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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.
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 a rare live performance by Moby. Other performances include Mindy Jones, Tripp Beam, Julie Mintz, Jonathan Nesvadba, Daron Murphy, Laura Dawn and special guest Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). Former Los Angeles poet laureate Luis Rodriguez will perform and emcee, and jazz legend Phil Ranelin will be featured with Jack Bowers and the Soledad Jazz Workshop.

Jail Guitar Doors is partnering with Project PAINT, an arts organization whose mission is to bring art projects to inmates as a form of rehabilitation. Founding director of Project PAINT Laura Pecenco and her team are eager to share the artwork of those incarcerated at Donovan Correctional Facility and California State Prison, Centinela by having a special exhibition before the show. Located on Edison Plaza, the presented artwork will highlight an array of themes, represent diverse media and demonstrate projects completed in multiple classes. Artwork will come from participants in the Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative, a visual arts program. ​​​​​​​

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]
Family Fun Day 

FAMILY FUN DAY

A SPECIAL EVENT FOR THE FOSTER YOUTH COMMUNITY

Create your own mini-movie! Our friends at Hollywood Shorts will provide the equipment, props and Hollywood pros to help you make your own short movie. Scripts, green screens, cameras, lights and sound will help you recreate famous scenes from American cinema. This free event is perfect for the whole family! All ages and skill levels are welcome.

 Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:00 AM Family Fun Day  [buy tickets]
Hassan Hajjaj: My Rockstars Experimental - Live 
Hassan Hajjaj: My Rockstars Experimental - Live

presented with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance

This live performance installation by Hassan Hajjaj of My Rockstars 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 Rockstars 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 Rockstars 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 Rockstars 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]
Lila Downs' Día de los Muertos: AL CHILE 

Lila Downs' Día de los Muertos: AL CHILE

Known for an innovative approach to music inspired by ancient cultures, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Mexican-American singer/songwriter Lila Downs will headline this two-day extravaganza that invites you to celebrate death as a natural phase in life’s continuum and honor the traditions of Mexican and native Mesoamerican cultures. Joining Lila on stage for Calavera will be Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, one of the premier folklorico dance companies in Los Angeles, and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicana. From her Mixtec Indian heritage to her fusion of international sounds and musical genres, Lila will display her ability to meld reinterpretations of blues, jazz and soul to cumbia, rock, even rap and klezmer with traditional Mexican and native Mesoamerican music, singing in Spanish, English, and sometimes even the languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Nahuatl cultures.

The entire Ford Theatres will be transformed by Lore Media & Arts' larger-than-life Mesoamerican-inspired sugar skulls and altar installation, created by local artists.

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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