Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events July 29 – August 4

TUE 7/30

Spark: A Burning Man Story @ USC – Free w RSVP, All Ages
Deep in the dusty expanse of the Nevada desert, over 60,000 people from around the world join together in a weeklong bacchanalia of art, self-expression and music. The once forsaken landscape is transformed into a temporary Shangri-La that doesn’t end until a towering effigy is set alight and burned to the ground in a ritual frenzy. This is Burning Man. Originally imagined as an experiment in creating a utopia where the restrictions of modern life – the nine-to-five rat race, laws and confining societal norms – vanish, the event’s popularity and scope has now exceeded even the creators’ wildest dreams. SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY brings audiences behind-the-scenes of the legendary celebration, shining a light on the triumphs and challenges of the artists fighting harsh realities to keep their ideals of unbridled freedom and community alive.

Physical Poetry featuring Quetzal Guerrero & More @ D Lounge LA, Northridge – $5-10, 21+
Tomorrow night one of my favorite artists, Quetzal Guerrero, will be performing a very special hip hop violin set with his homie DJ Mike Murda at this awesome event in the valley! Live art, music and poetry!

Mohammed Alidu & Bizung Family and Nasambu & Mystic Nomads @ Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice – $10, 21+
2 very hard-working and soulful African artists in LA and their bands! I know them well and their socially conscious music and uplifting rhythms! Mohammed Alidu, a most notable musician from Ghana born into the heralded 1000+ year Bizung family lineage of talking drum chiefs, has been making music since he was 3-years old. Nasambu, a singer-songwriter of Kenyan descent, has captivated audiences worldwide with the power of African music and dance. Her music brings together a unique rhythmic fusion of grooves from across the diaspora combined with soul-stirring lyrics reflecting the realities of today’s mystic nomads living in a global village.

THE ARTIST – Featuring Live Score by the Balboa Amusement Company Orchestra @ Long Beach Convention Center – Free, All Ages
Long Beach Cinematheque is excited to partner with the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Long Beach Convention Center for a FREE, one-night-only unique evening of cinema and music, as we present the 2011 indie sensation THE ARTIST as it’s never been seen and heard before – under the stars on the rooftop of the Long Beach Arena parking structure, and with an original live score written and performed by the Balboa Amusement Company Orchestra! All ages event. Guests are encouraged to bring low-back chairs and/or blankets for their comfort. FOOD/PICNIC BASKETS WELCOME!

Spanish Dracula with Live Music @ Cinefamily, Melrose – $12, All Ages
Not many know that when the English-speaking cast for the famous 1931 Dracula film went home at night, Spanish-speaking actors came on set to shoot a version that many say is superior. Grammy-nominated guitarist Gary Lucas will be adding to the eerie mood with his live music score.

Weekly Tue:

Hollywood & Highland’s Wine & Jazz: Poncho Sanchez @ Hollywood & Highland – Free, All Ages
Grammy award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez brings his Latin jazz to Hollywood & Highland’s Wine & Jazz free summer concert series on Tuesday, July 30!

Dim Mak Tuesdays @ Dim Mak Studios, Hollywood – $5 w RSVP, 18+

[BLANK] @ The Airliner, Lincoln Heights – $5 before 10pm, 18+
[BLANK] is an eclectic night of artistry for the community by the community.
2 stages | 2 bars | 1 smoking patio | Outdoor Art Gallery | Fashion | Music | Cheap Brew

Flight School Open Mic @ Industry Cafe & Jazz, Culver City – $5, All Ages
Flight School Open Mic is one of the premier Poetry & Live Music events focused on artistic & community growth that the city of Los Angeles has to offer on a weekly basis! Being in operation for over four years WE enjoy one of the most artistically talented & culturally diverse FUN loving audiences you can find anywhere on the planet! Every Tuesday WE collectively take FLIGHT with the seamless fusion of a pure Open Mic format + Energetic Hosts + Phenomenal House Band w/DJ + Live Art + Delicious Food/Drink + most importantly YOU!!!!!!



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