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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.
JAM: Japanese Folk Dance 

JAM Session: Japanese Folk Dance

Discover the beauty and grace of Japanese festival dancing with Christine Inouye. Seize the moment and try your hand at these celebratory bon dances set to ondo music by Japanese folk fusion ensemble Minyo Station.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, June 25, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Japanese Folk Dance  [buy tickets]
The Collective Memory Project 

The Collective Memory Project

Arianne MacBean and The Big Show Co. present the world premiere of this original dance-theatre piece inspired by memories of U.S. military veterans, the performers and the audience themselves. This performance event is the culmination of a three-year community performance initiative, and will follow thirteen Memory Movement Workshops held with local veterans at the Ford Theatres and beyond. The work examines memory's effects through time, the agency of remembrance and forgetting, and investigates aspects of the past by which the present is always haunted. Just like memories, no two versions of The Collective Memory Project are alike, as memories of each new audience are incorporated into every presentation.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

For this intimate IGNITE On Stage experience, audiences will be seated on stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.

General Admission: $25

 Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:30 PM The Collective Memory Project  [buy tickets]
 Friday, June 29, 2018 8:30 PM The Collective Memory Project  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Le Ballet Dembaya 

Big World Fun: African Dance and Drums with Le Ballet Dembaya

Le Ballet Dembaya will take you on journey to the country of Guinea on the western coast of Africa through their uplifting and energetic percussion and dance. Le Ballet Dembaya's Guinean rhythms and dance will put a smile on your face and will leave you with a feeling of joy the whole day long.

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, June 30, 2018 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Le Ballet Dembaya  [buy tickets]
Fiesta Mexicana - Yo Te Recuerdo: Homenaje A Juan Gabriel 

Star Entertainment/Raul Ruiz presents Fiesta Mexicana - Yo Te Recuerdo: Homenaje a Juan Gabriel

Yo Te Recuerdo: Homenaje a Juan Gabriel will feature Mariachi Garibaldi de Jimmy Cuellar and Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles de Kareli Montoya, and vocalists Hermanas Nuñez and Shay and Paige Brooks. This tribute concert will present some of the most famous songs by Mexico's greatest composer of contemporary music, Juan Gabriel (1950 - 2016).

Tier 1: $67
Tier 2: $52
Tier 3: $42

 Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:00 PM Fiesta Mexicana - Yo Te Recuerdo: Homenaje A Juan Gabriel  [buy tickets]
JAM: Hip-hop Dance 

JAM Session: Hip-hop Dance

Up your street cred with Versa-Style Dance Company! Using a mix of hip-hop styles and Afro-Latin dance, this energetic group of artists will show you the social hip-hop moves you’ll need to be popping and locking in no time.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, July 2, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Hip-hop Dance  [buy tickets]
Boleros De Noche 

BOLEROS DE NOCHE

PRESENTED BY ÁNIMO PRODUCTIONS​

Featuring the last of the great romantic trios Los Tres Reyes and with a special performance by GRAMMY® Award winner Rosalie Rodriguez, this romantic evening celebrates bolero music from Latin America. Evoking the bohemian spirit of LA, this magical summer evening under the stars will be filled with nostalgia and love.

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

Children (12 and under): $44/$34, in Tiers 2 and 3 only.

Student tickets: $44/$34, in Tiers 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 location, click here.

 Friday, July 6, 2018 7:30 PM Boleros De Noche  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Impro Theatre 

Big World Fun: Fairytales Unscripted with Impro Theatre

Presenting a theatrical experience unlike any other, Impro Theatre starts with audience suggestions to create a completely improvised play that no one has ever seen, and will never see again. In Fairytales UnScripted, Impro Theatre’s talented company will delve into the world of childhood fairytales, creating a tale full of wondrous magic, adventure, true love, and a lesson or two along the way.

