Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events Apr. 29 – May 5

weekly list
Happy Brit Week! Actually the event already started last week and the British invasion continues with so many awesome events this week plus the not-to-miss event: sensational soul singer Alice Russell on her LA stops, touring for her new album! As we spring into May, there will be many May Day protest marches throughout the Downtown LA area. And as always, a bizillion film festivals this week. And to end it all is Cinco de Mayo on Sunday (with plenty of pre-parties on Saturday for those who can’t be having hangovers on Monday morning)!

Here are just some of the very many awesome events happening around LA! Check back to this post often, as I always add more events as I hear about them! 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!
http://youtu.be/6a-TDTbvKRo

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MON 4/29

“Return of a King” @ Traveler’s Bookcase, West Hollywood – Free w RSVP, All Ages
William Dalrymple, the prize-winning British travel and history writer, will give a special talk about his new book on Afghanistan: The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42, to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on April 29th.  The book is about the disastrous British invasion of Afghanistan nearly two centuries ago, but as Dalrymple makes clear, there are many lessons for the current US campaign in Afghanistan.  As Edmund Burke so memorably said: “Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.”
http://www.lawac.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103&eventid=30133

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/

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

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! Runs through 5/2.
http://www.newportbeachfilmfest.com/2013/

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 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: Live performances by Big Black Delta, Shy Girls, Emma Ejwertz, The Last Internationale and DJ sets by Eli Glad, Benedikt.
http://www.itsaschoolnight.com/losangeles/
http://youtu.be/vz8yif7FWDU
http://youtu.be/Dsaeau9S3nI
http://youtu.be/qW6ZprhH2pA
http://youtu.be/aL9sIsqGLjI

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/
http://youtu.be/NKXLAtvaznQ

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 4/30

La Santa Cecilia @ Amoeba, Hollywood – Free, All Ages
La Santa Cecilia exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock and world music. The group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms like Cumbia, Bossa Nova, Rumba, Bolero, Tango Jazz, Rock and Klezmer music. Their unique sound and the experience of their colorful, passionate performance leave’s fans and new listeners mesmerized.  They are proud to be from the city of Angels. The young members of La Santa Cecilia are immigrants, the children of immigrants and dreamers. La Santa Cecilia celebrate their new album, Treinta Dias, with a live in-store and signing at Amoeba, Hollywood! Treinta Dias is their new 8-song album which includes the first single with the timely message “El Hielo” (ICE).  Speaking to the experiences of their very own families, and to millions more in their community, this powerful narrative details the daily struggles of those that work toward a better future for themselves and their children, while fearing the separation from loved ones that can still happen in an instant.
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/la-santa-cecilias-new-video-for-el-hielo-a-powerful-statement-against-immigration-policy-deportation/

Pravini @ Tommy’s Place, USC – 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!
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/pravini-us-tour-and-exclusive-interview/
http://youtu.be/Q4Z-BsJK4hI

CalArts Film/Video Showcases @ REDCAT, Downtown – Free w RSVP, All Ages
CalArts School of Film/Video presents a juried selection of special screenings that feature new short and feature-length films by students in its four programs—a culmination of hard work and dedication throughout the year. Runs thru Sat 5/4.
http://www.redcat.org/event/calarts-film-video-showcases

DWNTWN with Ménage, The Mercy Beat, Blackbear and Ménage @ Central SAPC, Santa Monica – 21+
http://centralsapc.com/show.cfm?id=97505
http://youtu.be/bnm_juMnX0w
http://youtu.be/TBYhkm8SFOY
http://youtu.be/wCZUGiUb0dU

Marbella, Ceeca & Yukata @ O’Briens Irish Pub, Santa Monica – Free, 21+
Marbella is one of my favorite local LA bands…if you love bossa nova, you’ll love the sensual vocal stylings of Caro, their lead singer!
https://www.facebook.com/events/355329704567720
http://youtu.be/IlJ9_WqgVVc

A View from Russia’s Parliament @ Intercontinental Hotel, Century City – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Leonid Slutsky, a Russian parliamentarian who is an expert on Chechnya, having made numerous trips to the region from Moscow since 2000, will address the LA World Affairs Council on April 30th.  His visit is very timely – in the wake of the tragic bombings at the Boston marathon, where the two prime suspects are of Chechen origin, Mr. Slutsky will share his views on the situation in Chechnya and its violent history.
http://www.lawac.org/Default.aspx?tabid=38

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/

Sessions @ Pattern Bar, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Esteemed DJ / production unit and Yoruba Recording artists Garth Trinidad and Mateo Senolia present a new sonic adventure devoted to your health, well being, and funky state of mind. Discover sounds diasporic and exotic, indigenous and local, classic and progressive ­ bombastic blues, world rhythms, dirty pop, deep house, and more. Pattern Bar Sessions Tuesdays with Trinidad­Senolia ­­ make love to the night.
https://www.facebook.com/events/442392822516168/
https://soundcloud.com/mateosenolia/trinidad-senolia-pattern-bar

Dim Mak Tuesdays @ Drai’s Hollywood – $15 presale, $25, 21+
DIM MAK PRESENTS: Anna Lunoe, Rick Rude, Bones, and ANGELO LOMELO! 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 5/1 – MAY DAY!

Eastside March @ From Wyvernwood to City Hall
http://www.facebook.com/events/486747011392343

Southern California Immigration Coalition march @ From Broadway and Olympic
http://www.immigrationcoalition.org/

2013 May Day Coalition march @ From Olympic & Broadway to La Placita Olvera
Initiated by May Day 2013 Coalition: ACLU of Southern California; ANSWER Coalition; APALC; CARECEN; CHIRLA; Clean Carwash Campaign; COFEM; CLUE; DTLA; IDEPSCA; KIWA; KRC; KPFK 90.7; La Hermandad Mexicana Nacional; La Placita – Ministerio de Acion Social; Mi Familia Vota; Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network; Labor United for Universal Healthcare; LA County Federation of Labor; May Day Queer Contingent; NDLON; Sierra Club; SEIU Local 721; SEIU USWW; SEIU ULTCW; St. John’s Wll Child & Family Center – Right to Health Committee; UCLA Labor Center; Pilipino Workers Center; Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition; Vamos Unidos USA; and others.
http://www.answercoalition.org/la/events/may-day-la-mass-march.html

Occupy LA #Mayday rally/march @ Pershing Square, Downtown
https://www.facebook.com/events/127870004066163/

May Day Picnic @ MacArthur Park
http://www.facebook.com/events/441727422580926/

May Day Film Screening @ La Puente
http://www.facebook.com/events/514318565270333/
http://youtu.be/1NLfEnfKBmw

