Our Cultural Picks for May 31-June 6

by Tom Nguyen

The first week of June is exploding with events! Don’t miss Los Cambalache at Aratani World Series season finale. Julieta Venegas, Hot 8 Brass Band from NOLA, acoustic guitarist/singer Jennah Bell, and avante-garde group Filastine & Nova at Zebulon a new venue with really eclectic programming of world musicMy favs Selenamos and YANGA are at La Cita and Cuban music fans, don’t miss Cuban American Music Festival with a stacked lineup: Los Van Van signer Yeni Valdes, DJ Guajiro, Charanga Cubana, Changui Majadero, Rumbankete and the Arsenio Rodriguez Project. Also San Miguel with dance teacher Katie Hernandez at The Mint. More places to shake your booty at NuTropic, CuLosAngeles, WOMXN Sound of Cumbia with Cuicani, TheLIFT, and bring the whole family to FandangObon and Viver Brasil’s Samba in the Streets dance & drum series. 12th annual Lummis Day is happening and please support artists, artisans and vital causes in our communities of color at Barrio de Artes with La Junta, Caracol END of Spring MarketplaceFree Red Fawn! FundraiserSave Eastside Café Fundraiser BrunchAlternative Facts: music, poetry, & art show.


Jennah Bell
Hotel Cafe (Hollywood)
May 31, 9pm, $10, 21+
In 2012 Jennah Bell, a young singer-songwriter with a guitar and a fierce folksy sound, stole the hearts of the leaders of okayplayer.com…After listening to the recording, okayplayer.com decided to release it as a live EP under its record label. It was a decision that spoke to Bell’s promising sound and musical sophistication. Now at age 26, her music has evolved even further. Her latest EP titled Anatomy is proof of that growth. With a range of melancholy and sweet tunes, the five-track project is the equivalent of a warm slice of apple pie. ~ Beyond Classically Beautiful on Huffington Post

Selenamos w/ Yanga, Dj Fresko
La Cita (Downtown)
June 1, 9pm, $10, 21+
Hi Folks, Selenamos is back to La Cita Bar this June 1st with Yanga, and friends…Selenamos?? #letsSelena #Cumbiaritmos Celebrate the first day of June with some tropical rhythms! Come dance Cumbia, Afro Caribbean rhythms and much more. Dj Fresko and guests will be playing the best tropical music on vinyl

Aleks Syntek Invites You To Discover The Music Of San Miguel
The Mint (Mid-City)
June 1, 8:30pm, $10-$15, 21+
En esta noche especial presentaremos mi nuevo álbum “Un Poquito de Amor Everyday” Producido por Cecilia Noël, Colin Hay from (Men At Work) y Un servidor. Tendremos el placer de tener como invitado especial al gran Aleks Syntek. También contaremos con la presencia de Kati Hernández (Cuba’s Dance Star in LA)

Filastine & Nova: Drapetomania 
Zebulon LA (Frogtown)
June 1, 9pm, $8-$10, 21+
Barcelona beat producer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth will share their new live AV performance, Drapetomania, in a rare US appearance. Filastine & Nova’s sound collides future bass with traditional Javanese singing, dirty analogue synths, and delicate strings. Spin magazine calls it “bass music for crumbling urban futures,” and Pitchfork says “they sound less like `world’ music and more like music from another world.” Another world is exactly what they aim to create, using sound, video, design, and dance to express a radically different vision of the possible.

Julieta Venegas
Dolby Theatre (Hollywood)
June 2, 8pm-11pm, $42.50+, All ages
Few singer/songwriters have as broad an appeal as Julieta Venegas. Having established herself as an alternative artist at the forefront of the Mexican music scene in the late 90s, her third album showed a departure into pop rock that immediately earned her worldwide attention. Her live shows translate the melodic hooks of her songs into a powerful performance, and many ticket holders stay on after in hopes that she’ll come back out for an encore. This is definitely one show fans wish would go on forever. Venegas promoted her sixth and most recent album Los Momentos, released in March 2013, at the Festival de Olmué in January 2013.

