Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events Apr. 22 – Apr. 28

weekly list
Happy Earth Day! There are Earth Day events all month into May but really…every day should be Earth Day! And there are a bizillion film festivals this week. Another gorgeous sunny Spring week with so going on! Here are just some of the very many awesome events happening around LA! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know! Have a great week, Angelenos…dedicating this song to you all!

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MON 4/22

Earth Week 2013 @ Santa Monica College – Free, All Ages
Santa Monica College – fast becoming known as one of the greenest campuses in California – and the campus-leading EcoAction Club will celebrate Earth Week April 22-26 with a wide range of activities including keynote speakers, the “EcoHero” Awards ceremony, the 2nd Annual Free Store, Bees Education, and culminate in a community-wide Beach Clean-Up. All events are free and open to the public.
http://www.smc.edu/AcademicAffairs/Sustainability/Pages/Earth-Week-Events.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/events/135795223265610/
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Lili Haydn @ Hotel Cafe, Hollywood – $10, 21+
http://www.facebook.com/events/533065673399115/
http://www.hotelcafe.com/calendar.html

Special Performance: Yesterday & Today of Korean Dance VI @ Korean Cultural Center, Miracle Mile – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Special Performance: Yesterday & Today of Korean Dance VI: “Mal-ae Kim’s Dance : Yesterday and Today…” Featuring Kim Mal Ae & Chum Ta-Rae Dance Company. Presented by Woorichum Korean Dance Academia, Kim Mal Ae & Chum Ta-Rae Dance Company, and Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles
http://www.kccla.org/english/calendar_view.asp?cid=2726&imonth=4&iyear=2013

Tamales de Puerco (Pork Tamales): A trilingual play in English, Spanish & American Sign Language @ Casa 0101, Boyle Heights – Mature audiences
Tamales de Puerco (Pork Tamales) is the first trilingual play of its kind, telling the story of an undocumented Mexican mother to a Deaf son. She must learn to navigate three different worlds to escape an abusive husband who cannot cope with their disabled child. The play is based on the experiences of Mercedes Floresislas, the playwright, who struggled with depression and an abusive relationship while raising her Deaf son. The play will run from April 5-28 at Casa 0101, a Boyle Heights theater founded by the celebrated Chicana writer, Josefina López, to tell the unheard stories coming from our underrepresented minority communities.
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/tamales-de-puerco-pork-tamales-a-trilingual-play-in-english-spanish-american-sign-language-april-5-28/
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ColCoa French Film Festival @ Directors Guilt Theater – Free, All Ages
The 17th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival runs from Monday, April 15 to Monday, April 22 at The Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood. The festival was created in 1996  and is committed to promoting new French films in the U.S. and to showcasing the vitality and the diversity of French cinema in Hollywood: comedies and dramas, box office hits in France and novelties, first features and films from established writer-directors, art house movies as well as mainstream films. Tonight is the closing night with free screenings starting at 6pm.
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/colcoa-french-film-festival-april-15-22/

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Israel Film Festival @ Various LA theaters – $10-12/film, All Ages
The mission of the Israel Film Festival is to enrich the American vision of Israeli life and culture, to spotlight Israel’s thriving film and television industry, and to promote cultural recognition of Israel through the powerful medium of film. Each year, the Festival explores Israeli society by premiering Israeli features, documentaries, television dramas and student shorts, and through conversations with visiting Israeli filmmakers in three major U.S. cities: Los Angeles, New York and Miami. For 27 years, the Festival has created an exciting and artistic platform for engaging diverse audiences with the richness of Israeli life and culture.
http://www.israelfilmfestival.com/films-and-tickets

Docurama Festival: G-Dog @ Various LA theaters – All Ages
Written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Vision), G-DOG is the remarkable story of Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest in East Los Angeles, and the tough street kids there who love him. G-DOG kicks off Docurama Films’ inaugural theatrical series on the week of April 22nd in select cities.
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/g-dog-opens-docurama-film-festival-on-april-22-7-films-in-7-weeks/

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UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema @ Billy Wilder Theater, UCLA – $10/film, All Ages
UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to continue its long tradition tracing the unfolding of Iran’s fascinating national cinema. Continually offering compelling new voices and visions, Iranian film responds to a rich storytelling heritage and enters into crucial dialogue with other world cultural and artistic traditions in its unique interplay of social inquiry and formal experimentation. This edition of the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema offers a panoply of genres and storytelling modes, sampling the contributions of an array of film artists, working in widely varying settings and focused on diverse topics. Runs thru 4/28!
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/ucla-celebration-of-iranian-cinema-april-13-28/
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Monthly:

West LA Burrito Project @ Stoner Recreation Center, West LA – Free, All Ages
Come join the West LA Burrito Project make burritos so we can feed the homeless. Every two weeks or so, a group of us get together and prepare burritos from scratch and then head out to distribute them to the homeless on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s a great cause! It’s a great experience! Come join us in keeping this group alive so we can feed more people! No need to bring anything but your helping & loving hands. 1835 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 in the kitchen directly across from the skate park
http://www.facebook.com/events/265485276921904/

Weekly Picks: Most venues have free live music on Mondays but these are my favorite.

School Night @ Bardot, Hollywood – 18+ $10, 21+ FreeFree
Favorite place on Monday nights for live music is School Night hosted by KCRW DJ Chris Douridas. Another stellar lineup this week: JMSN (Detroit/LA), Goldroom (LA), Andy Burrows (Sydney, Australia), Jensen Reed (LA)
http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/losangeles/
http://www.facebook.com/events/355626321204739/

Gavin Turek April residency @ Bootleg Bar – Free, 21+
I saw her at School Night and she’s like a modern Tina Turner, so full of energy. The L.A. native known for her incredible voice, is also an experienced dancer, actress, and spokes person for the world renown make up brand Rimmel London. The Czechoslovakian African beauty began singing at a young age; writing her first song at the age of six.
http://www.foldsilverlake.com/event/239917-gavin-turek-los-angeles/

DJ Potira @ Lucy’s 51, Toluca Lake – Free, 21+
One of my favorite LA DJs, Potira is spinning every Monday night in February here. I was there at her birthday celebration and joined by Quetzal Guerrero and Gisella Sambista, they brought the house down with nonstop thumping music from samba, baile funk, hiphop to old school classics! So start your week right! With positive vibes and great tunes. Drink specials, awesome people, the best tunes and no cover charge.
http://www.facebook.com/djpotira

MOM LA (Motown on Mondays) @ Short Stop, Echo Park – 21+, Free
Since December of 2011, Every Monday in LA has been different with a fresh new weekly dance party that showcases some of the most classic soul tunes, forgotten gems, remixes and related off-shoots/inspirations from the Motown catalog. Now 1 Year old, MOM LA has become an LA favorite, while receiving write-ups from LA Weekly, being listed in the “Top 10 Club Nights For People Who Don’t Like Clubs”, as well as getting write-ups and features from various websites & blogs including Fusicology! This once, best-kept secret, is now becoming the talk of the town!
http://motownonmondays.com/blog/?page_id=762

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TUE 4/23

7th Annual BritWeek Los Angeles @ Various locations
BritWeek is a non-profit organization, started in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and the then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative fusion between the United Kingdom and California. Every Spring, BritWeek hosts a program of events that promotes British creativity, innovation and excellence in California across multiple categories including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more. The events take place throughout Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. This year, BritWeek expanded beyond California to the shores of Miami!  The events  attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders. Runs April 23 – May 6.
http://current.britweek.org/1234-2/

