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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.
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 with 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, 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: $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& Pre-performance Discussion: Lunar Influence with Dr. E.C. Krupp 

Prior to the performance of moon&, join us for a 20-minute discussion with Griffith Observatory Director E.C. Krupp, who will waltz through phases of the moon to show how they work and what they’ve meant to our ancestors. The moon has transported us through time and season with its distinctive appearance, ordered change and evocative light. In our time, scientific advances made it a travel destination. But, even though we’ve turned it into an alien landscape and brought pieces of it back to earth, the moon still dazzles the eye and inspires the imagination. Free! Reservations requested.

 Sunday, August 26, 2018 7:30 PM moon& Pre-performance Discussion: Lunar Influence with Dr. E.C. Krupp  [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, Billy Gould (Faith No More) 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 guests Odette Quesada, Geneva Cruz and G Tongi performing OPM (Original Pilipino Music). These singers 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 Youth Ambassadors and other young protegés, who will premiere new musical arrangements of Filipino songs. Musical Direction by Lorrie Ilustre.

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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