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Los Angeles musician Jessica Basta sings excerpts of "Lolita" for the Hammer Museum's "Sing Your Favorite Books" series. The series was created in conjunction with the "Ed Ruscha: On the Road" exhibition.

Artists to personify books with music by singing excerpts of books at the Hammer Museum’s “Sing Your Favorite Book” project

A musician interprets Nabokov through song

August 1, 2011 – Go ahead, sing this paragraph. As part of the Hammer Museum’s ongoing “Sing Your Favorite Book” series, Los Angeles musician Jessica Basta sat in and paced through the galleries on July 22, crooning portions of the Vladimir Nabokov classic Lolita. You know, the book where middle-aged Humbert Humbert has an affair with his prepubescent stepdaughter.

The next performance, featuring Tany Ling singing Michael Chabon’s “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union”, is this Thursday. [1:31]

"A musician interprets Nabokov through song"

Many people have read Karl Marx's "Capital" "“ but few, if any, have heard it sung. Read more...

Los Angeles musician Jessica Basta sings excerpts of "Lolita" for the Hammer Museum's "Sing Your Favorite Books" series. The series was created in conjunction with the "Ed Ruscha: On the Road" exhibition.

Courtesy of Autumn de Wilde
Courtesy of Autumn de Wilde

Graffiti6's music has been featured on television shows such as "Teen Wolf," "One Tree Hill" and "Grey's Anatomy." The group will perform this Thursday at the Hammer Museum as part of "Also I Like To Rock," the museum's free summer concert series.

	Courtesy of Marina Chavez
Graffiti6's music has been featured on television shows such as "Teen Wolf," "One Tree Hill" and "Grey's Anatomy." The group will perform this Thursday at the Hammer Museum as part of "Also I Like To Rock," the museum's free summer concert series.

	Courtesy of Marina Chavez

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For UCLA student Tommy Schulz, the Venice drum circle is about community, not noise

For UCLA student Tommy Schulz, the Venice drum circle is about community, not noise

June 2, 2011 – Second-year theater student Tommy Schulz brings his djembe drum to the Venice drum circle regularly. For him, the drum circle’s impact extends beyond making music. We talked to him about why he plays and how drum circles affect his life. [1:33]

"For UCLA student Tommy Schulz, the Venice drum circle is about community, not noise"

June 2, 2011 – Second-year theater student Tommy Schulz brings his djembe drum to the Venice drum circle regularly. For him, the drum circle’s impact extends beyond making music. We talked to him about why he plays and how drum circles affect his life. [1:33]

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Participants sing and dance with the Venice Beach Drum Circle on Sunday. The event attracts music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

	courtesy of ALEXANDER GALLAGHER-SOLTES

Dancing to the Venice beat at the drum circle

From the cardigan-clad woman ceremoniously dancing around the citation ticket she set on fire to the man in the tiki mask playing the bongos, it seemed that the wild spirit of the Venice Beach Drum Circle remains unbroken despite the prevalence of security. Read more...

Participants sing and dance with the Venice Beach Drum Circle on Sunday. The event attracts music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

	courtesy of ALEXANDER GALLAGHER-SOLTES

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Noah and the Whale showcases musical ambidexterity with crowd-pleasing performance at El Rey

UK indie band Noah and the Whale stoically took the El Rey stage Wednesday night after Canadian opener Bahamas warmed up a responsive crowd with sweet and twangy rockabindy – a combinaiton of rockabilly and indie – songs, including a sing-along to Wreckless Eric's "(I'd Go the) Whole Wide World.” Incessant cheers cracked a smile on lead singer and guitarist Charlie Fink's face, however, as the band launched into "Give a Little Love" off its debut album. Read more...

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