Our Cultural Picks for Los Angeles: June 7-13

by Tom Nguyen

With all that’s going on this week, I still consider it a “quiet” week before all the free summer concerts everywhere start to kick into full gear! Support the homies this week: one of my newest favorite bands Earth Arrow, Sister Mantos, Nancy Sanchez CD release party, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Quetzal, Sin Color and La Junta, and the Brazilian music community is joining forces to put on Choro and Afro-Roots and Funk + Forró Dance Party. Another Brazilian band Boogarins are here, plus we’re giving away tickets to Los Cafres and Locos por Juana with Tropico Modular, a Palenke Soultribe side project. Hola Mexico, one of my favorite film festivals, and Mixed Remixed, the largest celebration of interracial, mixed race experience in the nation, are happening in downtown, as well as many more great cultural and outdoor events all over SoCal, like Dia de San Juan Puerto Rican festival in Long Beach, CicLAvia from Glendale to Atwater Village, Playboy Jazz FestivalLA Pride, the many art walks & more!


Earth Arrow, Sister Mantos, Oscura Luna +dj Selvatica
The Offbeat (Highland Park)
Wed. June 7, 9pm, Free, 21+
One of my newest favorite bands, Earth Arrow…socially conscious and defiant, unabashed and fiery, watching them perform is what one friend described as “what it must have felt like being in radical Oakland in the 70s!” They describe themselves as “a Los Angeles Afro-cuban hip hop based band focusing on reviving ancient african and indigenous rhythms and dance .Earth Arrow is a reflection of the fire that burns in the hearts of all who live in colonized lands across the world. A pioneer of indigenous blues sounds, they set out to defy expectations and explore new realms of emotional intensity while incorporating modern hip hop and jazz sabor. Ancient and modern, the guitar licks, piano solos, and percussions hail from the ancestors and channels their visions for the future. Humbly playing to spread truth, justice, and light over the lands. The 6th sun is here.”

Boogarins w/ Jjuujjuu
Bootleg Theater
Thu. June 8, 8pm, $12-$14, 21+
Boogarins’ Fernando “Dino” Almeida and Benke Ferraz began playing music together as teenagers in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia– recording psychedelic pop in their parents’ gardens, filtering their country’s rich musical history through a very modern lens.

Nancy Sanchez: American Novio CD Release
Resident (Downtown)
Fri. June 9, 8pm, Free, 21+
Its finally here! I am so excited for this release of my new album American Novio. I am so grateful to all the musicians, Eugene Toale and Mares Entertainment for making this happen. Come celebrate this release along with our friends El Haru Kuroi and DJ Glenn Red.

Brazilla presents: Choro and Afro-Roots
Zebulon LA (Frogtown)
Fri. June 9, 9pm, $15, 21+
Braziilla is a blessing to protect the musical legacy of the Brazilian diaspora into Los Angeles. Brazilla is a collective of musicians and artists involved with music. Most of us are Brazilian although not all. Our mission is to protect and expand the influential legacy of our mother culture in all its diversity and radically.

Mark de Clive-Lowe Trio w DJ Carlos Nino + guests
Blue Whale (Little Tokyo)
Fri. June 9-Sat. June 10, 9:30pm, $20, 21+
MdCL returns to Little Tokyo’s blue whale jazz club for a two night engagement featuring his trio + special guests and DJ Carlos Niño. After the last sold out run at the Blue Whale, make sure you don’t miss out on these two nights! Limited capacity / advance ticket purchase highly recommended…Doors 8pm / Two sets 9.30pm + 11pm. Live Visuals by Museum/ of/ Traffic

New Roads of Son Jarocho
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Downtown)
Sat. June 10, 6pm-9pm, Free, All ages
The New Roads of Son Jarocho Festival brings together three of the leading proponents of new music inspired by the century old tradition of the popular son jarocho genre from Veracruz. The lineup incliudes Chejere from Mexico City, LA’s own Quetzal, and Primero Sueno. The concert closes with a traditional fandango by all three groups. Food, beverages, and art on sale.

Locos Por Juana with special guest Tropico Modular
La Cita Bar (Downtown)
Sun. June 11, 9pm, $8, 21+
Locos Por Juana, Grammy nominated Miami band, this Sunday, June 11, at La Cita Bar with special guest Tropico Modular, a project by members of PALENKE SOULTRIBE, jamming some electrocumbias!Ticket button

Los Cafres with Bang Data
Fonda Theatre (Hollywood)
Tue. June 13, 9pm, $30-$35, All ages
Goldenvoice presents Los Cafres on their Alas Canciones US tour. Alas Canciones is the Argentinian reggae group’s newest work since 2011’s El Paso Gigante.Ticket button

Wed. June 7 Very Be Careful
Wed. June 7 Goapele
Fri. June 9 First Fridays at Natural History Museum Wild Belle & Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Sat. June 10-Sun. June 11 39th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival


