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In The Arts

September 23, 2010

Noted blues artists to perform at church

Former Hollywood Fats Band blues artists Al Blake and Fred Kaplan will perform 10 a.m. Sunday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann's Drive.

As a child in 1950s Oklahoma City, Blake was fascinated by the Deep Southern Blues that played at the general store. Beginning as a collector of blues recordings, he soon began seeking out the artists and learning their music. Today, he brings not only his encyclopedic knowledge of the blues, but his talents as a vocalist, harmonica player, guitar player, harpist and songwriter.

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Through Blake, Kaplan met Hollywood Fats in the early 1970s, playing first as the Headhunters trio, which evolved into the original Hollywood Fats Band. They recorded a self-titled album in 1979, later re-titled "Rock This House" when reissued on the Blacktop label.

Kaplan continues to record and tour worldwide, both as a solo pianist and as part of the Hollywood Blue Flames group.

Free parking is available behind the church at the corner of Cleo and Glenneyre, one block east of PCH. For more information, call (949 494-8061.

Mohja Kahf to appear at local benefit

Syrian-American poet and author Mohja Kahf will sign copies and discuss her latest novel, "The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf" during a benefit luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Women's Club. Proceeds will support the Levantine Cultural Center.

The novel tells the story of Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy, growing up in a devout Muslim family in 1970s Indiana. The book explores the fault-lines between "Muslim" and "American."

Kahf defies stereotypes about Muslim women and what it means to wear the hijab. At the event, she will also read from her volumes of poetry, "E-mails from Scheherazad" and "Western Representations of the Muslim Woman."

Cost is $40 and includes a Syrian lunch. For reservations, call (310) 657-5511.

LOCA holds annual meeting

The public is invited to attend the Laguna Outreach for Community Arts' annual meeting and reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Edge Hotel, 627 Sleepy Hollow Lane. The theme is "Student Art: From the Campus, to Our Community."

Hedy Buzan will present the "History of Collage," revealing through images from war posters to Warhol how collage played an important role in 20th century art movements.

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