Top Cultural Events in Los Angeles: March 15-21

by Tom Nguyen

Top shows this week: La Chamba‘s fundraiser show, Chico Mann & Captain Planet album release show, Ethio Cali‘s tribute to musicians who recently passed on: David Axelrod, Leon Ware, Doug Lunn, and hang player Manu Delago. Julieta Venegas, Gaby Moreno and Jungle Fire are playing in OC. Indigenous rapper ALAS & more are performing a benefit for Casa Solidaria del Sur and a very rare opportunity to see Shardé Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, playing fife & drum blues, a vanishing tradition directly descended from African slaves. Get your boogie on with Dinamita, Chulita Vinyl Club, Discostan, Chester Whitmore and The Floor Improv.

Last chance to see Confessions of an Arab Woman, and Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme’s Su Frida Calo at CASA 0101 and The Cruise at LATC open this week. March 16 is the anniversary of the killing of Latasha Harlins, and California African American Museum will have a discussion with Latasha’s aunt and original members of Black Lives Matter. Transgender activist and immigrant Bamby Salcedo will speak at CSULA followed by a screening of Raising Zoey. Mexika New Year at Mariachi Plaza, Native American Festival in Long Beach, A Week of French Language Cinema at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz, Santa Monica Airport and Montebello art walks.


La Chamba Go Fund Me Launch Party
La Cita Bar (Downtown)
Wed. March 15, 9pm, $10, 21+
After all these years, we’re finally dropping our full length album. It has been a struggle and a long road- we are done tracking and mastering 13 songs. We’ve made this far, but need your help to get our album entitled “Ecos De La Selva” finallly replicated and packaged. Please spread the love by helping us raise funds for our first full-length album. La Chamba W/ Zapoteca Roots (Deeply Rooted Sonidero Cumbia) & Dj Fresko
Dj Glenn Red, GetDown Collective DJS

Julieta Venegas with Gaby Moreno
House of Blues (Anaheim)
Thu. March 16, 7pm, $42, All ages
House of Blues Anaheim just re-opened as a much larger venue and as part of their first opening weeks, they’ve been featuring top acts like Cafe Tacvba last week and this week Julieta Venegas and Gaby Moreno!

Subsuelo Presents: CaptainPlanet + ChicoMann Album Release Party
El Dorado (Downtown)
Thu. March 16, 9pm, $5, 21+
Chico Mann & Captain Planet are 2 of the biggest names in contemporary global electronic music. Their new album “Night Visions” is a tasteful blend of the many musical influences they both love – vintage Latin roots, 70’s Afrobeat, heavy Caribbean bass, 90’s house music, and contemporary electronic dance styles from around the world. With their debut live performance receiving the co-sign from globally renowned party promoters The Boiler Room, this Subsuelo album release party marks their 2nd live show Ever!

Ethio Cali presents: Tribute – a night for remembering
Blue Whale (Little Tokyo)
Thu. March 16, 9pm, $15, 21+
Ethio Cali presents: Tribute – a night for remembering:
David Axelrod – Leon Ware – Doug Lunn
*masters in music who have moved to the afterparty*

Soul on St. Patty’s w/ Jungle Fire & Allensworth
The Wayfarer (Costa Mesa)
Fri. Mar. 17, 9pm, $5-$8, 21+

Melanin Unity & Liberation Concert: ALAS, Zapoteca Roots & more
CIELO Galleries/Studios (Historic South Central)
Sat. Mar. 18, 7pm-10pm, $10-12, All ages
This is a fundraiser to help sustain the community space Solidarity House of the South/Casa Solidaria del Sur. The intent of the space is to provide a safe and brave refuge for families who are survivors of all forms of state violence. Since then, the space has remained open and autonomous without depending on any state or corporate funding. We provide community classes in art, street theater, danza, popular education, and healing circles. Everything we do is for and by the community. It has not been easy but we know it’s necessary especially during times of neo-fascism as we confront the continuous genocidal violence in our communities. Let’s celebrate our selves, our ancestors, and the future generations to come with this cycle’s Spring Equinox. AFRO-PUNK, CUMBIAS, HIP HOP, FOOD, DRINKS AND MORE!

