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

SUN 10/6

CicLAvia: Heart of LA @ Downtown area – 9am-4pm, Free, All Ages
CicLAvia – Heart of LA returns to the streets that started it all as we explore downtown Los Angeles on bike, foot, stroller and many more creative means of locomotion. The Heart of LA route follows in the footsteps of our first five events and helps Angelenos rediscover the origins of the City of Angels. Whether you’ve ridden these streets before or are new to CicLAvia, the Heart of LA route promises something new to discover.
Don’t miss our favorite world music DJs spinning at Mariachi Plaza:

South African Arts Festival @ Regal Cinemas at LA Live and Grand Performances, California Plaza, Downtown – 10AM-9PM, 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. Films include: The African Cypher · documentary about Soweto’s street dance subculture, Felix · family film, Man on Ground · drama, Material  comedy, Fanie Fourie’s Lobola · comedy, Otelo Burning · drama and 7PM · Grand Performances @ California Plaza (Outdoor Screening) of Khumba · animation, U.S. premiere

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. The festival closes with “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”.

Open House @ Brasil Brasil Cultural Center – 12PM-6PM, Free, All Ages
One of my favorite places in LA is having an open house with classes for both children and adults!

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!

Radar LA Festival 2013 @ Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232 – 1pm-9pm, $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.
1pm Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King
4pm Trieu Tran: Uncle Ho to Uncle Sam
7pm Luis Alfaro: St. Jude

German Currents Film Festival  @ Egyptian Theater, Hollywood – 2PM, $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.

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!

Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams @ Little Casa Theater, Boyle Heights – 6PM, $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.

World Blues featuring Taj Mahal Trio, Vusi Mahlasela, Fredericks Brown featuring Deva Mahal @ Pepperdine University, Malibu – 7PM, $30-50, All Ages
“World Blues” is a celebration of American blues music’s global influence as seen from three very diverse points of view and three international points of origin. Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, the evening will also feature the soulful South African blues of guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and the more modern rock-and-roll perspective of Fredericks Brown, a band featuring Taj’s daughter, Deva Mahal, who hails from New Zealand.

Bodega Sundays @ Senor Fish, Little Tokyo – 8pm-2am, Free, 21+
Yes yes ya’ll, with only 2 BODEGAS left in the season, we bring you some very special hometown guests! DJ Tailwind Turner ( Cherry Poppin ), ERVIN ARANA (the MIX UP), MOR ELIAN, DJ LUMAN and BODEGA RESIDENTS-PANAMAMI – MELAAZA-CEE BROWN

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