Thank you to everyone that celebrated July 4th’s festivities with us last weekend at Grand Performances. We had around 4,000 people enjoy the legacy of Nina Simone at Young, Gifted and Nina! This week, we have something GRAND for everyone, from 20th century classical music and Broadway fans to comedy lovers to DIY string puppeteers…and an opportunity to belt out Bernstein for a chance to win Hollywood Bowl tickets!
Starting the weekend early on Thursday, July 11 @8PM is the Soba Noodle Demonstration with food writer and instructor, Sonoko Sakai. This event was the only show that required an RSVP and is now sold out.
On Friday, July 12th @ noon, have your lunch date while watching Las Cafeteras jam traditional and modern beats with timely stories from East L.A.’s streets. Sample their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado and Spanglish below.
Later in the evening @ 8pm, Beth Lapides’ UnCabaret brings an array of original talent to the mic for enlightening music and conversational comedy that is, at turns, risky, idiosyncratic, fast-paced, and introspective.
On Saturday, July 13th @ 8PM, treat yourself to the lush and lyrical compositions of America’s treasured composer, Leonard Bernstein, co-presented by Songfest Sings America. You can sing along to selections from West Side Story, as well as listen to art songs of sweeping American poems. Capture yourself belting out your favorite Bernstein song on Instagram, add #grandperformances, and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to Tchaikovsky Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl! Here's an example of our puppets demonstrating a 15 sec Bernstein song!
For all the DIY fans and kid-at-hearts, bring your children to Bob Baker’s Marionettes on Sunday, July 14th @ 3PM for an interactive afternoon with L.A.’s longest-running children’s theater company. After a lively set, they’ll lead a workshop demonstrating the basic technique of string puppeteering so bring your own makeshift scarf marionettes. We have a tutorial especially made for all aspiring young and old puppeteers!