Sounds of LA: Shardé Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
Getty Museum
Sat. Mar. 18, 7pm & Sun. Mar. 19, 4pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
As early as the 17th century fife and drum music arrived in America’s deep south with military marching bands and quickly was woven into music traditions of the African slaves. What emerged—fife and drum blues—has been called one of America’s last and most tangible links to its African past. Today, the tradition lives on in the work of Shardé Thomas, who began playing fife alongside her grandfather the great Otha Turner and who upon his death took over his Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. They are one of the last links to a sound that everyone from Alan Lomax to Robert Plant to Martin Scorsese has praised for its unpretentious, raw vitality. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

L Festival
Pico Rivera Sports Arena
Sat. Mar. 18-Sun. Mar. 19, $89-$149, All ages
Latin music festival featuring Juanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, El Conjunto Nueva Ola, and yes, Jenni Rivera’s hologram.

Manu Delago – La Debut trio show
Blue Whale (Downtown)
Sun. Mar. 19, 8pm, $12-$15, 21+
We’re honored at Worldwide FM LA to welcome renowned Hang player, percussionist, producer and composer Manu Delago for his Debut LA show with his trio in celebration of his just released third solo album Metromonk (Tru Thoughts). An album which finds this boundary-testing artist distilling and delicately exploring extremes of dynamics and mood; manipulating the Hang in experimental and inventive ways, the many voices and tones of this rare instrument are given top billing among a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources.


¡Dinamita! XLV w/ Noche Romantica Residents
Office Cocktails (Lincoln Heights)
Fri. Mar. 17, 10pm, Free, 21+
45th edition of ¡DINAMITA! featuring special guests, and Noche Romantica residents, Que Madre, Chicano Playboy, and Dave Salvaje; alongside your resident selectahs: FUEGO, SUMO Deejay, and FONDO. We’ll be spinning that Latin heat starting at 10pm. Come out and dance!!! Cumbias and Micheladas!!! 21 and over. NEVER a cover!

Discostan x Norooz With Omid Walizadeh
Footsies Bar (Highland Park)
Sat. Mar. 18, 10pm, Free, 21+
We’ve been playing the music of banned and bombed nations since we started Discostan and figure there’s no reason to stop now. Save the date for our Norooz party March 18. IROONIS WELCOME!!!

Chulita Vinyl Club LA: Records y Recuerdos
La Cita Bar (Downtown)
Sun. Mar. 19, 9pm, Free, 21+
Come out to Chulita Vinyl Club LA’s next official event La Cita Bar! Soul, funk, oldies, hip-hop, rnb, cumbia, romanticas y mas! VENDORS: Ni Santas Collective, Danny Tasko: selling records ALL NIGHT,  Twisted Sugar Cotton Candy, Chicana Catwomxn, Lesnmnflores Pins & Patches. QUEER / FEMME / TRANS / GNC / WOMXN / BLACK / BROWN TO THE FRONT!!!!

Chester Whitmore and the Central Avenue Revue
The Cicada (Downtown)
Sun. Mar. 19, 8pm, $20-$30, All ages
Only Appearance this Year! Chester Whitmore returns with a big band revue of music and variety for one night only. Take a trip back in time to the West Coast Renaissance of the 30’s and 40’s of LA’s own Central Avenue’s legendary nightclubs such as the Downbeat and the Club Alabam. Dine and dance to Mr. Whitmore’s 18-piece Opus One Big Band plus Special Surprise Guest Performers!

The Floor Improv Night #107
Los Globos (Silver Lake)
Mon. Mar. 20, 9pm, $5-$10, 21+
THE FLOOR Improv Night is a one-of-a-kind experience where dancers and musicians of all backgrounds come together for a live, improvised collaboration, creating undeniable energy and unforgettable experiences!


Confessions of an Arab Woman
Complex Theatres (Hollywood)
Wed. Mar. 15-Sun. Mar. 19, $25, All ages
World Premiere of “Confessions of an Arab Woman” adapted from the book “I killed Scheherazade” by Joumana Haddad. Joumana has been listed as one of the most powerful women in the Middle East. The play explores the author’s upbringing in Lebanon and the factors that made her who she is today. It counters stereotypes about Arab women and invites women everywhere to own their power.

Frederick Douglass Now
Bootleg Theater (Westlake)
Thu. Mar. 16-Sun. Mar. 19, $15-$20, All ages
Bootleg Theater is honored to welcome back Roger Guenveur Smith’s revival of FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW, a performance that brings to life the work of pioneering abolitionist, feminist, and statesman Frederick Douglass. In FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOW, Smith bookends Douglass’ classic 19th century texts with original narrative, achieving a stylistic mash-up which speaks to the current American moment. Inspired by Hal Holbrook’s Mark Twain Tonight, Smith has been interpreting Douglass materials since he was an undergraduate at Occidental College, subsequently serving as graduate research assistant at Yale University’s Frederick Douglass Papers.