Britweek: Kesh 4 Shangrila Art Launch @ Shangrila Penthouse, Santa Monica – Free w RSVP, 18+
World-renowned British artist KESH, born and raised on the outskirts of London to a Malaysian father and Trinidadian mother, unveils her Kesh 4 Shangrila art project. 7 specially-created custom art pieces will be debuted to the public for the first time in Shangrila’s Penthouse deck with 360 degree views of Los Angeles in association with BritWeek. Check out Shangrila Hotel’s full list of BritWeek events:
http://current.britweek.org/kesh-4-shangrila-art-launch-may-1/

EAGLE-CON: Color Inside the Lines: Superheroes of a Different Hue @ CSULA – Free, All Ages
Let’s talk about ethnicity, culture, identity, and representation in animation and graphic novels, the current popularity of our favorite comic book heroes and if and when they impact politics and our social justice values. Featuring Kevin Grevioux, star and co-creator of the Underworld movie franchise.
http://www.calstatelausu.org/events/sp1366657657/2013/5/1/eaglecon-color-inside-the-lines-superheroes-of-a-different-hue
http://youtu.be/Tc1QvI_llE0

The Dustbowl Revival Residency @ The Mint – $8-10, All Ages
This blues, gypsy & swing band is a ton of fun! Catch their May residency with a different theme each week! If you’re a swing dancer, come shag! We are very happy to invite you to The Dustbowl Revival’s first ever residency. For FIVE Wednesdays in the merry month of May we will be presenting a full evening of Americana, roots, blues, swing, folk, gypsy jazz and a good dose of old fashioned rock n’ roll at our favorite place to jam – THE MINT. Each night will have a theme and we hope you’ll spread the word and come dance with us across the month. Here goes! May 1st —> Vaudeville Circus Night w/ Leftover Cuties and Two Man Gentleman Band!
https://www.facebook.com/events/457641784321727/
http://themintla.com/show.cfm?id=96224
http://youtu.be/MTJ3gGfv4Ys
http://youtu.be/8kOOb344Tnk
http://youtu.be/IvMkEjqSs8Q

First Official Festival Mixer of Pasadena Film & New Media Festival @ T. Boyle’s Tavern, Pasadena – Free, 21+
We are excited to announce the Pasadena International Film and New Media Festival’s first official industry mixer/fundraiser. No cover charge! Just come on in and enjoy. We’ll be screening some shorts and we’ll have John Bobek and Love in the Circus playing live!!
http://www.pasadenafilmfestival.org/
https://www.facebook.com/events/168420993312860/
http://youtu.be/KYzkOIti0Co

Trapical @ La Cita, Downtown – Free, 21+
Muevelo & ArntreLA Presents:
✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ☀TRAPICAL☀ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞ ✞
✞DJ SETS BY: MISCHIEF, $YRUP, ARSNL в∆ṣṣ, PUTI (Club/Moombahton/Trap Bubbling/Reggaeton/Tropical Bass)
https://www.facebook.com/events/141759252673196/

Dub Club: Victor Essiet and the Mandators @ Echoplex, Echo Park – $10, 21+
Dub Club is proud to present our 6th annual Reggae meets Africa event. For this show we will be blessed by a performance from “The Godfather of African Reggae”, Victor Essiet and the Mandators. Plus opening the show will be a legendary roots artist known for his Studio One roots classics, Judah Eskender Tafari backed by the Heartical band. And of course the Echodelic selectors and MCs will be on hand to nice up the dance.
http://www.theecho.com/event/202247-victor-essiet-mandators-los-angeles/

Reggie Watts & Friends @ Largo, West Hollywood – $25, All Ages
Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable – comedian/musician Reggie Watts is a staple of the international performance scene. Reggie’s improvised musical sets are created on-the-spot using only his formidable voice and a looping machine. No two songs are ever the same. An avowed “disinformationist,” Reggie loves to disorientate his audiences in the most entertaining way. You may not know what Reggie is going to do, but that’s okay – he doesn’t either.
http://youtu.be/BdHK_r9RXTc
http://largo.laughstub.com/show.cfm?id=239136

LA Music Video Fest @ Downtown Independent – $10-30, All Ages
3rd Annual LAMVF May 1st -4th. Come see the most cutting edge music videos from around the world, meet the directors and musicians, vote for your favorites and party at the Downtown Independent Theater in downtown LA.
http://lamvf.com/
http://youtu.be/JD1Zxqyqpfk

Operation USA: Cambodia Then & Now @ Operation USA, – $10-15, All Ages
Join the LAWAC YP Program and Operation USA for an evening learning about the struggles of the Cambodian people in building their modern state after the terrible genocide and war. Social services worker Esayenna Chey will discuss living in Cambodia before, during and after the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Richard Walden, CEO of Operation USA will discuss the relief efforts after the fall of the regime in 1979. An NGO expert, Sothida Tan will discuss her current experience working in Cambodia’s NGO community. Please come and enjoy wine and light refreshments with globally-minded Los Angeles young professionals. Members $10 | Non-members $15. Please RSVP by using the link above or reserve tickets by contacting the LAWAC at reservations@lawac.org or (424) 258-6160.
http://www.lawac.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103&eventid=30132
https://www.facebook.com/events/278619152273943/

An evening with David Sedaris @ UCLA – $15-85,  All Ages
http://cap.ucla.edu/calendar/event_detail.asp?id=277

B-Side Players & Dub 8 @ Commonwealth Lounge, Orange County – Free, 21+
San Diego and Pico Rivera unite as The B-Side Players and Dub 8 perform at the Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton.
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/b-side-players-w-dub-8-la-party-commonwealth-lounge/
http://youtu.be/nX9gwriYBXQ

Brit Week: Stacey Jackson’s Live It Up Album Launch Party @ Bardot, Hollywood – $50 suggested donation, 21+
The “Dont Give Up, Live It Up Event” will be the launch party for Stacey Jackson’s ‘Live It Up’ Album Launch, presented by Beyond the Rack, as well as a Benefit for The Breast Cancer Charities of America. Stacey Jackson. The Don’t Give Up, Live It Up Campaign was inspired by Stacey Jackson’s Title Track “Live It Up” recorded with Snoop Dog. There will be a Pink Carpet, Cocktails & Appetizers, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction and other fun surprises.
http://current.britweek.org/british-pop-star-stacey-jacksons-live-it-up-album-launch-party-2/
http://youtu.be/6rrM2v7D5W8