Is Our Marriage with Mexico Working? @ RAND Corp – Free w RSVP, All Ages
You wouldn’t necessarily know it from the way we talk about Mexico, or the way our eyes wander to more exotic and distant lands, but the United States is inextricably united with our southern neighbor. Geography, history, culture (notice our city’s name isn’t in English?), and economics bind both countries. This is an underappreciated blessing. Contrary to what you may have heard, Mexico is a booming middle-class country, a stable democracy, and the number-two importer of U.S. goods. Like any marriage, the relationship has issues: immigration, drug violence, and environmental challenges. But the outlook for the partnership forged by NAFTA two decades ago and by millions of people crossing borders for a lot longer is a bullish one, especially if we start appreciating it. Playing the role of marriage counselor, Council on Foreign Relations Latin America analyst Shannon K. O’Neil, author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead, visits Zócalo to ask whether both parties are getting all they can out of this relationship—and what they can do to improve it.
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/event/?postId=45298

Graceland @ USC – Free w RSVP, All Ages
In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, family man Marlon Villar — a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango — is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he is ambushed while driving both his boss’s and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events spin wildly out of control, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.
http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=13459

Scialla! @ The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Westwood – Free w USC, All Ages
Luca is a restless fifteen-year-old who grew up without a father and is in search of guidance. Bruno is a childless professor who left teaching to escape to a boring routine of tutoring private students. Bruno never gave direction to others, not even to himself; but his boring everyday life undergoes a sudden shock when the man discovers that Luca is his son. The rebellious student and the melancholy professor find themselves forced to live together; while the father has difficulty understanding how to get along with a teenager intolerant of rules and studying, but full of life, they eventually come to understand each other.
http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=13493

Sergeant Garcia @ Los Globos, Silverlake – $15, 21+
Sergent Garcia burst onto the French music scene in the late 1990s with a searing blend of Jamaican reggae and dancehall with Latin grooves that he dubbed “salsamuffin.” A veteran of French punk and indie rock, Sergent Garcia has explored his Spanish roots and passion for Caribbean and Latin music to create a popular sound that earned him fans across the globe and sales of hundreds of thousands of albums.
http://www.facebook.com/events/136527353187180/
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/234599-sergent-garcia-canyon-cody-los-angeles/

Check Yo Ponytail 2 with ARAABMUZIK @ Echoplex, Echo Park – $15, 18+
“Abraham Orellana, better known as AraabMuzik is an American hip hop record producer of Dominican and Guatemalan descent. From Providence, Rhode Island, he first rose to fame after showcasing his skills of making live beats and instrumentals on a MPC drum machine on the internet. Being known to use MPC, he has the ability to produce rapid, rhythmic drum patterns as well as making melodies using various samples and other sounds all at once. He has worked with artists including Cam’ron and Vado, The Diplomats, Hell Rell, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes and Fabolous amongst many others.” –Wikipedia
http://www.theecho.com/event/231921-check-yo-ponytail-2-los-angeles/

Brazilian Reggae Party by the Beach @ Studio, Hermosa Beach – $10 b4 10:30pm, 21+
TUESDAY!!! Brazilian Concert & Party in Hermosa Beach!! Featuring direct from Brazil, Fauzi & Co. of TRIBO DE JAH!! – Brazil’s #1 Reggae band! Special guest performance by Reggae Legend, PATO BANTON! singing his hit song “Go Pato” and more…Opening band – REGGAE MOTION with singer Fabio Jahgun from OLODUM! If you miss this show, you can catch them the next night in San Diego for the Brazilian Reggae Fest.
http://www.facebook.com/events/101740303363338/
http://www.arieldelmundo.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/181566998661474/

The Revival Tour @ El Rey, Miracle Mile – $22
Celebrating its sixth year fostering the rich folk tradition of giving and openness and propelled by an innate need to tell a story in its naked acoustic state, 2013’s edition of The Revival Tour will kick off in March, featuring Dave Hause of Loved Ones, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, LA’s Jenny O., Americana singer/songwriter and original tour organizer Chuck Ragan.
http://goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=2961
http://www.facebook.com/events/404585116290400/

Weekly:

Farmer’s Market @ Grand Park, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Every Tuesday, Get fresh at Grand Park! Grand Park’s Marketplace comes alive with locally grown produce, fresh flowers and prepared food vendors!
http://www.facebook.com/events/582173178479415/
http://grandparkla.org/calendar/

Dim Mak Tuesdays @ Drai’s Hollywood – $15 presale, $25, 21+
Dim Mak Presents: Felix Cartal | Dim Mak Records, Hot Mouth, Ryan Vazquez, Bones. Drink Specials & More: Free Vodka from 10-10:30pm, Beer & Shot for $7 til Midnight, 2 Glasses of Champagne for $10. Club Attire Is A Must | No Shorts | No Sandals
http://dimmakevents.com/

James Bond 007 50th Annivesary screenings @ Alex Theater, Glendale – $8/film, All Ages
Screening and Q&A every Tuesday:
04/02/13 – Licence To Kill
04/09/13 – Octopussy
04/16/13 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
04/23/13 – Diamonds Are Forever
04/30/13 – Live And Let Die
http://www.facebook.com/events/319917138111475/
http://www.alextheatre.org/patrons/purchasesubscription-BOND0413.php

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WED 4/24

Nataly Dawn @ Hotel Cafe, Hollywood – $15, 21+
She’s playing 2 shows here on Wed 4/24 and Thu 4/25.
http://www.hotelcafe.com/calendar.html

Food Injustice with Ron Finley @ Santa Monica College – Free, All Ages
Ron Finley is an Urban Gardener, sometimes known as a Guerilla Gardener in South Central Los Angeles. Come listen to him speak about the injustice in our food system and how the people can take it back. As many of us know, cities have turned into barren food deserts only supplying damaging processed and fast foods. This is not fair, and there is a way to create a more just food system! Part of Santa Monica College’s Earth Week.
http://www.facebook.com/events/571197156244586

Fear & Loathing in Los Angeles @ Cypress Park Branch Library – Free, All Ages
Cypress Park Branch Library presents Fear & Loathing In Los Angeles: Spoken Word, Music and Arte for the Next Revolution. The event is a celebration of latino art and literature featuring Santino Rivera, Lalo Alcaraz, Jim Marquez, Luis J. Rodriguez and many more! ~ Remezcla.com
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/fear-loathing-in-los-angeles-la-other-cypress-park-branch-library/

Midnight’s Children @ USC – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Midnight’s Children is an epic film from Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India’s whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters.
http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=13471

Dish Crawl @ Long Beach – $45, All Ages
Infused with rich histories and renowned culinary traditions, Long Beach’s Cambodia Town offers the perfect ingredient for a night’s flavorful and sensory experience. On Wednesday, April 24th, join us as we take you to 4 Cambodia Town eateries to taste and smell the local food specialties from this vibrant neighborhood. Don’t wait, get your ticket now!
http://www.dishcrawl.com/longbeach/

Graceland @ UCLA – Free w RSVP, All Ages
In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, family man Marlon Villar — a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango — is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he is ambushed while driving both his boss’s and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events spin wildly out of control, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6026339945#

Monthly:

Occupy Venice Film Series: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES @ Venice – Free, All Ages
This month we invite designer, author and activist Ray Podder to discuss alternative systems to our scarce energy paradigm and share some cutting edge tech and thinking with us. We will examine our current energy system, challenge its precepts, introduce alternatives and new ways of thinking about energy. We will get visits from Ray’s colleagues from around the world via video, updating on the latest developments in their countries. Video clips from the web will be shared and discussed. We will critique existing alternatives such as wind and solar. Last we will provide some concrete solutions for the public to explore now. As always free food will be provided.
Donations welcome and needed to keep this series going.
http://www.facebook.com/events/132096783644858/

BROKE AS F**K @ Bronson Bar, Hollywood – Free, 21+
A FREE monthly night of breakbeats, bass and booty shaking! We know you’re BROKE after 2 weekends of Coachella so come get your serving of FREE BEATS!  Special Guest set by DEVOE, Introducing our newest resident AKAIDA + Special Guests.