The Cruise (World Premiere)
Los Angeles Theater Center (Downtown)
Thu. Mar. 16-Sun. Apr. 9, $22-$32, All ages
In his Latino themed, father-son comic drama, THE CRUISE, Jonathan Ceniceroz explores the consequence of colonial histories and dark politics within the decadence of Caribbean cruise culture. The play reveals the fractured nature of race and identity that is caused by social imbalance and imposed hierarchy, while exploring the story of a man who merely wants and demands that his most authentic human qualities survive, despite it all. Opening Night: Thursday, March 16

Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme’s Su Frida Calo
CASA 0101 (Boyle Heights)
Fri. Mar. 17-Sun. Apr. 16, $18-$23, Mature Audiences: Under 17 Must Be Accompanied By An Adult.
CASA 0101 Theater is proud to present “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme’s Su Frida Kalo”, a theater festival exploring Latinas’ perspective on Frida Kahlo. Bring your girlfriends and come celebrate womyn’s herstory month with a series all new works! “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme” is an all-Latina driven stage production now in it’s fifth year. Committed to developing talent, CASA 0101 hosts a series of writing, acting and directing workshops where no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. It is from these workshops that instructors Claudia Duran and Lindsey Hayley were able to mine the talent of the playwrights and directors featured in “Chicanas, Cholas y Chisme”. AUDIENCE WARNING: Strong Language, mature content, violence simulation, not recommended for minors. Under 17 Must Be Accompanied By An Adult.

Montar la Bestia
USC Fisher Museum of Art
Sun. Mar. 19, 6pm-9pm, Free, All ages
Montar la bestia is a art collective lead by Demian Flores about the phenomenon of migration. This exhibition that responds to “La Bestia”– a train that carries as many as half a million Central American immigrants annually on their journey to the United States – through art and poetry by the artist collective, El Colectivo Artistas Contra la Discriminación. Demián Flores was first exhibited by the Fisher Museum in 2006 and has works in the museum’s permanent collection, as well as in the collections of El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) and London Print Studio, among others. Marco Barrera Bassols is one of Mexico’s most esteemed independent curators. He has worked on important international art projects, including with MoMA in New York.


UNDOCUQUEER in focus with Bamby Salcedo
CSULA University-Student Union
Thu. Mar. 16, 6pm-8pm, Free, All ages
The Erika Glazer Family Dreamer Resource Center is proud to host Bamby Salcedo. Salcedo describes herself as a miracle..”I am a miracle. Yo soy un milagro.” Bamby is the President and CEO of [email protected] coalition where she advocates for the specific needs of the Trans Latinx. Most recently Bamby was featured in HBO’S The Trans List alongside Laverne Cox & Caitlyn Jenner. Join us in this educational evening as we Explore what it means to be a transgender migrant in the United States.

Black Girls Matter (#BlackGirlsMatter)
California African American Museum (Exposition Park)
Thu. Mar. 16, 7pm-9pm, Free, All ages
In 1991, Latasha Harlins, a fifteen-year-old African American girl, was shot in the head by a Korean clerk at a convenience store—a death that occurred just thirteen days after the beating of Rodney King by the LAPD. More than twenty-five years later, the fate of black girls’ lives remains largely ignored. Join us for a roundtable discussion exploring the role and importance of girls such as Latasha in the black community and beyond, with Brenda Stevenson, professor of history, UCLA; Funmilola Fagbamila, professor, activist, and an original member of Black Lives Matter (BLM); Shamell Bell, UCLA doctoral candidate and an original member of BLM; Tia Oso, national organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration; Denise Harlins, Latasha’s aunt; and Britni Danielle, Ebony Magazine.

Mexika New Year L.A.
Mariachi Plaza (Boyle Heights)
Sat. Mar. 18, 10am-10pm, Free, All ages
Starting off AT 6AM • (Sun Rise Ceremony) with the building of our annual pre-Columbian flower alter representing The symbolism of the new year cycle. Followed by a splendorous ceremony of “Mitotialistli” better known as Aztec Danza guided by “KALPULLI DANZA MEXIKA” come experience the sounds of ancient wisdom, as your eyes take in the grandeur and beauty of times almost forgotten. We will immediately open our stage for presentation of indigenous knowledge, poetry, music and much more like our live painting session and open art gallery presented by Mictlan Murals, Rah Azul, Joe Galarza, Sonji Art, J. StormCloud chaves and many others.

