Our Cultural Picks for Los Angeles: April 26-May 2


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! 

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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 →

Our Top Cultural Picks in Los Angeles: April 19-25


by Tom Nguyen

This week is a preview of what LA summer is like! Hot 90s weather and too many great events! Just the music alone: RARE chance to see Palestinian rapper Shadia Mansour, Lila Downs with Monsieur PerinéOrgone x Monophonics, Vieux Farka Touré, Balkan Beat Box, Mare Advertencia Lirika and Supaman, and local favorites like Quetzal, Quitapenas, Sin Color, Tropi Corillo. Long-running dance parties, The Root Down and JUJU, plus Ondatrópica DJ set are going to have the dance floors on fire.

As we approach the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising, there are important discussions like Women in the Movement as part of Community Coalition’s Re-Imagine Justice exhibit, dialogue and commemoration between the African American and Korean American communities at Saigu: 25 Years Later Remix, and LA 92 photo exhibit at Casa 0101.

Don’t miss Garifuna Festival at MOLAA, LA Times Festival of Books and important films at CineArte Latinx Queer Film & Art Festival, Canada Now 2017, 21st Annual COLCOA French Film Festival and many more great cultural happenings below!

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Freedom Dreams: A conversation with Shadia Mansour
Boyle Heights Arts Conservancy
Wed. Apr. 19, 6pm-9pm, $15 suggested donation, All ages
Please join us for a intimate conversation and performance with Shadia Mansour, “the first lady of Arabic hip-hop”, to learn and explore how a female Arab Hip-Hop MC is resisting against the Politics of fear. Shadia Mansour, “the first lady of Arabic hip-hop”, is a London-born Palestinian singer and MC. Mansour began singing at Palestinian protest rallies as a child and became known in London’s Palestinian community for performing classical Arab songs of protest at an early age. She has toured with Existence is Resistance, an organization supporting hip-hop shows in Palestine, recorded with artists M-1 of dead prez and Omar Offendum, and is part of the “Arab League” hip-hop collective. A minimun donation of $15 is suggested. All proceeds to support Af3irm, Translatin@ Coalition and the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory. Tickets at bit.ly/shadiainla

Orgone x Monophonics – “West Coast Soul Tour”
Troubadour (West Hollywod)
Fri. Apr. 21, 8pm $20-$22, All ages
Now and always, Orgone delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feel and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor. It all started with two kids from the San Fernando Valley, whose shared affinity for gritty soul records of the 60s and 70s collided with the colorful music cultures brewing in Los Angeles during the late 90s. Raised amid the rich musical culture and history of the San Francisco Bay Area, Monophonics proudly carry the torch through the generations into today’s musical landscape. Holding on to tradition, but by no means purists of any kind, they play their own brand of music known as “Psychedelic Soul.”

2nd Annual Weaving Words and Rhymes
Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales L.A. (South LA)
Sat. Apr. 22, 4pm-12am, $10-$15, All ages
The Weaving Words and rhymes concert promotes and revitalizes Indigenous languages in Los Angeles through music. By having performers that integrate language such as Zapoteca and Mixteco in their music, they are giving new life to Indigenous languages. By incorporating the language into non-traditional spaces they are also pioneering new forms of identity formation for a new generation. This art form is an innovative way to revitalize language preservation for new generations. All proceeds will be used for the FIOB Los Angeles to continue organizing great events like this one. Featuring Supaman, Mare Advertencia Lirika, Dj Survive, Inner city dwellers, Una Isu, Reflejo Yalalteco, Banda Descendencia Yalalteca, Grupo Folklorico Huaxyacac, Zapoteca Roots. #IndigenousHipHop #WeavingWordsNRhymes #Oaxaca Continue Reading →

Our Top Cultural Picks in Los Angeles: April 12-18


by Tom Nguyen

It’s Coachella weekend one and I actually enjoy a quieter week when all the scenesters empty out of LA. Kudos to Chicano Batman and Quitapenas getting major festival recognition; we’re rooting for them like we do all the many talented folks in our indie music community who’ve been plying their craft and putting in their dues, long before the cool kids noticed.

