Terraferma @ USC – Free w RSVP, All Ages
On a tiny, remote Sicilian island, a local woman and an immigrant are destroying each other’s lives. And yet they are united by the same dream: a better future for their children, their very own Terraferma. Terraferma is not only a navigator’s point of arrival, it is also an island with deeply rooted traditions which appear to have stopped in time. And it is the issue of time standing still that is creating upheaval in the Pucillo family.
From Nothing, Something @ OC Museum of Art, Orange County – Free, All Ages
Everyone has ideas. But what where do they come from? And what ensures they keep coming? How do you sort the genius ideas from the useless ones? Why invest all this hope and energy into making things in the first place? From Nothing to Something profiles creative thinkers across a spectrum of disciplines and finds the methods, habits, beliefs and neuroses that lead to breakthrough ideas. This is a thoughtful, intimate, often funny look at the creative process – straight from the brains of some of our culture’s most accomplished and inspiring talents. StuffNItBurger food truck will be on-site for dining options.
The Healthcare Movie screening & discussion @ Aero Theater, Santa Monica – $12, All Ages
This award-winning documentary, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, reveals the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so different, when at one point they were essentially the same. It exposes the century-old public relations campaigns, more active than ever today, designed to dissuade Americans from supporting national health care and shows the faces of the heroes – and villains – of the Great Health Care War of North America.
Olmeca Brown is Beautiful Release Party with KG Superstar, Acid Reign, Subsuelo & More! @ Los Globos, Silverlake – $10, 21+
Celebrate the release of Olmeca’s latest underground hip-hop album, Brown is Beautiful. The Mexican rapper’s progressive, bilingual lyrics are a hard-charging, raw social critique of the times and while the album drops August 6, you’ll be able to hear it live first as Olmeca performs with a full band. Joining him this incredible night will be KG Superstar, Acid Reign and the Subsuelo crew so don’t miss what is shaping up to be la noche mas loca!
Astro @ Los Globos, Silverlake – $10, 21+
I saw them last time at Los Globos and they are one kinetic indie-pop band! The lead singer/guitarist played so furiously, he broke a string and still hammered right on through the performance..now THATS rock n roll!
El 33 @ The Muckenthal, Orange County – $12.50-$25, All Ages
El 33 is a collective band of members from La Santa Cecilia, Son Mayor, Domingo, Siete, and Quetzal, who are passionate about the sounds & rhythms of Afro-Cuban music from the eastern countryside of Cuba. Come hear them play an intimate performance featuring Marisoul of La Santa Cecilia.
Diego Figueiredo @ Vitello’s Jazz Club, Studio City – $15, All Ages
Diego Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-reed-o) is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. Diego has released over nineteen albums to date, three DVD’s, and several instructional books. His music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego’s unique interpretations, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers. Diego has performed in over forty countries around the world.
Scarred for Life @ Casa 0101, Boyle Heights – $15-20, All Ages
Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights is proud to present the return of Scarred for Life, a hilarious one-man comedy show about growing up bilingual and bi-cultural in Los Angeles, written and performed by David Valdez. Playing 2 nights only on July 25 and August 1!
New Original Works Festival: Week 2 @ RedCat, Downtown – $10-18, All Ages
This summer, REDCAT launches its tenth annual New Original Works Festival, a three-week celebration of Los Angeles’ vibrant community of artists making work for the stage. In the spirit of CalArts, REDCAT’s parent institution, our theater is transformed into a laboratory for creativity and new ideas—while offering audiences an inspiring view of a generation of artists among us.
Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival @ Egyptian Theater, Hollywood – Free, All Ages
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival returns in its 5th year featuring the latest indie film talent from Brazil. Talize Sayegh, the founder, is passionate about bringing the newest voices in Brazilian cinema to the forefront here in Hollywood, building bridges between the 2 influential hubs of film-making and showing insightful films that reflect a country and culture that is ever-changing and fast-growing. With Brazil dominating the global news lately and the social transformation that is taking place, it’s a great opportunity to see how independent Brazilian cinema is reflecting the dynamic diversity, changing times and social consciousness of the country. Except for the opening and closing night galas, all screenings are free.