CAMBALACHE: Son Jarocho Made in East L.A.
Aratani Theatre (Little Tokyo)
June 3, 7pm, $15-$35, All ages
Created specially for the Aratani World Series, Cambalache invites their musical soul mates to trace the roots of Son Jarocho from Veracruz, Mexico to the streets of East LA. Artist Maestro Cesar Castro has given Cambalache their rank as a top Son Jarocho group outside of Mexico. With the help of international guest artists Cambalache will reveal personal histories and a joyous song list that contains inspirations from Son Jarocho tradicional & urbano, chicano oldies, hip-hop, bolero and son montuno. With a star list of guest artists – Louie Perez of Los Lobos,  Gilberto Gutierrez, Alfredo Herrera “El Godo”, Quetzal Flores, Rocio Marrón, Maya Jupiter, Alexandro Hernandez, Martha Gonzalez

Hot 8 Brass Band
Saint Rocke (Hermosa Beach)
June 3, 9pm, $15, 21+
The most enduring and exciting horn-driven collective spawned in jazz’s spiritual home since the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band has battled through hell and high water, including the death of four members and the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, to carve a 20-year-plus career that’s now garnering well-merited international recognition. Surviving such adversity has only served to strengthen their sound which, bolstered by injections of hip-hop and raw funk, has helped modernise the longstanding New Orleans jazz marching band tradition. ~ The Australian

Cuban American Musical Festival
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Downtown)
June 4, 12pm-8pm, $20-$40, 21+
The Cuban American Music Festival celebrates the rich Cuban culture and heritage in Los Angeles. Featured performers include former . Vendores will offer a selection of Cuban-inspired crafts, foods, and beverages. Watch cigar-rollers and try your skills at dominos. Tickets $20 general admission, $40 VIP.

May 31 Arohi Live at Espot with Dwight Trible
May 31 Fabiano do Nascimento + Sorne
May 31 Alborosie & Yellowman
June 3 Animating the Archives: An Evening of Women’s Music
June 3 Bohemia Suburbana
June 3 Rosana Arbelo
June 3 Pasto Seco
June 4 Christian Scott
June 5 Jazzin’ Up: Shakuhachi Interpretations By John Kaizan Neptune


NuTropic: DJ Santero & El Kool Kyle + Sólido
The Short Stop (Echo Park)
June 1, 9pm-2am, Free, 21+
2 bosses from the Bay Area come down to lace up the NuTropic dancefloor with their signature Baylando Records sonidos + live percussion accompaniment by Sólido. Fist pounds to Danny Holloway, Fresko and De Madrugada for serving up all vinyl gems in May…lastly, stay tuned for our 4th of July boat party announcement and more summer heat one-offs…moving forward like, sounds without borders!

CuLosAngeles w/ guests Rosa Pistola & Helikonia
The Lash (Downtown)
June 3, 10pm-2am, Free, 21+
Come to The Lash in DTLA on June 3rd! Your favorite tropical bass party’s favorite tropical bass party is back and as always, we’re looping in two of the baddest to keep the dancefloor nice and sweaty! Get ready for a fire ass set by Rosa Pistola (THE perreo queen hailing from D.F. Mexico) alongside L.A. baddie & Intersessions honcho, Helikonia. And rest assured, we’ll be playing all of your favorite jams, all night long: expect to hear your favorite riddims all night: dancehall, baile funk, Afrobeat, hip hop, trap, jersey, ballroom, bmore, bounce, dembow, cumbia and more in the backroom; house, grime & 2-step in the front room.

WOMXN Sound of Cumbia
1st Street Pool & Billiard (Boyle Heights)
June 3, 9pm-1:30am, $5-$10, 21+
Live Music & Dj’s: Cuicani Featuring Marlene Beltran Cuauhtin
Calling All Womxn To Fill The Dancehall – Womxn Identified – Womxn Of Color – Allies – Femmes – Stems – Lgtbqia2-s – Queers – Trans Folx – The Bisexuals And Asexuals – The Lesbians & The Gays – Crossdressers – The Gender Nonconforming – The Androgyny – Womxn Who Love Womxn – Feminine – The Slightly Butch & Butch – The Heauxs – The Witches – The Curanderas – The Ones Breaking The Paradox By Being In X– The Ones Supporting Womxn Music And Artisans – Bring Us The Ones Who Have No Masc Fragility – The Ones Who Want To Dance And Be Free…all Goes To Support Bands/ Artists, Queer Peoples, Queer People Of Color And Womxn Projects.