Malabomba @ La Cita Bar, Downtown – Free b4 10pm, $5
MALABOMBA! – a wild and irreverent international dance party for the City of Angels! As always and ever, your hosts DJ Jason Savvy and DJ Cat Hair warm up the room and keep the party rocking through last call with their signature mix of Balkan brass beats, Romany rock, chalga, chicha, Arabic garage, Soviet soul, bellydance music, and more sounds from the back alleys and deliciously dank discos of the world. We at MALABOMBA! are constantly peeling back the curtain on this city of ours to discover her secrets. You might say we are one of her best kept ones, ourselves. And on Wednesday April 24th, we will reveal yet another of our exciting discoveries – THE EROS ORCHESTRA. Not ensemble. Not band. Not grupo. Orchestra. Yes! We are packing the La Cita stage and floor with an orchestra comprised of about 20 musicians to bring it loud and lively for you. In honor of Spring and their Greek god namesake, we are hosting these madly talented lads and ladies for their public debut and will be letting them have their musical way with you. The Eros Orchestra not only play Romanian tunes, but also dig into the classical canon and throw some dirt on familiar melodies to remind you of their roots in European folk music. We reckon it’s gonna be the kind of beautiful, swirling, sublimely chaotic, international mash-up that we’ve made our reputation on.
http://www.facebook.com/events/437022669720594/

Weekly:

Lunchtime Yoga reTREAT @ Grand Park, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Free yoga sessions designed to relax, rejuvenate and reenergize. Pop in and out, dress comfortably and be ready to retreat into Grand Park bliss. In the event of rain, yoga will be cancelled. Every Wednesday and Friday at 12:15pm – 1:00pm EXTENDED through May 31!
http://www.facebook.com/events/419312148149993/

David & Devine residency @ Hotel Cafe, Hollywood – $10, 21+
Come join us every Wednesday night in March for new songs, special guests and booty shakin’! Featured artists will include: Sean Hill, Mindi Abair, Chris Bautista, Elizabeth Lea, David Cannava, Darwin Johnson, Donald Barret, Jim Huff and the Sexy Sax Man himself!! Power retro and soul duo David and Devine at Hollywood’s Hotel Cafe. Composed of Dave Yaden on keys and vocals and Candace Devine on lead vocals, David and Devine have been hitting the stage about 10 p.m. for the past three Wednesdays. Accompanied by the finest musicians on guitar, drums, bass and horns, the duo has been blowing up the venue, with every indication that the party will continue. Their March residency has been extended for April!
http://www.facebook.com/events/547681241922997/

Desert Nights @ The Standard, Hollywood – Free, 21+
Desert Nights is a weekly aural oasis at The Standard, Hollywood. Each Wednesday, KCRW’s DJ Valida curates 3 musical acts to perform a special acoustic set in the hotel’s Cactus Lounge. The vibe is warm and intimate, evoking an impromptu jam in a musician’s living room. Live music begins at 7:30pm with Valida spinning KCRW favorites in-between sets. There is no cover charge for this event.
http://standardculture.com/tagged/desert%20nights

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THU 4/25

Fol Chen @ Amoeba, Hollywood – Free, All Ages
Fol Chen make the soundtrack to a future that never was. To listen is to leave the comfort of nostalgia and land with both feet in a bolder 21st century. The False Alarms continues the band’s electro-pop odyssey with a honed character and a distinct palette of sounds. Fol Chen has also traded its cloak of anonymity for defiant confidence featuring Sinosa Loa as its new front voice.
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-2567/

College Night @ LACMA, Miracle Mile – Free to college students
LACMA hosts an evening just for college students: explore the exhibition Stanley Kubrick and LACMA’s collection of modern art. Participate in a gallery discussion, create art, and enjoy a free reception in honor of college students—after public hours, and free of charge.
http://www.lacma.org/event/college-night-0

Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story @ USC – Free w RSVP, All Ages
http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=13432

Tango from UCLA to New York City: A 25 Year Journey @ UCLA – Free, All Ages
While a Masters student at UCLA in the late 1980s, Pablo Aslan (MFA ’90) laid the groundwork for what was to be a very fruitful career as a tango artist and producer.  After multiple Grammy nominations and collaborations with important artists in recording studios, tours, and concert halls, Aslan returns to Schoenberg Hall to reflect upon passion, career and tango.
http://www.international.ucla.edu/lai/events/showevent.asp?eventid=10043

Dr. Norman Finklestein on “Israel, Palestine, and the Future of Peace”  @  Westwood Hills Congregational Church, West LA – $5-10 donation, All Ages
Always insightful, always compelling, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, historian and author of eight books, including most recently Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance With Israel is Coming to an End, will come to Westwood on Thursday, April 25, 7 pm. “Israel, Palestine and the Future of Peace” is a public forum organized by LA Jews for Peace with support from the Levantine Cultural Center and open to everyone. Finkelstein will present the arguments laid out in Knowing Too Much. Traditionally, he notes, American Jews have been broadly liberal in their political outlook; indeed African-Americans are the only ethnic group more likely to vote Democratic in US elections. Over the past half century, however, attitudes on one topic have stood in sharp contrast to this group’s generally progressive stance: support for Israel. There will be a public Q & A and book signing following the presentation.
http://www.facebook.com/events/505230219531474/

The Record Company @ Harvard & Stone, Little Armenia – Free, 21+
The Record Company return to Harvard and Stone. We played our first show ever here and very excited for this! We are joined by the marvelous Rachel Goodrich. Come early and stay late. Free as always.
http://www.facebook.com/events/484619914939670/

Kamasi Washington Dectet @ Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice – $8, 21+
One of the most talented and hardest working cats I know in LA…Kamasi Washington and his band will be performing Thursday at the Townhouse Venice!
http://townhousevenice.com/#/the-del-monte-speakeasy/4543944984

AK and Her Kalashnikovs and El Haru Kuroi @ Silverlake Lounge – $5, 21+
If you love eclectic world music sound, you’ll love AK and Her Kalashnikov’s “New Old World Music” and El Haru Kuroi’s Psychedelic Bossa Nova.
http://thesilverlakelounge.ticketfly.com/event/260283-ak-her-kalashnikovs-el-haru-los-angeles/
http://www.facebook.com/events/377928432320929/


Soul Food Junkies @ California African American Museum, Exposition Park – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Byron Hurt takes us on a culinary journey to learn more about soul food traditions and their relevance to Black cultural identity. The film also examines both the positive and negative consequences of this tradition. Guest speaker Breanna N. Morrison, MPL, Community Health and Education Analyst, will discuss how minor changes to our diet can yield improved health conditions. RSVP 213.744.2024.
http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/films_at_caam.htm

Guillermo Calderón: Villa + Discurso @ Redcat, Downtown – $10-25, All Ages
Chilean director Guillermo Calderón’s lean, literary theater works are powerful explorations of political legacies distilled into tightly wrought drama. In this double bill, Calderón’s intimate and poetic language—demonstrated in the internationally acclaimed works Neva and Diciembre (seen at REDCAT in 2012 and 2011)—gives way to the cool complexities of public discourse. In Villa, three women gather around an architectural model of the Villa Grimaldi, a site where thousands were tortured and hundreds were “disappeared,” to debate the ideal adaptation of these blood-soaked facilities and grapple with a nation’s unwanted legacy. In Discurso, the same three actresses share the role of Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s recent president, to deliver an imagined farewell speech that abandons diplomatic parlance to reveal a leader’s aspirations, failures and humanity, amid the mechanizations of political life. Performed in Spanish with English titles. Runs from Thu 4/25 to Sun 4/28.
http://www.redcat.org/event/guillermo-calderon

