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Songs in the Key of Los Angeles with Josh Kun & I See Hawks In L.A.

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Songs in the Key of Los Angeles with Josh Kun & I See...

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Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email
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5:15pm-6:30pm: Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House

6:30-8pm: Talk with music

Join Josh Kun and special guests I See Hawks in L.A. for a musical tour of early Los Angeles based on rare sheet music culled from the stacks of the Los Angeles Public Library. 

Songs in the Key of Los Angeles is a multi-platform collaboration between the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library, and USC professor Josh Kun that brings to life the Library's extraordinary Southern California Sheet Music Collection. Consisting of sheet music from the 1840s through the 1950s, the Collection offers a singular portrait of Los Angeles history and culture rendered in music and visual art—from California lullabies and Los Angeles waltzes, sunshine rags and sunset serenades—to emerging West Coast jazz and the legacy of Mexican folk tradition. The evening's presentation will include archival photographs, sheet music cover art featured in the book Songs in the Key of Los Angeles (Angel City Press), vintage and new recordings of the antique sheet music, as well as a special live performance from local California country stalwarts, I See Hawks in L.A.
Angel City Press will be on site with copies of the book.
Josh Kun is a professor and director of The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg's The Norman Lear Center and is a cofounder of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to excavating lost treasures of Jewish-American music. Kun is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press) which won a 2006 American Book Award. His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and anthologies, covering everything from the sound worlds of the Mexican border and the lost histories of Jewish mambo and Jewish jazz, to African-American and Latino musical exchange in Los Angeles.  As a critic and journalist, Kun is a regular contributor to The New York Times and many other publications. His journalism on the US-Mexico border earned him a 2007 Unity Award in Media and made him a finalist for a 2007 Southern California Journalism Award. He has also worked as a consultant and curator with The Los Angeles Public Library, Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Autry National Center, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

The house band for a revolution that isn’t over yet.” - Michael Simmons

California-based I See Hawks in L.A. pursue a kind of cerebral, witty, and at times refreshingly silly alt-country path along the lines of earlier California country-rock bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, and the Byrds, following the template of what Gram Parsons once called "cosmic American music." Formed in 1999 by Robert Rex Waller, Jr. and brothers Paul Lacques and Anthony Lacques, at first I See Hawks in L.A. were strictly a loose recording outfit, but after their self-titled debut album was released on the now defunct Ethic Records imprint in 2001, the positive critical reaction convinced them to start doing shows. The band's lineup has been an ever evolving thing, but has generally included Rob Waller on lead vocals, guitar, and Dobro, Paul Lacques on vocals, guitar, and Dobro, Paul Marshall on bass and vocals, Dave Zirbel on steel guitar, Cody Bryant on banjo, Rick Shea on mandolin, Brantley Kearns on fiddle, and Shawn Nourse on drums.

 Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch! 

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. 

Parking: May-September the parking rate is $3/hr & $12/day at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

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General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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