We celebrate our return to the concert stage with a special free concert in memory of our late Music Director and Conductor, Frank Fetta. It will also be a belated celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday which fell in December 2020 and was overshadowed by national and global events. We are delighted to feature Principal Guest Conductor Andrew Shulman and pianist Rufus Choi in a program of major “middle period” works: Overture to Fidelio, Op. 72, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, “Emperor”, and Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67. Saturday June 25, 7.30pm at Robert Frost Auditorium in Culver City, free entry.
Angeleno Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre is the author of the novel “The Displaced” (Arte Publico Press, June 30) which is set on LA’s Westside in the 1990’s and is a dystopian coming-of-age novel loosely modeled after The Plague by Albert Camus that explores how gentrification affects the primarily working class Latino neighborhood where the novel is set and that is modeled roughly after the neighborhood where the author grew up at the same time. Junot Diaz has already given the book a great blurb: “What an extraordinary voice … in this utterly thrilling and utterly necessary novel, three battered friends attempt to save their community from a hideous tide of gentrification, but the question that towers over their schemes and furies is: can they save themselves? Ribera d’Ebre has written a scorcher of a debut.”
Obed Silva is the author of “The Death of My Father the Pope,” the critically acclaimed memoir about growing up on both sides of the Mexican border the havoc his father’s battle with alcohol wreaked on his family and affected the author’s own life and experience with addiction and sobriety. The book has received many stellar reviews with David Ulin praising it in the LA Times as “an indelible look at the complicated ways grief, family and addiction can intertwine” and Rigoberto González describing it as “compelling” in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Together the authors will have a conversation about the themes of race, immigration, family, incarceration, and more that intertwine and overlap in their books.
Hit the music! ?Enjoy the live tunes under the urban city lights by local jazz artist ?Dayren Santamaria. Dayren has worked extensively on the contemporary Latin, Latin-Jazz and salsa music scene, notably with four-time Grammy Award Winner, Oscar Hernandez. ?She also performs in Los Angeles with a variety of groups including performances with Latin Jazz band Jose Rizo’s Mongorama and appears on their Grammy-Nominated 2012 CD. ?She is also a member of actor Andy Garcia’s Cineso All-Stars. ?Listen and vibe and be sure to tag us @theblocla for a chance to be featured. This event is free! Thursday, July 14th, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT. THE BLOC, 700 West 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90017.
Please bring Blankets + Sunnies with you! $5 Validated parking for concert attendees available at Concierge Desk.
The two-day show features 40 vendors and demonstrators with earth science displays, children’s games, and activities for the entire family.
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING
The theme this year is Amazonite
Show Hours are from 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday
VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
4117 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90230
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