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

SAT 10/5

9th Annual Southeast Asia Day @ Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach – 9am-5pm, $14.95+, All Ages
The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate its ninth annual Southeast Asia Day. The festival’s program will highlight the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia. Guests will enjoy live performances, including music, dance, and cultural craft demonstrations. Ethnic dishes will be available for purchase, and children will have the opportunity to partake in arts and crafts.

10x The Party! A celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall @ Music Center, Downtown – 10:30am-2:30pm, Free, All Ages
Help us celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 10 different ways – All on 1 day, and all together! The party is going to be on Grand Avenue in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Full details on our website:
Featuring a variety of A Taste of Dance dance lessons in Tex, Mex, & Tex-Mex inspired styles. World City will present the conjunto music of Grammy Award-winning Los Texmaniacs and LA’s premiere folklorico ensemble, Pacifico Dance Company. Workshops, cupcakes and even a special improv event to help “cause a scene” (the first of its kind in Los Angeles) will all be taking place on Grand Avenue. It’s going to be fun, festive and FREE!

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, with great films like “In Search of the Black Knight“.

Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa @ LACMA – 12PM-5PM, $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.

The Renaissance of Mexican Film and Soft Power @ USC – 12pm-7:30pm, Free w RSVP, 18+
Amores Perros (2000) and Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001) sparked a Renaissance in Mexican cinema and set in motion the careers of a new generation of Mexican filmmakers – directors, actors, screenwriters – that Hollywood has embraced. With the global image of Mexico seemingly dominated by drug wars and economic migrants, the popularity of the new Mexican Cinema creates an alternate narrative. Mexican cinema has become a new and powerful tool of Mexican “soft power” in international affairs. The language of film can build understanding across borders and cultures. The Renaissance of Mexican Film and Soft Power event will expose USC students to the work of the new generation of Mexican filmmakers and the vision of public diplomacy experts and academics.
12:00 P.M. — Instructions Not Included, 122 min.
2:30 P.M. — Leap Year (Año Bisiesto), 94 min., followed by a Q&A with Michael Rowe, Moderated by Rafael Fernandez de Castro
5:00 P.M. — After Lucia (Despues de Lucia), 103 min., followed by a Q&A with Michel Franco, Moderated by Rafael Fernandez de Castro

RAJ13 Festival @ Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Simi Valley – 12PM, $45-150, All Ages
More than an alternative music festival, RAJ 13 will bring together performers from Urban Contemporary, Roots, World Music, R&B Soul, Spoken Word, Kirtan, Dance, Yoga and Jazz genres in a backdrop of leading edge speakers, gourmet  “whole“ food trucks, sustainable product vendors, the healing arts and overnight camping. 3 days, 3 stages… Entertainment for the whole family in the arts for transformation, music for the soul and food for thought!

Newport Folk presents Way Over Yonder @ Santa Monica Pier – 2PM-9PM, $45-$80, All Ages
Newport Folk Festival, America’s original music fest, follows Route 66 across the country this fall to Santa Monica Pier for the inaugural edition of Way Over Yonder, October 5 & 6, 2013! Lineup include Conor Oberst, Neko Case, Brett Dennen, First Aid Kit, Calexico, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope and more! Visit for more info, full lineup and tickets. Hope to see you there!

Diyar Dance Theatre & DAM Hip Hop Celebrate Palestinian Culture @ Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046 – 2:30-10PM, $6-$25, All Ages
A Celebration of Palestinian Culture 
presents matinee (2:30-5:30 pm) and evening (6:30-10:00 pm) performances by the Bethlehem-based dance company, Diyar Dance Theatre, in its Southern California debut, offering a colorful fusion of traditional debke, ballet and theatrical dance moves. And the Lyd/Lod-based hip hop trio DAM, now the hottest group of rappers in the Middle East, makes a special return engagement (9:30 pm), with film screenings and conversation (4:00-6:00 pm). A reception for the evening, 6:30, all taking place at the Harmony Gold Theatre, 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90046. The Diyar Dance Theatre includes up to 40 talented, enthusiastic and committed dancers, both male and female of different age groups and backgrounds; DAM is a household name in the Middle East. Part of A Celebration of Palestinian Culture Sep. 30-Oct. 6.

Tequio Aqui, Tequio Allá (Tequio Here, Tequio There) Opening Reception & Concert @ William Grant Still Arts Center – 3pm-6pm, Free, All Ages
The William Grant Still Arts Center’s Tequio Aqui, Tequio Allá brings together artists who are involved in sustaining or examining the Oaxacan practice of  tequio in a post-migration urban context. The exhibition examines how this internalized tradition of service manifests itself in the civic, familial, and cultural lives of Oaxacan migrants. The FREE opening reception on Saturday, October 5 will begin at 3pm with a procession led by the neighborhood banda Alma del Valle and the folkloric dance group Princesa Donaji. The opening on Saturday, October 5 will also feature a concert by Los Angeles-based Son Jarocho group Conjunto Jardin. Conjunto Jardin perform traditional music from Veracruz, neighboring state to Oaxaca. Son Jarocho features Spanish, Indigenous, and African sound influences coming from the music’s roots across eras in Veracruz.

