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Grand Performances 2017 Season

April 27, 2017
September 23, 2017

Pretty stoked for the eclectic slate of shows ranging from indigenous hip hop to gender fluid artists to a Parliament tribute (George Clinton is expected to participate). I won’t use the cliche and say “something for everyone,” because it’s not. Some people order the same dish at the same restaurant while others venture to different places and order something unusual. This is for them!

Let me know what you think! I look forward to hearing from you.

The Grand Performances 2017 Season

Gospel Lunch | Friday, June 2 @ noon

Get in touch with your higher power with guidance from Kenneth Crouch, a Hammond B3 Organ and 4 voice choir.

William Close & The Earth Harp Collective | Friday, June 2 @ 8pm & Saturday, June 3 @ 5pm

Strung from the top of the plaza’s 52-story skyscraper, the visually stunning Earth Harp becomes the largest playable instrument in the world.

Bridging the Divide | June 9 @ 8pm MMM

Screen the 2016 documentary about Tom Bradley, the 39th Mayor of Los Angeles, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Secret City | Sunday, June 11 @ noon

Join this exuberant, raucous and joyous artistic tent revival (wear white and a flowered hat!) celebrating art, artists, inclusiveness, and community as we pay homage to the City of Angels in all her splendor!

L.A. x GDL: – Gaby Moreno and Caloncho | Saturday, June 17 @ 8pm

A cultural and musical exchange featuring rising indie stars from Los Angeles and Guadalajara.

Long Beach Opera – Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ Frida | Friday, June 23 @ 8pm

Pain and passion, painted in bold and vivid vibrant colors. The life and art of Frida Kahlo’s complex story takes the stage.

Miguel Atwood- Ferguson: Suite for Ma Dukes and New Originals | Saturday, June 24 @ 8pm

An homage to J Dilla’s highly influential work, along with plus selections from Atwood-Ferguson’s new release, “Les Jardins Mystiques.”

Hip Hop: First Peoples, New Voices | Saturday, July 1 @ 8pm (FPNV) MMM

Experience raw lyrics, urgent poetry, and iconic dance –modern manifestations of protest from innovative indigenous artists.

Featuring: Frank Waln, The Sampson Brothers, Tanaya Winder, Lightning Cloud, and Mare Advertencia Lirika

The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse | Friday, July 7 @ 8pm (FPNV) MMM

Guess who’s missing in this satirical comedy about a politically correct attempt to celebrate Thanksgiving?

Rahim AlHaj – Letters from Iraq and Asher Shasho Levy | Saturday, July 8 @ 8pm

Rahim AlHaj

Hear poignant musical responses to emotion- filled letters from a war-torn country, performed by shared in the language of string quintet, oud and percussion.

Asher Shasho Levy

Take a musical journey to the mystical heart of Syria, influenced by Levantine folk and dance music.

Cornerstone Theater Company – A concert reading – Magic Fruit | Sunday, July 9 @ 7pm MMM

A culminating work in which community participants grapple with complicated questions of hunger in an apocalyptic — and frighteningly familiar, apocalyptic — Los Angeles.

L’Orchestre Afrisa International with special guest Ricardo Lemvo | Saturday, July 15 @ 8pm

L’Orchestre Afrisa International

Root yourself in the rich soil of silvery guitar riffs and deep polyrhythms of Congolese rumba and soukous with Lemvo’s Afro-Cuban flavor.

Sidestepper | Friday, July 21 @ 8pm

The pioneers of Colombia’s electro-cumbia movement highlight their acoustic roots for a vibrant night of dancing pleasure.


Where’s the party? Anywhere this LA crew plays! Cross boundaries of sound and rhythm with this buoyant fusion of global influences.

Her Voice (FPNV)

Riffat Sultana, Meklit, Ulali | Saturday, July 22 @ 7pm

Women’s voices braid together innocence, experience, ecstasy, and peace into sonic magic. Communicating through powerful music from Pakistan, Ethiopia and indigenous American roots, these singular performers will help us see similarities among ourselves.

La Linea | Friday, July 28 @ 7pm

Roberto Mendoza/Panoptica (composer), Manual Ballesteros (choreographer) and Gerardo Audiffred (graphics/video)

Live music by Panoptica (Nortec Collective founding member Roberto Mendoza) and modern, regional dance with distinctive visual projections tell the story of everyday life on the U.S./Mexico México-U.S. border.

Project supported by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts.

MOTHERSHIP LANDING: Funk and The Afrofuturist Universe of ’77
Get the funk out! And join us in celebrating the cosmic genius of George Clinton, William “Bootsy” Collins, Bernie Worrell, Maurice White, Junie Morrison, Sun Ra and more…

NO SIDE NOW | Friday, August 4 @ 8pm

Experience dance that abandons boundaries and blurs binaries in anthis evening of new works experimental works that drawing from street dance, studio practice, and girlhood games.

Featuring: Milka Djordjevich, / d. Sabela grimes, / Amy O’Neal /and Micaela Taylor

Curated by Los Angeles Performance Practice.

