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At the Ford, we believe it's important to provide a space where everyone feels welcome to experience all that Los Angeles, and the world, has to offer. We do this by presenting music, dance, theatre and film events that reflect the world in which we live. For unforgettable performances in an intimate setting, the place to be is the Ford.
The Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese 

The Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese

The Arts Desk described The Spring Quartet‘s 2014 Barbican performance as, “An expansive, freewheeling rampage, ideas flying out like sparks from a roaring fire, as Spalding, Lovano and Genovese all charmed the room with their gregarious solo work, all held together by DeJohnette’s deliciously light touch.”

NEA Master, Grammy Award-winner, drummer and composer Jack DeJohnette knows the multifaceted worlds of jazz and jazz-rock as thoroughly as anyone alive. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” Grammy Award-winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself as a prescient and path-finding force in the arena of creative music. Esperanza Spalding has always resolutely, intuitively and deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre-bending composer, bassist and vocalist. Argentinian pianist Leonardo Genovese has established a solid reputation as an instrumentalist and composer who is not afraid to explore the lesser known corners of the musical landscape.

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $70
Tier 2: $55
Tier 3: $35

 Saturday, April 27, 2019 8:00 PM The Spring Quartet: Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese  [buy tickets]
Identity LA: A Night Celebrating AAPI Women 
Pacific Bridge Arts Foundation is proud to partner with the City of Los Angeles - one of the most diverse cities in the world and home to millions of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) - for a special concert event IDENTITY LA: A Night Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Women. The free open-to-the-public event that celebrates the city’s diverse AAPI community and culture specifically influential women during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The all-female line-up will be headlined by Grammy nominated artist TOKiMONSTA with support from soulful songstress MILCK, R&B pop-star Sophia Black. 
 Saturday, May 11, 2019 5:30 PM Identity LA: A Night Celebrating AAPI Women
Last Whispers 

Last Whispers - Oratorio for Vanishing Voices

presented in association with LACMA and the Natural History MuseumAn immersive experience, Last Whispers - Oratorio for Vanishing Voices, Collapsing Universes & a Falling Tree is simultaneously a spatially-designed sound composition and film. Dedicated to the mass extinction of languages, the project was created by Lena Herzog and features sound design by award-winning sound designers Mark Mangini and Marco Capalbo. At an unprecedented speed, faster than the extinction of some species, our linguistic diversity—the very means by which we know ourselves—is eroding. Today, a majority of the world’s population speaks only 30 of the 7,000 languages remaining on earth. It is estimated that at least half of the currently spoken languages will have died by the end of this century. In fact, a language dies every two weeks. By definition, this loss occurs in silence, since silence is the very form of this extinction. Last Whispers is an invocation of that which has gone extinct and an incantation of those that are endangered.

Presented in surround sound under the stars, a chorus of spoken and sung extinct and endangered languages, punctuated by sounds of forest, wind and translated gravitational waves registered by LIGO, will envelope the audience, while black and white video and photography poetically link image and sound. All languages featured in this immersive oratorio are endangered or extinct. Prior to the oratorio, the Natural History Museum will present a conversation about languages and native voices featuring a panel of experts, to be announced.

Co-presented by UNESCO Atlas of World Languages in Danger.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

General Admission: $25

 Friday, June 14, 2019 8:00 PM Last Whispers  [buy tickets]
TAIKOPROJECT presents Rhythmic Relations 2019 

TAIKOPROJECT presents Rhythmic Relations 2019

TAIKOPROJECT's annual taiko concert Rhythmic Relations returns to the Ford as 50 taiko drummers of all ages perform on drums of all different sizes. The evening will include a mix of classic and contemporary taiko songs blended musically with koto (Japanese harp), vocals, marimba, shinobue (bamboo flute), and dynamic choreography and dance. Joining TAIKOPROJECT in performance are Bombu Taiko and youth performing group Kitsune Taiko.

Tier 1: $50
Tier 2: $35
Tier 3: $20

Children (12 and under): $25/$20/$15

Student tickets: $25/$20/$15, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.