ComeUnity Festival + FandangObon
Westside Park
The ComeUnity Festival + FandangObon is a community event that aims to celebrate the long-established relationship between people of Japanese, Mexican and African ancestries in Los Angeles. Join us on June 04, 2017, 1-5PM for FREE healthy international food, cooking demos/workshops, children’s art activities, taiko drum workshops, neighborhood story sharing…and dancing, culminating with Great Leap’s FandangObon (FO). Great Leap’s FO convenes into one circle, the participatory music and dance traditions of Fandango of Vera Cruz, Mexico, rooted in African, Mexican and indigenous music; Japanese Buddhist Obon circle dances in remembrance of ancestors; and West African dance and drums of Nigeria and New Guinea.

TheLIFT – Resist Together in the Music
Location TBA
June 4, 2pm-10pm, $20, 21+
an afternoon into evening affair… 100% of all profits will be split equally between ACLU, NOW, PLANNED PARENTHOOD and STANDING ROCK….yes, yes… we said feburary was the last, but that was prior to these past 100+ days of federal foolishness. so… we will continue to raise much needed funds and awareness to preserve diversity and our individual rights…. we shall resist in the music! let’s surpass the nearly $11k raised last time in the SEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY… shall we?

SAMBA In the Streets with Viver Brasil
KAOS Network (Leimert Park)
June 5-June 19, Free, All ages
Experience the joy of Afro-Brazilian dance, drumming and song. All classes are free and open to the public! Samba in the Streets participants will have the wonderful opportunity to parade in a Bahian Bloco Afro procession ON JUNE 25 & JULY 30 in conjunction with Leimert Park Art Walk! Drums will be provided throughout the program. If you have your own drum, please bring it!

June 2-4 Cairo Shimmy Quake Bellydance Festival
June 2 Brasilian to Disco
June 3 Latin Sounds: Dr. Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz
June 3 Sudamericana: Beach House
June 3 Boombox
June 4 El Meneaito presents Dj Chucuchu (tijuana) + Eazy Uno (LA)


Highways Presents: 4×4 New Queer Latinx Works
Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica)
June 2, 8:30pm-10:30pm, All ages
Highways Performance Space with Artistic directors Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly present 4×4 a night of celebration, expression, and familia, featuring brand new works from four up and coming Queer Latinx artists. Featuring new work from: Ana Bernal, Jean Decay, Martin Matamoros, Abe Zapata Jr.

Muralismo In Northeast L.A.
Historic Bank Building (Highland Park)
June 3, 12pm, Free, All ages
Join us as we celebrate our city’s art treasures. With over 60 archival prints by curator/art historian Isabel Rojas-Williams, printed by atelier Modern Multiples and prepared for exhibit by Frame Monster, “Muralismo” explores the history and process of mural creation. New work will be created, on-site, by muralist Wayne Alaniz Healy. Also check out Northeast Los Angeles Mural Bike Ride 2017.

Barrio de Artes
Primera Taza (Boyle Heights)
June 3, 5pm-10pm, Free, All ages
JUNE we’ve got a hell of an event for you guys! We’ve teamed up with La Junta ? 5pm-10pm Vinyl D.J.’s, Open Mic , Vendors, and Art Share.?? Also some live painting from the wonderful Vanna Mae Art.

