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  • Sounds of L.A.: Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours

    Saturday January 17, 2015
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The Balfa name conjures up memories of the famous Balfa Brothers, who took their soulful music from the prairies of Mamou, Louisiana, to the far corners of the earth. Balfa Toujours ("Balfa always") is making sure the name will maintain its place for generations to come. Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of the legendary Cajun fiddle ambassador Dewey Balfa, the group has taken generations of inspiration and created a vibrant sound all their own.

    Reservations available beginning December 18.

  • Sounds of L.A.: Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours

    Sunday January 18, 2015
    3:30 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The Balfa name conjures up memories of the famous Balfa Brothers, who took their soulful music from the prairies of Mamou, Louisiana, to the far corners of the earth. Balfa Toujours ("Balfa always") is making sure the name will maintain its place for generations to come. Led by Christine Balfa, daughter of the legendary Cajun fiddle ambassador Dewey Balfa, the group has taken generations of inspiration and created a vibrant sound all their own.

    Reservations available beginning December 18.

  • Dance of the Maize God

    Sunday February 1, 2015
    2 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    Over the past 50 years, thousands of Maya vases, most looted from tombs, have flooded into public and private collections. Dance of the Maize God (2014, 96 min.) enters the world of vases to explore ancient Maya life as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of looted art. This film screening and panel discussion are related to the Getty Research Institute 2014/2015 research theme, Object—Value—Canon, and are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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  • Sounds of L.A.: Yuri Yunakov and the Yunakov Ensemble

    Saturday February 7, 2015
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The hallmark of Bulgarian wedding music is virtuosic technique, dynamic key changes, and eclectic musical influences. Turkish-Bulgarian Roma saxophonist, Yuri Yunakov, is one of the genre's pioneers, a NEA National Heritage Fellow, and a tireless champion of this music and the extraordinary culture from which it comes. Simply put, Yunakov's concerts are an untethered celebration of what makes life worth living. Complements the exhibition Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful.

    Reservations available beginning January 20.

  • Sounds of L.A.: Yuri Yunakov and the Yunakov Ensemble

    Sunday February 8, 2015
    3:30 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The hallmark of Bulgarian wedding music is virtuosic technique, dynamic key changes, and eclectic musical influences. Turkish-Bulgarian Roma saxophonist, Yuri Yunakov, is one of the genre's pioneers, a NEA National Heritage Fellow, and a tireless champion of this music and the extraordinary culture from which it comes. Simply put, Yunakov's concerts are an untethered celebration of what makes life worth living. Complements the exhibition Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful.

    Reservations available beginning January 20.

  • Sounds of L.A.: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca

    Saturday March 14, 2015
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    L.A.'s very own ambassadors of Angolan soul, Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, return to the Getty Center with their signature mix of African soukous and Cuban rumba. Their latest project, La Rumba Soy Yo, has been called "a street party you have to dance your way through, [filled with] bright horns, fantastic bass lines, amazing percussion, and melodies that linger for days." These local favorites are the perfect end to this season of Sounds of L.A.

    Reservations available beginning February 19.

  • Sounds of L.A.: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca

    Sunday March 15, 2015
    3:30 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    L.A.'s very own ambassadors of Angolan soul, Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, return to the Getty Center with their signature mix of African soukous and Cuban rumba. Their latest project, La Rumba Soy Yo, has been called "a street party you have to dance your way through, [filled with] bright horns, fantastic bass lines, amazing percussion, and melodies that linger for days." These local favorites are the perfect end to this season of Sounds of L.A.

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  • Selected Shorts: Tales after Dark

    Saturday March 21, 2015
    3 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The popular public radio series and podcast returns for a weekend of live performances, offering a varied selection of romantic, mysterious, fantastical, gritty, magical, and compelling tales featuring mismatched lovers, moon exploration, family shenanigans, and time travel. Robert Sean Leonard hosts the series and leads an all-star cast. Tickets $20.

    Tickets on sale beginning February 2.

  • Selected Shorts: Tales after Dark

    Saturday March 21, 2015
    7 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The popular public radio series and podcast returns for a weekend of live performances, offering a varied selection of romantic, mysterious, fantastical, gritty, magical, and compelling tales featuring mismatched lovers, moon exploration, family shenanigans, and time travel. Robert Sean Leonard hosts the series and leads an all-star cast. Tickets $20.

    Tickets on sale beginning February 2.

  • Selected Shorts: Tales after Dark

    Sunday March 22, 2015
    3 pm
    Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

    The popular public radio series and podcast returns for a weekend of live performances, offering a varied selection of romantic, mysterious, fantastical, gritty, magical, and compelling tales featuring mismatched lovers, moon exploration, family shenanigans, and time travel. Robert Sean Leonard hosts the series and leads an all-star cast. Tickets $20.

    Tickets on sale beginning February 2.

