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Sacred Sounds

What makes any music sacred? What makes music unsacred? Why 16 days and nights of the 2008 World Festival of Sacred Music? Why not 17, or 12? Will listening to sacred music make me more popular with God? Will it turn me against wicked music? Can you dance to it? Who put the bomp in bomp-de-sacro-bop? Will the festival try to convert me? Will I have to wear a robe? Can I keep the robe? Do I have to pray during the performances? Can I sneak in a flask of vodka? What if it's Trader Joe's Vodka of the Gods? Are the festival T-shirts blessed by monks? Can I sing along? Can I score any frankincense? When and where is the festival taking place? All over town: 1,000 artists perform in 41 sacred events of music and movement, Sept. 13-28. Today's events include "Songs for the Fall Equinox" at the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, "Canciones del Alma" at the Museum of Latin American Art, "Music & Shadows of Bali" at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, music from Indonesia and Tibet at the Pacific Asia Museum, a concert for peace in Darfur at Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills, and "Rhythms for Peace" at St. James Presbyterian Church.
Sun., Sept. 14, 2008


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