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 7, 2018 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Impro Theatre  [buy tickets]
JAM: Drum Circle and Ghanaian Dance 

JAM Session: Drum Circle & Ghanaian Dance

Take a rhythmic journey in this evening of interactive group drumming and Ghanaian dancing. Using a variety of percussion instruments, discover the joy of collectively creating beats and sounds with Christopher Ramirez. Then, celebrate the rhythms of West Africa with Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and explore the dancing traditions of the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana. 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 flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, July 9, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Drum Circle and Ghanaian Dance  [buy tickets]
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents La Ruta Del Norte 

Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents La Ruta Del Norte

In celebration of its 15th Anniversary, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company will restage their hit show La Ruta Del Norte. From Baja California to the Rio Grande, this dance journey north explores and celebrates the sister cultures of the North American Southwest. A “quinceañera” waltz piece will mark this special anniversary.

VIP: $69, available Saturday 7/14 only.

Tier 1: $54
Tier 2: $44
Tier 3: $34

 Friday, July 13, 2018 8:30 PM Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents La Ruta Del Norte  [buy tickets]
 Saturday, July 14, 2018 8:00 PM Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents La Ruta Del Norte  [buy tickets]
JAM: Tango Dance 

JAM Session: Tango Dance

Oxygen Tango’s intro to improvised social Argentine tango makes learning this beloved dance style fun and easy. Come solo, with a partner or with friends!

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, July 16, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Tango Dance  [buy tickets]
JAM: Bollywood Dance 

JAM Session: Bollywood Dance

Combine jazz and hip-hop with modern and traditional Indian dance and you get the energetic sounds and movements of Bollywood. Twirl, twist and step with Achinta S. McDaniel and dancers from Blue13 Dance Company who make it easy to dance like the Bollywood star of your dreams.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, July 23, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Bollywood Dance  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy 

Big World Fun: Korean Dance with Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company

Experience the grace and beauty of Korea with Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Company. With their colorful costumes, vibrant music and elegant dance moves, this reknowned dance troupe will perform traditional Korean dance and music - a true feast for the senses.

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 28, 2018 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy  [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. Let the live traditional percussion of Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and Bobby Wilmore inspire you to get on your feet and move your body to the upbeat rhythms.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, July 30, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Afro-Cuban Dance  [buy tickets]
Big World Fun: Quattrosound 

Big World Fun: Jazz Classical Fusion with Quattrosound

Hailing from Japan, Mexico, Guatemala and the U.S., acoustic ensemble Quattrosound skillfully blends personal music influences with classical and jazz on violin, cello, guitar, percussion instruments and creative vocal arrangements.

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 4, 2018 10:00 AM Big World Fun: Quattrosound  [buy tickets]
JAM: Tahitian Dance 

JAM Session: Tahitian Dance

Take a journey through French Polynesia and discover the art of Ori Tahiti (Tahitian dance) with Leolani Gallardo and her dance school Te Aho Nui. Sweat to the beat of the drums and harness the power within your hips and feet as you learn the fast hip shaking and leg motions of this exhilarating dance style.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, August 6, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Tahitian Dance  [buy tickets]
Pacifico Dance Company presents Al paso de la Mujer 

Pacifico Dance Company presents Al paso de la Mujer

Pacífico Dance Company explores Mexico's past through the eyes of La Mujer Mexicana (the Mexican woman). Accompanied by Mariachi Los Toros, the performance is dedicated to the Mexican woman whose beauty, strength and compelling courage has shaped the Mexico we know today. Highlighting the evening will be the world premiere of Mujeres de mi Tierra which takes inspiration from the soldaderas (female warriors) of the Mexican Revolution. In traditional music, La Adelita comes to life and is representative of all the women who fought to the end alongside their male counterparts. Viva México!

Tier 1: $56
Tier 2: $48
Tier 3: $38

Children (12 and under): $34/$28/$24

Student tickets: $46/$40/$32, 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 11, 2018 8:30 PM Pacifico Dance Company presents Al paso de la Mujer  [buy tickets]
JAM: Stepping 

JAM Session: Stepping (Fraterniy/Sorority Style)

Learn how to use your body as an instrument to make music using hand claps, foot stomps and chants with members of the California Step Association (CSA) and create unified sound in a group! After a brief step demonstration, the California Step Association will break down the combinations that make up this popular art form that is rooted African culture.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, August 13, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Stepping  [buy tickets]
Hollywood Shorts 

Hollywood Shorts presented with HBO

Hollywood Shorts is a monthly screening program that celebrates outstanding achievements in American and international short filmmaking and animation. Hollywood Shorts comes to the Ford for three outdoor summer screenings on The Zev. Attendees can grab popcorn or something heartier at the Ford Terrace Café before kicking back to enjoy an evening of the best film shorts under the Hollywood stars. Stay after the screenings for a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. Films to be announced.