Business4Better: The Community Partnership Movement @ Anaheim Convention Center
Business 4 Better is a two day conference and expo helping businesses partner with non profits to create a positive impact on society and on their own business performance. A whole new way of doing business is emerging and now is the time to for businesses to rethink social responsibility programs and take action through real community engagement. Business4Better (B4B) will bring together midsized business, large corporations and nonprofits to truly define mutually beneficial partnerships. The B4B conference, expo and movement encourages a unique level of engagement that will inspire businesses to action, connect them with like-minded nonprofit organizations and create better-than-ever partnerships that are redefining social purpose and transforming business impact on societal causes. Runs thru Thu 5/2.
http://www.business4better.org/

Monthly:

Gonzaga – De pai pra filho @ UCLA – Free, All Ages
1st Wednesday film screening: The story of Brazilian popular singer Luiz Gonzaga and his son Gonzaguinha.
http://www.international.ucla.edu/lai/events/showevent.asp?eventid=10047
http://youtu.be/63Na62E0LZk

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/

Wonderfox May residency @ Los Globos, Silverlake – $5, 21+
Ladies and gentleman, we will also have the Wondershots!! for $4 bucks only! made with an international drink…from Colombia! This plus amazing bands? you can’t miss it 😉 Wonderfox is playing a residency at Los Globos on MAY WITH:
May 1st: Making Movies, Kavales, Alianza Rebelde, SPECIAL GUEST, RAY FLOWS!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/419303074826637/
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/238047-wonderfox-los-angeles/
http://youtu.be/AbNMrSQ42RI
http://youtu.be/0UJIdYiEsTw
http://youtu.be/c1-Ci19QJQc

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/
http://youtu.be/YLcZXcJKYR4

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 5/2

Alice Russell @ Amoeba Hollywood – Free, All Ages
The much loved UK soul and blues singer-songwriter Alice Russell releases her fifth solo album, To Dust, on April 30th via Tru Thoughts. She’ll play a mini-set and sign copies of her new album at Amoeba, Hollywood. Don’t forget her show on Sat 5/4 too!
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/alice-russell-with-shafiq-husayn-saturday-may-4/
http://youtu.be/AKlnJ_yMDpY

Prelude to a Storm @ Room Hollywood – Free, 21+
Canyon Cody (SUBSUELO / GNAWLEDGE) who just opened for Ziggy Marley last week + Derek Beres (GLOBESONIC / EARTHRISE SOUNDSYSTEM) are teaming up to launch a new monthly gathering on the westside starting MAY 30th at Bar Copa in Venice / Santa Monica. To get things warmed up, we’re having a little PRELUDE PARTY at Bar Copa’s sister venue in Hollywood, THE ROOM. We’ll be joined by special guest DJ Panamami of BODEGA, which starts up again this Sunday, May 5 at Senor Fish, Little Tokyo.
http://www.facebook.com/events/122614114601354/

Before Midnight preview @ UCLA – Free w RSVP, All Ages
If you’re a fan of the 2 previous films, Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, you’ll want to catch this sneak preview.
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6437084493/#
http://youtu.be/Kv6JWoVKlGY

Saving Tibet @ Hammer Museum, UCLA – Free, All Ages
As the Chinese government tightens already strict controls in Tibet and Tibetans set themselves on fire in protest of Chinese rule, leading experts Robert Barnett and Tsering Shakya explore what can be done to save Tibetan culture and identity. Barnett is director of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University. He is a frequent commentator on Tibet and nationality issues in China for the BBC, CNN, NPR, and other media. Shakya is the Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia and he also reports for Radio Free Asia.
http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs/detail/program_id/1628

Independent Visions: Made In L.A. @ CSULA – Free, All Ages
Through the voices of three garment workers, this award-winning documentary examines immigration, labor, and consumer choices in the Los Angeles garment industry.
http://www.calstatelausu.org/events/sp1365617817/2013/5/2/independent-visions-made-in-la
http://youtu.be/f5J5_orlSac

Hot Sand @ Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice – $5, 21+
Hot Sand with Valida & Heidi, featuring live music by Mansions On The Moon and Rachel Goodrich
http://www.facebook.com/events/510464582346885/
http://youtu.be/s5XWU0JaadE
http://youtu.be/rxWf2O1oT5g

From Africa to America and Back @ Nyala, Little Ethiopia – $20-25, All Ages
An intercontinental dance extravaganza benefitting The Sierra Leone Community Center. From 9pm-2am live music, dance performances, and food! Hosted by Adesola Osakalumi (star of Fela! the award-winning musical). Free Ethiopian buffet until 10:30pm.

Brit Week: Celebrates David Bowie @ Mr. Musichead Gallery, Hollywood – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Invite only – please contact Mr Musichead Gallery for more information.
The iconic artist is celebrated through a visual retrospective by famed photographers Duffy, Mick Rock, & John Rowlands as well as memorabilia.
http://current.britweek.org/britweek-celebrates-david-bowie-may-2/

Brit Week: Matthew Stone DJ Event @ Shangri-La Hotel, Santa Monica – Free w RSVP, 21+
BritWeek’s second event with influential British artist Matthew Stone is an intimate low-key party on the Shangrila rooftop with none other than Matthew himself as host and DJ. To RSVP email RSVP@Shangrila-Hotel.com. Don’t miss his Ecstasy exhibit opening on May 4!
http://current.britweek.org/matthew-stone-dj-event-may-2/
https://www.facebook.com/events/639987726027823/
http://youtu.be/Td97ZhWcLDw

Brit Week: Mod Rock @ Cat and Fiddle, Hollywood – Free, All Ages
In celebration of BritWeek, singers from the MODROCK album will perform some of your favorite 60′s classics live at the Cat and Fiddle.  Audience members will have a chance to win special prizes, tickets to the show and everyone will receive a CD sampler. Join us for this FREE event with food, drinks and a sneak peek of this new musical coming to the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood beginning June 19th.
http://current.britweek.org/modrock-comes-to-the-cat-may-2/

Brit Week: Daniel Bedingfield @ Viper Room, West Hollywood – $10-15, 21+
Daniel Bedingfield’s pop wizardry earned him a BRIT Award, six U.K. Top 10 singles and 4 million in album sales from 2001 to ’04. But with that success came unforeseen consequences: a protracted contractual tug-of-war with a record label resistant to his artistic growth. Now, after eight years, the songwriter who rocketed to the top of the pop world with “Gotta Get Thru This” is back in a a huge way, with new batches of genre-splicing, pulse-pounding music that not only appeals to a broad spectrum of fans but reveals Bedingfield’s resolve to control his own fate.
http://current.britweek.org/daniel-bedingfield-plays-the-viper-room-may-2/
http://youtu.be/nE9ySQRZpGI

Meiko and Maria de Pilar @ Los Globos, Silverlake – $8-10, 21+
Love both these artists!
http://www.clublosglobos.com/event/245269-meiko-automatico-fiesta-los-angeles/
http://youtu.be/6jcvodNBTuA
http://youtu.be/wwjINfC9rpg

