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Five Uber Cool Things To Do May 19-25

A Cherokee Prayer by Artist: Bandit Bandit is a part Cherokee Los Angeles street artist
A Cherokee Prayer by Artist: Bandit Bandit is a part Cherokee Los Angeles street artist
Courtesy of Mural Conversancy of Los Angeles

Monday May 19, Ford Theater JAM Session

Dance to the beat, play an instrument and have a fun filled Monday evening at the free Ford Theater JAM Sessions all summer long. Choose from Tango, Samba, and African drumming, just to name a few, or try them all. Monday May 19 will be your chance to don that flowered Hawaiian shirt or sarong that has been lingering in your closet and head to the bucolic Ford Amphitheater where you can enjoy a true Island celebration while you learn to Hula and strum the Ukulele. By the end of the evening six-time Grammy Award sinner Daniel Ho and mother-daughter hula dancers Sylvia and Nani Edgar will have your hips swaying and hands moving in the graceful gestures of this classic Island dance.

Monday evenings 7 PM, Reservations recommended.

Ford Amphitheater, 2580 Cahunga Blvd. East, Hollywood, 90068

Wednesday May 21, Surely Lorraine, Tunes of Portugal

Anime Wong/Surely Lorraine will perform her post-punk/new wave music project, Tunes of Portugal at The Silver Lake Sessions, Upstairs at Malo. Sharing the bill will be opening acts, cellist-singer-songwriter Luke Janela, and Kondo Exurbia fronted by Tom Pinkava of post-punk band Superbas and experimental sound project Communication Kills.

To my jazz fan readers, don’t be frightened off by the post-punk label, I found Surely Lorraine’s soaring solos over subtle drum and bass rhythms unique and intriguing. She has the gift of telling a story in a soft haunting voice that pulls you in and makes you want to listen.

Doors open at 8:00 pm, with complimentary drinks until 10:00 pm using the super secret password found on the event’s Facebook page and happy hour prices on food all night in the upstairs bar.

Malo, 4326 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90029, 323-664-1011

Friday May 23 Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Friday Night Jazz

With World Cup coming to Brazil in June, this would be a great time to see LACMA’s exhibition which examines football – nicknamed “the beautiful game” by one sports commentator, and its

significance in societies around the world. Touching on issues of nationalism and identity, the

exhibition celebrating this global sport includes approximately thirty artists from around the world who work in video, photography, painting and sculpture.

After viewing the exhibit, stick around for Friday night Jazz. This Friday will feature

vocalist Judy Wexler who Jazz Times states is “one of the most focused, unpretentious, no-nonsense, bop-oriented jazz singers around”.

Futbol:The Beautiful Game, until July 20

Jazz at LACMA every Friday 6 to 8 PM.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art5905 Wilshire Bl. Los Angeles, 90035

Saturday May 24, Indian Alley-Winston Street Mural Tour.

Take a walk on what is referred to as “one of the most famous public spaces in the country” among Native Americans. Werden Place at Winston which was adjacent to an outreach center for American Indians from 1974 to 1987 became a hang out for Native Americans in need of assistance and thus earning its nickname of “Indian Alley”.

In recent years Indian Alley’s heritage has been resurrected and celebrated through a series of murals and other public art installations by prominent Los Angeles street artists depicting noteworthy Native American leaders and social activists

The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles whose mission is to restore, preserve and document the murals of Los Angeles will conduct a tour of these wonderful works of street art and you’ll meet some of the artists who contributed work on the Indian Alley Art Project.

Downtown Los Angeles, Winston and Indian Alley Los Angeles 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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