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Downtown Culture: Pulitzer Win, Beethoven’s 5th, Books and the Fed

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 12:45PM
© 2011 Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times photographers Barbara Davidson, Katie Falkenberg and Liz O. Baylen at Framework's pop-up event at the Downtown Art Walk, April 14, 2011.

In a neighborhood that loves to note when buildings are topped off or when coffee shops open, it's certainly worth making a nod to a few local Pulitzers, especially when the announcement comes just a few days after one winner made her first appearance at the Downtown Art Walk.

"It was a total shock," L.A. Times photographer Barbara Davidson said Monday about her Pulitzer Prize win for feature photography.

Her photo series on families victimized by violence in South Los Angeles, Compton and Watts and the Times' other Pulitzer win for reporting on the City of Bell both reflected local priorities.

"It shows the Times is still relevant to our readers," said Davidson, still breathless from the win.

Now, here is a look at Downtown's cultural week ahead.


Tamara Davis' documentary "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" (2010) will be screened at Exposition Park, which may interest those still buzzing on the Downtown street art wave caused by MOCA's "Art In The Streets" Thu Apr 28 7pm / California African American Museum / 600 State Drive, Exposition Park

Golden Boy Presents Fight Night Club, featuring local favorites Frankie Gomez and Ramon Valadez Thu Apr 28 7pm / Club Nokia L.A. Live / 800 W. Olympic


Beethoven’s 5th is featured on an L.A. Phil program that includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante. David Afkham conducts. Fri Apr 29 8pm (plus Sat Apr 30 8pm and Sun May 1 2pm) / Walt Disney Concert Hall / 111 S. Grand

Roy Orbison: The Soul of Rock & Roll exhibition opens at The Grammy Museum. Fri Apr 29 / Runs until Mon Nov 28 / 800 W. Olympic

The Omelettes bring some improvisational comedy to the Historic Core. That's your set-up and straight line readers, run with it. Fri Apr 29 9pm / Downtown Comedy Club / 114 W. 5th

A night of rockabilly with The Blasters, Eddie Nichols & Mondo, RumbleKing. Fri Apr 29 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd


The Annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the big event of the week, bringing the popular lit-lapalooza to the USC campus Saturday, April 30, from 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, May 1, from 10am to 5pm. You can navigate the list of events that involves 400 authors, or just use the app. University of Southern California / Exposition and S. Figueroa

Villains Tavern hosts a pop-up art show opening on Saturday, with a collection of artworks by female collective Pretty/Tough. Plus, a live music set from Alt-Country, Hillbilly Jazz troupe. Sat Apr 30 1pm / Villains Tavern / 1356 Palmetto


Alternative funk cumbia band Molotovx parties while promoting bi-cultural reading––by way of alt-rock concert; Plus Kinky Sun May 1 / [Nokia Theatre L.A. Live( / 777 Chick Hearn Ct


Specks of Existence: Hartmut Bitomsky’s Dust “serves as a philosophical, factual and fanciful examination of the smallest objects that can be perceived, particles that permeate every aspect of life.” The tangled web of interviews and cinematic investigations runs for one evening. May 2 / REDCAT / 631 W 2nd

NO ROOM AT BOOTSY: If you were thinking of getting your funk on, be warned that An Evening With Bootsy Collins is sold out. Tue May 3 7:30pm / The GRAMMY Museum / 800 W Olympic


Town Hall Los Angeles hosts new San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President, Dr. John C. Williams Wed May 4 11:30am / Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Blue Whale Jam hosted by Zach Harmon Trio Wed May 4 9pm / Blue Whale / 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka (Weller Court)

Reverend Deadeye will show you the way to get “Drunk on Jesus”. Plus Jason & the Punknets, and Lightnin' Woodcock. May 4 9pm / The Redwood Bar & Grill / 316 W. 2nd

Deacon Jones Blues Revue features the accomplished blues artist and master of the Hammond B3 organ. Wed May 4 / Seven Grand / 515 W. 7th


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