Native American Festival
Shoreline Village (Long Beach)
Sat. Mar. 18, 12pm-5pm, Free, All ages
Join us for a FREE one day family friendly event of live Native American dancing, drumming, singing, music, story telling, specialty foods, Native American artists, lodging displays, free activities for children, and much more.

11th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk
Santa Monica Airport
Sat. Mar. 18, 12pm-5pm, Free, All ages
Tour the open studios of over 50 artists at the Historic Santa Monica Airport. El Haru Kuroi plays 3 sets throughout the day and the Sweet Beats LA DJ truck will be there.

Luck Of The Artists! Montebello Artwalk
Daily Brew Coffee Bar (Montebello)
Sat. Mar. 18, 4pm-9pm, Free, All ages
Join KTCA as we bring you our Monthly Artwalk “Luck of the Artists” March 18th. Featuring 40+ Artists/Vendors, Live music with special guests The Patrick Carrico Band +More! Live Art Battles, Drawings, Giveaways, Food Trucks and more!

Friendship Spring Night- Bulgaria,Croatia,Macedonia,Ukraine
Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles (San Pedro)
Sat. Mar. 18, 6:30pm-10pm, Free, All ages
Join us for one night of music, songs and dances, Let’s celebrate the friendship between our communities in the second Annual Friendship Spring Night of European Cultural Aliance hosted at Croatian Cultural Center. Bulgarians, Croatians, Macedonians and Ukrainians will share the colors of their beautiful national costumes, the dancing steps and the music and songs of their land.


CSULA & Cinefamily
Wed. Mar. 15, 6pm & 7:30pm, Free at CSULA and $12 at Cinefamily, All ages
Heidi Saman’s directorial debut follows a young Egyptian-American stuck with a job in the quintessentially-LA valet parking industry. Amidst the economic collapse of 2008 and familial pressures, Steven Bassem negotiates middle-class anxiety and the conflicting pressures of assimilation, via Saman’s astute “fusion of stark alienation and deadpan humor” (The Hollywood Reporter).

Llévate Mis Amores
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Thu. Mar. 16, 5:30pm-8:15pm, Free, All ages
A close-up to Las Patronas, a group of Mexican women who since 1995 cook and give food every day to the migrants that travel on the freight train La Bestia, heading towards the United States. A personal diary that draws the limit between the life that we have to live and the live that we choose to live; a brave and stunning example of love and solidarity that contrasts with the violence that those who travel on the train must survive.

Raising Zoey
CSULA University-Student Union
Thu. Mar. 16, 7:30pm-9:30pm, Free, All ages
Raising Zoey is a documentary film about a transgender Latina teenager and young trans rights activist growing up in Los Angeles. The film screening will be followed by a discussion.

Lucha Mexico
Consulate General Of Mexico  (MacArthur Park)
Thu. Mar. 16, 6:00pm-9pm, Free, All ages
This is a screening of a documentary about Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling). We will have the joy to have the filmmakers at the Q&A. In addition to this wonderful screeening, our guests can enjoy our exhibit A TRES CAIDAS, by Demián Flores & Oscar Zagal. Doors: 6pm, Screening: 6:30pm

A Week of French Language Cinema
Theater Raymond Kabbaz (Century City)
Sat. Mar. 18-Thu. Mar. 23, 7:30pm, $5/film, All ages
Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz (TRK) presents A Week of French Language Cinema in Los Angeles, with nightly screenings of critically acclaimed Francophone films, from Saturday, March 18 to Thursday, March 23, 2017. The program includes notable films from Canada, Belgium, Senegal, France, Quebec and Switzerland. All films in French with English subtitles. All screenings are preceded by receptions, which begin at 7:00pm, except on the Sunday when the reception begins at 5:00pm and the screening at 5:30pm.

The Seventh Fire
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Mon. Mar. 20, 7pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
When gang leader Rob Brown is sentenced to prison for a fifth time, he must confront his role in bringing violent drug culture into his beloved American Indian community in northern Minnesota. As Rob reckons with his past, his seventeen-year-old protégé, Kevin, dreams of the future: becoming the most powerful and feared Native gangster on the reservation.

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