Os Mutantes with Capsula @ Troubadour, West Hollywood – $20-25, All Ages
When the members of the legendary “Tropicália” band Os Mutantes took the stage before an audience of thousands at the Hollywood bowl a few years back, it seemed one of the greatest secrets in modern music was finally out. The seminal band whose ethereal absurdist pop music had inspired so many prominent musicians since their breakup decades before, were back. This time the world seemed ready. Now this influential band has reemerged with a brand new much anticipated album entitled “Haih” on Anti-records. If you want to know more history on how important Os Mutantes was to the revoutionary musical movement that was deemed subversive by the military dictatorship in Brazil in the 60s, watch the movie Tropicalia at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Wed 5/1.
http://www.troubadour.com/event/216019-os-mutantes-los-angeles/
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/newport-beach-film-festival-film-showcases-galas-april-25-may-2/
http://youtu.be/jAi4m-GRpEw
http://youtu.be/CFZwBGzvMrg

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival @ Various locations – $10-12/film, All Ages
VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, established the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival in 1983 as a vehicle to promote Asian and Asian Pacific American cinema. The Festival has grown from its humble beginnings as a weekend-long series into a major annual showcase presenting the best of Asian Pacific American and Asian international media in the United States. The 29th annual festival runs thru May 12.
http://asianfilmfestla.org/2013/

South East European Film Festival @ Various Locations – $10/film, All Ages
South East European Film Festival educates about and promotes cultural diversity of South East Europe through its annual presentations of films from this region and year-round screenings and programs. SEE FEST organizes conferences and retrospectives, serves as the cultural hub and resource for scholars and filmmakers, and creates opportunities for cultural exchange between Southern California and South East Europe. Runs thru May 6.
http://www.seefilmla.org/seefest/program-2013

LA Harbor International Film Festival @ Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro – $10-75, All Ages
The LA Harbor International Film Festival (LAHIFF) showcases film and video that reflects the harbor and all that it embraces – shipping and commerce, fishing, sailing, water sports, sea life and the area’s rich ethnic and cultural influences – to create a cinematic bridge between the people of the region and the people of the world. Runs thru May 5.
http://laharborfilmfest.com/new/laharborfilmfest/splash1.htm

Dance Media Festival @ Various locations – $15-60, All Ages
Dance Camera West (DCW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media.  DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace.  Even more importantly, Dance Camera West utilizes the accessible nature of dance as a non-verbal art form to reach across cultural, geographic, and socio-economic divides by making a special effort to engage a wide range of Los Angeles audiences of varying ethnicities and interests, offering everyone a chance to experience the thought-provoking thrill of dance media. Globally speaking, Dance Camera West is one of only a handful of organizations that presents dance media, and the only one of its kind on the West Coast.  Given that distinction, DCW has been fortunate to partner with some of the most prominent venues and organizations throughout the Los Angeles area.  Co-presenters have included the Getty Center, REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Directors Guild of America, the Hammer Museum, and many others.
http://www.dancecamerawest.org/schedule.htm

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Fame Fest Street Market @ Sportie LA, Melrose – Free, All Ages
Fame Fest Street Market is an event being held during Melrose Night every first Thursday of the month. Fame Fest will be centered around Food, Art Music and Entertainment. FAme Fest will be taking place in the Sportie La parking lot EVERY first Thursday of the month. Come see some of LA’s hottest street artists paint live. Come buy some great street art, apparel, shoes and much more. Come listen to some of LA’s hottest Dj’s.
https://www.facebook.com/events/343387105746178/

1st Thursday Art Walk @ San Pedro – Free, All Ages
http://1stthursday.com/

First Thursdays Art Walk @ Laguna Beach – Free, All Ages
http://firstthursdaysartwalk.com/

Weekly:

Fowler Out Loud @ Fowler Museum, UCLA – Free, All Ages
This UCLA trio featuring Greg Uhlmann on guitar, Owen Clapp on bass, and Colin McDaniel on drums offers original tunes inspired by musicians such as Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, Radiohead, Nick Drake, and Paul Motian.
http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/events/fowler-out-loud-nonagram

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. THIS THURSDAY Afro Funke’ welcomes back the ever inspiring DJ DANNY MASSURE from Spring Strut Records who is sure to have lots of new tunes from his ridiculous arsenal to keep the dance floor humming all night long!
https://www.facebook.com/events/531662876875770/

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FRI 5/3

Brit Week: Generation of War – an exhibition by Johan Andersson @ bGiv Gallery, Venice – Free, All Ages
This exhibition depicts the next generation caught in a destructive web, that offers little hope for peace. GENERATION OF WAR aims to fractionally shorten the distance between the sufferer and the observer.  GENERATION OF WAR moves beyond the racial differences to explore the unique individual details from victims of war, without generically categorizing them. Although these victims are all connected by their pain, their experiences and journey’s are intrinsically different.
http://current.britweek.org/generation-of-war-an-exhibition-by-johan-andersson-may-3/
http://youtu.be/sii3QLNvxKI

P.I.E. Story Theatre @ LITTLE CASA THEATER, Boyle Heights – Free, All Ages
Storytelling for young audiences combining narrative, mime and song to create a world of imagination, fun and learning!  Two free performances on Fri 5/3 and Sat 5/4!
http://casa0101.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=359&Itemid=227

Pancakes & Booze Art Show @ Lot 613, Downtown – $5, 21+
The PANCAKES & BOOZE ART SHOW – Los Angeles
Friday May 3rd & Saturday May 4th…8pm-2am on BOTH NIGHTS!!!
https://www.facebook.com/events/512722695416188/

12th Annual International Festival @ Soka University, Orange County – Free, All Ages
Soka University will celebrate the 12th Annual International Festival from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Enjoy an expected 900 musicians and dancers performing on three stages and over 250 non-profit, craft and business exhibitors.  The 2013 International Festival will again be part of the Orange County’s Imagination Celebration, presented in cooperation with Arts Orange County and the Orange County Department of Education.
http://www.soka.edu/news_events/International-Festival/default.aspx

Yellow Alex & The Feelings @ Satellite, Silverlake – $10, 21+
Yellow Alex plays with Jamaican Queens, Mirror Talk, Monster Paws
Mouser. Yellow Alex & The Feelings fuse Motown bass lines, psychedelic guitars, and ambient texture to create strange new flavors of classic soul and new age pop. Choreographed live performances take cues from 60’s R&B, while yellow spins and coos a pop falsetto. Emotionally charged. Visually arresting. Short enough to fit on a 45. The son of a Jamaican father and Polish mother, Yellow Alex’s influences are eclectic and disparate: the Jimi Hendrix experience, John Frusciante, Brian Eno, Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Gyorgy Ligeti, Nile Rodgers, Madonna, etc.
http://www.thesatellitela.com/event/237547-yellow-alex-jamaican-queens-los-angeles/
http://youtu.be/VxnitD1ygtQ

