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Monk Centennial Celebration

Celebration of Thelonious Monk Flips the Jazz Giant’s Classics

September 27, 2017
100 years after his crash landing on our planet with a melodious thunk, the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk remains among the most original, thrilling, challenging and inventive music ever composed in any genre. And since Monk’s arrival on the bebop scene in the ‘40s, musicians the world over have shown their love and respect for both the man and his music. 

What's Coming Up at the Ford

September 20, 2017
September already? Feels like we just got started and before you know it, the summer’s almost over. Not to worry, though! You’ve still got a few more weeks to experience LA’s freshest artists at our newly renovated digs before our celebratory 2017 season comes to a close, sniff, sniff. Not sure what to see? No prob. We’ve compiled a handy list of some of our faves…
The Hubble Cantata

An Entertaining, Immersive and Explosive Night of Music, Art and Science

September 13, 2017
The words “virtual reality” have been thrown around a lot these past few years. The idea conjures up everything from Princess Leia’s holographic plea for help to a fully immersive experience a la Avatar.
Bang on a Can All-Stars: Road Trip

Bang on a Can Takes a Road Trip Across America to The Soundtrack of The Thrilling Unknown

September 06, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
Bang on a Can is not a band, it’s a movement – one dedicated to the creation, proliferation and preservation of mindsets bent on unfettered musical imagination. 
Patti Austin

Patti Austin & Friends Swing, Shine & Scat in “100: The Apollo Celebrates Ella’s 100th Birthday”

August 30, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
If there is any singer optimally suited to saluting the extraordinary Ella Fitzgerald, it is Patti Austin.
Viver Brasil performing on Ford stage

A living bridge for social and artistic exchange

August 24, 2017
Viver Brasil has centered and celebrated Brazil’s African legacy through bold, soulful and thought-provoking Afro-Brazilian dance theatre for close to two decades. On Friday, September 22, 2017 at 8:30pm, the Ford is proud to host this vibrant company of dancers and musicians as they celebrate their 20th anniversary on our newly renovated stage. 
Jesús Carmona

Hungry to Live

August 16, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
Despite an eight-hour time difference and a language barrier, I connect with Jesús Carmona, one of Spain’s most celebrated flamenco dancers, as he’s winding down his day after rehearsal, though in LA the sun is still climbing. “Es un espectáculo,” Carmona tells me, filling in a gap in my Spanish. 
Bellamy Young and Sterling K. Brown

Stars and Star Stuff

August 09, 2017 | Behind the Scenes
“We are made of star stuff – the nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies.”  Astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous words echoed in my head long after my lunch with WordTheatre® founder Cedering Fox.