​​​​​​​General Admission: $10

 Tuesday, August 14, 2018 8:30 PM Hollywood Shorts  [buy tickets]
An Evening of Hip-Hop & Arabic Poetry with Omar Offendum 

An Evening of Hip-Hop & Arabic Poetry w/ Omar Offendum

From the jasmine tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani's Damascene homes to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes' Harlem Renaissance poems, Omar Offendum - accompanied by oud (Middle Eastern lute) virtuoso Ronnie Malley, percussionists and a DJ – will deliver a one-of-a-kind performance that bridges the ancient oral and musical traditions of the Middle East and North Africa with contemporary hip-hop and spoken word.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

For this intimate event co-presented with the Arab Film and Media Institute, audiences will be seated on the Ford stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.

General Admission: $25

 Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:30 PM An Evening of Hip-Hop & Arabic Poetry with Omar Offendum  [buy tickets]
JAM: Meditative Movement 

JAM Session: Moon Dances & Meditative Movement

Join choreographer Stephanie Zaletel and szalt (dance co.) for an evening of moon-inspired movement meditations, guided improvisation and sound under the night sky. Connect to a deeper sense of peace, joy, curiosity and health through personal creativity, sonic saturation and an immersion in group dance. This experience ends in a calming sound bath under the stars, so bring a blanket or anything comfortable to lie on or share!

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, August 20, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Meditative Movement  [buy tickets]
Memoirs of a... Unicorn 

Marjani Forté-Sanders’ Memoirs of a…Unicorn

Choreographer and independent artist Marjani Forté-Saunders (Urban Bush Women, 2014 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow) has created a new solo evening length dance piece populated by structures created by MacArthur Genius and Tony Award-winning set designer Mimi Lien and built by her father, Rick Forté, a contractor.

Spurred by stories of Marjani’s Arkansas-born father’s life, Memoirs of a... Unicorn weaves historic and personal narratives into an embodied tale of fragmented histories, unabated love, and warriorship. “My Father's story allows me to burrow into my lineage, to ritualistically remember, interrogate, and relish in the celestial ecliptic journeys of folks identifying with—and building legacies within—the spectrums of blackness, maleness, and womb-ness. Through this work I am researching the properties of Black American magic and resilience.”

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

For this exciting new work, audiences will be seated on stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.

General Admission: $25

 Friday, August 24, 2018 8:30 PM Memoirs of a ...Unicorn  [buy tickets]
 Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:30 PM Memoirs of a ...Unicorn  [buy tickets]
moon& by szalt (dance co.) 

moon& by szalt (dance co.), in association with Los Angeles Performance Practice

Mirrored by the eight phases of the moon, moon& is a new evening-length work by Stephanie Zaletel for szalt (dance co.). The piece will premiere under the light of the full moon and will feature an all-female company of six world-class dancers paired with electro-acoustic composers Louis Lopez and Jonathan Snipes performing live.

Co-produced with Los Angeles Performance Practice, moon& dives deep into infinity cycles; momentum and gravity provide paradoxes for an arrival. “[Zaletel has] a unique choreographic voice, creating work that is meditative, introspective, haunting, and... dream-like.”  - SeeDance.com

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

For this event, there will be seating in the front portion of the amphitheatre as well as on the stage. Click here to view the seating map.