G-Dog with Father Boyle and Freida Mock Q&A @ Laemmle Monica, Santa Monica – $10, All Ages
Written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock (Maya Lin: A Strong Vision), G-DOG is the remarkable story of Father Greg Boyle, a white Jesuit priest in East Los Angeles, and the tough street kids there who love him. G-DOG kicks off Docurama Films’ inaugural theatrical series on the week of April 22nd in select cities. *Thursday, April 25th at 7:30pm Screening: Q&A with Father Boyle and filmmaker at 730pm screening.
https://www.facebook.com/events/353562508086976/

Trances screening @ Cinefamily, Miracle Mile – $12, All Ages, Free for members
Fiercely championed by Martin Scorsese since he first saw it in 1981, Trances is, in his words, “a concert film like no other.” Meet the long-standing kings of Moroccan jams: Nass el Ghiwane, who for decades have driven audiences into highly spiritual and deeply groove-laden frenzies with their unique style of crowd-rocking ritual, prompting Scorsese to dub them “the Rolling Stones of Africa.” Under the spell of the band’s gnawa music (the sounds of the mystical Sufi healers, who use deeply hypnotic drones to cure psychological ills or remedy scorpion stings), Nass el Ghiwane’s audiences are often put into trances by the tunes, and the film’s gorgeous tracking shots of people dancing in ecstasy are unlike anything else in cinema. Filmed at a time when pop music was barely tolerated in Northern Africa, Trances takes you on a heady trip through the streets of a dreamy seaside port, where Nass el Ghiwane play with friends, perform for immense concert crowds, visit master musicians, and discuss their beautiful metaphysical views and lifestyle. We’re beaming with pride as we present a very rare 35mm print of this incredible movie!
http://www.cinefamily.org/films/cinespia-salon/#cinespia-salon-trances-rare-35mm-print

Evenings “Yore” Release Party @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – $7-10, All Ages
Celebrating the debut LP release of Evenings. Featuring openings sets from Lazy Brow, D33J, and Groundislava. Let’s all give Evenings a warm welcome to the FoF family.
http://cfaer.org/ai1ec_event/evenings-yore-release-party/?instance_id=554

Gary Baseman’s House Party: Featuring Nightmare and the Cat and Shepard Fairey @ Skirball Cultural Center – $15-20, 18+
Immerse yourself in the art of Gary Baseman at this special opening night party also featuring L.A. indie band Nightmare and the Cat and a DJ set by Shepard Fairey! At this celebration of the opening of the exhibition Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open, on view through August 18, Gary Baseman will paint a spontaneous new artwork while Nightmare and the Cat—“a rock ’n’ roll force to be reckoned with,” says the New York Times—plays live in the Skirball’s spectacular central courtyard. The evening kicks off with a DJ set by street artist and designer Shepard Fairey.
http://www.skirball.org/programs/music/gary-baseman-house-party

Speakeasy, with Stanton Warriors by Steampunk Saloon and Opulent Temple @ Exchange LA, Downtown – $10 presale, 21+
SPEAKEASY. A private place, where music and dancing rule the night. Commoners, and gentlemen, high born ladies, and ladies of the night all rub shoulders to the sexiest music of the times. Dress up, or dress down, and get ready to get down, to the sounds of Stanton Warriors. Enjoy the main room of Exchange LA, with the finely tuned Funktion One sound system. A custom built musicians booth will grace your eyes. If you feel like rocking your inner steampunk, our stage and decor will accommodate you. Some will dress to impress. Some will feel most at home in a hoodie and favorite sneakers. Dress as you wish. After all, this is a Speakeasy. Featuring THE STANTON WARRIORS (UK), SYD GRIS (Opulent Temple, SF), WOLFIE (Steampunk Saloon, LA), 2-HEADED MONSTER (Steampunk Saloon, LA), BLACK 22’S (The Good Vibe), The Talented LE SIRENES Performers.
http://www.facebook.com/events/618228461525913/

The Midnight Stand *All Black n White Errything Dance Party* @ The Midnight Stand, Long Beach – $5, Free w Black n White attire, 21+
The Midnite Stand is a music showcase for Independent talent local, national, worldwide…We’re throwin a dance party! DRESS CODE: All Black n White Errything. FREE ALL NIGHT IF U DRESS IN BLK & WHT. drinks specials: 2 for 1 Well Drinks till 10pm. $4 Guinness
http://www.facebook.com/events/152718684887830/

Newport Beach Film Festival @ Fashion Island, Orange County – All Ages
One of my favorite film festivals of the year! They usually have special gala nights at the outdoor courtyard of Fashion Island with live entertainment and free food and drink with admission!
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/newport-beach-film-festival-film-showcases-galas-april-25-may-2/

Independent Visions: Bully @ CSULA – Free, All Ages
Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Bully brings a human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families.
http://www.calstatelausu.org/events/sp1363639417/2013/4/25/independent-visions-bully

Feminist Endowed Lecture Series: An Afternoon With Dr. Kristie Dotson @ CSULA – Free, All Ages
Dr. Kristie Dotson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University, will discuss three metaphors from U.S. Black women’s social theory — jeopardy, interstices, and intersectionality — that highlight three different ways of approaching our social world. By understanding the different epistemic orientations embedded in each metaphor, we can become familiar with their different scopes and come to see them as complimentary.
http://www.calstatelausu.org/events/sp1365616711/2013/4/25/feminist-endowed-lecture-series-an-afternoon-with-dr-kristie-dotson

Gustavo’s Awesome Lecture Series feat. Pilar Marrero @ Fullerton Public Library, Orange County – Free, All Ages
Author/journalist Gustavo Arellano invades Fullerton Public Library with Gustavo’s Awesome Lecture Series! The popular series sees Arellano sit down for talks with Latino authors as they present their latest work. This month’s installment features a chat with Pilar Marrero, political reporter for La Opinión who will discuss her first book, Killing The American Dream: How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation.
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/gustavos-awesome-lecture-series-feat-pilar-marrero-la-talk-fullerton-public-library/

Lunafest @ Zonta Club, Santa Clarita @ $25, All Ages
Join us for an evening of inspiration, camraderie and laughter, enjoying this short film festival that travels the country raising funds for the Breast Cancer fund and local women’s charities. LUNAFEST SCV 2013 is hosted by the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley, an organization dedicated to advancing the status of women through service, advocacy and awareness. The Zonta Club of SCV changes the lives of women here in the SCV and beyond by donating the funds we raise and our time to help women realize their full potential. Come join us on April 25th, have a great time and help us do great things in this community.
http://www.facebook.com/events/444916622238940/

Weekly:

Fowler Out Loud @ Fowler Museum, UCLA – Free, All Ages
Students from UCLA’s Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars present a night of music and dance as they bring their global cultural traditions to the Fowler.
http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/events/fowler-out-loud-dashew-center-0

Afro Funke’ @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica – $7 b4 10pm, $10, 21+
AEvery week is Afro Funke world music night at Zanzibar in Santa Monica, hosted by KCRW’s Jeremy Sole and Glenn Red with special guest performers and DJs. On Thursday, April 25th, the AFRO FUNKE’ family welcomes the cast of FELA! to the City of Angels as the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical returns to the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown LA for a limited run. (April 26 – May 5, 2013)
http://www.zanzibarlive.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/522334391145792

Beat Cinema @ Hip Kitty Jazz, Claremont – $5, 21+
-special guests-Great Dane(Alpha Pup, Team Supreme), King Henry(Team Supreme),
Gingee, Gypsy Mamba.
http://www.facebook.com/events/555968214436865/

