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Pencil This In: Dance at the Ford J.A.M. Session, Author Carlos Ruiz Zafón at Zócalo, Melinda Doolittle Book Signing at the Promenade

LA Contemporary Dance Co. at the Ford tonight. | Photo: Ford Amphitheater
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Tonight kicks off the summer season at the Ford Amphitheater--a great little venue across the way from the Hollywood Bowl--with its first J.A.M. Session. Dance in the Making is a participatory program that begins at 7 pm. “Create movement, develop character and explore the creation of dances from professional dancers' perspective with the talented members of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company with music composed and performed live by SONOS a capella group.” The workshop serves as prep for the artists, leading to a world premiere of Gods and Marionettes at the Ford on June 18.

Zócalo partners with the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to host an evening with author Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The Barcelona-born and LA-based author Carlos Ruiz Zafón mixes his influences of 19th century British, Russian, and French giants —Dickens, Tolstoy, Balzac--with American crime fiction—including LA’s Raymond Chandler—to create the words in his novels. Zafón, author of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game, visits Zócalo to discuss his “work, fiction in a global age, and why great books transcend borders.” Free event, but reservations are recommended. The discussion will be held at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on Grand Avenue. Parking $9 w/MOCA validation at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage.