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Grand Performances Adds September Date with Omar Torrez and Kinky

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, September 02, 2009, at 04:51PM
Kinky at Club Nokia Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Kinky lead Gil Cerezo at the mic during the band's show at Club Nokia in November of 2008.

Grand Performances' 2009 season is winding down, but not quite ready to fade into the night. The series just added a night on its September slate, bringing guitarist Omar Torrez and Latin-Funk band Kinky to the Watercourt stage on Sunday the 20th.

Kinky's 2006 release Reina garnered three Latin Grammy nominations, and the band's 2007 release Rarities moved their electro dance party sound closer to a crossover audience.

The show is part of the Viva Mexico Festival L.A, taking place throughout the city September 16 - 20.

You don't need to know Spanish to move to a beat, though. Listening to the Latin-rock-funk-alternative of Kinky and the flamenco-funk-rock of Torrez is certainly not a bad way to dance away a summer of Downtown concerts.

Grand Performances' final night is the Laramie Project Epilouge, a reading of a new play about murdered gay college student Matthew Shepard. That will be held October 12, at 8pm.

September 12 is "Emily Dickinson: This and My Heart with Victoria Kirsch" (8pm), in which soprano Anne Marie Ketchum and pianist Victoria Kirsch will explore Emily Dickinson's poetry and letters, and features theatrical music by Aaron Copland, Lori Laitman, Tom Cipullo and Steve Heitzeg.

Leading the ensemble is actress Linda Kelsey, who at the very least could hold an honorary Downtowner title. Some may know her as reporter Billie Newman in 1978-1982's "Lou Grant," the series about a fictitious newspaper, The Los Angeles Tribune.

Bonus points if you know which building "The Trib" held its offices in. Clue: You can see it from an escalator that takes you down from the Watercourt Plaza, where Grand Performances is held.

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