Stage: $45
Orchestra: $25

 Sunday, August 26, 2018 8:30 PM moon& by szalt (dance co.)  [buy tickets]
JAM: Flamenco Dance 

JAM Session: Flamenco Dance

Embrace the flamenco spirit! Master flamenco dancer Briseyda Zárate will lead an exploration into the percussive steps, arm movements and skirt choreography of this dynamic Spanish style of dance.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, August 27, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Flamenco Dance  [buy tickets]
Carmen 

Pacific Opera Project presents Carmen

Sung in French with English supertitles, Pacific Opera Project, LA’s most entertaining opera company, will present a fully staged production of George Bizet's operatic masterpiece Carmen.

Tier 1: $64
Tier 2: $44
Tier 3: $34
Tier 4: $24

 Saturday, September 1, 2018 8:00 PM Carmen  [buy tickets]
Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet 

Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet

This dynamic evening combines Mivos Quartet’s expressive and boundary-pushing string renditions with Saul Williams's evocative vocal poetry.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

For this intimate and exclusive event, audiences will be seated on the Ford stage with the artists. Click here to view the seating map.

General Admission: $25

 Thursday, September 6, 2018 8:30 PM Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet  [buy tickets]
¡Viva La Tradición! Homenaje a Don Pepe Martínez 

 Colibrí Entertainment presents ¡Viva La Tradición! Homenaje a Don Pepe Martínez

Colibrí Entertainment dedicates a night in homage to the legacy and music of Pepe Martinez, the late director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, featuring Los Angeles’ up-and-coming sensation Mariachi Ángeles de Pepe Martínez Jr. and the iconic Steeven Sandoval, making waves as a solo artist after being “the voice” of Mariachi Vargas and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. Rounding out this special night are performances by Las Colibrí, Ballet Folklorico Ollin and more!

VIP: $100, includes premium seating and a gift bag.

Tier 1: $75
Tier 2: $60
Tier 3: $45

Children (12 and under): $70/$50/$35

Student tickets: $70/$50/$35, 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 8, 2018 8:00 PM ¡Viva La Tradición! Homenaje a Don Pepe Martinez  [buy tickets]
 Sunday, September 9, 2018 7:00 PM ¡Viva La Tradición! Homenaje a Don Pepe Martinez  [buy tickets]
JAM: Swing Dance 

JAM Session: Swing Dance

Grab your kicks and boogie the night away! Join Rusty Frank as he breaks down the steps, pivots and turns of this fun social dance set to live music by Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang! Singles and couples of all ages are welcome.

Sing, dance, play and experience something unexpected! This interactive series invites participants of all skill levels to unleash their inner artist with flamenco, Tahitian dance, meditative movement, Bollywood, drumming and much more. These FREE events are participatory and centered around movement and music. All ages are welcome.

JAM Sessions are a program of the Ford Theatre Foundation with support provided by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Third District.

 Monday, September 10, 2018 7:00 PM JAM: Swing Dance  [buy tickets]
Hollywood Shorts 

Hollywood Shorts presented with HBO

Hollywood Shorts is a monthly screening program that celebrates outstanding achievements in American and international short filmmaking and animation. Hollywood Shorts comes to the Ford for three outdoor summer screenings on The Zev. Attendees can grab popcorn or something heartier at the Ford Terrace Café before kicking back to enjoy an evening of the best film shorts under the Hollywood stars. Stay after the screenings for a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. Films to be announced.

​​​​​​​General Admission: $10

 Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:30 PM Hollywood Shorts  [buy tickets]
We Have to Go Back: The Lost Concert 2018 

Musicians at Play presents We Have to Go Back: The LOST Concert 2018

Oscar®-winning composer Michael Giacchino returns to the Ford with an encore performance of We Have to Go Back: The LOST Concert 2018.

​​​​​​​Celebrating the 14th anniversary of the premiere of the iconic TV series LOST, Giacchino will conduct the Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra in an evening of music and storytelling, featuring the Emmy® Award-winning score, video clips and celebrity actors.

Tier 1: $129
Tier 2: $94
Tier 3: $64

 Saturday, September 15, 2018 8:00 PM We Have to Go Back: The Lost Concert 2018  [buy tickets]
Element Band Live 

Element Band Live

Element Band's distinctive arrangements of traditional Armenian songs infused with large bodied vocals and cool instrumentals will be on display as they perform music from their new album.