 Saturday, June 15, 2019 8:00 PM TAIKOPROJECT presents Rhythmic Relations 2019  [buy tickets]
JAM: Afro-Cuban Dance 

JAM Session: Afro-Cuban Dance

Cuban choreographer and educator Kati Hernandez will take you on a high-energy journey through the dances and music of the Afro-Cuban diaspora. Live traditional percussion by Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and Bobby Wilmore will inspire you to get on your feet and move your body to the beat.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, June 17, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Afro-Cuban Dance  [buy tickets]
Element Band with Miqayel Voskanyan 

Element Band with Miqayel Voskanyan

Element Band’s distinctive arrangements both preserve and refresh traditional Armenian songs by infusing each song with large-bodied vocals and contemporary sounds. The band’s original compositions resonate, bringing the old world to life through a modern lens. Armenian folk musician Miqayel Voskanyan and his band will open the evening with what Miqayel calls their “mostly folk with jazz-fusion combinations.” Pairing the tar, an ancient Armenian instrument, with instruments such as the saxophone, drums, and keyboard, their musical style incorporates jazz, Armenian folk, rock, and funk, making them a staple on the jazz festival circuit.

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $65
Tier 2: $45
Tier 3: $35
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 Sunday, June 23, 2019 7:30 PM Element Band with Miqayel Voskanyan  [buy tickets]
JAM: Celtic Dance 

JAM Session: Celtic Dance

Gather together in fun, fellowship and laughter as you dance the céili! CnaG Gaelic League of LA’s dance division Céilí Rua (Wild Gathering) will lead you through the jig step movements of these traditional Irish social dances set to music by The Ploughboys.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, June 24, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Celtic Dance  [buy tickets]
SAG-AFTRA Foundation presents Game Changers 

SAG AFTRA Foundation presents Game Changers

In celebration of the power of film and television to broaden cultural understanding and influence the human experience, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation presents Game Changers. Taking place over four nights, each event will highlight a groundbreaking film or television series that made a significant impact on diversity in representation, reimagined traditional narratives, or achieved major technological advances in storytelling. Moderated discussions with original cast members and/or directors will kick off each event. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see your favorite film with a new perspective or discover an iconic movie for the first time, under the stars at the Ford.

“The movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.” – Roger Ebert

Preferred seating: $30
Regular seating: $20
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 Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:00 PM Game Changers  [buy tickets]
 Friday, June 28, 2019 8:00 PM Game Changers  [buy tickets]
 Sunday, June 30, 2019 8:00 PM Game Changers  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Afro-Latin Rhythms with El Santo Golpe 

Big World Fun: Afro-Latin Rhythms with El Santo Golpe

Experience the joy of music and dance inspired by the many regions of Latin America. From Riverside, California, El Santo Golpe is comprised of close friends and family with a vision to share the music of their past mixed with the music of today. El Santo Golpe’s original music is influenced by West-African percussion and dance; Colombian, Son Jarocho, and Garifuna music; and the beautiful folklore from many regions around the world.

The Big World Fun family series takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. These hour-long music, dance and theatre performances are for children of all ages and their families. Enjoy family-friendly preshow nature and craft activities in the Ford’s entryway gardens prior to each performance, starting at 9:00 am.

Adults: $5
Children (12 and under): FREE

 Saturday, July 6, 2019 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Afro-Latin Rhythms with El Santo Golpe  [buy tickets]
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents Magia del Sureste 

Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents Magia del Sureste

Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet returns to the Ford stage with a magical evening that will highlight the mystery and enchantment representative of the Mexican Southwest. Mayan inspired modern dance pieces will recount the legend of the destruction of the Mayan empire’s central cities, Uxmal, Chichen, Itza and Mayapan. Experience dances from Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tabasco, presented in a mosaic of movement, color, and sound that represent the pride and diversity of indigenous traditions in the Southeast.