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FRI 4/26

Happy Hour With A Cause: Las Fotos Project @ Eastside Luv Bar, Boyle Heights – $5, 21+

Kicking off the 2013 season of Happy Hour With A Cause, we are excited to return to the site of the 1st official HHWAC – Eastside Luv!  More importantly, we’re proud to support Las Fotos Project, a nonprofit, community-based photography program whose mission is to bring about positive change for young Latinas facing adversity. To learn more about Las Fotos Project, visit www.facebook.com/lasfotosproject. We’ll also be having a special performance by local artist Irene Diaz, whose talents must be experienced in person to be fully appreciated! $5 donation at the door and a percentage of the bar sales will go towards Las Fotos Project.  Come join us to continue supporting empowering causes in our community while having a great time in the process!
http://www.facebook.com/events/564748436891960/

LA Asian Pacific Film Festival Free Promo Show @ IOTA Brew Cafe, Koreatown – Free, All Ages
Join the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for a fun night of free screenings**, HAPPY HOUR specials till 8pm, raffles and more! We’ll be hosting the event at IOTA Brew Cafe, known for their adventurous menu (ie: Kimchi Carbonara displayed below) and wide selection of wine, beer, and spirits. Free screenings of award nominated short THIEF and award winning NANI. All ages welcome.
http://www.facebook.com/events/237436136394760


A Weekend of Wellness and Arts: Kickoff Party @ Casa Cultura Yoga & Dance, Inglewood – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Rumba Party with live music from Cuba and Los Angeles. RSVP at aryamovementproject@gmail.com​. This 3 day event runs thru Sunday, April 28.
http://www.shineyourlightcenter.com/

Balinese Music & Dance, as part of the World Music & Dance Festival 2013 @ Cal Arts, Santa Clarita – Free w RSVP, All Ages
The Calarts World Music Festival will be presenting the sounds of Indonesia, India, Africa, Persia, and more. This 6 concert, 2 week event will be performed at the California Institute of the Arts from April 27th – May 5th in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and The Wild Beast. For more info, contact The Herb Alpert School of Music at Calarts (661)222-2778.
April 26 – Balinese Music and Dance, The Wild Beast 7pm
April 27 – African Music and Dance, The Wild Beast 7pm
April 28 – Javanese, The Wild Beast 7pm
May 3 – North Indian Classical Music, MOD 7:30pm
May 4 – World Percussion Ensemble, MOD 8pm
May 5 – Student Indian and Persian Ensemble, MOD 8pm
http://calarts.edu/event/2013-04-26/balinese-music-dance-part-world-music-dance-festival-2013
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5479613672/eorg#

Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live @ USC – Free w RSVP, All Ages
“Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live” will be an exhilarating outdoor experience featuring live performances by renowned international audio-­visual artists and performers Quayola & Sinagaglia, Miwa Matreyek, and Charles Lindsay.
http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=13508

Cafe de los Maestros film @ UCLA – Free, All Ages
In “Cafe de los Maestros”, director Miguel Kohan tells the story of the legenday maestros from the golden age of Tango. Q&A with film director Miguel Kohan follwing the screening.
http://www.international.ucla.edu/lai/events/showevent.asp?eventid=10011

First Film 2013 @ USC – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Please join us in celebrating this year’s First Film films and filmmakers.
During the First Film weekend (April 27 – 28), 41 films will be shown within 6 different programs. A FILM SCHOOL SHORTS FACULTY AWARD will be presented at each screening, awarding disciplines: Cinematography, Documentary, Directing, Editing, Producing, Sound, Writing. Catered receptions between each screening. During the film programs, you have the opportunity to vote for your favorite film. This Audience Award winner will then screen at the Directors Guild of America along the six jury selected films competing for the AVID Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. The First Film Ceremony and AVID Awards will be held Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30. A reception to follow.
http://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=13495

Japanese Sweets Fair @ Mitsuwa, Torrance – All Ages
Carefully selected Japanese Traditional sweets are coming from different Prefectures in Japan (Fri 4/26 to Sun 4/28).
http://www.mitsuwa.com/event/eevent.php?e=46

FELA! Broadway Musical @ Ahmanson, Downtown – $20-$45, All Ages
The award winning musical about the iconic afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti returns to LA for its 2nd run from April 26-May 5! Don’t miss it! There are $20 hot seat tickets and Goldstar discount tickets available!
http://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/2013/Fela/
http://www.goldstar.com/events/los-angeles-ca/fela

Making Movies @ El Cid, Silverlake – $10, 21+
Making Movies , from Kansas City, blend Afro-Cuban music, Afro-Peruvian music, Reggae en Español, Colombian Cumbia and indie-rock textures with lyrics in both English and Spanish. Their new album, A La Deriva, was released on March 5th and was produced by Steve Berlin, of the 3 time Grammy Award winning band, Los Lobos. Quickly making waves in the scene for their bilingual lyrics and progressive Latin sound, you don’t want to miss their show at El Cid before they share the stage with Los Lobos, Santa Cecilia and more at the Cinco De Mayo Festival at Greek Theatre. ~ Remezcla.com
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/making-movies-concert-el-cid-los-angeles/

Alejandro Filio @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock – $20, All Ages
Alejandro Filio is a contemporary Troubadour. He has performed in the trova genre for over 30 years.
http://cfaer.org/ai1ec_event/alejandro-filio-in-concert/?instance_id=555
http://www.facebook.com/events/512498108796465/

Los Amigos Invisibles @ Fonda Theatre, Hollywood – $22.50, All Ages
Remezcla favorites Los Amigos Invisibles play at The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. For twenty-one years now, these Venezuelans have  have been revolutionizing latin funk and disco rock. From their first album in 1995, Los Amigos Invisibles have developed a sound based on the “gozadera” – a catchy fusion of Latin rhythms with funk and lounge music. The Venezuelan band has toured the world over, but calls New York its base these days.  Their latest release, ‘Commercial,’ was awarded a Latin GRAMMY for “Best Alternative Album.” ~ Remezcla.com
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/los-amigos-invisibles-the-fonda-theater-los-angeles/

An evening with Medeski Martin & Wood: Acoustic and Electric @ Royce Hall, UCLA – $15-50, All Ages
New York City’s avant-groove jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood is cherished for its extended improvisatory explorations. Fluent in countless styles, from funk to hip-hop to noise, few combos speak as many musical languages so effortlessly. The fearsome John Medeski commands the keys on everything from mellotron to melodica, from electric piano to Moog, and from clavinet to the mighty Hammond B3 organ. On the Steinway, Medeski and his extraordinary collaborators—the always-exacting master of the low end, Chris Wood on basses, and boundless percussionist Billy Martin—move right back to stripped-down acoustic language. In a fearless exploration of the enduring piano, bass, and drums combination, and with near-telepathic communication, the trio explores the roots of classic piano trios lead by McCoy Tyner and Bill Evans, then zooms light-years ahead with outbursts of contrapuntal catharsis. This evening offers the rare opportunity to see the band truly dominate in two unique formats.
http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=276

Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival @ Aero Theatre, Santa Monica – $10/film, All Ages
Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Want to share a movie with them but dread walking into a feature-length commercial for action figures/trading cards/Happy Meals? Look no further: Our two-week survey of animated and live-action shorts and films from around the world offers something for everyone ages 3-18 – with enough passion and intelligence to put smiles on parents’ faces as well. Runs Fri, April 26 – Sun, May 5.
http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/los-angeles-international-childrens-film-festival