VIP: $96

Tier 1: $66
Tier 2: $46
Tier 3: $36

 Sunday, September 16, 2018 7:30 PM Element Band Live  [buy tickets]
Jason Moran: Finding a Line 

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music and Media

presented with CAP UCLA

“In jazz, there are so many moving parts, and within a composition, there are obstacles in the form. Street skaters navigate a landscape finding ways to approach a rail in the same way a drummer approaches the beginning of a song. The mode of improvisation is paramount to how both skaters and jazz musicians approach life.”  – Jason Moran

Since his formidable emergence on the music scene in the 1990s, renowned pianist and composer Jason Moran has challenged the status quo which has earned him a reputation as “the future of jazz.” The Ford Theatres and CAP UCLA present Finding a Line, one of Moran’s newest and most ambitious works to date –– an unprecedented collaboration exploring the intersection of skateboarding and jazz. Improvisation abounds as local skaters shred a ramp on stage with tricks, flips and riffs to a musical response performed live by Moran and his group The Bandwagon. Don’t miss this unforgettable night under the stars.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Tier 1: $45
Tier 2: $30

Student tickets: $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, September 29, 2018 8:00 PM Jason Moran: Finding a Line  [buy tickets]
Kick Out the Jams 50th Anniversary Concert 

Jail Guitar Doors presents MC50th Comes to Ford Theatres Celebrating "Kick Out the Jams" 50th Anniversary

Legendary Detroit rock band MC5 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the recording of their landmark album Kick Out the Jams. In this high-energy rock ‘n’ roll concert, the band will perform the entire album as MC50, featuring Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar/vocals, Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar, Brendan Canty (Fugazi) on drums, Dug Pinnick (King’s X) on bass, Marcus Durant (Zen Guerrilla) on vocals, and other special guests TBA. The band will also perform song selections from MC5’s additional two albums Back in the USA and High Time. All proceeds will benefit Jail Guitar Doors.

VIP: $150
Tier 1: $50

Children (12 and under): $125/$35

Student tickets: $125/$35, 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, October 5, 2018 8:00 PM Kick Out the Jams 50th Anniversary Concert  [buy tickets]
Angel City Jazz Festival presents Xenia Rubinos 

Angel City Jazz Festival presents Xenia Rubinos

The 11th annual Angel City Jazz Festival will present a double bill of innovative artists who have pushed the jazz tradition forward by exploring the outer reaches of their musical creativity. Headlining the event is New York-based singer/composer Xenia Rubinos, accompanied by a trio on bass, keyboard and drums. Rubinos’ “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music” (The New Yorker) includes influences from R&B, hip-hop, Caribbean rhythms and jazz, delivered with a soulful punk aura. LA-based composer & violinist Lauren Baba will open with the world premiere of an original composition commissioned by the Los Angeles Jazz Society.

For this event, there will be seating in the front portion of the amphitheatre as well as on the stage. Click here to view the seating map.

VIP: $55, includes stage seating and gift bag.

Stage: $35
Orchestra: $25

Children (12 and under): $15

Student tickets: $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, October 6, 2018 8:00 PM Angel City Jazz Festival  [buy tickets]
Serenata Filipina Ver 2.0 

Music Arts Events presents Serenata Filipina Ver 2.0

Music Arts Events presents Serenata Filipina Ver 2.0, an evening featuring prominent Filipino-American female artists Louie Reyes and Annie Nepomuceno and guest Odette Quesada performing OPM (Original Pilipino Music). These soloists will be accompanied by a live band and Filipina-American multi-instrumentalists Camille and Jojo Ramirez playing traditional Filipino instruments. The concert will also feature the Los Angeles Young Ambassadors (LAYA) and other guest choirs, who will premiere new musical arrangements of Filipino songs.

