Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events October 29 – November 3

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Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos week! Besides the festivities are a lot of great music, starting with 2 awesome Australian bands on Wednesday: Hiatus Kaiyote at the Skirball and Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at Sainte Rock. Wear your costume to La Chamba Chicha‘s 4 year anniversary party at La Cita! Thursday, our favorite annual Halloween tradition is the West Hollywood Carnaval! And this year, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day follow on Friday and Saturday, so there are spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations all over LA! Friday, our favorite LA afrobeat orchestra Mexico 68 will be playing at a free Day of the Dead event in Long Beach, while Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes have another show with another 2 of our favorite local acts: The Dustbowl Revival and Raquel Rodriguez. Saturday, we’re going to honor and celebrate our dearly departed loved ones at these 3 Dia de los Muertos celebrations all close to each other and community-driven…sorry Hollywood Forever Cemetary, you put on a good show too, but we just couldn’t see ourselves braving the traffic congestion and paying $15 when we can support our communities and great acts like Irene Diaz / Niña Dioz / Maria del Pilar / Mexican Institute of Sound at Eastside Luv, Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible / El Conjunto Nueva Ola / Cumbia Machin / Raul y Mexia / La Chamba / Subsuelo at Grand Park, and Grammy-winning Quetzal / Arabian Prince & more at Self-Help Graphics. We’ll leave you with this classic animated short to put you in the right macabre mood, as the rich cultural and indigenous roots of these festivals remind us that death is a natural part of life.

TUE 10/29    WED 10/30    THU 10/31    FRI 11/1    SAT 11/2    SUN 11/3

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events October 21 – 27

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Gonna be one of those weeks with clouds in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon but hey, we need a little gloom as Halloween and Dia de los Muertos approach! A bit of a slow week…good, because we need the time to decide on our costumes! There are already plenty of pre-Halloween parties this weekend to get dressed up for, especially if you love zombies! Saturday is the annual Thrill the World day as well as the Long Beach Zombie Walk! Our friend Nancy Arteaga, LA band-promoter extraordinaire, is having her birthday at Funky Sole, featuring Jungle Fire (Update: Jungle Fire unable to attend but other special guests in the house!) and our friends, the Bombilla crew on the West side, are having a Halloween bash featuring Very Be Careful. Also, our girl Kara Mack is having her album release party at the weekly Afro Funke’ Thursday so come out and support! Here’s a taste of her sublime Afro-soul.

MON 10/21    TUE 10/22    WED 10/23     THU 10/24    FRI 10/25    SAT 10/26    SUN 10/27

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The Hipster Apocalypse is upon Us…Can We Save our Neighborhoods…

…the zombie apocalypse has already begun…all over the country in places like LA, Oakland, Harlem…insidiously, they take over our businesses, our schools, our homes…flooding our streets with bicycles….

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events October 7 – 13

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The weather’s thankfully going to cool off pretty dramatically from the heat wave, with more Fall-like weather and some chance of rain by mid-week! Tons of film festivals this week, the monthly Cali Hustle with Quetzal Guerrero on Tuesday and a special Subsuelo on Friday! But the big can’t miss event this week is Filter Magazine’s Culture Collide music festival with tons of emerging & indie bands from around the world, as well as one of our favorites, Alice Russell, soul singer from the UK — there’s 2 opportunities to see her this weekend…we think you’re crazy if you don’t see her!

MON 10/7      TUE 10/8      WED 10/9      THU 10/10      FRI 10/11      SAT 10/12      SUN 10/13

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

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As we say goodbye to September and enter the 1st week of October, it’s making out to be another beautiful summer-like week with temps in the 80s by the weekend! So many great festivals this week. It’s the last week of innovative, socially conscious theater at Radar LA festival and A Celebration of Palestinian Culture featuring film, art, dance runs all week long in LA and OC. The Hollywood Black Film Festival, German Currents Film Festival, and Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa are this week as well. For the weekend, the South African Arts Fest is a can’t miss event as well as the Eagle Rock Music Festival. Ending the weekend is CicLAvia and World Blues concert featuring Taj Mahal Trio & Vusi Mahlasela. Let’s start the week with Venice band Terraplane Sun who plays with another of our fav LA bands, The Record Company, on Monday!

MON 9/30     TUE 10/1     WED 10/2     THU 10/3     FRI 10/4     SAT 10/5     SUN 10/6

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Upcoming African Shows in LA!

