Top Cultural Events in LA: November 16-22

by Tom Nguyen

Catch MITRE and Fernanda Ulibarri with a host of special guests like Sin Color’s Crisia Regalado, Nancy Sanchez and more! AF3IRM LA will have a concert with Maya Jupiter and more in solidarity with Standing Rock. É Arenas (Chicano Batman’s bassist) debuts his solo album along with Rudy de Anda. Mark de Clive Lowe celebrates 6 years of CHURCH and Todos Tus Muertos, a long-time rasta punk band from Argentina plays the Echoplex on Sunday. I’d love to see Mon Laferte, rising Chilean indie phenom, but the show is sold out. Come dance on Saturday at round 2 of Soul Sessions vs. Subsuelo!

Red Nation Film Festival and LA Skins Festival continue this week, CSUN hosts the 3rd annual Latin American Film and Art Festival and Aero Theatre hosts Cinema Italian Style. Brasil Brasil Cultural Center hosts their annual Zumbi Festival to commemorate Brazil’s National Black Consciousness Day and celebrate Afro-Brazilian history, culture and pride symbolized by Zumbi, an Afro-Brazilian freedom fighter. Wrap up the weekend at Downtown LA Arts Festival 2016 featuring rising afrobeat star Young Paris with special guest Thundercat.


MITRE and Fernanda Ulibarri & The Mexican Standoff
La Cita (Downtown)
Wed. November 16, 9am-2am, $5, 21+
Last show of the year to catch the ballads of MITRE, the Mexican polkas of Fer Ulibarri and guest artists Crisia Regalado from Sin Color, Nancy Sanchez, Alexandro D. Hernández and “La Catrina Katarina” Hugo Melendez.

From Resistance to Liberation: L.A. Stands w/ Standing Rock: Maya Jupiter & more
977 1/2 Chung King Rd (Chinatown)
Thu. November 17, $10 suggested donation, All ages
It is important now, more than ever, to conspire with our Native comrades in fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline and in demanding Native liberation. AF3IRM LA is hosting “From Resistance to Liberation: LA Stands with Standing Rock” in order to raise funding for much needed supplies and resources. Join us for a night of resistance through art, music and conversation! Performers: Maya Jupiter, Faith Santilla, Eddika Organista, Leilia.

É Arenas (Chicano Batman) Record Release Show + Rudy de Anda
Multiply.LA (Downtown)
Fri. November 18, 8pm-1am, $10, 18+
Eduardo Arenas, Chicano Batman bassist, will be releasing his solo album, 6 years in the making! So well regarded is he among fans and fellow musicians, that he doubled his crowdfunding goal recently to get the vinyls and CDs released! A celebration and performance not to be missed!

CANCELLED! Mark de Clive-Lowe’s Church 6 Year Anniversary Party 
OSSO (Downtown)
Sat. November 19, 9pm-2am, $10-15, 21+

Mon Laferte with Angel City Records Revue & Esteman
The Roxy (West Hollywood)
Sun. November 20, 7pm-10pm, $25-60 (SOLD OUT), All ages

Fidel Nadal y Todos Tus Muertos
Echoplex (Echo Park)
Sun. November 20, 8:30pm, $18.50-38.50, 18+


Forró in Los Angeles November Dance Party w/ Pé de Forró
Tropico de Nopal (Historic Filipinotown)
Fri. November 18, 9pm-2am, $10, All ages

Soul Sessions VS Subsuelo Sound
Grand Star Jazz (Chinatown)
Sat. November 19, 9pm-2am, $5-10, 21+

Mal’s Bar (Historic South Central)
Sat. November 19, 9pm-2am, $5, 21+

El Dusty, Play-N-Skillz, Jamie Prado, Chulita Vinyl Club
Los Globos (Silver Lake)
Sat. November 19, 9pm-2am, $5, 21+


13th Red Nation Film Festival
Laemmle Playhouse 7 (Pasadena)
Fri. November 11-Mon. November 21, All ages
Los Angeles Red Nation Film Festival The Authenic Voice of American Indian & Indigenous Cinema. Films. Conversation Series. Native Women in Film & Television. Music Performances. Two-Spirited Forum. Student Films. Indigenous Womens Water March. VIP Party. Indigenus Music. Welcome Gala. Star-Studded On the Red is Green Carpet. ‘NATIVE FILM MARKET-Indigenous Filmmaker Showcase’ RNCI Red Nation Awards LIVE broadcast on Red Nation Television Network – Native is Here.