South African Arts Festival @ Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown – 3:30PM-10PM, Free, All Ages
The “South African Arts Festival 2013” (SAAF) is a vibrant festival of music and film. This inaugural two-day celebration, commissioned by the Republic of South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture, showcases some of the country’s beloved musical icons and introduces Angenelos to powerful emerging voices. Invited* musical guests include: Wouter Kellerman · versatile flautist fusing classical and contemporary, The Soil · beatbox acapella sounds, iFani · Xhosa rapper, cultural futurist, Mahotella Queens featuring Jozi · uplifting acapella infused with Jozi’s Zulu hip hop mix, Simphiwe Dana · sultry voice of Afro soul, The Parlotones · Joberg’s platinum-selling rockers, Hugh Masekela · Jazz trumpet icon and social activist.

15th Annual Eagle Rock Music Festival @ – 4pm-10pm, $10 suggested donation, All Ages
The Eagle Rock Music Festival returns on Saturday, October 5, from 4-10pm! It’s an annual all-ages event hosted by the nonprofit Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock (CFAER), and coincides with their anniversary. To support their work in providing innovative music and arts for the Northeast LA community, all they ask is a $10 donation at the festival, featuring multiple stages with different tastes for everyone. These are some of the acts we’re keen to see…

Guinea’s 55th Independence Day @ Veteran’s Memorial Complex
Come celebrate Guinea’s 55th Independence Day in the heart of Culver City! Great music and refreshments will be provided. Contact for tickets and info: Mr. Mamady Cisse (858) 254-6050 or Mr. Habibou Maiga (903) 744-0758

Radar LA Festival 2013 @ Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232 – 4pm-10pm, $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.
4pm Luis Alfaro: St. Jude
7pm Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King
8:30pm Trieu Tran: Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam

German Currents Film Festival  @ Egyptian Theater, Hollywood – 7:30PM, $12, All Ages
American audiences have been treated to an amazing spectrum of German films over the years. The past decade has been no exception. Having won two Oscars® for Best Foreign Language Film and having been nominated six times in the last ten years is proof that German films are a force on the international film scene. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles is delighted that German Currents: Festival of German Film is back for the seventh annual showcase at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Klezmerson @ Skirball Cultural Center – $20-$30, 8PM, All Ages
U.S. debut!
This Mexico City–based septet plays a new type of music that combines klezmer melodies and rhythms with gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Latin American influences. Avant-garde klezmer musician John Zorn calls Klezmerson “one of the most creative and unique bands in Jewish music today.”

Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams @ Little Casa Theater, Boyle Heights – 8PM, $15-$20, All Ages
Based on Operation Pedro Pan, this play, by Pulitzer prize winner Nilo Cruz, interweaves childhood melodies with the rhythms of Cuban folklore to tell a moving story of hope and forgiveness. Operation Pedro Pan was an unprecedented mass exodus of 14,000 unaccompanied Cuban children to the United States. Some were able to stay with family and friends, others were placed with foster families or grew up in orphanages.  While many of these Pedro Pan Kids were eventually reunited with their parents, the increasing tensions between Cuba and the United States kept some families apart indefinitely. Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, who won the Pulitzer Prize for “Anna in the Tropics”, dramatizes this chapter of Cuban/American history in ” Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams”.  Set during the Pope’s visits to Cuba in the late 1990s, the play is about two Pedro Pan Siblings who return to their native country to rediscover their heritage.  Rather than focusing on politics, this lyrical play celebrates Cuban folklore and shows what happens when we make peace with the past and work on a brighter future. The show is set to live music. During the run of “Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams”, Cuban-themed films will be screened every Friday at 8pm at Little Casa.

Furious Beauty: Versa-Style Dance Company @ Ford Amphitheater, Hollywood – 8PM, $12-$30, All Ages
Versa-Style Dance Company consistently wows audiences with their inventive, high-energy performances inspired by stories from its dancers, students and mentors. Comprised of a tight-knit group of dancers and choreographers, the company is dedicated to developing the next great dancers in Los Angeles through Versa-Style Next Generation. Using a range of styles from hip-hop social dances, such as popping, locking, breaking and house, as well as dances from other cultures such as salsa, West African dance and merengue, Furious Beauty will highlight how the love of dance can bring a community together.

KINKY @ Luckman Fine Arts – 8PM, $15-$40, All Ages
An intelligent manifestation of rock, electronic, and Mexican rhythms, Kinky produces riveting sounds and mixes that have earned them a reputation for being musical pioneers. Unique and authentic, the five-member group returns to the Luckman to play hits from their most recent albums, as well as unreleased songs.

CaliMucho & 2013 B.C. presents Chicano Batman & more  @ Harold’s Place, San Pedro – 8PM, $5, 21+
We love the psychedelic stylings of Chicano Batman. They’re joined by other local San Pedro artists A Lovely Sort of Death, Bombón and Mike Watt & The Secondmen.

16 Acres @ OC Museum of Art – 8PM, Free, All Ages
Now in it’s ninth season celebrating the cinematic works and of emerging and established independent filmmakers, OCMA and the Newport Beach Film Festival present the 2013 Cinema Orange film series. 6:30-8:30 pm Food truck onsite. 8pm Film screening on patio (as weather permits). The rebuilding of ground zero is one of the most architecturally, politically, and emotionally complex urban renewal projects in American history. From the beginning, the effort has been fraught with controversy, delays and politics. The struggle has encompassed eleven years, nineteen government agencies, a dozen projects and over $20 billion. Aside from the staggering engineering challenges of the site itself, a major complicating factor in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center is the sheer number of interested parties. According to The New York Times, “Where some saw lucrative real estate, others saw a graveyard. Where some saw Rockefeller Center or Lincoln Center or Grand Central Terminal, others saw Gettysburg.”


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