About Lila Downs

Downs is a well-known Mexican American Singer and songwriter. In addition to her passion and work for music Downs is also an accomplished actress. She not only sings pop music and Mexican traditional music but also performs in many indigenous languages including Mayan, Zapotec and Nahuatl among others. She got herself into his music career soon after attending University of Minnesota for a brief period and earlier studying at Institute of Arts by Oaxaca.



Downs released her first album in 1994 titled ‘Ofrenda’. The response to her first album was moderate and she kept on working on her compositions and singing till the time she released her debut studio album ‘La Sandunga’ in 1999. The release of this album brought her to the limelight by giving her much needed commercial success. In early 2000, she rocked the music scene with her album ‘Border’ which gained worldwide recognition and popularity in year 2001. Downs seventh album Pecados Y Milagros, topped many world rating indexes and was proved to be one of the most successful album for Lila.

Lila started performing traditional & Latin American music since her school days and her contribution towards preserving the indigenous Mixtec language and many other indigenous languages is well known and recognized. Lila’ contribution to the traditional music as well as other genres has so far won her one Grammy Award and two Latin Grammy Awards.

About the Venue – Greek Theatre

Greek theater is located in Griffith Park Los Angeles, California. It is a 5,870 seat amphitheater built in 1929. Currently it is being managed and operated by Nederlander Organization while it is fully owned by city of Los Angeles. Designer Samuel Tildon Norton designed this theater having its stage built in the form of a Greek Temple.

In Its early days this theater had rarely been used, even in World War II it also served as a Barrack for the soldiers. Later it had been managed and leased to different people and organizations over a period of time. However, since the Nederlander Organization took its charge back in year 1975, the theater has been a continuous attraction for events including Stage Shows, Live Music and Graduation Ceremonies.

Schedule & Ticketing

Lila’ concert is due to be held on Friday August 22, 2014 at 07:30 pm. Tickets are available at Box Office from 12:00 pm to 06:00 pm during Monday to Friday and between 10:00 am to 04:00 pm on Saturdays. Ticketmaster outlets are also selling the tickets for this concert. The same could also be purchased online from Ticketmaster website ‘www.ticketmaster.com’.

Reaching Greek Theater

Greek theatre is located at Griffith Park 2700 North Vermont, Los Angeles. You may easily get driving and parking details on Theater’ website. If you are planning your visit avoiding driving and traffic hassle, you may go for hiring 1800fly1800 which is an economical and convenient option. Further, you may also opt to travel on public transportation to reach the theater.



About the Author

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist born in December 1961 in West Germany. Thirteen of his novels have so far been published while seven non-fiction books also adds to his credit. He also contributed towards films and television by his dramatic works and screen plays. He received an honorary degree from University of British Columbia in May 2010. He further received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Simon Fraser University in 2007. In recognition of his work and contribution to literature, Douglas was also awarded honorary doctorate degree from OCAD University presented to him in University’ 2013 Convocation at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto Ontario. He was given membership of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2007.

He wrote his first book Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture in 1991. The term Generation X was although existed before but he used this term in his novel to describe about the generations that were born in late 1950s and 1960s. The book was a great commercial success.

His second novel Shampoo Planet was published in 1992 which was focused on next generation ‘Global Teens’ who are born with computers and music videos surrounded them. He comes back to Generation X in his third book, Life after God (1994) which is a collection of short stories about faithless and hopeless young adults. In 1995 he wrote ‘Microserfs’ the story of which revolves around young computer programmers who are dissatisfied with this big corporate’ environment. His other novels includes Girlfriend in Coma (1998), Miss Wyoming (2001), All Families are Psychotic (2001) and God Hates Japan (2001) among others.

His non-fiction writings were Polaroids from the Dead (1996), Lara’ s Book : Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider phenomenon (1998), City of Glass (2000) and Extra Ordinary Canadians : Marshall McLuhan.

Douglas is not only a writer but also a famous visual artist and his work has been exhibited and recognized throughout North America and Europe. In collaboration with the architectural firm ‘Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, he also designed a downtown Toronto Park in which Douglas’ own sculptures are incorporated.

Douglas is a well-known commentator on art, literature and culture in Canada, America and Europe. He was nominated for The Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006 and 2010, and Roger Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2009.

About the Event & Venue 

In his appearance at Skirball Center, Coupland will discuss about his new novel ‘Worst. Person. Ever.’ on Thursday April 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm. ‘Skirball Cultural Center is one of the world’s most dynamic and leading Cultural institution and among top of the line cultural venue in Los Angeles. With more than 600,000 foot fall every year, it welcomes all sort of ethnic and cultural events in America.

It is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard Los Angeles. If you are coming on your own car from Lax, Take the I-405 (San Diego Freeway) North and then exit from Skirball Center Dr./Mulhland. You need to take right then to Skirball Center. For further directions for driving to the venue or taking Metro, you may visit Skirball Center’ official website. You can also hire 1800fly1800 to reach the venue.

An Event at Zocalo to Discuss: Will Obama care Really Help L.A.’s Immigrants?


About the Event

The event is organized on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm to discuss about the details and implications of The Affordable Care Act of Obama as it affect the Immigrants of Los Angeles and in general the health care services as a whole. This Act has been portrayed as to have a universal cover for health care but as a matter of fact it do not even cover the undocumented adult immigrants and they have been deprived of the benefits of this Act and in the same way the obligations. At the same time not only the undocumented immigrants but also many thousands of people who are living lawfully in the country would not be able to get cover under the Act. At the same time, the complications in this Act are more likely to affect the immigrant’s families in which the legal status of each member and the English Language skill differs. The discussion will cover how the immigrants whether they are documented or not can go through the bill which is famous for it’s difficult to understand complexities. It will also be discussed if the new clinics and further investment in health care which will take place as a result of provisions of this law will ultimately benefit the immigrants. Will the expansion of US citizen coverage and that of the Green Card holders will further isolate people who recently arrived US.

The Visitors

The health insurance study director at University of California, Los Angeles Centre for Health Policy Research, Shana Alex Lavarreda will be among the prominent speakers to discuss how immigrant’s communities in Los Angeles and throughout the California could cope with the new health care laws that are brought through this Act.

Miss Shana Alex has previously worked on numerous projects with respect to Health care which includes the Evaluation of 12 Months Continuous Eligibility in Medi-Cal Project, the California Health Benefits Review Program (CHBRP) and State of health insurance in California (SHIC). She is also an expert in analysis of health insurance data from California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) through which she gives comprehensive estimates on the health care services in the state. Her research particularly focuses on the discontinued heath insurance with respect to low income children and further its impact on access to health care.

Among other speakers will be CEO St. John’s Well Chid and Family Centre, Jim Mangia and health policy attorney at National Immigration Law Centre Gabrielle Lessard.

About the Venue

Situated at Goethe-Institute Los Angeles at 5750 Wilshire Boulevard, Zocalo Public Square is a place where people are connected to ideas and to each other for discussion on topics in an open, accessible and broad minded spirits.

How to Reach

If you are coming on your own car, you should enter on Wilshire at Courtyard Place, one block to the east of Curson.  Parking Fee is $1 while free street parking is available after 7 pm. You can also hire 1800fly1800 to reach the venue. If you opt to come on public transport, Metro is another option to reach Zocalo.