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  • Villa Theater Lab: Tungsten (artery), A Modern Retelling of Persephone

    Friday February 20, 2015
    8 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    This multidisciplinary puppet play with video and live performance centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone whose annual return to the "upper air" has been the catalyst for spring. But her role, and the cycle of the seasons, are now in question. Directed and designed by Janie Geiser. Written by Erik Ehn. Tickets $7.

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  • Villa Theater Lab: Tungsten (artery), A Modern Retelling of Persephone

    Saturday February 21, 2015
    3 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    This multidisciplinary puppet play with video and live performance centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone whose annual return to the "upper air" has been the catalyst for spring. But her role, and the cycle of the seasons, are now in question. Directed and designed by Janie Geiser. Written by Erik Ehn. Tickets $7.

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  • Villa Theater Lab: Tungsten (artery), A Modern Retelling of Persephone

    Saturday February 21, 2015
    8 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    This multidisciplinary puppet play with video and live performance centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone whose annual return to the "upper air" has been the catalyst for spring. But her role, and the cycle of the seasons, are now in question. Directed and designed by Janie Geiser. Written by Erik Ehn. Tickets $7.

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  • Villa Theater Lab: Tungsten (artery), A Modern Retelling of Persephone

    Sunday February 22, 2015
    2 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    This multidisciplinary puppet play with video and live performance centers on Cora, a contemporary Persephone whose annual return to the "upper air" has been the catalyst for spring. But her role, and the cycle of the seasons, are now in question. Directed and designed by Janie Geiser. Written by Erik Ehn. Tickets $7.

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  • Villa Theater Lab: La Olla—Plautus's Pot of Gold

    Friday March 27, 2015
    8 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    The Latino Theater Company deploys its unique style of imagery, music, and movement—inspired by the noir films of the golden age of Mexican Cinema—for this adaptation of ancient Roman playwright Plautus's comedy Pot of Gold. Crime, greed, ambition, and mistrust drive the characters into a state of confusion and misinterpreted motives, with hilarious results. Tickets $7.

    Tickets on sale beginning January 20.

  • Villa Theater Lab: La Olla—Plautus's Pot of Gold

    Saturday March 28, 2015
    3 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    The Latino Theater Company deploys its unique style of imagery, music, and movement—inspired by the noir films of the golden age of Mexican Cinema—for this adaptation of ancient Roman playwright Plautus's comedy Pot of Gold. Crime, greed, ambition, and mistrust drive the characters into a state of confusion and misinterpreted motives, with hilarious results. Tickets $7.

    Tickets on sale beginning January 20.

  • Villa Theater Lab: La Olla—Plautus's Pot of Gold

    Saturday March 28, 2015
    8 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    The Latino Theater Company deploys its unique style of imagery, music, and movement—inspired by the noir films of the golden age of Mexican Cinema—for this adaptation of ancient Roman playwright Plautus's comedy Pot of Gold. Crime, greed, ambition, and mistrust drive the characters into a state of confusion and misinterpreted motives, with hilarious results. Tickets $7.

    Tickets on sale beginning January 20.

  • Villa Theater Lab: La Olla—Plautus's Pot of Gold

    Sunday March 29, 2015
    3 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    In La Olla, the Latino Theater Company uses its unique style of imagery, music, and movement—inspired by the noir films of the golden age of Mexican Cinema—for its adaptation of ancient Roman playwright Plautus's comedy Pot of Gold. Crime, greed, ambition, and mistrust drive the characters into a state of confusion and misinterpreted motives, with hilarious results. Tickets $7.

    Tickets on sale beginning January 20.

  • Master Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden at the Getty Villa

    Friday April 10, 2015
    8 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    The myths of the ancient Greeks still have the power to charm and chill us today, remaining part of our consciousness millennia after they were first imagined. British storytellers Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton are renowned for their passionate, lucid, and accessible retellings of Greek myths. Their program illuminates the images in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, including Jason's hunt for the Golden Fleece. Suitable for audiences ages 12 and over. Tickets $12.

    Tickets on sale beginning January 5.

  • Master Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden at the Getty Villa

    Saturday April 11, 2015
    8 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    The myths of the ancient Greeks still have the power to charm and chill us today, remaining part of our consciousness millennia after they were first imagined. British storytellers Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton are renowned for their passionate, lucid, and accessible retellings of Greek myths. Their program illuminates the images in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, including Jason's hunt for the Golden Fleece. Suitable for audiences ages 12 and over. Tickets $12.

    Tickets on sale beginning January 5.

  • Master Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden at the Getty Villa

    Sunday April 12, 2015
    2 pm
    Auditorium, Getty Villa
    The myths of the ancient Greeks still have the power to charm and chill us today, remaining part of our consciousness millennia after they were first imagined. British storytellers Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton are renowned for their passionate, lucid, and accessible retellings of Greek myths. Their program illuminates the images in the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy, including Jason's hunt for the Golden Fleece. Suitable for children over 10. Tickets $12

    Tickets on sale beginning January 5.

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