Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events September 30 – October 6

THU 10/3

Hollywood Black Film Festival @ Montalban Theater, Hollywood – 11AM, All Ages
The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF), dubbed “The Black Sundance,” is an annual celebration of black cinema drawing together established and rising filmmakers, popular film and television stars, writers, industry executives, emerging artists and diverse audiences from Southern California and around the world. For the first time, the Hollywood Black Film Festival is featuring a night devoted solely to films from the African Diaspora (beyond the U.S.).  Film Diaspora consists of the screening of 11 films from countries such as Nigeria, Cameroon, Haiti, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Bukina Faso, South Africa and Madagascar.  Following the screenings we will have an after party and awards ceremony where we will acknowledge three Entertainment Industry professionals, that are of African or Caribbean Heritage. We recommend the films Nina’s Dowry and Take Us Home.

Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa Opening Night @ LACMA – 5:30PM, $5-$10, All Ages
Over 20 fiction and nonfiction films will offer students and general audiences a rare look at the wealth of cinematic talent that has emerged from West Africa in the last 50 years. Long a Francophone section of the African continent, the films generated from directors as varied as the Senegalese artists Ousmane Sembène to the Diop family–director Djibril Diop Mambéty, his composer brother Wasis and Wasis’ daughter, Mati–and Mali’s Souleymane Cissé wrestle with the cultural imperialism of Europe, while observing the traditions that shaped West Africa. Featuring appearances by directors, panels and a series of four free community screenings on the LMU campus. Opening night featuring internationally renowned karo player Karamo Susso and his band, a private viewing of “Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa” and light refreshments and U.S. premiere of Grigis, newest film by Chadian writer/director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.

Cheech Marin Chicanitas Book Signing @ ChimMaya, 5283 E Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022 – 6pm-9pm, 6pm VIP, 7:30pm General Public, Free, All Ages
In celebration of ‘Latino Heritage Month’ at ChimMaya, we are hosting a special event in our gallery. Cheech Marin will be signing copies of ‘Chicanitas’, a book of small paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, on the evening of Thursday, October 3rd. ‘Chicanitas’ showcases 70 paintings, by 29 artists, represented in Cheech’s noted collection of Chicano art. Cheech will be joined by several of the artists that are featured in ‘Chicanitas’. The artists will be present to sign their pages in the book. Buy a pre-signed book in advance of the event, and get VIP treatment.

Palestinian Women in Film, Directors’ Screenings @ Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046 – 7PM, $6-$25, All Ages
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture presents an evening devoted to Palestinian women in film. Yasmine Perni’s The Stones Cry Out tells the story of Palestinian Christians, while Mahasen Nasser-Eldin’s documentary, Restored Pictures, explores the life of one of historic Palestine’s first female photographers. Following the screenings, a panel will discuss filmmaking and what the playing field currently looks like, on both sides of the Green Line, for Arab women filmmakers. Part of Celebrate Palestine Sep. 30-Oct. 6.

Radar LA Festival 2013: Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King @ Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232 – 8pm, $15+, All Ages
This is the last week of Radar LA Festival, featuring some of the world’s most influential performing ensembles alongside innovative Los Angeles artists in a vibrant theatrical festival. History, poetry and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King—deemed “the first reality TV star”—from the harsh initial glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his involuntary martyrdom that ignited the L.A. riots to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. As with his previous triumphs at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, including The Watts Towers Project and Juan and John, Smith seamlessly fuses facts and friction, motion and emotion into a gripping narrative that poses impossible questions while illuminating his subject with grace and empathy.

Olmeca and Aceyalone @ Los Globos, Silverlake – 9PM, Free b4 10pm, $8, 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 you’ll be able to hear it live as Olmeca performs with a full band. Joining him on this monthly series at Los Globos on October 3 is rapper Aceyalone.

Andree Belle @ Nic’s Beverly Hills – 9PM, Free, 21+
My talented friend Andree Belle performs every THURSDAY night with the incomparable Molly Miller on guitar, John Paul Maramba on bass and Tamir Barzilay on drums. Soul MUSIC, amazing food and drinks, and you! Come celebrate!

Love & Happiness  Soul-Funk-Oldies Music W/ Alter & DJ Antiq @ One Eyed Gypsy, 901 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, California 90012 – 9PM, Free, 21+
A music night playing Soul, funk, and oldies including a dance floor to get your boogie on……


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