New Music Discovery: Dom La Nena. LA Shows June 1-2

(UPDATE: 5/31/13: Just saw my blog featured on Dom La Nena’s Facebook page where she says these shows are her very FIRST shows in the US, so you definitely don’t want to miss them!)
Thanks to KCRW, I just discovered Dom La Nena who was born in Brazil, lives in France and studied cello in Argentina. Her music is as intricate as her upbringing, spanning 3 countries, 3 languages and an early calling to the cello. Born Dominique Pinto in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Allegre, Dom started playing piano around age 5 but very soon fell in love with the cello and wanted to devote her life to it. She moved with her family to Paris, France when she was eight so her father could pursue his doctorate while she continued studying cello. Upon returning to Brazil 5 years later, Dom could not find a cello teacher and started writing letters to acclaimed American cellist Christine Walevska, known as “the goddess of the cello”. With Walevska’s encouragement and her parents’ support, Dom moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina at the age of 13 to study with Walevska until she returned to France at age 18. Her song “No Meu Pais” exquisitely captures her uprooted life without any one place to call home.

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Kumpania: A Film about Flamenco in LA at Dances With Films Festival Fri May 31

If you’ve been to Subsuelo, voted as one of Los Angeles’ best underground parties, you’ve seen La Tigresa and other flamenco dancers and their guitarist partners putting on passionate performances. The dance’s quick, expressive movements with their arms and hand claps, arching, flaring bodies and loud staccato footwork on wooden floors are immediately mesmerizing to watch. For me, watching flamenco is like watching dancers who are consumed and possessed and I am entranced just watching them. Director Katina Dunn has made a documentary film exploring this very facet of the passionately authentic dance from the Romani (gypsy) people of Spain that has taken hold here in Los Angeles. The film Kumpania: Flamenco Los Angeles has its LA premiere at the 16th Annual Dances with Films Festival on Friday, May 31 at 2:45pm on the big screen of the historic Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Many of the flamenco dancers and musicians who’ve performed on Subsuelo stages, like Gabriel Osuna and Gerardo Morales, are featured in the film and 2 of Subsuelo’s creators, Canyon Cody and Sean “Gnotes” Dwyer, created the score. As Katina Dunn explained me, “These are the most amazing artists – every one of them – and are hidden treasures of L.A. They are known in the tight flamenco community – but not outside. It is my hope they will be recognized in Los Angeles and be able to perform more. It is all they live for, to “live flamenco”, so don’t miss this film! Continue reading

Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events May 28 – Jun 2

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A short week leading into June! Here are just some of the very many awesome events happening around LA! This week’s list as always is a work-in-progress (still many more events I have to post when I get back to the computer, as well as new ones I learn about as the week goes along!). So keep checking back! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know!

Have a great week, Angelenos…gonna hit almost 90 this weekend…great way to start the 1st summer month of June!

TUE 5/28    WED 5/29    THU 5/30    FRI 5/31    SAT 6/1    SUN 6/2


10 Years of Long Beach Park Jam! Help Keep It Going Strong!

I moved to Long Beach 2 years ago and one of the things that really personifies Long Beach is it’s diversity and community-driven events. We’ve got the great eats in Cambodia Town, free yoga on the bluff overlooking the ocean every morning, an annual funk fest and many other great events in the revitalized downtown area, the Retro Row with its independent stores, dive bars and Art Deco theater, and a great sense of community that has spawned groups like the Long Beach Time Exchange and Green Long Beach. My favorite yearly event in Long Beach is the one that attracted me to move to Long Beach in the first place: the Long Beach Park Jam. It’s a free community picnic, potluck and party every first Sunday during the summer months, that brings people together in the spirit of music, dance and art, and fun for the whole family. Continue reading

The Brazilian Nites Summer Series: Ana Carolina, Maria Gadu, Jorge Aragão and more!

