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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.
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]
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,  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]
RaiseAChild Honors 

RaiseAChild HONORS

Three iconic women who have influenced the music scene for decades - GRAMMY®-nominated songstress Sophie B. Hawkins, GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, and legendary GRAMMY®-winner Suzanne Vega - will share the stage to support RaiseAChild’s mission of building loving families for foster children® and its Ford Theatres partnership to expand arts engagement for foster youth. Now in its seventh year, RaiseAChild HONORS has established an unprecedented reputation as the summer’s most engaging and inspiring benefit event. The evening’s talent line-up includes actor/comedian Alec Mapa and special surprise guests to be announced.

VIP: $300, includes premium seating and access to VIP lounge.

Tier 1: $95
Tier 2: $75
Tier 3: $45

 Saturday, August 17, 2019 7:30 PM RaiseAChild Honors  [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]
Future x Sounds LA: Lalah Hathaway and #RealMusic Rebels 
 Saturday, August 31, 2019 6:30 PM Future x Sounds LA: Lalah Hathaway and #RealMusic Rebels  [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), joined by special guest Mexican singer/songwriter Lupita Infante, the granddaughter of Pedro Infante, the "King of Rancheras." 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: The Indie Game Symphony 

GAME THEORY: The Indie Game Symphony

presented by Musicians At Play

Celebrating indie video games, GAME THEORY features an exhilarating and fun night of symphonic & electronic game music and solo performances. The evening is hosted by award-winning and critically acclaimed composers Chad Seiter (ReCore), Austin Wintory (Journey), Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie), Laura Shigihara (Plants vs. Zombies, Rakuen), Lena Raine (Celeste), and Jake Kaufman (Shovel Knight), who will take the audience on an exciting tour of and with their music. The Hollywood Studio Orchestra, conducted by Chad Seiter, will perform the music to some of the most popular video games from the past decade. Presented by Musicians at Play (MAP) Foundation, Chad Seiter, Juncture Media and Materia Collective.

Tier 1: $125
Tier 2: $95
Tier 3: $75
Tier 4: $55
Tier 5: $35

 Saturday, October 5, 2019 8:00 PM GAME THEORY: The Indie Game Symphony  [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]
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.

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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