We are big fans of the cultures and music of Africa and its diaspora and blessed with such a vibrant African community here in LA. There are a lot of great can’t-miss African events coming up between now and November, so mark your calendars and get your tickets because some of these are almost sold-out! Want to stay in the loop on African cultural events & music shows? Check out our friends at Radio Afrodicia, Primitive Modern Arts who just recently hosted an incredible in-house performance by Wunmi, and the weekly Afro Funke.
Meet & Greet Reception honoring Miss Israel 2013 @ Little Ethiopia – Sat 9/28:
Yityish Aynaw, first African descendant to be crowned Miss Israel, is coming to Los Angeles. She is also a descendant of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba.


ANKARA ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL
@ Avalon Hollywood – Sat. 9/28
: Ankara Festival is a celebration of Africa’s heritage & culture through a Fashion show, Live Performances, Comedy, Cultural Dancers, Music and Food.

Mali Fala Fun(d)Raiser @ Echo Garden Cottage and Gallery, 1858 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles, 90026 – Sat. 9/28
Please join us for our 7th annual fun(d)raiser, and help to build a village school library in Tamale, Ghana in 2014. All monies raised at this upcoming event will be used at the Bizung Music School founded by Playing for Change, where we will provide them with a much-needed library. Tax-deductible tickets are $50 in advance $60 at the door. To purchase tickets or make a donation please visit our website: http://malifalafund.org/ Click on the Donate button where you can make your payment via Paypal. Music from Ghana featuring: Alidu and the Bizung Family. Music from Mali featuring: African Cowboy Robert Berryman. Drum circle Silent auction, Cash raffle Appetizers and drinks and much more! This will be an exciting, fun filled evening supporting a wonderful cause with the opportunity to help those in need.


Kara Mack @The Talking Stick – Sat. 9/28: Kara Mack will be back at the Talking Stick…and now featuring songs from her debut album “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to get down to this amazing new project that Kara has finally released everywhere online! For the past 10 years, Kara Mack has immersed herself in the African Diaspora; going to the sources of each to study the music, dance, and culture individually. She even traveled to Guinea, West Africa in 2007 and studied during a time when the country declared martial law. It was during this time as well that Kara began to see the connections between every style and how important it was for the people who love such cultures to see the similarities as well. So sitting one night under the stars in Guinea, West Africa, she knew her first album would be called “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. A play off of the style that is the foundation of American music and the heart of her Southern roots, “A Negroe’s Spiritual” is a testimony of Kara’s life and a musical bridge connecting all African styles from around the world.

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events September 23-29

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Welcome to Fall! If you’re already going through Summer withdrawal, have no fear. The weather is still sunny and there is no let up on lots of great activities all over LA! We highly recommend Natalia Clavier’s show on Monday with Irene Diaz. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is celebrating their 10th anniversary with lots of free concerts pairing the LA Phil with special guests, including Las Cafeteras on Thursday and Herbie Hancock, La Santa Cecilia and the Youth Orchestra LA on Sunday! Thursday, my friends in the band Nobel Creatures are playing a free show to promote the last week of their Kickstarter campaign…check them out! This weekend is also the annual Watts Tower Drum & Jazz Festival, GLOW in Santa Monica, the Abbott Kinney Music Festival and the 15th Anniversary of the Turntables on the Hudson at theLIFT party. We’ll leave you with Las Cafeteras’ dreamy song Luna Lovers…they just returned from Miami after winning a contest to open for Juanes and we can’t wait to hear the magic they’re going to create with the LA Phil!

MON 9/23    TUE 9/24     WED 9/25     THU 9/26     FRI 9/27     SAT 9/28      SUN 9/29


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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events September 17-22

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Summer is ending…it’s the last week of Summer but certainly doesn’t feel like it with the late summer heat waves we’ve had! Whether you’re ready or not for Summer to end, it’s shaping up to be a special week! Tuesday, Laura Mvula is a can’t miss show! Wednesday is a special Subsuelo celebrating the birthdays of our friends, Farah Sosa and DJ Gozar, with guest DJs from Texas, NYC and Mexico City. If you miss it, you get a second shot From Friday to Sunday, our friends at PriMo Arts, the gorgeous African fashion and art space, hosts Wunmi, the Nigerian afrobeat diva who’s also a spectacular designer. She’ll be showcasing her fashion wear as well as performing in this intimate space so don’t miss out…it’s her only stop in California. On Saturday, it’s as if everyone rushed to cram their parties on the last day of summer — too much to choose from! Playing for Change Foundation is having their 3rd annual global 1Love Playing For Change Day with musicians playing around the world to support music programs for youth. The LA show in Hollywood features 3-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, and many of our talented friends, like Rocky Dawuni and Mohammed Alidu. There is a huge gathering of capoeristas from around the world in LA this weekend and they’re having a fun Favela Funk party Saturday. If you want to hear live music on the beach, go to KCRW’s Beach Ball Festival with soul, funk, ska and reggae artists on both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday, 2 of Mexico’s leading ladies en musica, Lila Downs and Carla Morrison are playing! And if you’re near the Pasadena area, come to the last La Junta of the year!

