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 September 11-15

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Sorry for the late post this week! We’ve been super exhausted with our day jobs and lack of sleep! Happy Mexican Independence weekend to all our amigos Mexicanos!! One recent film that’s really captured and celebrated the beauty and diversity of its people, culture and music is Hecho En Mexico…you should see it if you haven’t already!

WED 9/11     THU 9/12     FRI 9/13     SAT 9/14      SUN 9/15

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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 26 – September 2

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Enjoy the last week of August, leading into Labor Day Weekend! Kind of a slow week until Thursday…boom! Don’t miss the 5th Annual Leimert Village African Arts & Music Festival theis weekend and I never miss the Samba do Trabalhador Labor Day backyard samba party! Summer is starting to fade away…I’ll leave you with this song by Selah Sue whose show I’m not missing on Monday!

MON 8/26     TUE 8/27     WED 8/28     THU 8/29     FRI 8/30     SAT 8/31     SUN 9/1     MON 9/2

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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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