by Tom Nguyen
Summer is pretty much here, folks…weather’s hot, Grand Performances just announced their summer concert lineup and La Junta is kicking off a month early this Sunday! Today is also Denim Day to raise awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Aloe Blacc and Maya Jupiter performing. Flowers RDM kicked off to a great start last month, celebrating Afro-Caribbean artists and diaspora here in LA, and is back! More great shows: Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha, Chicano Batman, Rumbankete and really special: The Bronzeville Union, a supergroup playing 40s jazz, commemorating the forgotten history of the African American community of Bronzeville in Little Tokyo, as part of the 33rd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Film fans should also not miss the 12th Edition South East European Film Festival. April 29th is the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising. Don’t miss Community Coalition’s Reimagine Justice exhibit before it ends this weekend and a lot of community events like Future Fest – March, Rally, and Community Festival, The LA Uprising: 25 Years Later at Hammer Museum, Las Fotos Project Feminist Uprising exhibit, Tia Chucha’s Celebrating Words Festival and many more great community and cultural events below!
Denim Day 2017: Aloe Blacc + Maya Jupiter
Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
Wed. Apr. 26, 4pm-9pm, Free, All ages
The GUESS Foundation + Peace Over Violence in partnership with Downtown Santa Monica invite you to support Denim Day 2017 on Wednesday, April 26th at Third Street Promenade Santa Monica. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) we invite you to WEAR JEANS WITH A PURPOSE and join us at this FREE public event. At 6PM, enjoy a LIVE outdoor performance by Aloe Blacc & Maya Jupiter (stage on the 3rd Street and Wilshire block).
Flowers RDM: Spring Edition
Los Globos (Silver Lake)
Thu. Apr. 27, 9pm-2am, $12-$15, 21+
Flowers RDM: the space of Rhythm Delight Music where Afro Caribbean vibes intersect with the diversity of the LA music scene… It’s time to bloom together and build gardens…not walls! Come ready to explore and vibe to the sounds of soul, hip hop and the heartbeat of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. In this edition Artist and Producer, Aponte, brings his friends that represent the diversity of LA, OC, and Puerto Rico. This month’s artists have roots in Mexico, Panama, and Cuba and bring their talent and personal perspective to the LA backdrop. Special Guests Include: Pegasus Warning, Weapons of Mass Creation, basico3 from Guatemala and more!
Dakhabrakha & Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares
Walt Disney Concert Hall (Downtown)
Fri. Apr. 28, 8pm-11pm, $41, All ages
Dressed in striking traditional costumes, the multi-instrumental quartet from Ukraine DakhaBrakha (“give/take” in Ukrainian) mixes Eastern Europe’s folklore and rhythms with the urban avant-garde. Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares (The Mystery of Bulgarian Voices), the celebrated all-female folk choir, opens the evening with harmonies and arrangements that showcase the characteristic timbres and rhythms of traditional Bulgarian music. Continue Reading →