Paris Photo @ Paramount Pictures Studios – $20-28, All Ages
Paris Photo was created in 1996 and is the most prestigious art fair dedicated  to historical and contemporary photography. This fair takes place annually at the Grand Palais in Paris mid-November and at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles at the end of April. Over the past 16 years, Paris Photo has become a significant event for collectors of contemporary and modern art, photography professionals, artists,  as well as for an ever-growing audience of art appreciators. Each edition is unique and brings together a distinguished selection of exhibitors with diverse collections focused on the photographic medium. A public program is also an important component of the fairs which is built around cultural events involving artists, art world professionals, collectors, and cultural institutions. Enriched by the unique cultural environment of these two cities, Paris Photo  offers its visitors an unsurpassed experience in two historic locations which bring together all the different trends in photography.
http://www.parisphoto.com/losangeles/program

Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale @ Santa Monica Air Center @ $15, All Ages
Featuring over 50 exhibitors of 20th century furniture, decorative and fine arts from across the U.S. and Europe. SHOW & SALE | April 26-28, 2013
http://dolphinfairs.com/lamodernism/

7th Annual BritWeek Orange County @ Various locations
BritWeek is a non-profit organization, started in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and the then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative fusion between the United Kingdom and California. Every Spring, BritWeek hosts a program of events that promotes British creativity, innovation and excellence in California across multiple categories including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more. The events take place throughout Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco. This year, BritWeek expanded beyond California to the shores of Miami!  The events  attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders. Runs April 26 – May 9.
http://current.britweek.org/orange-county-events-2/

Weekly:

Lunchtime Yoga reTREAT @ Grand Park, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Free yoga sessions designed to relax, rejuvenate and reenergize. Pop in and out, dress comfortably and be ready to retreat into Grand Park bliss. In the event of rain, yoga will be cancelled. Every Wednesday and Friday at 12:15pm – 1:00pm EXTENDED through May 31!
http://www.facebook.com/events/419312148149993/

Rotations @ Amoeba, Hollywood – Free, All Ages
Amoeba Hollywood hosts our guest DJ series, ROTATIONS, every Friday night!
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-2582/

Jazz @ LACMA – Free, All Ages
The jazz scene is all abuzz about young singer/pianist/composer John Proulx. His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. John’s latest CD, Baker’s Dozen (Remembering Chet Baker) is a tribute to the late trumpet player and vocalist. “Proulx is front and center, overflowing with fresh zeal and sparkling energy.”—Jazz Times
http://www.lacma.org/event/john-proulx

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SAT 4/27

Pravini US Tour @ Viento Y Agua, Long Beach – Free, All Ages
Pravini, soul singer and songwriter from Netherlands, will be touring the US from April 19th to May 4th with 4 stops in the LA area. I was intrigued by Pravini’s eclectic fusion of soul, hiphop, Indian and South American rhythms and in researching her diverse heritage, I learned that there has been a strong, thriving East Indian community in Suriname, a former Dutch colony in South America, since the 1800s. Many emigrated to Netherlands, where Pravini was born, and she has really broken boundaries there and put a spotlight on the rich, diverse talent of the Dutch-Indian-Surinamese community. Pravini is excited to be performing her new music in the US.
April 29th – Coffee Gallery, Altadena, CA – Special guest performance with Tjendol Sunrise
April 30th – Tommy’s Place, Los Angeles, CA
May 1st – Tribal Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
http://www.facebook.com/events/463588467043111/
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/pravini-us-tour-and-exclusive-interview/

Brewery Art Walk @ Montecito Heights – Free, All Ages
The Brewery Artwalk (Sat Apr 27-Sun Apr 28) is FREE and open to the public! Whether you are an art collector, want to buy unique fine art gifts, browse for new decorative ideas, or discover the next Warhol, come enjoy an exciting FREE afternoon in the heart of LA’s art scene… Come to the Brewery Artwalk! The Brewery Artwalk is the largest and original Artwalk of Los Angeles and it is still going strong after almost three decades. It only happens twice a year in October and April and this is the go-to art event of Los Angeles. Come and enjoy the art made in LA!
http://www.facebook.com/events/119521854908419/

theLIFT presents MARK de CLIVE-LOWE’s CHURCH “LIVE” @ TBA – $10 b4 1030pm, $20, 21+
If you haven’t been to CHURCH, you’re missing one of LA’s premiere monthly parties that is the brainchild of Mark de Clive-Lowe, combining the very best talented musicians and DJs playing alongside each other! This month features very special guests 80s Icon & Grammy winner JODY WATLEY + LEON WARE who’s crafted songs for Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson.
FREDDIE WASHINGTON (PATRICE RUSHEN/HERBIE HANCOCK) – bass
BOB REYNOLDS (JOHN MAYER) – saxophone
NIA ANDREWS (COMMON/JANELLE MONAE) – vocals
DERF REKLAW (THE PHAROAHS/RAMSEY LEWIS) – percussion
DEXTER STORY (LIFE FORCE TRIO/KINDRED SPIRITS) – drums
+SURPRISES
special guest dj sets by
AARON BYRD (KCRW) + RANI D (CIRCLE UP / SOUL IN THE PARK)
heated late night bday sets by LIFT co-creators/residents
JEREMY SOLE ( ARIES – LA)
WISEACRE (TAURUS – LA/NYC)
http://www.facebook.com/events/178555108961998/


A Weekend of Wellness and Arts: Free Yoga and Dance classes @ Casa Cultura Yoga & Dance, Inglewood – Free, All Ages
This 3 day event runs thru Sunday, April 28.
http://www.shineyourlightcenter.com/

Slow Art Day @ Various venues – Free, All Ages
Slow Art Day is the global all-volunteer event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.
Why Slow? When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without an expert (or expertise). And that’s an exciting discovery. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art fans. How Does It work? One day each year – April 27 in 2013 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for 10 minutes each and then meet together over lunch to talk about their experience. That’s it. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing. In fact, Slow Art Day works best when people look at the art on their own slowly and then meet up to discuss the experience (though some hosts decide to do the discussion right in the gallery).
http://www.slowartday.com/

West African Music & Dance, as part of the World Music & Dance Festival 2013 @ Cal Arts, Santa Clarita – Free w RSVP, All Ages
The Calarts World Music Festival will be presenting the sounds of Indonesia, India, Africa, Persia, and more. This 6 concert, 2 week event will be performed at the California Institute of the Arts from April 27th – May 5th in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and The Wild Beast. For more info, contact The Herb Alpert School of Music at Calarts (661)222-2778.
April 26 – Balinese Music and Dance, The Wild Beast 7pm
April 27 – African Music and Dance, The Wild Beast 7pm
April 28 – Javanese, The Wild Beast 7pm
May 3 – North Indian Classical Music, MOD 7:30pm
May 4 – World Percussion Ensemble, MOD 8pm
May 5 – Student Indian and Persian Ensemble, MOD 8pm
http://calarts.edu/event/2013-04-27/west-african-music-dance-part-world-music-dance-festival-2013
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5479699930/es2003/

Cambodian New Year Celebration @ El Dorado Park, Long Beach – $30-40, All Ages
Khmer Traditional Ceremonies, Traditional and Modern Performances, Live band with famous Khmer singers performing throughout the day, Traditional New Year Games and Face painting, Carnival Games and Slides, Hundred of information and merchandise booths, Dozen of exotic food booths
http://cam-cc.org/drupal/node/208

How Are Veterans Changing America? @ UCLA – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Over 2 million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are returning home from combat, and while we often read and talk about how the experience of war has changed them both physically and mentally, we don’t discuss how they’re changing the rest of us. Could they reinvigorate our economy—if we started hiring them? Has our healthcare system innovated to heal their devastating injuries? And, what happens when a husband, wife, mother, or father rejoins the family unit? Zócalo and UCLA present a half-day forum to explore how veterans have affected American life today—and what lies ahead for all of us as we transform into a nation at peace in the world.
http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/event/?postId=46251