Tier 1: $55
Tier 2: $45
Tier 3: $35

 Saturday, July 6, 2019 8:30 PM Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents Magia del Sureste  [buy tickets]
JAM: Mexican Folk Dance 

JAM Session: Mexican Folk Dance

Delight in the vibrant music and dance of Veracruz! Step up on the tarima (wooden dance platform) with San Fernando's own Ballet Folklorico Ollin who will walk you through this rhythmic dance style. The JAM will end with a fandango celebrating the entire community.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, July 8, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Mexican Folk Dance  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Samba with Viver Brasil 

Big World Fun: Samba with Viver Brasil 

Let the colorful costumes and exuberant movements of Viver Brasil transport you and your family to Brazil with the premiere of Cozinhando Samba [Cooking Samba]. Dressed in vivid costumes, vocalists will become part of the action as musicians take polyrhythms to new heights!  

The Big World Fun family series takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. These hour-long music, dance and theatre performances are for children of all ages and their families. Enjoy family friendly preshow nature and craft activities in the Ford’s entryway gardens prior to each performance, starting at 9:00 am.

Adults: $5
Children (12 and under): FREE

 Saturday, July 13, 2019 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Samba with Viver Brasil  [buy tickets]
Meshell Ndegeocello 

Meshell Ndegeocello 

Visionary vocalist and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello will perform songs from her new album Ventriloquism, as well as a selection of her favorites. Musically, Ventriloquism has the hallmarks of all of Ndegeocello’s work, lush and investigative, subversive and sublime. As always, she pays tribute to her diverse influences and in these cover songs, we hear them layered over one another. The reimagining deconstructs and comments on the narrow expectation of sound and structure for black artists and black music, while offering a musical refuge during these uncertain times.

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $55
Tier 2: $40
Tier 3: $30

 Saturday, July 13, 2019 8:00 PM Meshell Ndegeocello  [buy tickets]
JAM: Old School Street Dance 

JAM Session: Old School Street Dance

Party like it’s 1990! A member of Rennie Harris Puremovement dance company will show you the moves to social street dances such as the wop, cabbage patch, running man, electric slide, dab and more. Get down and have fun at this old school hip-hop dance party!

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, July 15, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Old School Street Dance  [buy tickets]
Rennie Harris Funkedified 

Rennie Harris Funkedified

Pushing the boundaries of street dance vocabulary, Funkedified challenges stereotypes and invites the audience to view hip-hop through a new lens. This multimedia work celebrates the funk music and street dance of the 1970s and is set against the landscape of a video montage of African American communities of that era. Inspired by the political turmoil and atmosphere of Rennie Harris’ childhood, Rennie Harris Funkedified will be performed by dancers from Rennie Harris Puremovement; The Hood Lockers, one of the most seminal locking groups since Don Campbell and The Campbell Lock Dancers; and dancers from LA’s own Versa-Style Dance Company. A live funk band will pay homage to the music of such funk legends such as James Brown, George Clinton and Roger Troutman, to name a few.

Bringing social dance to the concert stage, Rennie Harris and his company Rennie Harris Puremovement are world-renowned for creating a cohesive dance style that finds a cogent voice in the theatre. Considered one of the pioneers of street dance theatre, alongside Princess Grace Kelly and Dr. Julius Erving, Harris was voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia history. An award-winning choreographer, Rennie Harris toured the Middle East as one of four Ambassadors for the United States for President Barak Obama’s cultural exchange program Dance Motion USA.

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.​​​​​​​

Benefit Ticket: $250, includes a preshow reception, artist meet & greet, premium reserved seating, free non-stacked parking and more. 

Tier 1: $50
Tier 2: $35
Tier 3: $25

 Saturday, July 20, 2019 8:00 PM Rennie Harris Funkedified  [buy tickets]
JAM: Drum Circle 

JAM Session: Drum Circle 

Take a rhythmic journey in this evening of interactive group drumming. Using a variety of percussion instruments, discover the joy of collectively creating beats and sounds with Christopher Ramirez and a special guest artist. Drums provided by Remo Drums

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, July 22, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Drum Circle  [buy tickets]
Nic Harcourt presents Kinky 

Nic Harcourt Presents Kinky
with special guest M.I.S.