So come support these hard-working folks too: Sister Mantos, ¡Aparato!, The Mexican Standoff, De’Anza, Changui Majadero and catch some visiting Latin indie acts like Las Ligas Menores. Speaking of which, there’s a weekly series WOW combining music industry speakers giving advice paired with live performances, that I think hard-working independent musicians out there could gain a lot from. Iconic Cuban group Obsesión discusses hip hop & race at UCLA. Not sure if they’ll perform any music but still a rare opportunity to see them.

Get your groove on at the monthly Afro-Puerto Rican bomba night Noche Boricua, a special CHURCH sesssion by Mark de Clive-Lowe, and monthly The Floor Improv Night, and great cultural arts like DANCE India! Four Visions, the next Aratani World Series event. More eclectic music, art, film and community events below.

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Sister Mantos, Miss Jupiter, Aparato! X-Ray Eyes
Continental Room (Fullerton)
Wed. Apr. 12, 9pm, Free, 21+
Huge fan of Sister Mantos, mixing punk, funk, cumbias, and have you followed their Twitter? I love bands who are outspoken about social justice. We love futuristic Aparato! too!

Obsesión: Screening + Q&A of the Cuban, Hip Hop documentary: Desde el principio [From the beginning] and Conversation on hip hop and race in Cuba
UCLA
Wed. Apr. 12, 3pm-5pm & Thu. Apr. 13, 5pm-7pm, Free, All ages
This is a rare opportunity to hear from Obsesión, one of the most well-respected and longest-running hip hop groups in Cuba, who formed in 1996.

WOW Live Music and Music Industry Speaker Series: The Marias and Gemma Castro
Pitfire Pizza (Pasadena)
Thu. Apr. 13, 8pm, Free, All ages
The WOW Live Music and Music Industry Speaker Series takes place every Thursday with the purpose of bringing together the music community to share knowledge about topics like social media, booking shows, publicity, music licensing and more. Music industry experts will be presenting on the topics and followed by live band performances. The April 13th show will showcase music from Gemma Castro + The Marias. The April 2th show will showcase music from Brazilian artist Caro Pierotto. And the speakers for this night will be all women of color (moderated by Nancy Arteaga). The April 27th speaker event will be about lessons of touring artists and feature Ceci Bastida. Continue Reading →

Top Cultural Events in Los Angeles: April 5-11


by Tom Nguyen

This week, many of our local music community are coming together for great causes. Nance Arte Productions who I admire dearly is behind two of them: Tribute to Sharon Jones at The Regent will honor someone who was a mentor to her and a soul sensation to the world. A fitting tribute by LA’s best: Orgone, Buyepongo, Ethio Cali, Boogaloo Assassins, Breakestra & so many more. Then, more LA favs like Cutty Flam, Nancy Sanchez, Tropi Corillo, La Junta, Subsuelo, Funky Brewsterz and more will honor civil rights icon Dolores Huerta on her 87th birthday. Boleros de Noche season opener features Trio Casablanca & Andrea Zuniga at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. We’re giving away tickets to all of them to help spread the word. Sheila Govindarajnan, Doctors & Engineers and more perform at Earth Day South Los Angeles. 

Cumbieros: Mexican Soundsystem Cumbia release party at La Cita and Very Be Careful play a couple of shows. World music and jazz fans: Mahadev release show and Catina Deluna & Lado B Brazilian at Blue Whale, plus Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin with the Reggy Woods Trio at Fedora Bar, a hidden intimate space inside Au Lac. Bilal plays an intime show and Sampha from UK plays El Rey. Rare appearances by Entre Mujeres at The Getty and Vanessa Zamora at Civic Center Studios. And LA Phil’s Reykjavík Festival is showcasing Sigur Rós and some of the best contemporary Icelandic music. Great opportunity to learn Ghanaian dance & drum from Nani Agbeli at CFAER.

This month is the 25th anniversary of the LA Uprising and there are a lot of important events to discuss and reflect upon this pivotal moment in LA’s history and how relevant it still is. Go see Coalition Community’s Re-Imagine Justice exhibit and attend events like Solidarity: A Panel on Black and Brown Unity. USC School of Cinematic Arts will screen preview of L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later, produced by John Singleton. See Iconic: Black Panther Art Exhibit in Chinatown and Words Uncaged at Avenue 50 Studio. Film-wise, there are great socially conscious documentaries screening all over LA and definitely the highlight of the week is the 15th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, followed by the Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival next week. Also, Indonesian Night Market, Senegalese Independence Day Celebration and much more great culture below!

