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Enjoy family fun festivities from salsa dancing to a puppet show in the heart of Mid-Wilshire. With such close proximity to Los Angeles High School, the historic Memorial Branch Library has always held strong community ties since it opened in 1930, and this special event for all ages will bring the neighborhood even closer. With live salsa music and dance lessons by The Open Floor Society, an enthusiastic network of music and dance artists and educators, along with a performance by the legendary Bob Baker Marionettes, your friends and family will have a blast at this playful afternoon in the park.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #958. Utilizing over 2000 handcrafted puppets, the Theater has catered to community functions of all sorts for over 50 years. Timeless and culturally celebrated, the Theater has pioneered an old form of “theater in the round,” which in addition to their live performances, have appeared in many motion pictures and television shows.

The Open Floor Society

The Open Floor Society is a non-profit that creates opportunities for the learning and practice of multi-cultural music and dance, with emphasis on improvisation, for the youth of the Los Angeles metro area who would not otherwise have access to these arts.

Joey De Leon

Joey De Leon, born and raised in the Tri-state area, is an artist coming from a long heritage of musicians. From Jazz to contemporary classical music, De Leon has performed or recorded with artists of almost every genre, including Queen Latifah, Juan Gabriel, and Cyndi Lauper. Currently, he is a member of two Grammy award-winning bands, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as an adjunct faculty at CalArts. Past work includes film and TV scores, working with Arturo Sandoval, national commercials and programs.

Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu

Sezin Ahmet Turkmenoglu is a Los Angeles based bassist, composer, and arranger from Istanbul, Turkey.

Will Brahm

Will Brahm is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and composer. He has performed, recorded, and worked with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Gordon Goodwin’s “Big Phat Band,” Otmaro Ruiz, etc. In addition, Brahm has toured—from Malasia to Spain—performing with The New West Guitar Group and his own original music. Recent albums include his world original music ensemble “Homenaje” (2017), duet album “Will Brahm & Lia Booth” (2018), and his most recent release “Venture Atlas” (2019).

This program will take place at the Memorial Branch Library, at 4625 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019.

There is free street parking surrounding the Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.

  • Where can I find podcasts and videos of ALOUD programs?

    Podcasts and videos from our programs are available free online at our growing Media Archive. Visit the archive at lfla.org/media-archive to explore hundreds of podcasts and videos spanning 20+ years of ALOUD’s history bringing authors, artists, and t thinkers to the Los Angeles Public Library.