Vahagni @ Blue Whale, Little Toyko – $10, 21+
Armenian flamenco guitarist Vahagni.
http://bluewhalemusic.com/may-2013-schedule/
http://youtu.be/E22DzmgMbLc

Ozomatli @ Glass House, Pomona – $20, All Ages
https://www.facebook.com/events/637758412906331/
http://youtu.be/aSQ5wtOaO4o

Zulu Lounge: La Nuit d’ Absinthe @ El Rey, Miracle Mile – $30-75, All Ages
Join us for a evening of discovery and transformation — of world dance, world music and world wonders — as we worship the Green Fairy! This Zulu Lounge will be an experience like no other — a night filled with mystery, intrigue, dancing, magic, voodoo ritual and so much more! The historic El Rey Theatre is our backdrop for this special ‘one night only’ experience! There will be special VIP seating lounges with optional bottle service and an Absinthe lounge where you can chase the green fairy and more! Our featured performers will be The Fishtank Ensemble…a leading world music band from California, bringing their unique high energy and virtuosic stage show that blends a wide range of styles – Turkish, Romanian, Gypsy, French hot jazz, Balkan, Greek, and more.
https://www.facebook.com/events/422866954470591/
http://youtu.be/GUulobJbSDw

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Dance Downtown @ Music Center, Downtown – Free, All Ages
One of my favorite free outdoor summer series is starting up! A different dance night in the middle of beautiful downtown LA every 2 weeks! The first one is Salsa/Merengue! Jump in and join a joyous mass of dancing Angelenos on summer Fridays between May and September on The Music Center Plaza. Beginner dance lessons, live bands/DJs spinning tunes, and warm summer nights make for a chance to meet, greet, move and groove.
http://www.musiccenter.org/events/activearts/dance-downtown/

First Friday Sessions @ Harvelle’s, Santa Monica – $10, 21+
Wayne N Sousa and Starvation Camp and friends at the monthly First Friday Sessions!http://santamonica.harvelles.com/show.cfm?id=98242
http://youtu.be/_um1zee9-zY

Noches de Trova @ CFAER, Eagle Rock – $10, All Ages
Noches de Trova is a monthly music series featuring Esteban Leon, Jorge Negrete and Tomas Cadena performing individual songs from a variety of Mexican and Latin American singer-song-writers from the popular music genre known as “Trova”.  Works from classic and current troubadours are mixed together for a night that showcases the diversity found within trova music. The night fuses bolero, country, ranchera, jazz, bossa nova, blues, folk and more!
http://cfaer.org/ai1ec_event/noches-de-trova/?instance_id=30

First Fridays @ Bixby Knolls, Long Beach – Free, All Ages
The mission of First Fridays is to promote and support local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. Every first Friday night of the month, participating Bixby Knolls businesses will unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours. In doing so we hope to encourage a dialogue between businesses, artists and the community. We want people to walk, talk, look, discover and experience the Knolls. First Fridays is what you bring to it. First Fridays is what you take from it. Help transform Atlantic Avenue into Art-lantic Avenue. Anything goes.
http://firstfridayslongbeach.com/

Abbott Kinney 1st Fridays @ Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice – Free, All Ages
http://www.abbotkinney1stfridays.com/

First Fridays @ Natural History Museum – $18, All Ages
Javelin and Helado Negro perform at the monthly First Fridays along with KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez.
http://www.nhm.org/site/activities-programs/first-fridays/may-2013
http://youtu.be/bvoyyAGI4cM
http://youtu.be/HduUgyf7-ro

Brazil Night @ Harp Inn, Orange County – Free, 21+
https://www.facebook.com/grupo.cupimdosamba.3

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/

Jazz @ LACMA – Free, All Ages
World-class tenor sax, soprano sax, and flute player Charles Owens is a fearless virtuoso with his own distinctive musical voice. A featured soloist with the Clayton Hamilton Orchestra, he also serves as conductor of the Luckman Jazz Orchestra. Over the years, he has worked with Horace Tapscott, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, James Newton, John Carter, and Patrice Rushen.
https://www.lacma.org/event/charles-owen

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SAT 5/4

Britweek: Santa Monica Spring Jubilee @ 3rd St. Promenade – Free, All Ages
Downtown Santa Monica & BritWeek are proud to present the first-ever Santa Monica Spring Jubilee Celebrates BritWeek—a two-day spring festival for the whole family celebrating the season and everything British on Sat 5/4 and Sun 5/5! The Santa Monica Spring Jubilee Celebrates Britweek festival will feature the best in spring flowers, clothes and jewelry, a wide variety of family-friendly activities, classes, entertainment and will showcase uniquely British brands including luxury car-maker Jaguar offering a sneak peek at their new F-Type models, Boots mini-makeovers, Madame Tussaud’s celebrity wax figures, a doggy red carpet from Walker Shortbread, and Cunard Cruises giveaway!
http://current.britweek.org/santa-monica-spring-jubilee-celebrates-britweek/

1st Annual Heritage Music & Arts Festival @ Angel City Brewery, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Join us as we celebrate the culture and spirit of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District in the First Annual Angel City Heritage, Music & Arts Festival. We’re opening up our brewery and parking lots for an epic day of music, art, brews and food.
https://www.facebook.com/events/555014187855309/

Star Wars Day @ Long Beach Free Store – Free, All Ages
In Celebration of Star Wars Day and Free comic Book Day the Long Beach Free Store, a project of the Catalyst Network of Communities, will be hosting this event in collaboration with Los Angeles Costume Swap and The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse. Join us to swap comics and create your own upcycled Star Wars or Comic Book character costumes & accessories out of found items from the Free Store and The Depot for Creative Reuse. Ritchie Kong will be painting live! Come take a photo in our Hero Studio! Whether you’re a Jedi, an aspiring Sith Lord, or a Superhero come dressed as your favorite characters or create a costume and join our allied forces.
https://www.facebook.com/events/449239385162019/

Matthew Stone: Ecstacy opening reception @ Subliminal Projects, Hollywood – Free, All Ages
In conjunction with Britweek, SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS is proud to present an exhibition of new work by British artist Matthew Stone. Stone describes himself as an artist and shaman, existing as a photographer, sculptor, performance artist, curator, writer, optimist and cultural provocateur.
Ecstasy will be Stone’s first solo show in Los Angeles. Stone will provide a live, musical accompaniment to the installation at the opening reception on May 4th.
http://subliminalprojects.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/639987726027823/
http://youtu.be/Td97ZhWcLDw