Spring Fair @ Norma Coombs Alternative School, Pasadena – Free, All Ages
This coming Saturday, from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Craft Vendors, food trucks, live music and more. Tell your friends, family, co-workers. Help spread the word! If you can help out, we need volunteers, bottled water, and EZ-up tents. Contact Robert Robles.
http://ncas.pasadenausd.org/

Spring Antique Street Faire @ Uptown Whittier – Free, All Ages
The 18th Annual Uptown Whittier Spring Antique Faire is set for Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year marks the 18th Annual Spring Antique Street Faire has been offered to the public. It will feature 90+ antique dealers. This Antique Faire will include items for sale such as furniture, collectibles, vintage clothing, jewelry, glassware, memorabilia, and art. Uptown’s very own Memories Swing Team will be performing at 2:00 pm at Philadelphia St. and Bright Ave. The Faire takes place on 13000 Philadelphia Street between Greenleaf Avenue and Painter Street. This event is free to the public.
http://whittieruptown.org/wua/?page_id=2340

GO WEST Reading Series: Black Against Empire @ The Autry, Griffith Park – $5-1113+,
Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr., is the first comprehensive analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the cultural revolution, why the Black Panther Party grew most rapidly during the height of its repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, as well as its disastrous unraveling.
http://theautry.org/programs/lectures-seminars-discussions/go-west-reading-series-joshua-bloom

Well Charged: an Earth Month Celebration @ Fais Do Do – $5, Free w E-Waste drop off, All Ages until 5pm, 21+
Hip Hop – Reggae – 20,000 lb E-Waste Drive Kick off Event – Earth Month Celebration. 3pm – 8pm: All ages, Free with E-Waste drop off. Electronic waste drop off in collaboration with Isidore Recycling. Family family event during the day with music, art, vendors and 21+ event in the evening with live music.
http://www.facebook.com/events/349899538453190/

Poncho Sanchez and Joe Bataan @ Quiet Cannon, Montebello – $25, All Ages
Live in Concert… One Night Only…The King of Latin Jazz – Poncho Sanchez and The King of Latin Soul – Joe Bataan!
http://www.flavorus.com/event/Poncho-Sanchez/165171

Paris Combo @ Broad Stage, Santa Monica – $49-79, All Ages
This French-based acoustic combo has seduced both critics and audiences with its fun-loving mix of jazz, French pop, cabaret, gypsy, Latino, and Middle Eastern rhythms. Fronted by the smoky vocals of chanteuse, songwriter, accordianist Belle du Berry, this charismatic combo has toured the world crafting a beguiling fusion of sounds —jazzy, tantalizing, unconventional and utterly cool. I’ve been waiting years to see them live!
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/paris-combo-us-tour-with-new-album/

Donate Life 5K Walk @ CSU Fullerton, Orange County – $25, All Ages
A non-competitive 5K/1K Run/Walk to educate and inspire the community about organ and tissue donation while benefiting OneLegacy Foundation’s mission to inspire others to donate life. All runners and walkers, dialysis patients, transplant recipients, organ donors, donors families, allied health professionals and students are invited to come out and participate! My friend Theresa who is a kidney-transplant survivor invites you to this important walk to promote awareness of the life saving generosity of organ & tissue donation.
http://donateliferunwalk.kintera.org/faf/help/helpEventInfo.asp
http://www.facebook.com/events/248092941994410/

ART.for.LIFE fundraiser @ Sun Valley – $10-20, All Ages
ART.for.LIFE is a life-affirming Art & Auction event to raise funds and awareness for I.AM.LIFE. http://luvamp.org/i-am-life
I.AM.LIFE is a youth empowerment project that will initially take a small group of the Los Angeles youth community to the *Amazon to meet and work with the indigenous Achuar people. ART.for.LIFE will premier a collection of original artworks created for I.AM.LIFE by a group of extraordinary visionary artists. With music by LuvAmp project, Avari, Matty & Avasa Love, and The Human Experience (David Block). The purpose of the Amazonia trip is to empower, educate, and inspire by bringing a group of Western and Amazonian youth face to face ~ to learn, exchange, and explore new possibilities of how they can best work together to meet the challenges they face. I.AM.LIFE & ART.for.LIFE is presented by the LuvAmp project with Tribal Convergence Network and The Love Mob in collaboration with Generation Waking Up and Pachamama Alliance.
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6336926919
http://www.facebook.com/events/552190111468889/

Special Benefit Performance, Sultans of Satire, with guest Samson Koletkar @ Westwood Hills Congregational Church, – $20-25, All Ages
We’re brown and proud! The Levantine Cultural Center and the Network of Indian Professionals co-present this special performance to benefit both nonprofit organizations. The Sultans of Satire are seriously funny—if you love to laugh, if you need to laugh, you’ll appreciate this show with its satirical insights and fresh perspectives on American and Middle Eastern life. The humor is universal; the comedans hail from the Middle East, North Africa and India! This show’s cast features Mike Batayeh, Omar Elba, Maria Shehata and our headliner from the San Francisco Bay Area, Samson Koletkar, with specal guests Zara Mizrahi and Raj Sharma. The Sultans of Satire is the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show in the U.S. Features some of the best young stand-up comedians today from diverse faiths.
http://www.levantinecenter.org/event/special-benefit-performance-sultans-satire-guest-samson-koletkar
http://www.facebook.com/events/140721422773804/

ISA’s 46th Annual Multicultural Dinner Show @ CSULB, Long Beach – $10-20, All Ages
The International Student Association (ISA) presents the 46th Annual Multicultural Dinner Show on Saturday, April 27, 2013. A variety of dishes from different countries will be served as you enjoy cultural performances and a fashion show. CSULB is “a diverse, student-centered, globally engaged public university” with many cultural organizations on campus. Come join our event and experience and witness what a truly diverse campus CSULB really is!
http://www.facebook.com/events/183989155083835/

L.A. Foodie’s BITE FLITE @ Bar & Garden, Culver City – $15, 21+
http://biteflite.eventbrite.com/#

1st Annual Craft Brew Festival @ Taps Fish House & Brewery, Orange County – $50, All Ages
http://www.facebook.com/events/571346066229449/

Monthly:

THIS featuring Shafiq Husayn and the Dove Society @ NOLAs, Downtown – 21+
You know what THIS is! every 4th saturday of the month, Shafiq Husayn and the Dove Society gather once more at NOLA’s in DTLA for a night of ecstatic music. Join us as we perform songs off of Shafiq’s upcoming album “The Loop”, and much more. Before & After – DJ Seano. Shafiq Husayn and the Dove Society will be opening for Alice Russell next month on Sat, May 4!

The Flyball @ Secret Private Location – $10 w RSVP, 21+
A Party Uniquely LA: The First Flyball of the year definitely set the standard for what nightlife in LA should be and what our party is all about. Saturday, April 27th, we’ll be celebrating again with an all-star lineup along with our resident advisors.
http://www.flyballla.com/
http://www.facebook.com/events/634566109893560/

Weekly:

Community Garden @ Mt. Washington Campus, Eagle Rock – Free, All Ages
Are you interested in gardening? Come join UCLA students and SCIC/American Indian Family Partnership staff Saturday mornings at the Mount Washington campus and learn about gardening and healthy living. The Mount Washington campus is located at 234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065. It is easily accessible via the Metro Gold Line, Southwest Museum stop.
http://theautry.org/programs/special-events/community-garden-at-the-southwest-museum

Planet Rock with Canyon Cody and Circle Up @ The Virgil Silverlake – Free, 21+
My favorite weekly Saturday dance spot where Canyon Cody from Subsuelo spins with Captain Planet. On the other side of The Virgil, is Circle Up, roots and soul from around the world.
http://www.facebook.com/ItsPlanetRock