Various Venues
Tue. November 15-Sun. November 20, All Ages
LA SKINS FEST is a Native American Film Festival. The fest offers year round programming and our flagship film festival every November.

70 Acres in Chicago: Public Housing & Activism Series
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Wed. November 16, 12:30pm-2pm, Free, All ages

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Wed. November 16, 7pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true?

Cinema Italian Style 2016
Aero Theatre and Egyptian Theatre
Thu. November 17-Tue. November 22, Free-$11, All ages

2016 Latin American Film and Art Festival
CSUN (Northridge)
Fri. November 18-Mon. November 21, Free, All ages
The Latin American Festival is taking place at California State University Northridge from November 18 through 21, 2016. Sponsored by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the Department of Cinema and Television Arts, the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, and UNAM Los Angeles. The four day event will feature films highlighting some of Latin America’s most talented filmmakers. Screenings include Alias Maria, Colombian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards and The Companion (El Acompañante), Cuban entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

MY HERO 12th Annual International Film Festival
New Roads School (Santa Monica)
Sat. November 19, 4pm-10pm, $10-250, All ages
Join us for the festival that brings together media makers of all ages to celebrate the best of humanity. Meet the inspiring filmmakers and heroes who are changing our world during our 12th annual Multiemedia Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 19th at the New Roads School Moss Theater in Santa Monica.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Sat. November 19, 7pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell To Europe
Goethe Institut (Miracle Mile)
Sun. November 20, 3pm-6pm, Free, All ages
In 1936, Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig decided to leave Europe permanently. The film recounts his exile, from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, from New York to Petrópolis. Austria’s Official Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film – 89th Academy Awards®


ZOOT SUIT Celebration and Special Ticket Sale
Music Center (Downtown)
Fri. November 18, 12pm-8pm, Free, All ages
Buy One “Zoot Suit” Ticket, Get One Free, In Person Only On November 18. Tickets for Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum’s production of “Zoot Suit” go on sale Friday, November 18, 2016, with a celebratory on-sale event from noon to 3 p.m. in front of the Ahmanson Theatre on the Music Center Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Plaza events will include zoot suit-wearing dancers and models provided by El Pachuco Zoot Suits, Inc. clothing company and Barrio Dandy; and live music from the Ragsdale Quartet featuring Alexis de la Rocha. Patina’s Tina Tacos will be open for the event and food trucks will also be accessible near the plaza. Events will be live broadcast on KTNQ 1020 AM and KRCD Recuerdo 103.9 FM/98.3 FM.

Black Book Sessions 23 in Boyle Heights
Self Help Graphics (Boyle Heights)
Sat. November 19, 12pm-5pm, Free, All ages

Artists Corner: November
Daily Brew Coffee Bar (Montebello)
Sat. November 19, 4pm-9pm, Free, All ages

24th Annual Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour
Avenue 50 Studio (Highland Park)
Sun. November 20, 9am-5pm, $10, All ages

Tamales Tequila y Tonterias
Little Casa (Boyle Heights)
Sun. November 20, 7:30pm-10:30pm, $5, All ages


Honoring Zumbi: Capoeira Batuque’s 10th Annual Zumbi Festival
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center (Culver City)
Fri. November 18-Sun. November 20, $45, All ages
Capeoira, Potluck Dinner & Talent Show, Jongo (Roots of Samba), Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.

National Conversation on Immigration: Barriers and Access
Japanese American National Museum (Little Tokyo)
Sat. November 19, 10am-4pm, Free, All ages
On the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives is hosting a series of conversations across the country to explore the complex issues around human and civil rights in the modern era. JANM is proud to host this free daylong conversation on immigration.

26th Annual Mariachi Festival
Mariachi Plaza (Boyle Heights)
Sun. November 20, 10am-7:30pm, Free, All ages

Downtown LA Arts Festival 2016
The Container Yard (Downtown)
Sun. November 20, 11am-8:30pm, Free, All ages

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