Pre-Moksha Event: An Evening of Yoga, Sacred Music & Dinner @ InnerPower Yoga, Woodland Hills – Yoga free, Music $10 donation, All Ages
FREE Yoga with Tracee Stanley followed by a Potluck and Live Sacred Music by Mahadev! My friend David of Mahadev rocks on the sitar!
https://www.facebook.com/events/517341561635528/
http://mahadev.bandcamp.com/album/mahadev

Arabesque: Performance Workshop on Aesthetics & Music of the Arab World @ Levantine Cultural Center – $15-20, All Ages
The Levantine Cultural Center presents a rare live performance lecture on the aesthetics of Arabic music. DJ Al-Fareed of Radio Al-Fareed, AKA Alfred Madain, is a Los Angeles based ethnomusicologist originally from Jordan. Al-Fareed has traveled throughout the Arab/Muslim world collecting musical samples, instruments and recordings, making a broad study from Morocco to Uyghers, China. He will be accompanied by a group of musicians, the band calling itself “The 4T Thieves” to present a window into what defines “Arabic music” and how the music developed over time.
http://www.levantinecenter.org/event/arabesque-performance-workshop-aesthetics-music-arab-world

Muevelo x Subsuelo Cinco de Mayo Fiesta @ The Bunker, MacArthur Park – Free b4 10pm, $5-15, 18+
Subsuelo and Muevelo are joining forces for a night of pre Cinco de Mayo craziness! ***EVERYONE FREE UNITL 10PM*** LADIES: 21+ FREE TILL 11, $5 AFTER
-18-20 $5 ALL NIGHT, GENTS: -$10 BEFORE 11, $15 AFTER. (Moombahton/Trap Bubbling/Dancehall/Tropical Bass) Featuring DJ Comrade.
https://www.facebook.com/events/127825574078703/

Funky Sole Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Mexico 68 @ Echo, Echo Park – Free b4 1030pm, 21+
This upcoming Saturday promises to be one of the funkiest Cinco De Mayos on record. The Funky Sole Travellers (Music Man Miles, Clifton aka DJ Soft Touch, Chico and Adam) are joined by DJ Sloe Poke along with special musical guests MEXICO 68. Out in the funkyard, we have our brothers from Spin Out ,joining DJ Chico and Adam for special Cinco De Mayo sets. FUNKY SOLE is LA’s Finest Weekly Raw Funky Soul Party! 10p-2am. 21+ w/ID. FREE b4 10:30pm. $5 after.
https://www.facebook.com/events/158161931018844/
http://www.theecho.com/event/202217-funky-sole-cinco-de-mayo-los-angeles/
http://youtu.be/DABMiGF3cy8

7Timo: Celebrating Cachaça Legalization @ Rooftop 3100, Koreatown – $7-15, 21+
I was totally unaware Leblon, the Cachaca maker, and the Brazilian government have been waging a campaign to have cachaca recognized as a distinct spirit just like rum, vodka, tequila, etc. and not simply as Brazilian rum (which it is not). Well, they succeeded and it’s time for A MUSIC & DANCE Extravaganza Under the Stars Celebrating the US Alcohol, Tax & Trade Bureau’s Official Legalization of Brazil’s National Spirit ‘Cachaça’ as CACHAÇA!!!!!!! It’s Time for CAIPIRINHAS!!!!!!!
http://www.facebook.com/events/430536063698328/
http://youtu.be/jIYwA4rmQEQ

Who is Thelonious Monk? @ Broad Stage, Santa Monica – $15, All Ages
Come early and stay afterwards to enjoy the music of the Young Musicians Performance Academy and Beachy Cream ice cream sandwiches.  Jazz pianist Eric Reed takes young people on a journey through history and back again to fire up a love of American music. Who is Thelonious Monk? introduces audiences to a pianist/composer who was one of the unmatched geniuses of jazz. His music contained dancing rhythms, dissonant harmonies and wild and fun melodies that were even challenging for the musicians in his band. Everyone will gain an enhanced understanding of what swing really is while learning about one of the greatest musical artists of the 20th century.
http://thebroadstage.com/Thelonious-Monk
http://youtu.be/SmhP1RgbrrY

Miguel Atwood Ferguson Birthday Concert @ Blue Whale, Little Tokyo – $20-25, 21+
This talented man, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, does incredible things and it’s his birthday concert! Check out his ensemble at That 70s Soul show that blew me away!
http://bluewhalemusic.com/may-2013-schedule/
http://youtu.be/v5t_vxKU95o

BritWeek: Steve Cooke’s British Rock n Roll @ Molly Malones, Miracle Mile – $8-10, 21+
British Rock n’ Roll is back and Steve Cooke is leading the charge! Time to turn up the volume for some New British Rock’n Roll rock! Vocalist and 12 string guitarist extraordinaire Steve Cooke, will be joined by a highly-charged group of renowned players in a powerful two hour show!
http://current.britweek.org/steve-cookes-british-rock-concert/
http://youtu.be/M0YcAYsSZZ0

International Children’s Film Festival @ REDCAT, Downtown – $5/film, All Ages
With three weekends of acclaimed, international short-film programs, the beloved festival returns to delight movie-goers big and small. This global tour of charming, funny and poignant films —hailing from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Japan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain and Taiwan, among others—is an awe-inspiring journey for the whole family. Festival highlights include the latest in both live action and animated shorts, and a very special Nickelodeon Family Fun Day! Runs over 3 weekends thru Sun, May 19.
http://www.redcat.org/event/redcat-international-childrens-film-festival-2013

DJ Arafat @ Stage 22 Bellevarado Studios, Downtown – $40, 21+
DJ Arafat or Arafat Muana from Côte d’Ivoire is a great, DJ and singer from the Ivory Coast who makes music of the Coupé-Décalé genre. He is on a non profit USA tour powered by Africa arts foundations in collaborations with New Ice and Vision One Media.
http://arafatusatour.com/
http://youtu.be/7UjGb1th2EU

Venice Garden and Home Tour @ Venice – $60-70, All Ages
The Venice Garden & Home Tour is an annual fundraiser benefiting the children of the Neighborhood Youth Association (NYA) in Venice. The 2013 Venice Garden and Home Tour will celebrate 20 years of inspiring and successful tours by showcasing 30 eclectic, creative gardens and homes within blocks of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, “the coolest street in Los Angeles.” Tour-goers will visit properties of creative homeowners, artists’ studios, the homes and offices of architects and designers, and view gardens that vary from lush to minimalist pocket-gardens.
http://venicegardentour.org/info.html
http://youtu.be/ba5wUXSplmc