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Boleros De Noche ft. Trio Casablanca & Andrea Zuniga
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Downtown)
Fri. Apr. 7, 6:30pm-11pm, $20-$25, 21+
Our opening concert will feature TRIO CASABLANCA & ANDREA ZUNIGA! This night cannot be missed, as you will be highly mesmerized by the passionate & powerful voice of Andrea Zuniga. To close out the night we have TRIO CASABLANCA led by skilled “requintista”, Pedro Lopez. Trio Casablanca will captivate and warm our hearts with the classic sound of the trio romantico.

Tribute to Sharon Stone
The Regent (Downtown)
Fri. Apr. 7, 7pm-2am, $15, 18+
Featuring Adryon de León feat members of Orgone, Allensworth, Arise Roots, Boogaloo Assassins, Breakestra, Brainstory, Buyepongo, The Delirians, Ethio Cali, Jackie Mendez, DJs and more! All proceeds benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, James Brown Family Foundation, Little Kids Rock

Very Be Careful
Cal State Los Angeles (City Terrace) and Que Sera (Long Beach)
Fri. Apr. 7, 3pm, Free, All ages & Sat. Apr. 8, 9pm, $10, 21+
Very Be Careful are playing at Sounds of Sunset: Music and Art Festival on Friday and Que Sera in Long Beach on Saturday with The Delirians. Continue Reading →

Top Cultural Events in Los Angeles: March 29-April 4


by Tom Nguyen

Beautiful sunny week ahead with great music! Tinariwen from Mali is back touring with a new album with Dengue Fever opening, Red Baraat celebrates Holi and formerly exiled legend Kyaw Kyaw Naing with other master musicians from Myanmar at Aratani World Series. 1975 was the last time a Burmese orchestra performed here so this is a rare opportunity to see traditional Burmese music. Changüí Majadero & friends will be tearing up at La Cita, Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, Buyepongo play SchoolsNotPrisons tour in OC, La Misa Negra from the Bay with La Junta are going to be a scorcher on the dance floor, and hot funk, soul and rock with The Altons, Twin Seas & friends, and The Break Beats with Ethio Cali horns. Our friends The Living Sessions: Girls Rock LA and Sunset Eclectico spotlight Latin indie bands this Friday like Halo Circus and Melti, and jazz meets flamenco with Ethan Sultry Band with distinguished players at Blue Whale.

Great community art & performances to support: Mujeres en Movimiento: A Poetry Procession for the People at LA Plaza, Re-Imagine Justice Living Art exhibit opening, Peace, Unity & Change LA Youth Art Exhibit, International Latino Art Festival, Tuesday Night Cafe season opener, Ukrainian Culture Center‘s biggest event of the year, Annual Pysanka Festival, and Redlands Bowl hosting a preview of Guatemala Virtual Arts Festival, an interactive online portal launching April 7 to celebrate the fast growing Guatemalan community in Inland Empire and honor Guatemalan arts & culture. USC School of Cinematic Arts hosts great free films this week like Sleight, (if you liked Get Out, keep your eye on director J.D. Dillard), Spa Night and The Devil’s Mistress (part of Czech That Film festival). And much more below!

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Sabor del Mundo
La Cita (Downtown)
Wed. Mar. 29, 8pm, $10, 21+
Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova, Spain, World Jazz. Join us for an evening of eclectic vibrational sounds of the world featuring Changüí Majadero, Homenaje, and Xarás Trio! Xaras will be debuting the release of their album ‘Canciones del Mundo’.

