6th Annual Noor Film Festival @ Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills – All Ages
More than 35 films from Iranian filmmakers from around the world.
Legalize Street Vending Fandango Workshops @ Casa del Mexicano – 4-7PM, Free, All Ages
The Legalize Street Vending campaign invites you to participate in Fandango Workshops. Learn poetry, music and dance known as the Fandango from Veracruz, México. Aimed at supporting the Legalize Street Vending campaign, Master Jarocho musician César Castro will teach the composition of new verses, jarana, zapateado and singing. The project will culminate in a series of processions through the streets of Boyle Heights and finally with a Fandango celebration. Instruments will be provided, No previous musical experience required, Family friendly. FREE From September 23, 2013 to Novemeber 23, 2013 on Mondays from 5-8pm and Wednesdays from 4-7pm. For more info please contact Quetzal Flores firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky went to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he met a group of children with HIV, he decided to stay and devote his life to them. This unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. “Rocky Anna” (as the children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV call him which means ‘brother’) was dissatisfied with his life in America. Having grown up without a close-knit family of his own, he found his calling living and working with kids in need. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well-being. Despite formidable challenges, his playful spirit and determination in the face of despair proves to be an invaluable resource.
Wednesday Forró Classes @ Tropico de Nopal, Filipinotown – 7pm, $10, All Ages
Forró is a traditional music and partner dance from the northeast of Brazil which has different rhythms such as xaxado, baião, and xote going from very fast to slow beat allowing all tastes to pick their favorite. Andrea Lopasso e Fabio Santana (Forró in LA) have been performing and teaching Forró since they moved to Los Angeles last year. They have been dancing and teaching forró for the last 13 years in Brazil and are part of the Forró Movement taking shape now also outside of Brazil and catching a huge momentum in Europe and other parts of the world. They are very enthusiast to also include Los Angeles in this fun and contagious movement of the Brazilian culture. Dancing forró is a lot of fun and a wonderful way to keep Summer alive. Classes are starting this Wednesday 07/31 and will happen every Wed for the rest of the summer. All levels are welcome!!! $10/class
Oysters & Jazz: Raquel Rodriguez & The Big Guys @ Perch LA, Downtown – 7pm-10pm, Free, 21+
Every Wednesday, come listen to soul diva Raquel Rodriquez and her band, The Big Guys, play unplugged at the Perch rooftop lounge in downtown. LA native Raquel Rodriquez is a fast rising star and has not wasted any time since graduating from the prestigious Hamilton High School Academy of Music and USC Thornton School of Music. Raquel and her 7-piece band have been performing all over LA and her first album was just released this past June. So come grab a drink and enjoy her sultry sounds in this intimate space overlooking the gorgeous downtown nightscape while you still can.
10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Green Umbrella: Zappa’s 200 Motels @ Walt Disney Concert Hall – 8PM, All Ages (This performance contains mature content and language as well as strobe-like lighting effects.)
In May 1970 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, Zubin Mehta led the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention in the world premiere of Zappa’s Concerto for Mothers and Orchestra. Zappa incorporated some of that music into the score for his surrealistic band-on-the-road film 200 Motels, released the following year, as was a soundtrack double album featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and narrator Theodore Bikel, as well as the Mothers. Zappa was often frustrated with orchestras, but his music was gradually embraced by the classical world, particularly as championed by Pierre Boulez. (Boulez also conducted the LA Phil in a concert that was also part of the same Contempo ’70 mini-festival that featured Zappa’s Concerto.) Come for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event celebrating the spirit of creative freedom that Walt Disney Concert Hall epitomizes.
Alaska Reid, now Alyeska, Tiny Ruins and more @ The Silverlake Lounge – 9PM, $6, 21+
Been following Alaska Reid since seeing her at School Night. The precocious young singer/songwriter who came out to LA from Montana will be performing at the Silverlake Lounge. This will be the first show in which the band goes by Alyeska. Excited to play the new material, and be able to play electric. It is gonna be LOUD! Be there, don’t be squares by missing out. They go on at 9pm. We also like Tiny Ruins, from New Zealand who we caught at Culture Collide.
Dub Club presents Soul Syndicate with Earl Zero / Antidoping @ Echoplex, Echo Park – 9PM, $10-15, 21+
This week we have a double bill of great Reggae bands. Soul Syndicate are one of the top 4 or 5 bands in the history of Reggae, having played on thousands of classic records since the 70s. For this show they will do their own set as well as a set backing legendary roots singer Earl Zero. Roots Reggae fans this is the real deal. PLUS we have one of the top Reggae bands from Mexico, Antidoping! They sounded great the last time they came through, this should be a night to remember. The Dub Club DJs will be in the house of course as well. Advance tickets are just $10 from ticketfly.com, it will be $15 at the door ($10 before 10pm). Hope to see YOUR face in the place!