Radio/TV host and journalist Nic Harcourt has curated an evening of Mexican electronica, starring the legendary electronic/funk/rock band Kinky, performing music off of their latest album, Nada Vale Más Que Tú. The album, their first new material since 2012, marks a return “to the electronic roots that has characterized the group and solidified them as one of the most important bands in Latin America,” says Billboard Magazine. Mexico City-based DJ Mexican Institute of Sound will open with a set of vintage Mexican pop and dance records from the ‘20s through the ‘60s mixed with modern loops and beats.

Kinky has performed all over the world including Coachella, KCRW’s World Festival, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits, and six times at the prestigious Festival Vive Latino, among others. They have also appeared on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and the MTV VMAs, and have toured with The Flaming Lips, Cake, Modest Mouse, De La Soul, Shakira, Los Lonely Boys, Beck, Norah Jones and Vasco Rossi. Mexican Institute of Sound is an electronic music project created by DJ and producer Camilo Lara, who in addition to releasing five albums, has worked with Morrissey tribute act Mexrissey, has remixed Beck (Wow), and has worked on the music for Pixar’s Coco, among other projects.

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $50
Tier 2: $35
Tier 3: $25


 Sunday, July 28, 2019 8:00 PM Nic Harcourt presents Kinky  [buy tickets]
JAM: African Dance & Drums 

JAM Session: African Dance and Drums

Celebrate the rhythms of West Africa! At this energetic JAM led by Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole, you’ll explore the drumming, dancing and singing traditions of the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, July 29, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: African Dance & Drums  [buy tickets]
Hollywood Shorts 

Hollywood Shorts presented with HBO

Hollywood Shorts is a monthly screening program that celebrates award- winning short films and animation, shining a light on exciting emerging voices. Hollywood Shorts returns to the Ford for three outdoor summer screenings on The Zev as part of their 20th season in Los Angeles. Attendees can grab free popcorn or something heartier at the Ford Terrace Café before kicking back to enjoy an evening of the best short films under the Hollywood stars. Stay after the screenings for a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. Films to be announced.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

​​​​​​​General Admission: $12

 Tuesday, July 30, 2019 8:30 PM Hollywood Shorts  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Bluegrass Music with The Get Down Boys 

Big World Fun: Bluegrass Music with The Get Down Boys

Get ready for some pickin' and a grinnin' with the energetic sounds of The Get Down Boys, whose five-string banjo, lonesome harmonies and history of Bluegrass music will leave you and your family with a smile on your face.

The Big World Fun family series takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. These hour-long music, dance and theatre performances are for children of all ages and their families. Enjoy family-friendly preshow nature and craft activities in the Ford’s entryway gardens prior to each performance, starting at 9:00 am.

Adults: $5
Children (12 and under): FREE

 Saturday, August 3, 2019 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Bluegrass Music with The Get Down Boys  [buy tickets]
JAM: Caribbean Dance 

JAM Session: Caribbean Dance

Move your body to the island beat! Combining soca, dance hall, punta, and African dance styles, Betty Rox will lead you on a cultural journey of the islands of Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados. 

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, August 5, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Caribbean Dance  [buy tickets]
Edgar Arceneaux - Boney Manilli 

Edgar Arceneaux – Boney Manilli

Work-in-Progress Showing

Boney Manilli is a hallucinatory mash-up that takes the shape of a church revival, discotheque, burial ceremony and a puppet show loosely centered around ‘90s pop group Milli Vanilli. Los Angeles-based artist Edgar Arceneaux invites the audience on a journey from the tombs of pop infamy to the redemption of an infamous lip-syncer, exploring the consequences of entertainment and how it animates our contemporary political moment. In this world of unexpected connections and conflicts, we traverse 83 years of history and fantasy, encountering a German record producer with a desire to be born in a black body, silver-voiced singers, a dancer from Aruba, and a life-sized marionette swinging across time and space by the force of the maniacal Russian monk Rasputin. Developed in residency at the Ford Theatres, this fantastical retelling of Milli Vanilli’s legacy reevaluates them as martyrs, exposing the pop music industry’s mechanized abuse and disposal of black bodies. 

