Ravid Kahalani leads this roaring group of improvising brass, string, and percussion players. Yemen Blues’ intoxicating music merges West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with mambo and funk to help you feel a connection to places you may have never visited. The group paints a musical canvas printed with deep laments and jubilations. From rasping vocals that tear open the heavens to instrumentations that interweave in a harmonious dance that is complex and resolutely modern, their music is evocative and poignant.
East West Players and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center are bringing the award-winning play, Allegiance, starring George Takei, to JACCC’s Aratani Theatre. Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Through collaboration with EWP and JACCC, Cal State LA is offering faculty, staff and students tickets to the Saturday, March 17, 2018, performance at a 35 percent discount.
Arts & Ideas is a cultural engagement program that promotes creativity through interactive application of artistic processes. We bring people together from surrounding communities to share different perspectives during these dynamic exchanges. Through film, dance and visual art workshops we offer participants the opportunity to engage with the arts on visual, auditory and kinesthetic levels. Imagination sparks creativity and creativity births art; one of the distinct endeavors unique to the human race.