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

FRI 8/2

J.A.M. Sessions at East LA Civic Center: Drum Circle @ East LA Civic Center – Free, All Ages
Interactive group drumming is fun for everyone! Take a rhythmic journey with Christopher Ramirez. Using a variety of drum and percussion instruments you’ll create beats and sounds that will fill the hills with music and leave you feeling energized. Drums provided! Courtesy of Remo Drums Inc.

Feria Agostino @ MacArthur Park – Free, All Ages
The 17th Annual Feria Agostina billed as “La Feria de Todos los Salvadoreños” celebrates the cultures of the large Salvadorean and Central American communities in Los Angeles. Come enjoy music, dancing, food, art, carnival rides and fun activities for the whole family from Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4 at MacArthur Park!

Westside Love @ Good Hurt, West LA – Free w RSVP, 21+
RE-EDITS & REMIXES, WHITE LABEL EXCLUSIVES, 80’S & 90’S FLIPS, UK GARAGE, CHICAGO & DETROIT HOUSE, JUNGLE, DRUM & BASS, PSYCH-ROCK, ACID JAZZ, TRAP, REGGAE DUBS, HIP-HOP, INDIE, FUTURE SOUNDS, UNDERGROUND B-SIDES & BREAKS, and pretty much anything that moves you in the form beautiful basslines and masterful melodies. Your ears will not be disappointed.

Siddhartha @ Los Globos, Silverlake – $12, 21+
Once upon a time, there was a band called Zoé (well, there still is, actually!) who had a drummer named Siddhartha. He eventually left the band to focus on his own solo work and he’s done pretty damn good so far! Siddhartha will be rocking the stage at Los Globos on August 2 with help from opening acts The Wallbirds, GLOSS, and Bird Mad Girl.

Arturo Sandoval Big Band @ Catalina Jazz Club, – $35, 21+
Multi-Grammy award winning Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is a legend beyond jazz circles. He’s toured globally with Dizzy Gillespie, defecting from Cuba during one of those tours, and performed with the likes of Tito Puente, Céline Dion, Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle and Tony Bennett just to name a few.

Beirut @ Pearl Leone Theatre, Hollywood – $15, 18+
This is the last weekend of this play: Beirut, a stunner about love in the plague years.  Written by a man who later died of AIDS, Beirut first premiered in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. At the start of the play, it’s ‘the near future,’ we’re in a dump of a room on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where a young man named Torch has been quarantined after testing positive for a nameless disease that sounds a lot like AIDS.  His girlfriend, Blue, who has not been infected, makes the dangerous journey across the quarantine line to be with him. A Romeo and Juliet of the boroughs. Only with this production, the director has cast two women.!current-production/cb3i

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.

Weekly Fri:

These are just some of the many free weekly outdoor summer concerts & activities all over LA tonight! Here’s the complete list:

Friday Night Sing-a-longs: Country @ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Let your voice be heard! Friday Night Sing-Alongs bring together songbirds of every stripe to raise their voices together. Enthusiasm and a love for singing is all that’s needed. Song sheets provided, with musical backing by a live band.

Summer Music Festival: Black Mahal @ Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena – 8pm, Free, All Ages
One of my favorite summer concert series! This 9-piece band, ft. Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti, is a global mash-up. With drums, DJ’s, hip-hop MC’s & horns they fuse Punjabi styles with hip-hop, funk, reggaeton & more!

Grand Performances: Songs in the Key of L.A. with Ozomatli and Friends @ California Plaza, Downtown – 8pm, Free, All Ages
As one of L.A.’s most dynamic bands, Ozomatli was the natural choice to bring to life the hidden treasures of the Los Angeles Public Library’s sheet music archive. With selections hand-picked in collaboration with USC Professor Josh Kun, Ozomatli and its friends invite you to experience the rich musical tapestry of our city, and to rediscover songs that celebrate the hopes and dreams of L.A.’s future through its late 19th- and early 20th-century songwriters and visionaries. Scheduled to perform: La Santa Cecilia, I See Hawks in L.A., Petrojvic Blasting Company, Ceci Bastida, Rob Gonzalez and Cheech Marin and Jackson Browne.

FIGat7th Downtown Festival: Jose James, and Carolyn Malachi @ FIGat7th, Downtown – Free, All Ages
Come listen to what jazz sounds like today. Panamanian-American José James‘ smooth baritone voice has a way of mixing jazz, hip-hop and soul into one seamless sound. Since his arrival on the international scene in 2008 vocalist José James has consistently dazzled critics and audiences. Using his musical mentors John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye and Billie Holiday as compasses, he continues to successfully blur the lines between musical genres through his love of connecting to audiences worldwide and in the sheer joy of creation. He’ll be joined by Grammy nominated Carolyn Malachi, an eclectic jazz singer in her own right and activist who’s donated 10,000 school hours to children in Africa through her music.

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.

Trio Los Machos @ Casa 0101, Boyle Heights – $15-20, All Ages
Casa 0101 is proud to present the return of Trio Los Machos, written by Josefina Lopez, follows the lives of 3 immigrant guest workers and their friendship forged within the Bracero Program to their career as musicians. Using the music of the Trio Los Panchos, a band from that era, the play explores a lesser known part of US history that is a very poignant part of the Mexican American experience. Plays Fri-Sun until Aug. 11.

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.

OC Fair & Summer Concert Series @ Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa – $6-11 (does not include concerts at Pacific Amphitheater), Children 5 and under Free, All Ages
The yearly fair has something for everyone and in addition to the many live music performances included with admission, the Pacific Amphitheater hosts a great lineup of summer acts that requires separate ticketing.


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