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


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


Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival July 31-August 4

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival returns in its 5th year featuring the latest indie film talent from Brazil. Talize Sayegh, the founder, is passionate about bringing the newest voices in Brazilian cinema to the forefront here in Hollywood, building bridges between the 2 influential hubs of film-making and showing insightful films that reflect a country and culture that is ever-changing and fast-growing. With Brazil dominating the global news lately and the social transformation that is taking place, it’s a great opportunity to see how independent Brazilian cinema is reflecting the dynamic diversity, changing times and social consciousness of the country.

This year’s festival honors Anna Muylaert, one of Brazil’s most prominent and prolific filmmakers. Her films will open the festival with the international premiere of While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Além de Tudo Me Deixou Mudo o Violão) on Thursday, July 31, and close out the festival with Durval Records (Durval Discos), a cult favorite on Sunday, August 4. The festival features fiction, documentary and short films, many of them making their West Coast or US premieres, and there is a special spotlight on new Portuguese cinema too. All public screenings take place at the Egyptian Theater and are completely FREE. There are a limited number of tickets for purchase to the opening night gala on Wednesday, July 31, which will include a live performance by Brazilian samba dancers and a surprise guest from Brazil and the closing night awards gala on Sunday, August 4. Click below for the lineup and trailers and here is the full schedule.

Documentary    Fiction     Short

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:

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


Brazilian Summer Party benefiting AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story Thu June 27

My friends, entertainer Daniela Brazil and DJ Chris Brazil, are hosting Party Like a Brazilian, this Thursday, June 27, at Level 3 nightclub at the Hollywood and Highland Center. If you’ve never been to Brazil nor any of the many great events in the large Brazilian community here in LA, you’re in for a treat. Both Chris and Daniela organize fun events featuring the best music, dance and entertainment that Brazilian culture has to offer and all the fun and festivities are for a special cause. The night is a fundraiser for AfroLatinos: La Historia Que Nunca Nos Contaron (AfroLatinos: The Untaught Story) documentary series. The series by Alicia Anabel Santos, an Afro-Dominican screenwriter, and Renzo Devia, a Colombian filmmaker, sheds light on Afro-Latinos, the descendants of the enslaved Africans who were forcibly taken from their land and dispersed throughout Latin America. Known as the “Third Root” after indigenous and European roots of Latino populations, the histories, stories and contributions of African descendents to Latino culture and society are often lost or unacknowledged, and their communities today are still the most marginalized, impoverished and invisible in their societies.

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20 Feet From Stardom: Must See History of the Black Backup Singers behind all the Iconic Songs – Opens June 14 Weekend with special Q&As!

20 Feet From Stardom is a new documentary that is a poignant, heartbreaking and well-deserved celebration of the backup singers behind the most iconic popular rock and pop songs and the legendary bands they supported. The film traces the history of the huge impact these talented, yet unknown black female singers made to the music and the bands millions of people know so well. Their voices are instantly recognizable but the stories of their contributions to music as well as the sacrifices they made both professionally and personally are untold until now.

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In The Congo by Rhyme Like A Girl Featuring Nasambu highlights Congo War over Minerals for our Mobile Phones and Electronics

Can you hear me now? That’s what Rhyme Like A Girl and my talented friend Nasambu are asking in their new video for In The Congo, to bring more awareness to the decades long conflict in eastern Congo that is fueled by the global demand for its minerals essential to our mobile phones, laptops and other electronics.

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