This event is part of the Ford Theatres Artist-in-Residence program, which provides local artists the space and resources to develop new work. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

General Admission: $25

 Thursday, August 8, 2019 8:00 PM Edgar Arceneaux - Boney Manilli  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Indian Kathak Dance and Music with Leela Dance Collective 

 Big World Fun: Indian Kathak Dance and Music with Leela Dance Collective

Be transported to India with Leela Dance Collective as they perform kathak, a classical dance from North India. Leela Dance will seamlessly weave together percussive dance steps, dynamic movement and rich music to tell the story of India – her history, struggles, spiritual discoveries, and evolution. 

The Big World Fun family series takes place on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am. These hour-long music, dance and theatre performances are for children of all ages and their families. Enjoy family-friendly preshow nature and craft activities in the Ford’s entryway gardens prior to each performance, starting at 9:00 am.

Adults: $5
Children (12 and under): FREE
 

 Saturday, August 10, 2019 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Indian Kathak Dance and Music with Leela Dance Collective  [buy tickets]
[Up]Rising: an Afro-Future Jazz Her-Story 

The Nonsemble presents [Up]Rising: an Afro-Future Jazz Her-Story

Join our host, Don Cheadle and emcee Garth Trinidad of KCRW for an evening of post-modern South African music. Siya Makuzeni will perform with her trans-Atlantic jazz sextet (and a few very special surprise guests) interspersed with the signature post-punk and blacktronica sounds of her alter-ego “Ippyfuze,” all of which is informed by her South African heritage. Joining Makuzeni for our celebration of South Africa's National Women’s Day will be singer-songwriter Thandi Ntuli with her soulful voice and jazz piano. Other performers slated to perform include LA-based KATALYST [The Collective] and new-soul / jazz / hip-hop artist, Georgia Anne Muldrow.

VIP: $70, includes premium seating, artist meet & greet, and gift bag.  

Tier 1: $50
Tier 2: $40
Tier 3: $30

Children (12 and under): $40/$30/$20

Student tickets: $45/$35/$25, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.

 Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:00 PM [Up]Rising: an Afro-Future Jazz Her-Story  [buy tickets]
JAM: Ukulele & Hula 

JAM Session: Ukulele & Hula

Whether you want to learn the graceful gestures of the hula, or play some songs on your ukulele, Jason Arimoto will lead the way in a Hawaiian island celebration like no other. Ukuleles will be provided.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, August 12, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Ukulele & Hula  [buy tickets]
Brockus Project presents Women Rising 

Brockus Project presents

Women Rising: Choreography from the Female Perspective

In celebration of the 99th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, Brockus Project will present Women Rising: Choreography from the Female Perspective. The evening will pay tribute to women pioneers of modern dance as well as celebrating women choreographers working in Los Angeles today who continue to innovate. Ten groups will perform, including JazzAntiqua, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Blue13, Heidi Duckler Dance, Luminario Ballet, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide and more.

VIP: $75, includes premium seating, preshow reception, and gift bag.

Tier 1: $55
Tier 2: $45
Tier 3: $30

Children (12 and under): $45/$35/$20

Student tickets: $20, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.

 Friday, August 16, 2019 8:30 PM Brockus Project presents Women Rising  [buy tickets]
JAM: Chicago Style Stepping 

JAM Session: Chicago Style Stepping 

Set to the toe-tapping sounds of jazz, soul and R&B, Chicago Style Stepping returns to the Ford with the help of LA Steppers Connection. Learn the synchronized steps of this smooth style rooted in traditional dance movements of swing dancing, jitterbug and the bop, and then try out your moves to the live music by As Iz.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, August 19, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Chicago Style Stepping  [buy tickets]
Tales from Mount Sumeru: The Golden Peacock 

Mantra Siam presents Tales from Mount Sumeru: The Golden Peacock

Nearly 10 years after their first performance at the Ford, Mantra Siam will return with Tales from Mount Sumeru: The Golden Peacock. Dancers from Thailand and Los Angeles will reenact the tale of the reincarnation of Buddha as The Golden Peacock who protects and introduces true happiness to the creatures of the holy and mysterious Himapan Forest. Featuring a fusion of ballet, modern dance and jazz with traditional Thai classical movement, the evening is directed by Zarot Wayuchot and produced by Chotiros Viboonlarp, founders of Mantra Siam Performing Art. 

