 1961. Her major hit “Loving You” achieved number one on the American Pop Music charts, and her “Perfect Angel album was certified gold.

The Decoders featuring a twenty piece ensemble plus special guests, DJs Jeremy Sole and Aaron Byrd will re-imagine and remix her groundbreaking soul style.

California Plaza, 350 S. Grand Ave. 8pm

Four Clowns; Noah and Jonah

These clowns aren’t clowning around, or are they? Four Clowns is a troupe of performers who are not clowning around about treating their clowning as an art form. Founder and artistic director Jeremy Aluma studied under David Bridel, USC’s MFA acting program and founder of Four Clowns sister company the Clown School.

The company’s repertoire is divided into adult and kid-friendly shows. Noah and Jonah are both in the adult category juxtaposing God’s beleaguered acolyte Noah against shiftless Jonah with each show illustrating different attitudes these men take toward their responsibilities.

Noah a serious rule-follower is faced with the seemingly impossible task of saving the world from God’s promise to destroy everyone on earth with a great flood. Delightful puppets and masks accompany Noah on his amazing journey as he sets out to prove that he is the man for the job.

Jonah, lazy and argumentative escapes from a mission he doesn’t want by becoming a stowaway on a boat bound for nowhere. Before he knows what happened he finds himself in the belly of a whale and if forced to confront what he’s been running hiding and running from.

The clowns are serious about their art, but not too serious; these performances with their modern take on biblical stories are full of adventure, song, dance and magic.

Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 4:30 PM

Noah: July 9, 11, 17

Jonah July 10, 16, 18

These programs are free but online reservations are recommended;

Mike Kelley at MOCA

This homecoming exhibition of Mike Kelley, one of the most respected and beloved seminal artists of our time, entitled simple “Mike Kelley” is the largest body of the artist’s work to day and the first comprehensive survey since 1993. The exhibit will bring together over 200 works, of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture, and both modernist and alternative traditions ranging from the early 70’s until 2012

Exploring themes as diverse as American class relations, sexuality, religion, history, and politics, Kelley brought both incisive critique and self-deprecating humor to his subjects. Using every conceivable medium, his work involved found objects, banners, painting drawings, collage underground music, performance, photography and sculpture.

In addition to the regular free Thursday evenings from 5-8 pm, Every Saturday night in July will have free admission from 6-10 with DJs, food trucks performances, art talks and tours.

The Geffen Contemporary, 152 Central Ave.

Saturday’s off the 405 at the Getty Center: Art and Music

Enjoy live music in the courtyard, evening views of the city and the summer exhibitions at the Getty Center.

July 12 will feature L.A. based Chicano Batman playing their brand of fusion, mixing Mexican ballads, Brazilian, Santana, Cumbia with a little Jimi Hendrix and Cream.

Founded in the Latin-American infused heart of Los Angeles, the original members were raised on Spanish-language ballads from the likes of Los Angeles Negros, Leo Dan and heavily inspired by classic oldies and Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso. Using the “old school” as a launching pad to express their contemporary spirit the band is seeking to capture the spirit of many musical styles. Chicago Batman’s funky style with the simultaneous combination of lavish, contrasting rhythms is designed not just to entertain but to also uplift your spirits. Each of their songs are infused with their unique style of collective originality, Carlos playing catchy melodies, Bardo singing poetry as he comps chords on his 19170 Yamaha Combo Organ, Eduardo and Gabriel on the rhythm section.

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, 6-9 pm

Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

Revolutionizing modern sculpture, Alexander Calder was one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. His charming and whimsical style has sometimes been criticized as insubstantial; after all he did build an entire miniature circus out of wire, buttons and cardboard. Could anyone take his suspended kinetic sculptures seriously? The answer is a resounding yes. Who said that art that makes us smile can’t be important?

Calder’s most iconic works, which Marcel Duchamp called “mobiles” are sculptures in which flat pieces of carefully balanced painted metal disks, connected by wire float delicately in the air, propelled by motors or air currents, moving and changing never exactly the same, drawing patterns in space, shadows on walls. His later works call stabiles are monumental structures with arching forms and massive steel planes that continue his engagement with dynamism and daring innovation.

LA County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 90036

This exhibit will close on July 27

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