(UPDATE: The Maria Gadu concert on Sunday, July 28, has been CANCELLED.)
I am a HUGE fan of Brazilian culture & music and I’m looking forward to The Brazilian Nites Summer Series, organized by Brazilian Nites Productions, presenters of the top Brazilian musical talent since 1989. Patricia Leao and team put on great Brazilian events throughout the year, like Carnaval and Brazil Day LA. These summer concerts, featuring some of the most celebrated Brazilian artists of the decade, including Latin Grammy Nominees, a classically trained Jazz master, a world renowned Sambista and scintillating Samba Dancers, are can’t miss events! Here are the upcoming dates: Continue reading

Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events May 20 – May 27

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Summer’s officially here and the big 3 day Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional big holiday start, so enjoy the lovely sunny week leading into it and celebrate!

Here are just some of the very many awesome events happening around LA! This week’s list as always is a work-in-progress (still many more events I have to post when I get back to the computer, as well as new ones I learn about as the week goes along!). So keep checking back! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know!

Have a great week, Angelenos…enjoy the sunshine and dance!

MON 5/20    TUE 5/21    WED 5/22    THU 5/23    FRI 5/24    SAT 5/25    SUN 5/26    MON 5/27


Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival May 17-19

The 10th Annual Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival showcases films by or about the U.S. Latino experience in all genres and formats. In addition to around-the-clock film programs, the weekend-long festival will include live music and dance, a Youth Filmmakers’ Showcase, filmmaking workshops, directors’ roundtable, an art exhibit, networking receptions, and the annual closing night award ceremony that recognizes leaders, pioneers, and trailblazers in U.S. Latino film and art.

The festival is at Casa 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights and these are just some of the great films showing. You can find the full schedule here.


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Roseanne Barr Presents Mideast Masters of Jazz: Gilad Atzmon & Zane Musa May 17

On Friday, May 17, progressive comedienne/actor and activist Roseanne Barr presents Levantine and The Mint’s pairing “Mideast Masters of Jazz” starring sax maniacs Gilad Atzmon and Zane Musa, performing together LIVE for the first time. It’s all happening right here in Los Angeles, backed by some of the best be-bop musicians ever. The bonus is that both Gilad Atzmon and Zane Musa are dyed-in-the-wool originals, so if you love jazz and are curious about how an Israeli and Palestinian get along on stage and off, reserve your tickets for “Mideast Masters of Jazz” at 323.413.2001. Tickets are only $25 general admission, $30 cash at the door. Seating is limited, this show will sell out, don’t delay. The performance is one in a new series, “The Middle East Rocks,” organized by the Levantine Cultural Center and hosted by venerable L.A. club, The Mint. Continue reading

Hola Mexico Film Festival: Film + Food + Music! May 15-22

Last night was the opening night of the 5th Annual Hola Mexico Film Festival and it’s the most ambitious to date! Here are the details from their site:

For the first time, in addition to celebrated and award-winning films, Hola Mexico will include food and music festivals, bringing together some of the best chefs and musical performances from Mexico. Continue reading

Subsuelo 2 Year Anniversary Wed May 15

Yo don’t miss tomorrow’s 2 Year Anniversary of Subsuelo, LA’s best underground party. The Subsuelo crew are on the cutting edge of combining so many genres of music and collaborating with so many DJs and artists, far and wide, with their global bass nights. For a musicphile and dance-a-holic like myself, it is the stuff of pure bliss and the secret’s been out for a while now with rave reviews on the LA Times, LA Weekly, and ABC/Univision.

Tomorrow’s birthday bash features a crammed list of returning guest DJs who have contributed to Subsuelo’s hot sweaty nights the past 2 years, alongside the Subsuelo hosts, resident DJs and performers: DJ Gozar, DJ Ethos, Farah Stop, DJ Gazoo, La Tigresa, Juxli, Canyon Cody, Gerardo and Gabriel.  Subsuelo will also be releasing a 7″ record of original music produced by Gnotes and Canyon Cody, featuring a custom-made scratch pack by DJ Ethos. In keeping with the 7″ theme, all DJs will be spinning those little 7″ discs…No computers, no LPs, no 12″s. All 45s!

It’s $5, 21+ and back to basics where it all started: the intimate, small Eastside Luv Bar in Boyle Heights. Just judging by the roster of 20 DJs, I shouldn’t have to warn you to be there EARLY — or else be prepared to celebrate vicariously in the line outside!

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