VIP: $150, includes premium seating, reception, gift bag, and artist meet & greet

Tier 1: $75
Tier 2: $55
Tier 3: $35

Children (12 and under): $64/$47/$30

Student tickets: $64/$47/$30, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.

 Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:00 PM Tales from Mount Sumeru: The Golden Peacock  [buy tickets]
JAM: Creativity in Movement 

JAM Session: Creativity in Movement

Inspired by the circle formation, known as a cypher, used in hip-hop and house to facilitate improvisation, equity, and expression, this JAM will create a space for spontaneity, discovery, and connection. Former Urban Bush Women dancer and LA choreographer Marjani Forté-Saunders invites you to engage your creative mind and play with abandon as you explore contemporary dance forms. All ages and skill levels are welcome; an open mind and rich curiosity are all that are requested.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with stepping, dancing, ukulele, drumming, and so much more. JAM Sessions are FREE participatory events centered around movement and music. Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles; The James Irvine Foundation; Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation; and Edison International.

 Monday, August 26, 2019 7:00 PM JAM: Creativity in Movement  [buy tickets]
Hollywood Shorts 

Hollywood Shorts presented with HBO

Hollywood Shorts is a monthly screening program that celebrates award- winning short films and animation, shining a light on exciting emerging voices. Hollywood Shorts returns to the Ford for three outdoor summer screenings on The Zev as part of their 20th season in Los Angeles. Attendees can grab free popcorn or something heartier at the Ford Terrace Café before kicking back to enjoy an evening of the best short films under the Hollywood stars. Stay after the screenings for a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. Films to be announced.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

​​​​​​​General Admission: $12

 Tuesday, August 27, 2019 8:30 PM Hollywood Shorts  [buy tickets]
Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories 

Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories

“…the Urban Bush Women are committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing, and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness.”  —The New York Times

Choreographed by Urban Bush Women Associate Artistic Directors Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis, in collaboration with the company, Hair & Other Stories is a multidisciplinary experience that blends dance-theatre with conversations that challenge existing American values and celebrate our choices around “who we be” and “how we do.” Crafted from personal narratives, the piece explores disquieting perceptions of beauty, identity and race, and what constitutes the freedom to rise beyond our ordinary selves in extraordinary times. Featuring new music compositions by The Illustrious Blacks (Manchildblack and Monstah Black) with stage direction by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

For 35 years, choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s company Urban Bush Women has given expression to the vitality and boldness of African American women. The company’s bold and boundary-pushing storytelling weaves contemporary dance, music, and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African diaspora.

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $50
Tier 2: $35
Tier 3: $25

 Friday, August 30, 2019 8:00 PM Urban Bush Women: Hair & Other Stories  [buy tickets]
¡Viva La Tradición! Viva LA Mujer 

Colibrí Entertainment presents ¡Viva La Tradición! Viva LA Mujer

Some of Southern California’s most iconic female mariachi groups will unite for an epic event in celebration of major anniversary milestones. Colibrí Entertainment presents ¡Viva La Tradición! - La Mujer, a night of performances by Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles (celebrating 25 years) and Ford favorite Las Colibrí (celebrating 10 years). San Fernando Valley-based Ballet Folklorico Ollín will accompany the evening with their vibrant dances and colorful costumes.

VIP: $125, includes premium seating and gift bag.

Tier 1: $80
Tier 2: $65
Tier 3: $50

Children (12 and under): $70/$55/$40

Student tickets: $70/$55/$40, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.

 Saturday, September 7, 2019 8:00 PM ¡Viva La Tradición! Viva LA Mujer  [buy tickets]
The Leela Dance Collective presents Son of the Wind 

The Leela Dance Collective presents Son of the Wind

Son of the Wind is a kathak dance drama that follows the trials and adventures of Hanuman as he helps rescue the princess Sita from the clutches of Ravan, King of Lanka. Under the artistic direction of Seibi Lee, Rachna Nivas and Rina Mehta, this all-female production brings a contemporary spin to India's ancient epic the Ramayana.

