We Can Survive Benefit

Even with the change of seasons (however subtle that might be in Southern California), the Hollywood Bowl hosts one more big outdoor spectacle as if it were still summer. The main appeal of We Can Survive — an annual benefit for the Young Survival Coalition and Living Beyond Breast Cancer — is that it brings together a bunch of pop’s biggest names, including several who could fill the Bowl on their own. Important questions abound. Pharrell Williams’ breezy “Happy” was the perfect, if ubiquitous, summertime song — will it maintain its charm despite overexposure? Will Taylor Swift ever run out bad boyfriends for songwriting fodder? And who’s Iggy Azalea feuding with this week? Meanwhile, Azalea’s “Problem”-­matic pal, pint­size powerhouse Ariana Grande (who won’t be back in these parts until April), continues to impress with her soulful vocal acrobatics.
Fri., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., 2014 (Expired: 10/24/14)


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