Alternative Facts: music, poetry, & art show
CIELO galleries/studios (Historic South Central)
June 3, 6pm-10pm, Free, All ages
There will be live music, poetry and Art! These are all True Facts!
Featured Artists: Ana Bernal, Amina Cruz, Elena Lavache, Jesua Bones, Elwing Gonzales, Álvaro Daniel Márquez, Arthur Carrillo, Chavez Art, Billy Buros, Michael Sedano, Andy. Music Performances By: Jurni Rayne, Bloody Gypsys. Poetry by: Karineh Mahdessian, F Douglas Brown, Jessica Ceballos Campbell, Cyn Gonzalez, Shahe Mankerian, Steady

WIND Comedy Night
Self Help Graphics & Art (Boyle Heights)
June 3, 4pm-7pm, Free, All ages
Walking in a New Direction #WIND program will be hosting a comedy night show on Saturday June 3 at 4:00pm and EVERYONE is welcome to attend. This event will be FREE and open to the public so bring your family, friends, and loved ones to enjoy a night of laughter, art, music, food, and FUN! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity starring Native comedians Jim Ruel and Dakota Black!! Please RSVP today, thank you and have a great day! #UAII #UAIIcommunity #UAIIinvolved

May 31-June 4 The Sweetheart Deal (Closing weekend)
June 2-3 I3 Arts Fest 2017
June 3 Special: Korean Inspiration: A Night of Art & Exploration
June 6 Tuesday Night Cafe


12th Annual Lummis Day Festival
Various locations in Northeast LA
June 2-4, Free, All ages
Lummis Day celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and culminates in a Sunday festival with dance performances by Chester Whitmore, Iris Company, Lula Washington, Ballet Coco, Carol Russek Spanish & Mexican Dancers, & Ballet Bravo. Music by MoForro, Adaawe, Teen Judge, Jason Heath & the Greedy Souls, Selah Gospel Choir, The Brilliant Gypsies, The Tracks, Casa de Calacas, Salt Petal, Karin Tobin, Serena Jean, Los Jarochicos de Lincoln Heights, Raul Martinez Singers & Dancers, PLUS the Fish Gotta Swim-Birds Gotta Fly Parade, Teatro Arroyo’s Alicia In Arroyoland, th Puppets & Players Little Theater, the Anahuac Soccer League, the Franklin Robo-Nerds, the L.A. River Rover, the Los Feliz Charter School of the Arts, the Eco Voices & Science Corps, the ASNC Crafts booth, the Tongva Crafts table and more, more, more. Non-stop entertainment from noon to 7pm.

Save Eastside Café Fundraiser Brunch
Eastside Café (El Sereno)
June 3, 11am-4pm, $5/plate, All ages
Save Eastside Café. Come break bread with the community members of El Sereno. We will have brunch plates with drinks. Please help support their GoFundMe.

Caracol END of Spring Marketplace
Tropico de Nopal (Historic Filipinotown)
June 4, 12pm-6pm, Free, All ages
Caracol End of Spring Marketplace: Join us for our second marketplace of the year. Come spend the aftetnoon with us! Shop consciously, support your local economy and help handmade culture thrive in our community.

Free Red Fawn! Fundraiser
Self Help Graphics & Art (Boyle Heights)
June 4, 2pm-6pm, Free, All ages
On Sunday, June 4th, join us at Self Help Graphics & Art to support a fundraiser for our sister/political prisoner/water protector, Red Fawn.
+Live performances By:
Stephanie Saallee, lNahko Bear, Cempoalli , Miracle Dolls, Yaz Like Jaws, and more TBA!
+Silent auction items from Indigenous/Frontline Arists:
Josué Rivas Foto, Bucky Harjo, Ernesto Yerena Montejano, SunRose Ironshell, Cempoalli Twenny, Ishi Glinsky, Gustavo Rimada, Pablita Velarde, Amber Morningstar Byars, Ginew, Lindsey V, Kara Logan, Olivia Shove, Faith E, Jeff Slim, Storm Cloud, and more!
+Indigenous activists/Guest speakers: Red Dawn, Arrow Banks, Mikilani Young, Lydia Ponce, SunRose Ironshell, Aldo Seoane, and XiuhtezcautlMartinez!

