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Thursday, Mar 5
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

In support of Black History Month, come join UC San Diego's Gospel Choir Ensemble in celebrating the rich tradition of Gospel music. Influential around the world in creating much of the music we know and love today, Gospel is infectious in its ability to elevate one's spirit and energize the body. Led by Ken Anderson, UC San Diego's talented and inspirational choir director, this performance will be the first time the Gospel Choir has ever performed at The Loft. Come out and support!

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Friday, Mar 6
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$29.00 UCSD students / $34.00 general

Foovie
ArtTalks! with UCSD Film History Instructor Margrit Frolich

Almanya is a feel-good comedy about three generations of a Turkish immigrant family and the hilarious tale of how, and why, they ended up in Germany. After working for forty-five years in Germany as a Turkish guest worker, Hüseyin Yilmaz, now in his 70s, announces to his family that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants everyone to go back with him to renovate it. The family is not pleased with this idea and a heated debate ensues. Told from the perspective of Canan, a college-age girl eager to share family lore with her 6 year-old cousin Cenk, the film bounces engagingly between past and present.
[Yasemin Samdereli, 2011, Germany, 101 min]

Oberhausen Film: Kung Bao Chicken
Young cook Zhang Wei migrates to Germany to work in a small, Chinese restaurant. He quickly realizes that "Chinese" cooking means something completely different in Germany!
[Bin Chuen Choi, 2010, Germany, 13 min]

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Red Lentil Soup garnished with Turkish Cacik and Toasted Pita, Duo of Lamb and Chicken Kabobs with Herbed Rice Pilaf and Tossed Salad, Baklava. Vegetarian options available upon request. Drinks sold separately.

SPONSOR German Studies Program at UC San Diego

REGULAR >> $34 Food + Movie; $10 Movie Only
SUBSCRIBER >> $29 Food + Movie; $8 Movie Only
UCSD STUDENT >> $29 Food + Movie; $6 Movie Only

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Saturday, Mar 7
Doors 7pm / Show 7:30pm
FREE

Live DJ/Dance set, followed by a special Salsa dance performance at 10:00pm.

Great food and beverages available through Zanzibar.

Doors Open at 7:00PM.

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Monday, Mar 9
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE

Fresh off their successful showing at the ICCA Quarterfinals and the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival Scholastic Competition, the UCSD Tritones are excited to perform their new material.

The show will also feature On A Sensual Note, an all-male a cappella group from American University (Washington, D.C.)

This event is FREE!

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Thursday, Mar 12
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Forging a new acoustic sound that defies categorization while striking universal chords, Tin Hat makes freewheeling chamber music for the 21st century. Since their inception in 1997, the members of Tin Hat have been highly regarded as pioneers in the ongoing exploration of new pathways in acoustic music. Their captivating live performances have surprised and delighted audiences with well-honed compositions and the joy of spontaneous musical discovery. Hailed for “interweaving Old World Europe with post-modern America, south-of-the-border sensuality with concert hall propriety, and odd-metered syncopation with deeply soulful grooves" (The New York Press), the ensemble has created an original American ethnic music of its own device.

Co-Curator: Carlsbad Music Festival Founder and Artistic Director Matt McBane

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Friday, Mar 13
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
FREE

Calling All Grad Students and UCSD Students: Get your laugh off at this sure to be funny, Loft comedy night featuring outstanding comedian, Steve Simeone, special guests included!

Presented the Graduate Student Association, UCSD

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Tuesday, Mar 31
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$6.00 UCSD students / $12.00 general

Within every punk, there’s a kid who just wants to be loved. Armed with loss, heartbreak and a voice that cries for help, multitalented French enchantress Soko is the kind of rebel who gives out kisses instead of black eyes, who steals hearts instead of wallets, and gets trashed on tea instead of liquor. However, she won’t hesitate to wreak havoc and cartwheel on stage whenever she can, alternating between playing reverbed-out electric guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums and singing her heart out with total abandon.

Once a soft-spoken singer-songwriter, Soko’s music quickly caught up with her untamable persona. Three years after her debut album “I Thought I Was An Alien,” she has revamped her once innocent yet morbid folk into an insolent follow-up record, “My Dreams Dictate My Reality,” due March 2015. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (who also produced her favorite band, The Cure) the album features the hypnotic duet “Lovetrap” with friend and lo-fi wizard Ariel Pink.

Being a sensitive punk is no small task. For Soko, everyday is an exercise in balance. “I’m completely torn between needing to be strong and steady in my life, but then doomed with the curse to be a hypersensitive crybaby 24/7 and write all about the torment of being so. I’m an absolute control-freak, workaholic. I get depressed if I’m not constantly creating. I’ve always written from a place that feels vulnerable, about things that feel absolutely vital to me. Whether it is trying to understand what’s really going on in my head and heart, question my life’s purpose or enquiring about my fear of death. I want my songs to be a true reflection of my quirky mind, almost like taking a musical picture of what’s in my head and then pouring blood and sweat and tears all over my tracks so that it captures the feeling of my soul, cracked open and damaged goods.”

