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Music and theater events to consider for August 14 - 20, 2014

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Dena Burroughs

Looking for something beautiful, stimulating, smart, and inspirational, to do this week? Following find a few awesome options!

August 14

Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs at the Skirball Cultural Center (2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd in Los Angeles 90049) at 8 p.m. Free. See http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/sunset-concerts-2014

Los Angeles Philharmonic with Yo-Yo Ma on cello at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 p.m. See http://www.hollywoodbowl.com

Argus Quartet performs at "Live! At the Museum" concert series at the Laguna Art Museum at 7 p.m. Free with museum admission. Concert is in the Steele Gallery with seating first come-first served. See http://www.lagunabeachlive.com

“Motorcity Magic” performs at the Laguna Playhouse (606 N. Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach) through August 24 only. This is a musical journey through the Motown years directed by Michael Yorkell. Tickets range $46 to $66. See http://www.lagunaplayhouse.com

August 15

“Bird Lives!” opens at the Chromolume Theatre at The Attic (5429 W. Washington Blvd in Los Angeles 90016) at 8 p.m. This is a solo play staring Montae Russell as jazz icon Charlie Parker. Run will continue through September 21. Tickets are $20 with discounts for students, seniors and children. See http://www.crtheatre.com

Joe Driscoll (beatboxer/rapper from Syracuse) and Sekou Kouyate (master Kora player from Guinea) perform at Grand Performances at 8 p.m. See http://www.grandperformances.org

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the USC Marching Band at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 p.m. See http://www.hollywoodbowl.com

Film “The Giver” opens nationwide. Based on Lois Lowry’s young adult novel of the same name, this story centers on a young man’s discovery of the dark and deadly truths of his community. Rated PG-13. Running time 97 minutes. See http://www.thegiverfilm.com

“Turn the Page” – A Tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts (104 N. Citrus Ave in Covina 91723) at 8 p.m. Tickets range $20 to $30. See http://www.covinacenter.com

August 16

African American Museum of Art and Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center present a free exhibition: “The Visionary Art of J. B. Murray” at Museum of African American Art, Macy’s 3rd Floor, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (4005 Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles 90008) from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. See http://www.maaala.org

“The Mayan Codices” lecture by architect Ignacio Fernandez about the marvels of what the Mayas brought to Yucatan, Mexico at 6 p.m. at Chichen Itza Restaurant in Mercado La Paloma (3655 S. Grand Ave in Los Angeles 90007).

“The Art of Murder” is an interactive murder mystery playing at the Sierra Madre Playhouse (87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd in Sierra Madre 91024) at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. See http://www.sierramadreplayhouse.org

“Broadway under the stars” stars Jennifer Holliday and four of Broadway’s best – Erich Bergen, Rogelio Douglas, Jr., Danny Gurwin and Chad Kimball – at the Ford Amphitheatre (2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East in Hollywood) at 8 p.m. Tickets range $40 to $95; for students and children $20. See http://www.FordTheatres.org

“Two Women from North to South” artist reception from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Casa 0101 Theater (2102 E. 1st St. in Los Angeles 90033). Artwork by Emilia Garcia and Crystal Galindo. Free. No RSVP required.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the USC Marching Band at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 p.m. See http://www.hollywoodbowl.com

“Turn the Page” – A Tribute to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts (104 N. Citrus Ave in Covina 91723) at 8 p.m. Tickets range $20 to $30. See http://www.covinacenter.com

August 17

Smooth Summer Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl at 6 p.m. See http://hbowl.com/SmoothSummerJazz

August 20

Marvin Gaye’s “What’s going on” with John Legend and the LA Philharmonic. Legend and funk-soul star Sharon Jones will open the evening with a duet of Gaye’s and Tammy Terrell’s hits. See http://www.hollywoodbowl.com