VIP: $100

Tier 1: $70
Tier 2: $55
Tier 3: $40

Children (12 and under): $35

Student tickets: $35, 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, October 7, 2018 6:30 PM Serenata Filipina Ver 2.0  [buy tickets]
Hollywood Shorts 

Hollywood Shorts presented with HBO

Hollywood Shorts is a monthly screening program that celebrates outstanding achievements in American and international short filmmaking and animation. Hollywood Shorts comes to the Ford for three outdoor summer screenings on The Zev. Attendees can grab popcorn or something heartier at the Ford Terrace Café before kicking back to enjoy an evening of the best film shorts under the Hollywood stars. Stay after the screenings for a brief Q&A with the filmmakers. Films to be announced.

General Admission: $10

 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 8:30 PM Hollywood Shorts  [buy tickets]
Soldier Songs 

Soldier Songs

MUSIC AND LIBRETTO BY DAVID T. LITTLE | FILM BY BILL MORRISON
A BETH MORRISON PROJECTS’ PRODUCTION | PRESENTED WITH LA OPERA OFF GRAND

Soldier Songs is a groundbreaking multimedia piece from award-winning composer David T. Little and filmmaker Bill Morrison. Combining elements of theatre, opera, rock, and film, the piece traces changing perceptions of war in our society and by those who experience it. Little created the libretto using recorded interviews with veterans of five wars. The nameless soldier is followed through three phases of life: Youth (playing war games), Warrior (time served in the military) and Elder (aged, wise, reflective). Multimedia elements are employed as a critique of the media's ability to both glamorize and falsify the realities of combat.

David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene, a “young radical” (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). A monodrama for baritone and chamber orchestra, Soldier Songs will star David Adam Moore, who created the role of the Soldier at the work's 2008 premiere at Le Poisson Rouge in New York and the first fully-staged presentation at the 2011 International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, Connecticut.

Directed by Ashley Tata, this multimedia concert presentation is a Beth Morrison Projects' Production and a co-presentation with LA Opera Off Grand. Beth Morrison is hailed as a “contemporary opera mastermind” (Los Angeles Times) and “the edge of innovation…its own genre” (Opera News). Soldier Songs will be conducted by Alan Pierson, leading members of the LA Opera Orchestra.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

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

 Saturday, October 13, 2018 8:30 PM Soldier Songs  [buy tickets]
The Secret City 

The Secret City 

The Secret City is an Obie Award-winning arts organization that presents community celebrations of everyday creative life. Part ceremony, part salon, part show, each gathering has a different theme and an ever-changing roster of artists and performers. In addition to seats in the house, a limited number of seats are available on the Ford stage for this participatory and intimate event that will feature storytelling, a live band, performance, food, meditation, The Secret City Singers and joyful community interaction.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

For this event, there will be seating in the front portion of the amphitheatre as well as on the stage. Click here to view the seating map.

​​​​​​​General Admission: $10

 Sunday, October 14, 2018 12:00 PM The Secret City  [buy tickets]
Fusicology presents Louie Vega & E.O.L. Soulfrito Live 

Fusicology presents Louie Vega & E.O.L. Soulfrito Live

GRAMMY® Award-winning bandleader Louie Vega is renowned the world over for helping to create and establish the soulful, Latin jazz and deep house-influenced music style. Based in New York City, Vega is a dance music legend both as a DJ and as a prolific - and successful - music producer. Louie and his band, E.O.L. Soulfrito, will perform live at the Ford in a special celebratory concert commemorating Fusicology’s 15th anniversary!

Tier 1: $45
Tier 2: $40
Tier 3: $35

 Sunday, October 21, 2018 7:00 PM Fusicology presents Louie Vega & E.O.L. Soulfrito Live  [buy tickets]
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre 

Known for creating innovative dance experiences in nontraditional spaces, this award-winning dance company will transform the Ford’s loading dock for their latest site-specific work.

This event is part of IGNITE @ the FORD!, a series presented by the Ford Theatre Foundation comprised of world-renowned contemporary artists whose work is thought-provoking and reflects the world in which we live. Supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

General Admission: $50

Student tickets: $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, October 27, 2018 5:30 PM Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre  [buy tickets]
 Sunday, October 28, 2018 5:30 PM Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre  [buy tickets]
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