My Dreams Dictate My Reality brims with angst, shouts, and beautiful chaos throughout, but it’s clear from Soko’s pleas for redemption on “Temporary Mood Swings” that her volatility is the product of being “the victim of her own desire.” On “Peter Pan Syndrome,” she expresses a hyperawareness of her own mortality, her voice charged with a fiery resistance to growing old. Her intensity expresses more of a need to revert than revolt. Before she became a twenty-something punk, Soko was a self-assured adult at sixteen, courageously leaving her French village outside Bordeaux all on her own. She pursued an acting career that would eventually earn her César nominations and the Best Actress award at Mar Del Plata International Film Festival for her performance in the film Augustine. Her bold venture out into the world was the culmination of a childhood spent as an outsider and struggling to comprehend the losses she faced at an early age. Soko’s upcoming album is as much a confrontation of that dark past, as a manifestation of a new reality.

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Friday, Apr 3
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$5.00 UCSD students / $10.00 general

Join us for the return of the Matt Hall BeBop Explosion featuring:

Tedd Baker - tenor sax
Charlie Arbelaez - alto sax
Matt Hall - Trombone
Jason Shattil - piano
Rob Thosen - bass
Matt Smith - drums

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Saturday, Apr 4
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
$5.00 UCSD students

This is a UCSD Student only show (with valid UCSD ID)!

Formed by singer and guitarist Isaiah Silva after his former band the Rambles dissolved, the Eeries was originally created as a songwriting outlet for the introverted songwriter. After working on material himself, he began to share his new work with friends, eventually teaming up with guitarist Brandon Sweeney, bassist Eliot Lorango, and drummer Nadir Maraschin to form what would become the Eeries. The band found their career suddenly jump-started when the famous L.A. radio station KROQ added the unsigned band's first single, "Cool Kid," to the station's rotation. The alt-rock revivalists were quickly snapped up by Interscope Records, picking up famous fans like Gerard Way and Courtney Love as they went.

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Friday, Apr 10
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Brazilian singer, songwriter, and actress, Thalma de Freitas was born into a home filled with music and creativity, as the daughter of famed maestro Laercio de Freitas. Access to such a musical upbringing proved to be instrumental in shaping De Frietas's ear at an early age. As crooner in Rio’s legendary big band Orquestra Imperial, De Freitas’ silky and sensual voice captured the very essence of samba. In her stunning San Diego debut, Thalma will illuminate the many spectacular and beautiful nations that Brazil contains through her music, paying special attention to its African roots. From the terreiros of Candomble (birthplace of the modern samba) to the apocalyptic jazz visions of Jose Mauro and Tim Maia’s Racional, she will be our enchanting guide to the other Brazil.

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12
Icons: Bites; ArtTalks! After Parties

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Thursday, Apr 16
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$12.00 UCSD students / $18.00 general / $28.00 reserved

Jazz aficionados welcome the dawning of the next generations of talented musicians who boldly stride into progressive territory. Among the most important young jazz stars in that vein is vibraphonist Warren Wolf. An incredible multi-instrumentalist who has also honed his chops on drums and piano since age three, Wolf is also following in the footsteps of vibraphone masters Bobby Hutcherson and Stefon Harris by becoming a member of the SFJazz Collective (both of whom precede him in the vibes chair). “Warren Wolf appears on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist” (Jazz Times). With his talented Wolfpack in tow, jazz fans are certain to be drawn in by the magnetism of Wolf and his impressive musicality.

Quote: “My dad played vibraphones, drums, and piano. As a young child I saw him doing it and I just decided to copy him. I got good at it, so he started giving me lessons at the age of 3 and I played my first professional concert at 5. “
- WARREN WOLF

REGULAR >> $18 GA; $28 Reserved
SUBSCRIBER >> $15 GA; $24 Reserved
UCSD STUDENT >> $12

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Monday, Apr 20
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE UCSD students / $10.00 general

From Los Angeles / Brooklyn

Kneebody ft.
Adam Benjamin
Shane Endsley
Kaveh Rastegar
Ben Wendel
Nate Wood

Special Guests Matthew Smith & Juice Box

Bio:
Kneebody blends a hip hop beat and swagger with the forceful certainty and conviction of rock...tied it up with steady collective improvisation and an obsession with structure.

"Not a lot of extended solos just a tight, shifting musical landscape of emotionally charged texture and tempo rendered with extraordinary musicianship and technical precision.

http://kneebody.com/

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Monday, May 11
Doors 8pm / Show 8:30pm
FREE

The ladies are back!!!! Bitchy Bingo has quickly become one of the most anticipated and attended events at The Loft, so youre going to want to come early! The infamous drag show is punctuated by games of bingo, which gives 3 lucky people a chance to win cool prizes. Come join us for an evening of fun, laughter, games and entertainment that is sure to make you LOL.

Doors: 8:00PM
Show: 8:30PM

FREE

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Wednesday, May 20
Doors 7:30pm / Show 8pm
$10.00 UCSD students / $15.00 general / $20.00 reserved

Join us for this very special occasion, featuring

Akiko Tsuruga - hammond B-3
Graham Dechter - guitar
Jeff Hamilton - drums

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