Favorite Places

Favorite Local Businesses & Organizations

PriMo Arts (Primitive Modern) is an exquisite gallery that represents fair trade artists/art from the USA, Africa and Beyond! Promoting Afro-Brazilian culture with capoeira, music & dance classes and community events.Unique gifts from Nepal, India and Tibet and quarterly open houses for the community to share art, food & live music to support their nonprofit.
Our non profit radio station that plays world & indie music on Morning Becomes Eclectic & other programs, and presents so many great artists and events yearlong! Support them!Listener supported radio station who bring the community great socially conscious news & events.Intimate indoor & outdoor space that features events to expand, expose and include the diverse vocabulary of Chicano and Latino art, poetry and music into an evolving LA and global community as well as community marketplaces to support local artists & businesses.
A nonprofit community center promoting Latino art & community since 1973. They host many cultural events and one of the largest Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in LA!Grassroots women's activist org to unite and empower women of all ages, colors, and sexualities by creating safe community spaces that provide art education & exhibition, mentorship, art exhibition, and publishing opportunities.CASA 0101 is dedicated to providing vital arts, cultural, and educational programs — in theater, digital filmmaking, art and dance — to Boyle Heights, thereby nurturing the future storytellers of Los Angeles who will someday transform the world.Mercado La Paloma is a vibrant community center with eateries, shops & events to build local economies, provide services, promote arts & culture and build commuity.The Voltron of retail and community radio, Espacio 1839 is a collective collaboration between Marco Amador (radiosombra.org) Elisa Sol Garcia (Imix Books) Nico Avina (Teocintli) & Gomez Comes Alive (Discos Inmigrantes). Clothing, books, records & community radio in Boyle Heights!

Favorite Music & Dance Venues

Boyle Heights bar around since the 40s hosts great Latin & world live music and burlesque nightsAfro Funke' weekly world music night hosted by KCRW's Jeremy Sole & Glenn Red features live music from artists around the world!Free weekly lineup of emerging artists from around the world hosted by KCRW's Chris Douridas
Bar has 2 sides: great live music & dance floor on one, DJ'd lounge on the other. My talented friends play and spin every 2nd Tuesday and every Saturday night!Los Globos in Silverlake hosts lots of Latin, Indie and Dance events!A 1930s warehouse in Historic Filipinotown that is a nonprofit promoting theatre and live music.
I've caught so many great musicians here at this small, intimate cafe in Hollywood.Lots of great shows of world music, jazz, blues, all genres at this small, intimate club.A Silverlake venue that features up and coming indie bands, has free music & drink specials on Mondays, and an online streaming music station.
The Echo upstairs & the Echoplex downstairs hosts great indie acts & annual Culture Collide musical festival.Lots of legendary acts got their start at the Troubadour & they still host great emerging talent from all over the world! Shows are usually all ages.One of my favorite venues, located on Miracle Mile, hosts great acts from around the world!

Favorite Cultural Centers, Museums & Outdoor Event Venues

UCLA's Royce Hall hosts great world music concerts! Tip: I buy the cheapest seats and just walk up to the front to dance along the sides.USC's Ray Stark Family Theatre screens many free films with director & cast often present for Q&A.Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free exhibits, films & live music throughout the year!
California African American Museum is free and has special cultural, music and film events.Skirball Cultural Center features world music artists throughout the year and has free summer sunset concerts.Arts & Cultures of the Middle East & North Africa
The Grand Park is a large green space within downtown offering daily events for the whole community, like concerts, yoga, farmers market.This Hollywood outdoor venue hosts great world music & cultural events!The Getty boasts great art & architecture, Saturdays off the 405 live music series and stunning views of the city below.
Levitt Pavilion MacArthur hosts free summer concerts with emerging artists from around the world!Levitt Pavilion Pasadena hosts free summer concerts with emerging artists from around the world!Grand Performances hosts free summer concerts featuring artists from around the world at downtown California Plaza.Free summer concerts: you can enjoy the live music on the pier or spread out a party picnic below on the beach sand.Music Center has lots of free, fun events like Dance Downtown in summer.

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