Jeff Halper on Israel/Palestine in the Post-Colonial Age
Workmen’s Circle Cultural Center (Pico-Robertson)
June 4, 4pm-6pm, $5-$10 suggested donation, All ages
International experts, human rights workers and millions around the world argue that a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, now nearly 70 years old, is essential to establish peace in the region. Yet Israel has only strengthened its hold over the territories it captured in 1967, and is becoming more entrenched in its own exceptionalism with each passing year. Jeff Halper, an Israeli-American anthropologist, is the author of An Israeli in Palestine and War Against the People: Israel, The Palestinians, and Global Pacification. On Sunday, June 4, 4 pm, he will address Israel/Palestine in the Post-Colonial Age with a view to answering the question “How Does Israel Get Away With It?” which was the framework for War Against the People. He will also explain his assertion that “Israel has gone way beyond Apartheid.”

June 2-4 Northridge Hawaiian Festival – “Northridge Ho’olau’lea”
June 3 17th Annual Car Show
June 3-4 14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
June 3 Dinner with Frida
June 3 Boyle Heights Youth Festival – 2017


Sami Blood
Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
May 31, 7:30pm, $8-$12, All ages
Fourteen-year-old Elle Marja (talented newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok) is a reindeer-herding Sámi girl growing up in the 1930s. Exposed to the era’s racial biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life – but to achieve it, she will have to break all ties with her family and culture. “A moving, classically rendered coming-of-age tale set against the scarring social prejudices of the 1930s, this handsome debut feature from Swedish- Sámi writer-director Amanda Kernell robustly blends adolescent fears that resonate across borders and generations with a fascinatingly specific, rarely depicted cultural context.” – Guy Lodge, Variety.

NELA Film- NELA Alive
Thorne Hall (Occidental College)
June 2, 7pm-9:30pm, Free, All ages
The Lummis Day Festival, in partnership with the Highland Park Independent Film Festival and the Occidental College Institute for the Study of Los Angeles presents NELA FILM- NELA Alive. Appearances by Culture Clash’s Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas, L.A. Poet Laureate emeritus Luis J. Rodriguez, Filmmakers Stephen Pagano, Dustin Brown, John Buck and John Cantu
The five short films selected for the program range from satirical comedy to provocative documentary to gut-wrenching drama.

Haunted Memories Film Screening and Closing Night
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
June 2, 7pm-10pm, Free, All ages
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock is proud to present Haunted Memories, a group show and film program showcasing artists and filmmakers in an exploration of fear, both individual and collective and real and imagined. The project, curated by artist Carla Jay Harris and filmmaker Erica Mountain, investigates how fear is created, retained, manifested, and played back in the minds and bodies of those who hold it. In the exhibition’s featured works, figure, emotion, environment, and psychology are inescapably linked. The artists tackle fear as it materializes in contemporary culture, pop culture, and artistic process.

KCET FINE CUT Film Festival
Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
June 4, 4pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
KCET’s 18th Annual FINE CUT Festival of Films presents exemplary shorts made by students and emerging filmmakers from around the world, from cutting-edge animation to the best in documentary cinema. Thanks to a partnership with The American Pavilion, honorees from the festival will have an opportunity to be a part of the 70th annual Cannes International Film Festival.

RAW Film Festival ’17
Bootleg Theatre (Westlake)
June 4, 11:30am-11:30pm, Free-$15/film, 21+
RAWFF is the innovative film festival from acclaimed arts showcase presenters RAW: natural born artists. Taking place at the Bootleg Theater, the one day pop-up shorts fest features work from local talent across Southern California and beyond. Numerous cinematic disciplines are be represented, with a focus on fresh, edgy, subversive programming from innovative indies on the come-up. With a focus on multidisciplinary filmmakers and high conceptualization, the day and night are peppered with live performances and installations, each directly related to the films shown.

May 31 Minha Mãe é uma Peça 2 (My Mother Is A Character 2)
June 2 Action! presents The Native and the Refugee
June 3 Khadim Dai: Life as a Hazara Refugee
June 3 Etheria Film Night 2017
June 3 Unknown Warriors of World War II
June 4 10th Annual LACLA Student Film Festival
June 4 La Collectionneuse: Fantastic Planet

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