Tier 1: $55
Tier 2: $45
Tier 3: $35

Children (12 and under): $45/$35/$25

Student tickets: $45/$35/$25, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.

 Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:00 PM The Leela Dance Collective presents Son of the Wind  [buy tickets]
4th Annual Boleros de Noche 

4th Annua l Boleros De Noche by Ánimo Productions

Headlining this celebration of bolero music from Latin America is an incarnation of Trio Los Panchos, led by Gabriel "Gaby" Vargas Aguilar, the adopted son of original member Alfredo Gil. Playing the requinto guitar (like his father), Gaby keeps the classic repertoire alive of these bolero music pioneers – all the way from their beginnings in 1944 New York City. The GRAMMY®-nominated all-female Trio Ellas will kick off this magical summer evening filled with nostalgia and love.

VIP: $80, includes premium seating and artist meet & greet

Tier 1: $60
Tier 2: $50
Tier 3: $40

Children (12 and under): $43/$34, Tier 2 and 3 only

Student tickets: $43/$34, Tier 2 and 3 only, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and locatio n, click here.

 Sunday, September 15, 2019 7:00 PM 4th Annual Boleros de Noche  [buy tickets]
Olga Pericet Company – La Espina 

Olga Pericet Company – La Espina

The Thorn that Dreamed of Being a Flower or the Flower that Dreamed of Being a Dancer

presented in association with The Fountain Theatre

"Olga Pericet in a powerhouse performance..." - The New York Times

"Expect to be surprised; besides being a fiery and technically accomplished performer, Pericet is a mercurial presence and a fearless experimenter." - The New Yorker

Versatile artist and magnetic dancer Olga Pericet is one of the top names in Spanish flamenco. As an award-winning dancer (National Dance Prize 2018, Spain), Pericet’s polished technique and serene but serious presence captivates the audience from the very first moment she appears on the stage. Her work blends a respect for tradition with a contemporary vision. For La Espina, Pericet embarks on a personal journey through dance, creating a world in which feminine and masculine, humor and drama appear in equal parts, and where the dark discovers the light.

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $70
Tier 2: $50
Tier 3: $35

 Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:00 PM Olga Pericet Company – La Espina  [buy tickets]
Hollywood Shorts 

Hollywood Shorts presented with HBO

Hollywood Shorts is a monthly screening program that celebrates award- winning short films and animation, shining a light on exciting emerging voices. Hollywood Shorts returns to the Ford for three outdoor summer screenings on The Zev as part of their 20th season in Los Angeles. Attendees can grab free popcorn or something heartier at the Ford Terrace Café before kicking back to enjoy an evening of the best short films under the Hollywood stars. Stay after the screenings for a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. Films to be announced.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

​​​​​​​General Admission: $12

 Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:30 PM Hollywood Shorts  [buy tickets]
Jail Guitar Doors presents Rock Out 5! 

Jail Guitar Doors presents Rock Out 5!  

Former MC5 guitarist and Jail Guitar Doors USA co-founder Wayne Kramer will once again take the stage in support of this nonprofit organization that uses music to help rehabilitate prisoners and youth offenders.  This year’s concert will include JGD friends from Wayne's 50-year career who will drop in for a night of rock 'n’ roll magic!  All-star lineup to be announced.

VIP: $150, includes premium seating, gift bag, and a preshow reception.

Tier 1: $50

Children (12 and under): $125/$30

Student tickets: $125/$30, must be purchased in person at the box office with valid student ID; one ticket per student at that rate. For box office hours and location, click here.