Tinariwen with Dengue Fever
Belly Up (Solana Beach) and Fonda Theatre (Hollywood)
Thu. Mar. 30-Fri. Mar. 31, $25-$35, 21+ Belly Up, All ages Fonda Theatre
One of my absolute favorite bands on the planet, Tinariwen from Mali, are back with a new album that speaks to the strife they and their Tuareg people have personally experienced in the latest Malian conflict. Opening for them is Long Beach’s Cambodian psychedelic rock band Dengue Fever. Continue Reading →

3 Ecstatic Nights of African Virtuosos: Salif Keita, Noura Mint Seymali, African Guitar Summit


by Tom Nguyen

This past month, we were treated to not one, not two, but THREE nights in a row of world-class musicianship from Africa and her diaspora! In recent years, there have been a lot of international acts cancelled at the last minute due to visa issues, especially from Africa. In this even tougher climate of strict travel bans affecting many musicians, like at the recent SXSW festival, it just seems incredibly fortuitous to have so much great African talent visiting Southern California in one week: Salif Keita at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, Noura Mint Seymali at Caltech‘s Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena, and African Guitar Summit at the Aratani Theatre as part of the annual Aratani World Series in Little Tokyo.

First up was a relaxing road trip south to see legendary Salif Keita. He only had this show and another in San Francisco announced, with a pending Los Angeles date that never materialized. We left Los Angeles in the afternoon to make sure we avoided rush hour traffic for the hour and a half drive down to the Belly Up Tavern and let me tell you, it was well worth it!

It was my first time at the Belly Up, a live music institution in San Diego county since 1974! Unassuming on the outside, and gorgeous the moment you step in, its half moon shaped high ceiling recalls its origins as a US Navy prefabricated building during World War 2. From the friendly staff, to its polished wood bars, floors and stage, to its walls adorned with art work of generations of musicians who’ve played, there is a welcoming and unpretentious vibe here as well as an aura of storied musical history in this intimate venue. DJ Glenn Red, of Afro Funke and La Junta, who I carpooled with, recalled his early formative years in the 90s as a music lover and concert goer, seeing Erykah Badu and many others there, before they became big stars.

The King Salif Keita is here!!! @bellyuptavern 💕💕💕

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Top Cultural Events in Los Angeles: March 22-28


by Tom Nguyen

Eclectic week of music, friends: JAIN from France and Princess Nokia* play sold-out shows. BIA and Los Rakas in town too. So much beautiful fusion of jazz, ambient, soul, blues and world music: Josef Leimberg & The Astral Progressions, Low Leaf & Mia Doi Todd, José James*, Dexter Story and Marcel Camargo leading a whole cast of talents in Celebrating African Heritage, Yemen Blues and CharlElie Couture*. East LA’s Quetzal album release show at JACCC and Buyepongo, 4th Annual Mariachi Women’s Festival, La Chamba, and a new favorite, El Santo Golpe, bring tropical heat to the IE. Aloe Blacc, Cambalache & Jornaleros Del Norte will sing to show support for Pasadena voting to become a sanctuary city, Ron Finley aka the Gangsta Gardener will talk about activism at California African American Museum, the Hammer Museum hosts Her Dream Deferred: On the Status of Black Women. Hollywood Carnival celebrating Caribbean music & dance launches this Friday and much, much more happening all across SoCal this week! *Enter our ticket giveaways!

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JAIN
Troubadour (West Hollywood)
Wed. Mar. 23, 9pm, $15-$18, All ages
The French singer with Madagascan roots, who grew up in UAE and the Congo, plays a sold out show at the Troubadour.

Princess Nokia
Globe Theatre (Downtown)
Fri. Mar. 24, 10pm, $25, 21+
“Her full length debut project Metallic Butterfly, saw Frasqueri shape shift into the artist we now know as Princess Nokia. Heavily influenced by DrumNBass and NYC house, Butterfly was an ode to Afro-futurism, anime, comic books, love and Frasqueri’s now signature afro-indigenous urban feminism….It’s the ease with which Frasqueri slips in and out of identities and musical influences that makes her so interesting. She leaves nothing at the door and no label is sufficient: Nuyorican, African, Taina, Bruja, Queer, The Supreme, Ghetto, Tomboy, Bronx Bred, Harlemite, Santera, Goth, Bitch, Nerd, Rapper, Singer, Punk, House, Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul, Trap, Drum-n-Bass; Frasqueri proudly and defiantly embodies all of these simultaneously, while giving a middle finger to anyone who tries to put her or her music in a box.” – Mayda del Valle, EnClave.LA Continue Reading →

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.