LA Vegan Beer & Food Festival @ $40-400, 21+
The 4th annual L.A. Vegan Beer Fest takes place May 4, 2013. Vegan Food, beer and live music. Tickets will sell out!
http://www.losangelesvegan.com/

Monthly:

Monthly Charity Auction w/ ¡GUSTAVO ARELLANO! @ Amoeba Hollywood – Free, All Ages
Nationally syndicated columnist (“¡Ask a Mexican!”), OC Weekly editor and bestselling author Gustavo Arellano hosts our CUATRO DE MAYO charity auction to raise money for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA).  We’ll have his latest book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, available for purchase and signing after the auction. As always, Amoeba will match your individual donations up to $1,000! About YOLA:  Through Gustavo Dudamel’s Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) program – inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema – the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to students from underserved neighborhoods, enabling every child to contribute using their full potential. YOLA changes lives – one child, one family, one community at a time.
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-2588/

Tumbe’ @ NOLAs, Downtown – Free w RSVP before 1030, $10, 21+
This month we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a new project by former founder & member of La Santa Cecelia, Gloria Estrada, Chicano Batman’s Gabriel Villa & from the Grammy-nominated electro-jarocho group, Sistema Bomb, Federico Zuniga Jr. plus a rotating roster of well Know vocalists, Viento Callejero. And on the “Wheels of Steel” we have Guest DJ from the Rootdown Sound System, Ervin Arana.
http://www.facebook.com/events/568586409840935/
http://youtu.be/0kbPQW_TGwQ

The Undiscovered Chinatown Tour @ Chinatown – $20, All Ages
“The Undiscovered Chinatown Tour” To Uncover History, Treasures, and Great Shopping. Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more when guided to the unique treasures–not to mention great bargains–to be found in Chinatown. The 2 1/2 -hour walking tour will be offered on the first Saturday of every month and will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest, and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. See why Chinatown is touted by Sunset and Los Angeles magazines as one of the hottest destinations for urban adventurers! Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A.’s Chinatown.
http://chinatownla.com/calendar.php?eventcategoryId=4&eventId=145

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 5/5 – CINCO DE MAYO!

Whitewashed Adobe: The Rise of Los Angeles @ The Autry, Griffith Park – $7-11, All Ages
This special work-in-progress preview of the documentary series, based on William Deverell’s book of the same name, tells the compelling story of the remarkable and often painful transformation of Los Angeles, through a multiethnic and multiracial prism.  Following the screening, Hector Tobar of the Los Angeles Times will lead a discussion with filmmaker Walter Dominguez and author William Deverell on the struggles and triumphs that led to the creation of the city and their relevance to present-day Los Angeles.
http://theautry.org/programs/lectures-seminars-discussions/whitewashed-adobe

Kids in the Courtyard: Enter a Camera, Photo on the Go @ Fowler Museum, UCLA – Free, All Ages
A colossal camera is rolling into UCLA, and you get to go inside! The Mobile Pinhole Project visits the Fowler for this afternoon event. Learn about optics and see the way a camera works from the inside!
http://www.fowler.ucla.edu/events/kids-courtyard-enter-camera-photo-go

Brit Week: Tortoise in Love screening @ Laemmle Santa Monica – $5, All Ages
Tom, gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In
fact he’s glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives
for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of
one of the giant trees he cares for in the manicured grounds. Tom’s
adviser in matters of the heart is young Harry, abandoned by the rich
owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry’s secret wish is
for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair: Tom’s is to win the
heart of Anya. Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village
decides to lend a hand.
http://current.britweek.org/film-screening-tortoise-in-love/
http://youtu.be/5c6-vnE9LxA

Cinco de Mayo @ Olvera Street, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Celebration of Mexico’s victory over French forces in Puebla, Mexico in 1862, with popular and traditional music, exhibitor booths, dancing and food.http://elpueblo.lacity.org/elptourevents.htm

El Luchador!! A Cinco de Mayo – Wrestling Extravaganza @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica – $5, 21+
Featuring Live Latin Dancers, Mariachis, DJ Canyon Cody and LIVE WRESTLING. Beer Specials & Tequila Specials: $5 Tequila Shots and $3 Dos XX.
http://www.facebook.com/events/587431154615129/

Beat of All Nations: Cinco de Mayo en Pomona @ DBA256 @ Free, 21+
Live Performances by: CHICANO BATMAN and QUITA PENAS. with DJs: Ethos (Subsuelo), El Dopa (Music Makes the Difference), Fresko (Listen Recovery/Soul.Scienz), Mike Styles (Re:Fresh), Gabe Real (Re:Fresh). Food by:
The White Rabbit Truck. SPACE IS LIMITED EARLY ARRIVAL HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
https://www.facebook.com/events/145946235587487/
http://vimeo.com/50872502

Cinco de Mayo Skankin Roots Rock Fest @ Public House, Los Feliz – Free, 21+
http://www.facebook.com/events/531445183564899/
http://youtu.be/Dhnk27i1rNM

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta with the SPINOUT DJ’s @ Amoeba Hollywood – Free, All Ages
DJs RAMIRO and ALEXANDER VARGAS spinning all rare vinyl for a special 2-hour Cinco De Mayo set! SPINOUT! is about bringing people together that share the same kicks for listening, discovering, sharing and of course dancing to ’60s vinyl with new and old friends. We want to grace you with tunes you’ve heard, tunes you haven’t heard, and tunes that deserve to be heard. SPINOUT! is a monthly Chicano latin soul, psyche, rock and roll club spinning all vinyl from the early to the late ’60s every 3rd Sunday @ Footsie’s.
http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/upcoming/detail-2591/

5th Annual Cinco de Mucho @ La Cita, Downtown – $5, 21+
A Cinco De Mayo without a Cinco De Mucho is like Christmas without Santa Claus. WHAT’S THE POINT?! Thankfully, Ricky Garay & co. return with the fifth installment of the popular dance night, this time with San Diego’s Cumbia Machin. ~ Remezcla.com
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/5th-annual-cinco-de-mucho-feat-cumbia-machin-la-party-la-cita/

Cinco de Messo @ Satellite, Silverlake – Free, 21+
FREE ENTRY! BBQ starts the parking lot at 2pm. $5 Margaritas. Music starts at 3:30pm.
http://www.facebook.com/events/505531436161237