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SUN 4/28

5th Annual Cultural Festival “Russian Celebration” @ Tarzana Community and Cultural Center, San Fernando Valley – Free, All Ages
The Dance Studio Showtime-Katusha presents the Fifth Annual Cultural Festival “Russian Celebration,” a fun way to experience Russian arts and culture for the entire family! Featuring Russian folk concert, including vocal, dance, and instrumental performances throughout the day, games and bouncing for the children, arts and crafts, Russian souvenirs and food, and much much more!
http://showtime-katusha.com/

Javanese Music & Dance, as part of the World Music & Dance Festival 2013 @ Cal Arts, Santa Clarita – Free w RSVP, All Ages
The Calarts World Music Festival will be presenting the sounds of Indonesia, India, Africa, Persia, and more. This 6 concert, 2 week event will be performed at the California Institute of the Arts from April 27th – May 5th in the Walt Disney Modular Theater and The Wild Beast. For more info, contact The Herb Alpert School of Music at Calarts (661)222-2778.
April 26 – Balinese Music and Dance, The Wild Beast 7pm
April 27 – African Music and Dance, The Wild Beast 7pm
April 28 – Javanese, The Wild Beast 7pm
May 3 – North Indian Classical Music, MOD 7:30pm
May 4 – World Percussion Ensemble, MOD 8pm
May 5 – Student Indian and Persian Ensemble, MOD 8pm
http://calarts.edu/event/2013-04-28/javanese-music-dance-part-world-music-dance-festival-2013
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5479717984/eorg#

Forro Brazilian Dance Party! @ – $10, All Ages
The LOS ANGELES / SALVADOR SISTER CITY COMMITTEE presents
FORRO BRAZILIAN DANCE PARTY with-“MOFO” featuring “FORRO in LA,” and special guest trio-Kana Shimanuki / Fabiano Nacimento and Simon Carroll
as a Fundraiser benefiting the Los Angeles/Salvador, Bahia Sister City Committee. Join Hosts- Bakari Santos and Vida Vierra for a Brazilian afternoon experience of Music, Dance, Art, Food and Drink.
* Move to the infectious sounds of “MOFO”
*Enjoy a free dance lesson with Andrea and Fabio of” FORRO in LA”
*the soothing,sensuous sounds of Kana Shimanuki / Fabiano Nascimento and Simon Carroll
Also-Spinning music of Brazil and Beyond with sound alchemist-REYES!!!
Bahian foods by Brazilian Exotic Foods, Drinks, Arts N Crafts by Rio to Babylon and Raffles. This is a Family event, so Please bring the whole family.
http://www.facebook.com/events/532943170080424/

A Weekend of Wellness and Arts: Potluck & Discussion @ Casa Cultura Yoga & Dance, Inglewood – Free, All Ages
Community Potluck and Discussion on Arts and Wellness in our Community​.
http://www.shineyourlightcenter.com/

Taste of the Eastside @ Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdale Park – $5-40, All Ages
Taste of the Eastside is a food and drink festival that showcases the evolving and diverse food scene of the eastside neighborhoods of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village and beyond.  Festival goers can munch to their heart’s content on offerings from some of LA’s hottest chefs, while sampling boutique wines and artisan beers.  The event includes top LA DJs providing the groovy soundtrack, and kids will delight in the activities area just for them. Taste of the Eastside is entirely organized and staffed by volunteers and all proceeds from the event go to support local non-profits.
http://tasteoftheeastside.com/

2nd Annual Indie Music Channel Awards @ House of Blues, Hollywood – $10, All Ages before 11pm, 21+ after 11pm for afterparty
Indie Music Channel features some of the BEST independent singers and bands from around the world! We proudly recognize their outstanding talents by presenting the 2nd Annual Indie Music Channel Awards with after party performances.
http://www.theindiemusicchannel.com/imca2.htm

Paris Combo @ Soka Performing Arts Center, Orange County – $17-33, All Ages
This French-based acoustic combo has seduced both critics and audiences with its fun-loving mix of jazz, French pop, cabaret, gypsy, Latino, and Middle Eastern rhythms. Fronted by the smoky vocals of chanteuse, songwriter, accordianist Belle du Berry, this charismatic combo has toured the world crafting a beguiling fusion of sounds —jazzy, tantalizing, unconventional and utterly cool. I’ve been waiting years to see them live!
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/paris-combo-us-tour-with-new-album/

8th Annual Earth Day Cleanup Challenge & Blue Water Music Festival @ Laguna Beach, Orange County – Free, All Ages
“MUSIC MATTERS” So Let’s ROCK the Earth’s World on Earth Day and demonstrate its power to spur action!!! Join us Sunday April 28th at noon, as we attempt to clean the entire city of Laguna Beach (yes that’s every town street and beach) in 30 minutes, or less…The REWARD for the seismic effort will be: The 8th Annual “EARTH DAY” Blue Water Music Festival. Blue Water Green Earth the org and The Cliff Restaurant @ Laguna Village have again joined forces to create another Blue Water Music Festival to be remembered. Those who participate are eligible to receive 1/2 off full admission price ticket.
http://www.facebook.com/events/520045108041840/

Dream Sessions @ Studio Hermosa, Hermosa Beach – Free, 21+
Come out to Hermosa Beach’s premier BASS MUSIC, DUBSTEP, TRAP, BASS HOP, HIP HOP, Electronic Music night !!!
http://www.facebook.com/events/110530269145620/

Tamales de Puerco (Pork Tamales): A trilingual play in English, Spanish & American Sign Language @ Casa 0101, Boyle Heights – Mature audiences
Tamales de Puerco (Pork Tamales) is the first trilingual play of its kind, telling the story of an undocumented Mexican mother to a Deaf son. She must learn to navigate three different worlds to escape an abusive husband who cannot cope with their disabled child. The play is based on the experiences of Mercedes Floresislas, the playwright, who struggled with depression and an abusive relationship while raising her Deaf son. The play will run from April 5-28 at Casa 0101, a Boyle Heights theater founded by the celebrated Chicana writer, Josefina López, to tell the unheard stories coming from our underrepresented minority communities. This is the final night to see this!
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/tamales-de-puerco-pork-tamales-a-trilingual-play-in-english-spanish-american-sign-language-april-5-28/

Atwater Village Beer, Wine & Food Festival @ Link n Hops, Atwater Village – only $15 tickets left
http://www.atwatervillagefestival.com/

Bootlegger’s Music & Beer Fest at The Muck: Celebrating 5 years!!! @ The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Orange County – $15-30
http://bootleggers5th.brownpapertickets.com/

Taste of Huntington Beach @ Huntington Beach, Orange County – All Ages
An annual event with 50 restaurants, 20 wineries/breweries, musical entertainment, and fun. All in support of the Friends of the Children’s Library.
http://www.facebook.com/events/521956667862177/

Taste of Orange @ City of Orange – $40, All Ages
http://orangeblossomsalo.org/Taste_of_Orange.html

Weekly:

Sunday Jazz Nights @ W Hollywood – Free, 21+
W Hollywood presents Sunday Night Jazz nights, featuring live vintage jazz and blues located in The Living Room Lounge. Kick back with a cocktail and relax as you delight in the sweet sounds of Brenna Whitaker and Her Little Big Band and the sensational burlesque dancers on stage.
http://www.whollywoodhotel.com/jazz

Brasilia @ Agaves Bar, Long Beach – Free, All Ages
One of my favorite LA DJs, Potira is going to start spinning every Sunday night in here! So come for a taste of Brasil every Sunday! No cover, all ages in the restaurant, and special drinks! Featuring Samba dancer Sade!
http://www.facebook.com/events/329826857144668

Sundays Live @ LACMA, Miracle Mile – Free, All Ages
http://www.lacma.org/programs/music/sundays-live

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