TUE 9/17      WED 9/18      THU 9/19      FRI 9/20      SAT 9/21      SUN 9/22

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events August 19-25

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Hello friends! I apologize for the late posts the past few weeks. I started a new day job as well as freelancing for Remezcla.com to keep their Los Angeles calendar updated, so I’ll be making these posts very short from now on. Instead of trying to cover every possible event I know about, I’m going to post my picks of the week, the events I would personally attend as well as important community events I hear about. You can find plenty of more events just like I do…plenty of resources with my Favorite Links. I started this blog quick and dirty in February and I’d really like to make a proper website with a nicer calendar — that’s my next dream for this site (time & sleep deprivation permitting!), so if you enjoy this site, please stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy this violin cover of The Cure by Quetzal Guerrero, my tremendously talented friend & one of the most hard-working, passionate musicians in LA…don’t miss his biggest show of the year this Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park, free to all!

MON 8/19     TUE 8/20     WED 8/21     THU 8/22     FRI 8/23     SAT 8/24     SUN 8/25

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events August 12-18

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Wow we’re just blazing through August! This week, the 73rd Nisei Week continues in Little Tokyo. I haven’t been to School Night in a while but one of my favs, The Peach Kings, are playing along with UK’s Cloud Control on Monday. Tuesday, legendary Molotov is playing and it’s the monthly Cali Hustle with my talented friends Quetzal Guerrero and Miss Sunny Z. Wednesday, the Red Bull Music Academy is premiering a new live music monthly This City Belongs to Me featuring Arabian Prince, Egyptian Lover and more. I finally caught Raquel Rodriquez on the Perch rooftop last week — it’s the perfect place to chill to her sultry vocals before your main Wednesday event. Discotan is having their 1 year anniversary at Footsie’s in Cypress Park and there’s a disco dance contest as part of the festivities, so get your 70s threads and platforms ready!

As usual, Thursday is out of control! Have you ever heard of a 21-member classical orchestra playing indie rock? Then you can’t miss Austin’s Mother Falcon at Amoeba. Buyepongo lights the fire at Los Globos and Bloco Nove and my friend Gisella and her samba dancers are bringing the Brazilian carnival craziness to the weekly Afro Funke’, and Funkmosphere is celebrating its 7th anniversary with Mark de Clive-Lowe in the house at The Virgil! Whew. Before the weekend madness, Friday’s a nice break with Izzy Wise (Afrolicious) and La Tigresa (Subsuelo) at the One-Eyed Gypsy and my boys DJ Gozar (Subsuelo) and KidGusto (TropiCali) opening a new music monthly Contrast, both in downtown.

Saturday….are you ready? H2O Music Festival, Echo Park Rising running thru Sunday, the last Chinatown Summer Nights of the season, theLIFT, the monthly Bombilla on the west side and the 1st Forro night at Tropico de Nopal. This Northeastern Brazilian dance craze has been spreading globally and has reached LA. And I’m not missing this one: A Tale of Two Nations: Nação Estrela Brilhante & Nation Beat at Grand Performances. Burners who can’t wait for Burning Man to get here can test out their playa gear on Sunday and my talented friends in Samba Society are going to put on a great show with a special horn section and new material at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. Plenty of great bands closing out the Echo Park Rising festival on Sunday and word is there is going to be a special Bodega just for the occasion at Senor Fish in Little Tokyo.

This week’s list is always a work-in-progress (still many more events I have to post when I get back to the computer, as well as new ones I learn about as the week goes along!). So keep checking back! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know!

It’s gonna be a great week, Angelenos…too much goodness so grab your big posse and go get it!

MON 8/12      TUE 8/13      WED 8/14      THU 8/15      FRI 8/16      SAT 8/17      SUN 8/18

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