2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival with Los Lobos & others @ Greek Theatre, Griffith Park – $25-70, All Ages
The Greek Theatre will kick off its 2013 season with hometown favorites, Los Lobos for their 2nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival with Robert Randolph, Los Super 7, and Willie G of the Midnighters. Plus special guests Kinky, El Chicano and Pedro Torres Y Su Mariachi. The Greek Theatre Plaza Stage will feature La Santa Cecilia, Los Fabulocos and Making Movies for a full day of music and celebration beginning at 3:00 PM.
http://youtu.be/RoagkxrPshU
http://youtu.be/vxmwPkqkCnk
http://youtu.be/Hwekwza-a90
http://www.greektheatrela.com/events/event_details.asp?id=2516

Psycho de Mayo @ Club Nokia – $22-50, All Ages
L.A. hip-hop outfit Psycho Realm heads to Club Nokia in LA to throw Psycho De Mayo! They will drop some beats and rhymes from their latest, “The Terror Tapes, Vol. 2″ and others plus they are bringing along 2 Mex, Quinto Sol, Da Block and more! The band was recently featured on the soundtrack for Tattoo Nation, a film that provides an in-depth look at chicano tattoo culture (we wrote about it here). The five ticket winners will also win a DVD of the film to take home! ~ Remezcla.com
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/psycho-realm-club-nokia-concert-los-angeles/
http://youtu.be/060DI08M_3g
http://youtu.be/2KnUt9a90mA

Lucha VaVoom: Cinco De Mayan @ The Mayan, Downtown – $45, 21+
Are you looking for a unique way to spend your Cinco De Mayo? Lucha VaVoom’s fiesta is as hmm… special as it is famous. The lucha libre, striptease, burlesque/comedy show is back with a vengeance this holiday with tamales, a Mexican photo booth, Mariachis, Aztec Dancers, lowriders,and of course, TEQUILA! ~ Remezcla.com
http://la.remezcla.com/2013/latin/lucha-vavoom-cinco-de-mayan-theatre-los-angeles/

Suedeheads Cinco de Mayo @ Baja Cantina, Venice – Free, 21+
My friend Dannie’s band will be mixing up the funk, 80’s rock, latin rock and cumbia for this outdoor celebration right close to the beach.
http://www.facebook.com/events/501343626602244/

Cinco de Mayo: Craft Beer Tasting @ MOLAA, Long Beach – $25-35, 21+
Join us as we celebrate La Batalla de Puebla (The Battle of Puebla) with craft beers and live mariachis! You will have the opportunity to sample a delicious variety of craft beers from L.A.-based Golden Road Brewery and other artisanal beer producers from Baja California. The night will include performances by Mariachi Bella and Ricardo Duque with his mariachi ensemble Voces de América as well as light Mexican appetizers. Special performance by DJ Carl Nerv from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
http://www.molaa.org/Programs-and-Events/events-calendar.aspx

Vista Inspire Presents “WE CAN DO IT!” and “ON OUR OWN” @ Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica – $12-20, All Ages
The Vista Inspire Program (VIP)  is for children with autism and other special needs and their typically developing siblings and peers and includes socialization, religious education, sports/recreation, summer programs and events. Founded on the principles of The Miracle Project created by VIP’s Director Elaine Hall and profiled in the HBO Emmy award winning documentary “Autism: the Musical.” This year’s performance again features our Vista teens in two original productions, On Our Own and A Chorus Line of Another Kind.
http://www.vistadelmar.org/vista-inspire-presents-we-can-do-it-and-on-our-own/

Art in the Afternoon fundraiser @ Venice Skills Center – children Free, $20-45, All Ages
A Window Between Worlds is the only national nonprofit dedicated to
healing the emotional wounds of domestic violence through art, for
our annual community art event. Hosted by Disney’s G Hannelius – star of Dog with a Blog. Art workshops, games, prizes, food, music, Disney Stars, Aquarium of the Pacific, Color Me Mine, Hansen’s Cakes, Nitro Dreams Ice Cream, KCRW, and much more!  Fun for everyone!!
https://www.awbw.org/awbw/donate-event_detail.php?id=197

Britweek: Santa Monica Spring Jubilee @ 3rd St. Promenade – Free, All Ages
Downtown Santa Monica & BritWeek are proud to present the first-ever Santa Monica Spring Jubilee Celebrates BritWeek—a two-day spring festival for the whole family celebrating the season and everything British on Sat 5/4 and Sun 5/5! The Santa Monica Spring Jubilee Celebrates Britweek festival will feature the best in spring flowers, clothes and jewelry, a wide variety of family-friendly activities, classes, entertainment and will showcase uniquely British brands including luxury car-maker Jaguar offering a sneak peek at their new F-Type models, Boots mini-makeovers, Madame Tussaud’s celebrity wax figures, a doggy red carpet from Walker Shortbread, and Cunard Cruises giveaway!
http://current.britweek.org/santa-monica-spring-jubilee-celebrates-britweek/

International Children’s Film Festival @ REDCAT, Downtown – $5/film, All Ages
With three weekends of acclaimed, international short-film programs, the beloved festival returns to delight movie-goers big and small. This global tour of charming, funny and poignant films —hailing from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Japan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain and Taiwan, among others—is an awe-inspiring journey for the whole family. Festival highlights include the latest in both live action and animated shorts, and a very special Nickelodeon Family Fun Day! Runs over 3 weekends thru Sun, May 19.
http://www.redcat.org/event/redcat-international-childrens-film-festival-2013

Monthly:

Caracol Marketplace @ Tropico de Nopal, Filipinotown – Free, All Ages
Celebrate community and shop with your heart from local artisans at the Caracol Marketplace: artisan booths, healthy food, DJs, live music, and free community workshops! Special acoustic performance by international pop estrella FERNANDA ULIBARRI.
http://www.facebook.com/events/363295257123983/
http://tropicodenopal.com/caraco-marketplace/
http://youtu.be/At9tKwxtX4g

Bodega @ Senor Fish, Little Tokyo – Free, 21+
Bodegas are back for another hot season of dancing to latin, funk, soul, hiphop and world beats! We’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack and we have allot of celebrating to do!!!! Our season 4 debut, our very own Cee Browns Birthday and much much more! New Time: 8pm. Guest Deejays: Tony Touch (Tony Toca, NY) and Guest Host: Mellow Man Ace!
https://www.facebook.com/events/594184040611085/
http://youtu.be/3hI2-yLKZmE
http://youtu.be/mE0q7X1HRKM

Weekly:

Exploring Cultural Stories @ CAAM, Exposition Park – Free, All Ages
Join us as we explore cultural stories that highlight our African American and Latin American communities with music, dance and spoken word performances.
http://www.caamuseum.org/web_pages/target_sundays.htm

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
http://youtu.be/q2E8dhN5L3I

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! It’s a special Cinco de Mayo with Mariachis!

https://www.facebook.com/djpotira

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

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