It’s a Celebration: Hot Sand send off + Valida’s B-day featuring White Dove and more @ Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice – $5, 21+
So…A couple of weeks ago when Heidi and I guest-DJed at Farmer Dave’s “Club Pacific” (Hot Pacific) we all realized it was love at first party…so we decided to put a ring on it! Good bye Hot Sand, Hello Hot Pacific! each 2nd Thursdays. Come celebrate the send off/marriage and wish me a Happy B-day at midnight! Live music by Yellow Marbles // White Dove
These are just some of the many free weekly outdoor summer concerts & activities all over LA tonight! Here’s the complete list:
Sunset Concerts: Shye Ben-Tzur @ Skirball Cultural Center – Free, All Ages
Don’t miss the West Coast premiere of acclaimed Israeli composer, producer, and performer Shye Ben-Tzur, who blends devotional qawwali music with Hebrew poetry, Indian classical vocals, rocking bass, and Spanish guitar.
Music for Better Living: The Decoders @ Hammer Museum, Westwood – Free, All Ages
KCRW DJs Anne Litt + The Decoders. In celebration of A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living, the Hammer and KCRW 89.9FM present five nights of free live music in the Hammer courtyard, curated by and featuring KCRW DJs with special guests.
Twilight Concerts: Xavier Rudd, Nikki Jensen @ Santa Monica Pier – Free, All Ages
Summer Music Festival: Nomadic Massive @ Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park – 8pm, Free, All Ages
A truly multicultural hip-hop drop, they perform in 5 languages! Their most recent album was recorded between Montreal & Havana and has hints of jazz, reggae & more.
Summer Music Festival: Jeffrey Broussard @ Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena – 8pm, Free, All Ages
One of my favorite free outdoor concert series! The mulit-instrumentalist, Broussard, has helped define the zydeco style of Creole music by incorporating soulful R&B into traditional Creole style roots music.
OUT OF OFFICE Concerts @ Grand Park, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Thursday is the new Friday in Grand Park. Chillax after a hard day’s work, meet new people and count down to the weekend with live music, food trucks, lawn games and a beer garden. August 1: The Rebel Light / Holly Conlan / The Young Romans – indie
AFRO FUNKE’ @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica – $7-10, 21+
This week we are keeping it in the AFRO FUNKE’ FAMILY with DJs JEREMY SOLE & GLENN RED plus host ROCKY DAWUNI all night long at ZANZIBAR. You KNOW how much we love these special nights where we get to stretch out, bring in special live guests so no excuses…it IS summer in Santa Monica so come dance!!
The SocialKafe A night under the stars @ Lexington, Hollywood – Free, 21+
DJ Potira spinns some of the greatest global beats mixed to the popular tunes you already know at Lexington Social House’s garden patio. Truly a gathering place, the garden patio is an outdoor room with an indoor vibe, complete with cocktail seating, a fireplace, tree canopies, its own bar and great music.
Funkmosphere @ The Virgil, Silverlake – Free, 21+
LA’s longest-running party for 80’s-based funk, boogie, electro and modern soul expands its signature sound to the Virgil, right in the heart of Silverlake. Musical selections provided by Stones Throw artist and founder Dam-Funk, plus residents Laroj, Billy Goods, Randy Watson, Matt Respect and Eddy Funkster. New sound system, live stage, full bar, valet parking, 21+ & FREE!! Not to mention a taco truck outside! Come join us on Thursday nights, where funk is not a fad….it’s a way of life.
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 @ Matrix Theater, West Hollywood – $30, All Ages
When a group of actors gathers to give a presentation on a distant genocide, they struggle with stereotype, fear, and their own personal histories, uncovering the potential for brutality in all of us. Shows weekly Thursday-Sunday until 8/11.
Garbo’s Cuban Lover @ Macha Theater, West Hollywood – Free-$17.50 ($35 regular), All Ages
Garbo’s Cuban Lover is a suspenseful drama of the Golden Age of Hollywood, exploring the glamorous and secretive lives of two of the era’s most celebrated divas, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, and their love affairs with the enigmatic Mercedes de Acosta. The first meeting of Garbo and de Acosta, a New York socialite, screenwriter and poet, took place in 1931. What followed was a passionate and obsessive love affair that spanned a lifetime, occurring simultaneously with several other escapades in the glamorous worlds of Hollywood, New York and Paris. This re-imagined version of the acclaimed play from writer-director Odalys Nanin includes newly added scenes, music and media. Runs thru August 25.