 Saturday, September 28, 2019 8:00 PM Jail Guitar Doors presents Rock Out 5!  [buy tickets]
GAME THEORY: Modern Indie Game Music and Composers 

GAME THEORY: Modern Indie Game Music Live

Available on every modern gaming platform (and many older ones!), indie games are truly the future of gaming. GAME THEORY will highlight the incredible music of today’s blockbuster games. Six video game composers take center stage for an evening of music from their most popular independent titles, as well as world premieres of all-new original compositions. The world-class musicians of the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra will be joined by some of the industry’s most popular artists, bands, vocalists, instrumentalists and YouTube personalities. Conducted by composer and arranger Chad Seiter (Star Trek, ReCore, LEGO Jurassic World, Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses), GAME THEORY will be an exciting night of large-scale symphonic music, carefully combined with modern electronics, hip-hop and rock. Presented by Musicians at Play Foundation.​​​​​​​

Tier 1: $115
Tier 2: $95
Tier 3: $75

 Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:30 PM GAME THEORY: Modern Indie Game Music and Composers  [buy tickets]
Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental - Live 
Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental - Live

presented with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

This live performance installation by Hassan Hajjaj of My Rock Stars Experimental includes six performances by a diverse international array of musicians. Styled by the artist, including fashion that he has designed himself, Hassan’s chosen “Rock Stars” will perform his projected installation of the famous My Rocks Stars series live on stage for the first time, in front of a backdrop of textiles that recreates the unique framing of his portraits. Hassan continues his style of personally selected traditional fabrics, as well as clothes and shoes he designs himself that are handmade by Moroccan artisans or sourced in local markets. The musicians bridge the culture gap between now and then, us and them, reflecting a fusion of Moroccan craftsmanship and contemporary performance. My Rock Stars Experimental – Live includes performances by Afrikan Boy, a grime MC based in London and originally from Nigeria; contemporary African acoustic jazz-folk-soul singer-songwriter Bumi, whose sound is inspired by her multicultural heritage; artists, musicians, and sisters Abimaro & Lakwena; Simo Lagnawi The Gnawa Berber (Riverboat), a Moroccan Berber now settled in the UK who is steeped in the Gnawa trance music of north Africa; and Marques Toliver a songwriter, producer, violinist, and vocalist from Daytona Beach, Florida.

A photographer, designer and filmmaker, Hassan Hajjaj is one of Morocco’s preeminent international artists, sometimes called his native country’s answer to Andy Warhol. Entirely self-taught and influenced by a mix of London’s hip-hop and reggae scenes and his North African heritage, Hajjaj has a diverse practice that includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion and furniture design. He is best known for his photography, a medium he turned to in the late 1980s and in which he draws influence from Pop Art, fashion photography and the studio work of Malick Sidibe. His recent work centers on “rock stars,” capturing a range of international musicians and performers in exquisitely composed, radically ornate portraits (and in a film that debuted at LACMA in 2013).

​​​​​​​This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $50
Tier 2: $40
Tier 3: $25
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 Friday, October 11, 2019 8:00 PM Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental - Live  [buy tickets]
Mixed Feelings presents We Are KING 

Mixed Feelings presents We Are KING

GRAMMY® Award-nominated We Are KING will make their Ford debut, performing a fusion of dream-pop and R&B. We Are KING gained commercial acclaim in 2016 with their debut album “We Are KING.” Their success attracted the attention and mentorship from Prince, along with the admiration of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and more. In addition to being nominated for a GRAMMY®, these extraordinary women charted #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and made it to the Top 10 on the Billboard Independent and R&B Album Charts. LA natives Mixed Feelings are an independent concert, festival and special event production company that focuses on highlighting artists from marginalized communities.

Tier 1: $37
Tier 2: $32
Tier 3: $27

 Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:00 PM Mixed Feelings presents We Are KING  [buy tickets]
Día de los Muertos Concert 

Día de los Muertos Concert

This two-day extravaganza invites you to join with your fellow Angelenos in celebration of death as a natural phase in life’s continuum while honoring the traditions of Mexican and native Mesoamerican cultures. Although the headlining star for the concert has yet to be announced, this very special artist will joined on stage by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, one of the premier folklorico dance companies in Los Angeles.  

Complementing the ticketed evening concerts will be two days of FREE Dia de los Muertos activities for the whole family. Go here to learn more. 

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.

Tier 1: $70
Tier 2: $55
Tier 3: $35​​​​​​​

 Saturday, October 19, 2019 8:00 PM Día de los Muertos Concert  [buy tickets]
 Sunday, October 20, 2019 8:00 PM Día de los Muertos Concert  [buy tickets]
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