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     Saturday, September 27th   at   8pm

    doors open at 7:00pm (food will be available)

    newly renovated Talking Stick Cafe

    1411 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

    at Lincoln and California St. in corner behind Pollo Loco
    Parking available behind or in Ross Dress For Less parking lot.

    Tickets
    General Admission: $18

    FolkWorks members (Friend and above) – reserved seating: $16

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  • COLUMN OF THE WEEK

    September-October 2014

    HAVE UKE WILL TRAVEL!

    By Audrey Coleman

    1000 Uke Players
    Over 1000 ukulele players turned out to attend workshops and try beat the world record for largest ensemble.
    By nine a.m., under mercifully overcast skies, a steady stream of participants was filing into the front plaza of the Japanese-American Cultural Center in downtown LA. They all seemed to have a bounce in their step. From the balcony overlooking the plaza, I watched the crowd grow, a jocular mingling of darker and fairer-skinned persons from diverse age groups, some wearing neutral jeans, tee-shirts, and huaraches, others adding vibrancy with Hawaiian shirts and Aloha print sundresses. 

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July-August 2007

New World Flamenco Festival

La Flor de la Vida, August 10-19

By Chris Stuart

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A Fuego Lento Photo by Miguel Angel Gonzalez

There are few folk dances that blend passion and precision, energy and elegance, as well as flamenco.

Its origins are only dimly known, and there is debate over the very word. The dance appeared first in the Andalusian region of Spain in the sixteenth century during what is known as the Reconquest and quickly spread. The unique mélange of native Andalusian, Islamic, Sephardic, and Gypsy cultures, gives the dance its themes of loss, persecution, pride, as well as its characteristic rite of sexual tension.

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Maria Jose Franco Photo by Dean Thomas

The word flamenco might mean gypsy or perhaps a reference to the Flemish, the legendary home of the gypsies. In either case, the origins are distinctly folk oriented, the dance developing from the poorer strata of society. Over the past 500 years it has been alternately derided as an uncouth regional dance and hailed as the pinnacle of Iberian soul.Now we have a unique opportunity to appreciate the very best in flamenco dance with the New World Flamenco Festival August 10-19 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The festival is titled La Flor de la Vida, The Prime of Life, and premieres three companies of young flamenco dancers who are among the very best currently performing in Spain.This established festival has often emphasized the stars of traditional flamenco, but this year's program will bring a new generation to Southern California.

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Juan Ogalla Photo by Andy Mogg

This is an unprecedented chance to see what is new and coming inflamenco dance. All the troupes are in the prime of life and promise to present an exciting show of new works, some created especially for this festival.Each company is led by a well-known dancer who has built his or her own company and been successful at Spain's major flamenco festival, Festival de Jerez. The three troupes will divide the ten day festival.Compañia Maria José Franco will perform August 10-12, a program titled De Grana y Oro, and features, besides Ms. Franco, a high-profile cast including Morenito de Llora, Juan Jose Amador and Luis Moneo. August 14-15, André Peña and Pila Ogalla will present "A Fuego Lento," which promises a smoldering male and female duet. And Compañia Juan Ogalla, with guest artist Milagros Mengibar, will perform Cosas de Cai, August 17-19, featuring Spain's leading exponent of the bata de cola, the long gown.

This is a chance to enjoy some of the best dancers in the world of any style, and a festival that deserves to attract many people interested in, and appreciative of, great folk dancing, fabulous production, and sensual storytelling.

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