Tune in: The Tide Was Always High Concert Series

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is in full swing in Los Angeles, and for the unprecedented program, author Josh Kun has turned a year of academic research into a phenomenal lineup of concerts and the book The Tide Was Always High: The Music of Latin America in Los Angeles.

Led by the Getty, PST: LA/LA is an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles and a joint effort of more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Each month, Kun curates a monthly playlist related to his research, so tune in below and read along with The Tide Was Always High. Save 30% today with code 17M6662.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

Musical Interventions 

Event details at tidewasalwayshigh.com

October 7, 2017: Voice of the Xtabay: A Tribute to Yma Sumac—at Hammer Museum

A genre-bending roster of Los Angeles Latinx vocalists and musicians reimagine the songs of multi-octave Peruvian singer and Capitol Records recording star Yma Sumac. Inspired by the Hammer exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985, the evening features Empress Of, Nite Jewel, Maria Elena Altany, Ceci Bastida, Dorian Wood, Carmina Escobar, and Francisca Valenzuela. Produced in partnership with the Hammer Museum.

October 18, 2017: Playing With Fires: Chicano Batman Plays Carlos Almaraz—at LACMA

Celebrated Los Angeles band Chicano Batman will perform new music inspired by LACMA’s exhibition Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz. Performance will take place in the exhibition gallery. Produced in partnership with LACMA.

October 26, 2017: Tonight at the Palace!: A Variedades Tribute—at The Downtown Palace Theatre

Inspired by classic Spanish-language variety shows held at downtown movie palaces such as the Million Dollar and the Palace, this imaginative evening features live music, dance, comedy and a screening of restored Spanish language Laurel and Hardy films. Hosted by Mexico City performer and writer Amandititita, the evening includes the Versa-Style Dance Company and music from La Familia Gonzalez de Los Angeles, and an all-star jam session with Abraham Laboriel, Paulinho Da Costa, Alex Acuña, and Justo Almario. Produced in partnership with USC’s Visions & Voices.

UC Press is thrilled to be publishing three books in conjunction with PST: LA/LA. Learn more here.

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The Mark Twain Event to End All Mark Twain Events

Mark Twain at the Hammer MuseumAttention Southern California: Make sure you get to the Hammer Museum on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. for a one-of-a-kind celebration of the Autobiography of Mark Twain. Scholar and editor of the Mark Twain Project Robert Hirst will discuss Twain’s life and work, followed by a panel discussion with legendary performer Hal Holbrook, moderated by David Kipen. The free event is co-presented with UC Press and PEN Center USA. It’s almost enough to make us wish we lived in L.A.! (Just kidding, people.)

Radical Light Coming to a Theater Near You

Radical Light cover imageYou don’t have to live in Northern California to experience Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945–2000 on the big screen. The Radical Light Book, Film, and Video Tour will be hitting Los Angeles next week, and traveling throughout the United States in 2011–2012. Details for the L.A. screenings are below. For more information, read the Los Angeles Times review, and check back at Radical Light’s website for updates as the tour evolves.

Friday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA Film and Television Archives
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Westwood Village
Program: “Landscape As Expression”

Sunday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Filmforum at the Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Program: “The 1980s and 1990s”

Monday, January 17, 8:30 p.m.
REDCAT at the Disney Concert Hall
631 West Second Street
Downtown Los Angeles
Program: “Beat Era San Francisco”

Thursday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
6522 Hollywood Boulevard
Program: “Post-Performance Video”

Friday, January 21, 7:30 p.m.
UCLA Film and Television Archives
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Westwood Village
Program: “1961-1971”

Sunday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.
L.A. Filmforum at the Echo Park Film Center
1200 North Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd.)
Program: “Small Gauge”