Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural Events November 12 – 19

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There’s so much going on this week. November is Native American Heritage Month and there are many events like the ongoing Red Nation Film Festival in NoHo, the LA Skins Fest in downtown this week, and the inaugural Indigenous Film Festival in Joshua Tree this weekend. Tonight Tuesday is the 1 year anniversary of Cali Hustle, the monthly musical magic hosted by Quetzal Guerrero and Miss Sunny Z at The Virgil with some special guests. Quetzal’s music represents his Native American, Mexican and Brazilian roots all blending into a smooth fusion of Latin rhythms, bossa nova, soul, funk with his virtuoso violin and guitar…don’t miss the show! It’s not everyday a Latin Grammy winner from Portugal comes to town, so check out Mariza at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Guyanese dub legend Mad Professor is in town on Wednesday at Dub Club. He produced Argentinian reggae/hip hop sensation Alika‘s latest album and she’s in LA too, playing Afro Funke on Thursday. Dancers, have you tried the Brazilian dance Forró? The monthly Forró LA happens Saturday at Tropico de Nopal and theLIFT takes off for an all night dance binge until Sunday morning. This month, we not only reflect on the history and culture of our indigenous brothers and sisters but also bring light to important issues affecting their communities all over the Americas. We’ll leave you a song from Guatemala musicians Dr. Sativo, M.C.H.e. and Tzutu Baktun Kan.

TUE 11/12    WED 11/13    THU 11/14    FRI 11/15    SAT 11/16    SUN 11/17

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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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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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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 September 3 – 8

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Are you enjoying this late summer heat wave! There’s still plenty to do out there under the hot sunshine of LA and this week is packed with cultural festivals! The LA Greek Festival, Little Ethiopia Cultural Street Festival, Fiestas Patrias, Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture and Latin American Festival are all happening this weekend! Personally though, we have a place in our heart for our Brazilian friends and Saturday is Brazilian Independence Day! Plenty of Brazilian festivities this weekend with Brazil Day in LA and San Diego and the opening of the LA Brazilian Film Festival!

Also some special occasions in our underground music & world culture community this week: my friends at the monthly TUMBE’ are celebrating their 3 years and Farah of FARAHSTOP is having a special photo exhibit SUENO VOL. 3, featuring pics of the Subsuelo crew. Wherever you are this week, dance and stay hydrated! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Brazilian songs as I prepare to samba my bunda off this weekend!

TUE 9/3      WED 9/4      THU 9/5      FRI 9/6      SAT 9/7      SUN 9/8

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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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