Dorian Wood – Entre Les Étoiles (/ Among the Stars) + Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole

| Saturday, August 5 @ 8pm

Dorian Wood

Be awakened by Wood’s haunting voice and distinctive interpretations of iconoclast Jeanine Decker’s oeuvre.

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole

Touted as the voice of Hawai‘i’s new generation, this trailblazing artist fluidly weaves traditional chants into her timeless melodies.

What Began in the Fires | Sunday, August 6 @ 8pm MMM

Members of the Korean-American community look at Sat I Gu (4/29) and the ’92 L.A. uprising in prose and poetry.

Produced by Writ Large Press for Grand Performances

9066::13769 (Executive Orders that Exclude) | Thursday, August 10 @ 7pm MMM

An evening of films and live art addressing controversial executive orders aimed at Japanese-Americans and Muslims.

Presented in collaboration with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Gospel Lunch | Friday, August 11 @ noon

Get in touch with your higher power with guidance from Kenneth Crouch, a Hammond B3 Organ, and 4- voice choir

Septeto Santiaguero | Friday, August 11 @ 8pm

The Latin Grammy Award-winners sensations perform traditional Cuban Son, Bolero, Trova y mas.

Hamed Nikpay | Saturday, August 12 @ 8pm

Inkpad’s mesmerizing voice and gripping musicianship evoke an emotive evening of Iranian melodies and inspired dancers. And there will be dancers!

Supported in part by the Farhang Foundation

Dayme Arocena​ | Friday, August 18 @ noon​

​Arocena’s charismatic interpretations, powerful voice, and diverse musical forays have make earned her status as a top- notch contemporary Cuban artist.

Cameron Graves – Solo Piano, Ensemble and Leon Ware Tribute | Friday, August 18 @ 8pm

Are charge with an evening of pulse-quickening, consciousness-broadening, jazz-fusion energy with a founding member of the West Coast Get Down. A don’t miss/can’t miss event.

DCA/COLA – Daedelus | Saturday, August 19 @ 8pm

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Daedelus and musical pals will reinvent classic EDM/IDM joints on real instruments — as lullabies, sing-alongs and merry melodies — as we celebrate 20 years of L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs visual and performing arts fellows.

Supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles

Mark De Clive-Lowe | Saturday, August 26 @ 8pm

未来の歴史 Mirai No Rekishi (History of the Future)

Transport yourself through genres and emotions with new work music drawn from this musical innovator’s Japanese roots, fusing the traditional with a mashy-beats sound.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra | Friday, September 22 @ 8pm

Led by Colombian-born maestro Carlos Izcaray with Colburn students Kevin Miura on violin and Christina Mateo Saez on clarinet, this concert launches up LACO’s 50th Anniversary Season and features works spanning its diverse repertoire.

GALA | Saturday, September 23rd

Save the date and join us for our biggest celebration of the year! We’ll be honoring Executive Director Michael Alexander. For event info, sponsorship and tickets visit


Family Series – Peter and the Wolf

Prokofiev’s beloved children’s classic will surf, swing, twist, and turn across L.A.’s musical landscape. Join us to experience each ensemble’s variation on this musical masterpiece will feature a special narrator and address a different cultural and musical perspective. each with a special narrator.

Activities begin ½ hour prior to performance.

The Classical | Sunday, July 30 @ 3pm & 4:30pm

This classic chamber telling of the famed fairy tale is narrated by Nobuko Miyamoto.

Big Band Jazz! | Sunday, August 6 @ 3pm & 4:30pm

The forest comes alive with the sound of Big Band Jazz, in a version led by Todd Simon and narrated by Black Shakespeare.

Peter y La Loba – Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – The L.A. Edition | Sunday, August 13 @ 3pm & 4:30pm

The hunt is happenin’! California Pop with a surf rock twist, celebrating grrrr(l) power with L.A. style.

LatinEdición Latinx- !Aparato! – | Sunday, August 20 @ 3pm & 4:30pm

Narrated in Spanglish, this cross-cultural take on an enduring story plays with the impact of musical and spoken language


Angel City Brewery Ale Academy on the Road

Ale Academy goes on the road to Cal plaza sharing tips, tools and tricks with beer. 21+, RSVP required at, bring cash for beer!

Beer 101 – History & More | Thursday, July 6 @ 7pm

What makes beer, beer? Learn from a deep dive into beer education and enjoy the winning formula of yeast, malt, water, hops + time.

21+, RSVP required, bring cash for beer!

Taste is (almost) Everything | Thursday, July 20 @ 7pm

There’s an art and science ofto tasting and evaluating beers, and Certified Cicerones will satisfy your thirst for knowledge (and refreshment).

21+, RSVP required, bring cash for beer!

Beer Pairings | Thursday, August 3 @ 7pm

Learn how to turn a good meal great, and enjoy a variety of beers while you’re at it.

21+, RSVP required, bring cash for beer!


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