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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
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Top Cultural Events in Los Angeles: March 8-14


by Tom Nguyen

Sunny week in LA and the music calendar is hot! 3 amazing African acts back to back: rare opportunity to see legendary Salif Keita at Belly Up in San Diego, Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali at Cal Tech, and African Guitar Summit with master musicians from Madagascar, Guinea and Ghana at Aratani Theater. Great local artists too: Jungle Fire‘s album release at CFAER, Irene Diaz, Cuicani, The Altons, Twin Seas, Fer Uli, De’Anza, Rudy De Anda, Aztlan Underground, ViceVersa and rappers Bambu and Medusa.

This weekend’s Hindu Holi and Persian Nowruz spring festivals are tempered by the recent racially-motivated shootings and murders of Indian and Sikh men across the country, some mistaken as Iranians. With the murders of 7 transgender women already in 2017, representation and humanization of anyone regarded as different is not just important, it’s a matter of life and death. That’s why it’s crucial to support the 1st annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, Viva La Muxer benefiting Las Fotos Project and Eres Poderosa Vol. 2 at Espacio 1839, and Shoruq Children’s Debka & Hip-hop at Downey Theatre direct from Palestine, to elevate and celebrate marginalized voices.

Diné (Navajo) Grandmothers are paying a rare visit to raise awareness of the plight of their Arizona homeland, Native Voices and Los Angeles Theater Center premiere new plays, and Downtown Bookfest features Mayda Del Valle, Cut Chemist and Get Lit poets. Rapturous Afro-Brazilian dance company Balé Folclórico da Bahia are in town too. Enjoy the video from African Guitar Summit and use code AFRICA to get $10 discount on orchestra seats for their Saturday show at Aratani Theater!

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The Altons, Cuicani, Gemma Castro
East Side Luv (Boyle Heights)
Wed. Mar. 8, 9pm, Free, 21+
We were honored with the opportunity to premiere Cuicani’s new video “New Day” last week and this week, you can see them live for free with another favorite, The Altons, and Gemma Castro! Continue Reading →

Top Cultural Events in Los Angeles: March 1-7


by Tom Nguyen

March is Women’s History Month and there are lots of events this week honoring the hard work, advocacy and empowerment women have been doing in our communities of color. Mujeres de Maiz, featuring so many powerful women artists, celebrates 20 years at LA Plaza, AF3IRM leads the International Women’s Day March and Rally, Chingona Fire & more great WOC artists at Skirball for March Forth!

Musically a hot week & so proud of LA’s Latin indie bands! Chicano Batman at The Roxy, Quetzal & Cambalache at Shannon CenterBoiler Room: Buyepongo + Quantic + Mexican Institute of Sound, La Chamba is at Eastside Luv, Boogaloo Assassins with Quitapenas at Alex’s Bar. Brazilian music fans can catch Thalma de Freitas honoring her legendary father Laércio de Freitas at Blue Whale, and Kátia Moraes presents the 6th Brazilian Heart with 13 Brazilian women singers at Electric Lodge. Ethio Cali‘s Todd Simon celebrates his birthday with special guests at General Lee‘s and Jungle Fire horns are backing up The Break Beats at The Lost Knight (Don’t miss JF’s release show March 10 at CFAER!). In town are Sinkane at Bootleg, José González at Royce Hall, Helado Negro at Resident. Maleek Berry will spin Afrobeat-Pop at Afrolituation at Los Globos, SF’s long-running Non Stop Bhangra returns to LA at Resident, and the Colombian community celebrates Carnaval de Barranquilla at Globe Theater. Hot tip: Catch Sudan Archives, fast rising Stones Throw artist, at Andando: Erika Moreira exhibit opening at O Gallery.

Lots of community events this week too: Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, #BlackLivesMatter: Mothers of the Movement will have a conversation with Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin) and Lezley McSpadden (Michael Brown) at CSULA. LA Story at MOLAA celebrates Chicano lifestyle and car culture. The Markaz reflects on 10th Anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabbi Street, at Chevalier Books15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival at Chinese American Musem, Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens, and Metro presents 626 Golden Streets. Colors of Guatemala Book Launch at CARECEN-LA, First Thursdays in Little Ethiopia and much more below!

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