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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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 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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Luna Lovers Premiere and 10 Reasons why I Love Las Cafeteras

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It was quite a party at Las Cafeteras Luna Lovers premiere party last week. La Santa Cecilia, Maria del Pilar, Irene Diaz and La Chamba Chicha Cumbia were in the house and big shout out to John Cantú and crew for their work on the gorgeous video and Mucho Musica and Vincent Price Art Musuem for hosting the event open to the community. It was great to see how far Las Cafeteras have come…it reminded me of the reasons I dig them so much, not just as a band but a fine group of decent, hardworking and dedicated people. Enjoy their Luna Lovers video at the end of the list!

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John Carlos De Luna: Life Lessons of Boyle Heights Artist on Dressing Well and Staying True to Yourself

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If you’ve been to Eastside Luv Bar in Boyle Heights for Subsuelo, Ecléctica, or any of the nightly libations there, you will no doubt have been greeted by a dapper, finely dressed gentleman by the name of John Carlos de Luna. It wasn’t until I’d been coming to ESL for a while that I started to strike up conversations with John and realized there was a lot more to John than just being the door guy at one of my favorite joints.

Besides our mutual experiences of escaping the corporate rat race and our dislike for pretentious hipsters who find their way to East LA, there are many reasons why John thinks you should always look your best and other inspirational thoughts about his upbringing and pursuing his artistic endeavors to both sustain himself and his community in Boyle Heights. Watch the photo essay on him by Rafael Cardenas, another talented Eastside denizen you probably have seen at ESL, and enjoy my interview with John.

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events July 22-28

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Another beautiful July week! Here are the week’s highlights I recommend: there’s usually one night that’s more jam-packed than the rest and this week, it’s Thursday! It’s the opening night of the 4th Annual Awareness Film Festival that runs thru Sunday. If you want to dance, there’s plenty to choose from: Con Todo at La Cita in downtown features Bajofloja and DJ Ethos of Subsuelo among others! Canyon Cody of Subsuelo is spinning at the new monthly Cloud City in Santa Monica along with the weekly Afro Funke featuring my friend Sista Adama Jewel’s singing debut with African Soul International. She just danced the hell out of Sunday’s Fela Kuti Celebration this past Sunday. Also on the Westside is Mandeep Sethi at the RG, a great MC who’s knocked em dead with his powerful lyrical style at many Subsuelos. And if you’re in Pasadena, you can miss Bachaco, an Afro-Caribbean band at the Levitt Pavilion.

Friday, I’ll be at Grand Performances for University of Gnawa and Ethio Cali and nearby is Buyepongo at Levitt Pavilion, MacArthur Park. Saturday, Grand Performances knocks it out of the park again with Chico Trujillo from Chile and my LA favorite, Las Cafeteras. Viver Brasilia will be celebrating their 15 years of Afro-Brazilian music and dance performances at the Ford Amphitheater and the 18th Annual Central Park Jazz Festival runs thru Sunday. I always end my Sundays at my friend DJ Potira’s weekly bunda-shaking Brasilia night in Long Beach with baile funke dance lessons!

Don’t forget there are tons of free summer concerts and activities each week, so check out the full schedule of summer goodness here:
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/free-outdoor-summer-concerts-activities-all-over-la/

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!

Have a great week, Angelenos…will leave you with this song by Mandeep Sethi.

MON 7/22 TUE 7/23 WED 7/24 THU 7/25 FRI 7/26 SAT 7/27 SUN 7/28

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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events July 8-14

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Welcome to another July edition…more sun, more fun, and too many great events to choose from! I’m keen on catching London Grammar from the UK at their US debut at Monday’s School Night. Tuesday is Quetzal Guerrero’s Cali Hustle, one of my favorite music monthlies. Wednesday the only place for me to be is Amadou & Mariam’s show at the Fonda and if I have gas left (which is doubtful after one of their nonstop high-energy shows), the monthly Discotan near downtown or Bombilla on the westside look tempting.

Thursday is practically an early start of the weekend with so much great free music: Ximena Sariñana at the Hammer, Surfer Blood at the 1st of the Twilight Concerts on the Santa Monica Pier, and 2 genre-mixing bands at the Levitt Pavilions: Gangstagrass, combining rap and bluegrass (say what?) at MacArthur Park and Western Standard Time, a big band orchestra tribute to the Skatalites, a Jamaican ska band. Don’t forget it’s also the monthly Downtown Art Walk!

Friday, my beloved Las Cafeteras perform a noon show at California Plaza and come night time, it’s all about supporting the community in Boyle Heights at the monthly CaminArte marketplace at Mariachi Plaza. There will be great arts & craft vendors and local musical talent, along with Joe “Peps” of Aztlan Underground performing at Espacio 1839 and an open house for Las Fotos Project, an organization empowering young latinas; all the events are within walking distance of each other. Farther away, Vieux Farka Toure from Mali is performing at the Levitt in Pasadena and my Brazilian friends Katia Moraes and Samba Society are playing a free show in the La Brea area.

Saturday, La Santa Cecilia plays in Santa Monica while Viento Callejero, their former guitarist Gloria Estrada’s new project, plays near downtown. Her new band also plays a free show on Sunday at a great free event in Long Beach along with other talented LA groups El Haru Kuroi and Atabey. Francophiles won’t want to miss Bastille Day on Sunday and there’s a great fundraiser for a documentary film The Fez Forever, about the first Arabic nightclub on the West Coast opened in 1959 and an iconic part of LA history. As always, I like ending my Sundays in Long Beach where DJ Potira spins Brazilian Baile Funk and you can get your bunda-shaking workouts on with the free dance lesson there every week!

Also, the Outfest LGBT film festival, in its 30th year, starts this week and I keep missing opportunities to see Adunni & Nefretiti, a female ensemble from Nigeria. They’ll be performing workshops & shows all this week so I hope to catch them before they leave LA!

Don’t forget there are tons of free summer concerts and activities each week, so check out the full schedule of summer goodness here:
https://enclavela.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/free-outdoor-summer-concerts-activities-all-over-la/

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!

Have a great week, Angelenos…enjoy this video of Andrea Zuñiga, one of the many talented artists and voices from our diverse, beautiful City of Angels. If you like her music, come catch her at the CaminArte on Friday!

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