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TASTE OF TAIKO
Taiko Drumming Classes Online
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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Tuesday: 7:00 PM

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Learn to play the Japanese Taiko Drums! 
 
Virtual classes are on Tuesday 7:00pm-8:00pm, March, April, May and June 2021.
Please register by purchasing free tickets and we’ll send the Zoom link.

Course is taught by the amazing Man Man Mui, instructor at the Los Angeles Taiko Institute. Suggested Donations per class: $5-$15.

For more information, call Grand Vision 310-833-4813 (M-F, 10:00am - 5:00pm)


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ROOTS & RAMBLES Livestream with ELLAS arrow
Friday, May 14, 2021
7:00 PM

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Grand Annex Livestream Roots & Rambles series features Los Angeles-based roots rock musicians who shine a light on the cultural influences of Americana.

The first in the series of three is Ellas (formerly known as Trio Ellas). Still a trio, Suemy Gonzalez, Nelly Cortez and Melinda Salcido illuminate the stage with their contemporary mariachi sound. Their impeccable vocals, violin, guitar and guitarron fuse romantic ranchero with rock, pop and gypsy jazz.

Together and individually, the women of Ellas have earned Grammy nominations and performed around the world, from Japan to Mexico and from Disneyland to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 


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ROOTS & RAMBLES Workshops - Make Music in the Garden arrow
Saturday, May 29, 2021
1:30 PM

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Grand Vision Foundation presents
Roots & Rambles Workshops at the Garden

Come on down to San Pedro for two MUSIC MAKING workshops at the Garden Church/Feed & Be Fed Garden, 429 W. 6th St. San Pedro. Workshops are FREE, 45 minutes, and open to all age 13 and above. All participants must register by purchasing a free ticket.

The two workshops are:
1:30 pm “The Art of Songwriting” with Jason Luckett 
2:30 pm "Sing, Shout & Stomp" vocals and body percussion with the Honey Whiskey Trio

The Roots & Rambles workshops are in-person experiences that complement two concerts that will be livestreamed in June. Honey Whiskey on June 4 and Jason Luckett on June 11.

The Roots & Rambles virtual concert series features roots rock and folk musicians whose music shines a light on the cultural influences that shape music in the United States. The series is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

COVID SAFETY: 30 participants max and please plan to wear a facemask and expect social distance seating. 


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ROOTS & RAMBLES Livestream with HONEY WHISKEY TRIO arrow
Friday, June 4, 2021
7:00 PM

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The Roots & Rambles Livestream series features Los Angeles-based roots rock musicians who shine a light on the cultural influences of Americana. Roots & Rambles concerts are about 1 hour and streamed on YouTube.

The second Roots & Rambles concert features Harmony Sweepstakes National Competition winners and graduates of the Bob Cole School of Music at CSULB, Honey Whiskey Trio. The group embodies folk Americana music. Through a unique selection of well known tunes and hidden gems, the trio delivers rowdy songs, romantic melodies and haunting ballads with sparkling harmonies, body percussion, and a captivating on-stage energy.



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ROOTS & RAMBLES Livestream with JASON LUCKETT arrow
Friday, June 11, 2021
7:00 PM

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Grand Annex Livestream Roots & Rambles series features Los Angeles-based roots rock musicians who shine a light on the cultural influences of Americana.

Born in Hawaii, raised in Los Angeles, Jason Luckett is a prolific singer/songwriter and poet. His six albums and three independent EPs move naturally through folk, jazz, rock and world influences – in a personal style Jason calls groovy acoustic soul.  “A tasty brew of pop, soul, and folk that’s both relaxed and infectiously danceable.”- Victory Review



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Authors Night with Dr. Michael Datcher & Noel Alumit arrow
Saturday, June 26, 2021
7:30 PM

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Grand Vision is honored to host authors, Noel Alumit and Dr. Michael Datcher, recipients of the City of Los Angeles 2021 Individual Artist Fellowship grant. Both authors will read from their new works. Q & A and conversation will follow the readings. 
 
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Noel Alumit is the author of Letters to Montgomery Clift and Talking to the Moon, an LA Times Bestseller. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, USA Today and Best Gay American Short Stories. Noel will read from his new novel, The Valet. 

The Valet 
In 1929, the filmmaker F.W. Murnau died in a car crash along the California coast with his Filipino valet at the wheel. While the valet survived the accident, history has forgotten him. In The Valet, the author brings him keenly to life through the fictionalized Eli Visaya, a young, dashing Filipino man. Eli steps in as Murnau’s assistant, and enters the glittering and unpredictable behind-the-scenes world of early Hollywood.

Dr. Michael Datcher
Dr. Michael Datcher is the author of the novel AMERICUS, the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller RAISING FENCES, and the Pulitzer Prize nominated ANIMATING BLACK AND BROWN LIBERATION: A Theory of American Literatures. Among many projects, he is co-host of the program BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE on 90.7 FM KPFK. Dr. Datcher will read from his new novel, CULT

CULT
Jameela Easter wants to start a cult. As a charismatic and brilliant Black theology graduate student who’s researching People’s Temple cult leader Jim Jones, Jameela wonders why so few Black women have been cult leaders—and wonders what it would feel like to have that kind of power. She tells herself that cult of personality-power can be used for good. Jameela decides to leave school to start a “positive womanist cult” disguised as a womanist church, where the Black Divine Feminine will be worshipped.
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The LA Department of Cultural Affairs' COLA Individual Artist Fellowship grant allows accomplished artists to create new work with increased freedom to innovate and experiment.