Location Abril Books
415 E. Broadway
Events at Abril Books
Still Night in L.A. begins when Michael Shepard, a detective with his own set of problems, is hired one morning by a fashionable young woman at her Hollywood apartment. Soon he’s embroiled in a murder investigation that may shed light on a nearly forgotten tragedy. A divorced father wondering how to set his son on a better course in life, the detective gets into deepening trouble as he negotiates a vivid panorama of the town’s modern-day beautiful and damned. Author Aram Saroyan harnesses the hardboiled styles of Chandler, Hammett, and Ross MacDonald into a contemporary tale of information age intrigue. The text is supplemented with cell phone photos taken by Saroyan in the same environs in which the story unfolds.
The word rabiz has its roots in Soviet Armenia’s musicians' trade unions, but is nowadays most commonly used to refer to a genre of folk-pop music that can be heard from the taxis of rural Armenia to the banquet halls of Glendale. In this presentation, a Dutch anthropologist Rik Adriaans explores the different meanings and contexts of rabiz across the Armenian world while relating them to issues of identity, class and diaspora formation. Bringing together images, audio and video from his research on Armenian popular culture in Yerevan and Los Angeles, the presentation will show rabiz to be not merely a musical genre or a subcultural phenomenon, but also a powerful mirror reflecting social and political transformations that have affected the lives of Armenians around the world in the last decades.
Zulal, the a cappella trio, takes Armenia’s village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing a sophisticated lyricism and energy. Zulal’s singers, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian and Anaïs Tekerian, have been singing together since 2002. The trio has performed in such esteemed venues as the Getty Museum, Berklee College of Music, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and New York’s Symphony Space, along with performances for Cirque du Soleil and the Silk Road Project. Additionally, the trio has scored the film Stone Touch Time and has two critically acclaimed albums to its credit. The trio celebrates the trials and joys of old Armenian village life.