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Pencil This In: Bollywood Film Music Seminar @ LACMA, Music of Mingus @ Zócalo

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Yeah, we're not too sure either. / Photo by aharvey2k via LAist's flickr pool.

Yeah, we're not too sure either. / Photo by aharvey2k via LAist's flickr pool.

Tonight LACMA presents “Sound & Image: A History of Bollywood Film Music with Robin Sukhadia” from 7-9 pm at the museum’s Bing Theater. The seminar is focused on the sound and music of Bollywood, including the works of master film composers Naushad, SD Burman, & RD Burman. The program will feature music videos and film clips, accompanied by historical and political commentary and context by Sukhadia. The evening’s free and kid friendly. CLASSICAL
Chamber Music Palisades concludes its season with a final concert tonight featuring the work of Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Hindesmith and Franck. Featured artists include violinists Roger Wilkie and Nina Evtuhov; Carrie Dennis, Viola; John Walz, cello; Susan Greenberg, flute; and Delores Stevens, piano. The concert begins at 8 pm at St. Matthew's Parish in Pacific Palisades. Check out our weekly classical picks, too.

If jazz is more your speed, then head over to Zócalo's program on the work of the late great bassist and composer Charles Mingus. “Mingus, who grew up in Watts, was also a teacher to many musicians at his Jazz Workshop, an activist for racial equality, and a performer praised for his passion and lambasted for his temper.” The evening will be moderated by Oscar Garza, former editor at the Los Angeles Daily News and Tu Ciudad magazine, and feature music producer Hal Willner, writer Emory Holmes II, Mingus’s musician son Eric. The event begins tonight at 7:30 pm at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. There’s a hosted wine reception after the program.

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