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Wednesday April 9

Louis Cruz Beltrans
Courtesy of Vitello's Jazz and Supper Club

Louis Cruz Beltran Upstairs at Vitello's

Upstairs at Vitello's will be the happening place for hot Latin jazz with the dazzling blend of Afro Cuban rhythms,jazz, pop and R&B by the Latin master, Louis Cruz Beltran. From intimate club dates to the Hollywood Bowls Playboy Jazz Festival, this superbly skilled conguero, timbalero and vocalist connects with audiences and has fans up and dancing non-stop in the aisles and on the dance floor. Chris Walker writing for Jazztimes Magazine, at the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival said Beltran “..Seized attendee’s attention with percolating percussion, stimulating chanting choruses and searing brass arrangements.”Percussive rhythms and funky horns will raise the thermometer to high so put on your cool and your dancing shoes; this promises to be the perfect hump day evening to get you in the mood for the weekend.

Upstairs at Vitello’s, 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604, 818- 769-090

Thursday April 10,

Camille Waldorf Unframed

The Ebell of Los Angeles will host Camille Waldorf's Unframed art exhibit/book launch event from 5:00 pm to 8: pm with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar and live harp music by Wendy Tahara, The Heartfelt Harpist.

The exhibition will include 20 contemporary paintings and drawings by the artist, all of which are featured on the pages Unframed which is due out on April 17, 2014, with advance copies available at the show which Waldorf will be happy to sign.

Waldorf’s expressive art is notable for the intensity and movement in her figurative works. Twisted angular forms and faces depict the family and friends and celebrities that inhabit her life.

The multi-talented artist-actress-musician-model will also perform her soon–to-be-released song,“Delicate Boy” at the event.

The Ebell Art Salon,

743 S. Lucerne Wilshire CA 90005


Saturday, April 12

Photography of The Spectacular

This is a featured Month of Photography LA Event, bG Gallery at Bergamot Station will present the second part of bG’s Art of the Spectacular Series, an exhibit of visionary photographers capturing and creating spectacle in their work.

An excepted and major part of mainstream film and video games, the spectacle has its roots in fine art as evidenced in romantic and surrealist compositions. Coming full circle, with art influencing film and video, these new medias have in turn influenced spectacular scenes in contemporary art works.

The photographers in this exhibit have called on past influence, new media, and internal psychology to create awe inspiring works through this theme.

bG Gallery, Bergamot Station,

2525 Michigan Avenue, Gallery 8A Santa Monica, CA

Opening reception April 12 6-10 pm

Saturday and Sunday April 12 and 13

Inspire Your Fire at the 19th Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Along with a stellar lineup of authors, this year’s festival will also feature art, comedy, food, music, photography and poetry to add to the fun. This annual celebration of ideas, creativity and the written word, held in one of the world’s most culturally-vibrant and diverse cities will be an inspiring two days to fire your imagination.

Bestselling writers, famous authors, musicians, filmmakers, culinary greats creating their latest recipes and cultural entertainment will excite your senses and spark new ideas. Artists Row will feature six artists five invited and one selected through the “Inspire” contest who will be creating pieces live onsite over the weekend sparked by the Festival’s “Inspire Your Fire” theme. The LA Times Photo Pop-Up Gallery will showcase the work of award-winning LA Times photojournalists. Eight stages will present entertainment ranging from children’s book reading, music performance by Mexico 68, poetry, and cooking.

SC Campus
University of Southern California
University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 9008

Sunday April 13,

Puppet Festival Skirball Cultural Center

Kids from 2 to 102 will be delighted with a day of fanciful puppets, kinetic animal sculptures and imaginative storytelling at The Skirball Cultural Center’s third annual celebration of the art of puppetry.

The campus-wide daylong celebration will bring together some of Southern California’s most talented puppeteers and artists working in a range of cultural and artistic styles featuring interactive performances, art making, live music, spectacular strolling puppets, and a diverse array of innovative puppets.

Performances ranging from Amaterasu/The Witch’s Egg, with found-object marionette shows based on Slovakian and Japanese tales by Christine Papalexis, to the Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater presenting an interactive twist on the classic Cinderella, will delight audiences of all ages.

For a complete listing of events go to:

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd.

Los Angeles 90049, 10 am to 4:30 pm

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