Noche Boricua
El Floridita (Hollywood)
Thu. June 8, 8pm, $10, 21+
This is how they do it down in Puerto Rico! ?? This Thursday June 8th come experience Puerto Rican culture through music, food, and dance. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of such a unique event! Live performances by Cunyá and beats by DJ Martineu!
Doors open at 8pm, Bomba dance lessons at 8:30pm

SUDAMERICANA with special guests Locos por Juana
The Continental Club (Downtown)
Fri. June 9, 9pm, $10-$15, 21+
We are bringing down the house June 9th! Sudamericana will be hosted by Grammy nominated LOCOS POR JUANA with a special DJ set! Best Latin Party in LA! – A sexy Latin rhythm dance party at The Continental Club in downtown LA. It’s good vibes and a community of friends from all over the world united to dance. Come and experience a journey through Latin America while dancing to the most awesome music.

Soul Slam w/ DJ Spinna and DJ Rashida
Echoplex (Echo Park)
Fri. June 9, 9pm, $15-$25, 21+
Just over a year has passed since we lost our beloved purple one, Prince. One thing is certain, both his and MJs legacy will carry on with the help of your energy. Join us this year as we celebrate the 13th installment of this great party! This year DJ RASHIDA(Prince,Kelis) joins DJ SPINNA for a 4 hour tribute set of PRINCE & MJ and all related artists.Ticket button

Funk + Forró Dance Party
Cafe Fais Do Do (Mid-City)
Sat. June 10, 9pm, $10, 21+
Os Zagueiros is bringing Brazilian funk and soul to the legendary Fais Do Do! We are joining forces with our friends MoForro to bring you a funky Brazilian dance party. Come and dance forró to the triangle-driven, accordion-squeezing sounds of Môforró, then get stank funky when Os Zagueiros hit the stage. This is the beginning of a new residency at Fais Do Do as we bring regular Brazilian nights to this historic venue!

Swingin’ Summer at The Wiltern: Rocking ‘50s
The Wiltern (Koreatown)
Sun. June 11-Sun. August 13, 8pm-11:30pm, Free-$20, All ages
Learn to jump and jive from professional instructors and show off your moves to the tunes of authentic bands from three influential time periods at The Historic Wiltern. Originally built in 1931, The Wiltern is a historic venue with deep roots in jazz and the community. With beautiful art deco designs and large open space, it is the perfect venue to reminisce on older times and dance the night away.Ticket button

Cumbiathon 2017
Eastside Luv (Boyle Heights)
Tue. June 13, 8pm, Free w RSVP, 21+
We are getting together to bring you a nice Cumbia Tuesday with the best in the area to keep you on your feet. Cumbia Machin, Sin Color and La Junta.

Thu. June 8 Orale w/ Latin Lovers & Fondo
Fri. June 9 Summer of Salsa Presents Orquesta Tabaco y Ron
Sat. June 10 Latin Sounds: Grupo Falso Baiano
Sat. June 10 Hollywood Carnival Silent Party
Sat. June 10 HUSHfest: Santa Monica Pier – Music is 4 Lovers & Subsuelo
Sat. June 10 Bridges x Proper x Hard Drivez
Sat. June 10 Barrio Funky present Waraperos, Quatzalcoatl and dj Creepy
Sun. June 11 Curuye.com’s June Cuban Dance Party
Sun. June 11 BoomYard Carnival Edition
Sun. June 11 Sunday Sessions


Hollywood Fringe
Various theaters (Hollywood)
Thu. June 8-Sun. June 25, $12-$15, Age restrictions vary
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is an annual, open-access, community-derived event celebrating freedom of expression and collaboration in the performing arts community. Each June during the Hollywood Fringe, the arts infiltrate the Hollywood neighborhood: fully equipped theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other unexpected places host hundreds of productions by local, national, and international arts companies and independent performers.

Niños Del Desierto – A Night of Music, Puppets and Storytelling
Automata (Chinatown)
Fri. June 9, 8pm-10pm, Free, All ages
As part of their Los Angeles Performance Practice R&D Residency, first-time collaborators Latin folk band Cuñao and puppeteer Beth Peterson will close out their residency with an open studio and evening of story sharing and song. The collaboration focuses on images from Cuñao’s song Niños Del Desierto, which brings attention to children who cross the border on their own with the hopes of reaching a family member or relative once they reach the other side. The evening will feature music by Cuñao, excerpts from the work in progress, and the sharing of stories among those gathered to inform the next phase of this work.

Crossing Boundaries: Engendering LGBTQ Identities
Avenue 50 Studio (Highland Park)
Sat. June 10, 7pm-10pm, Free, All ages
A curated exhibit exploring the diversity of LGBTQ experiences and identifications that give expression to issues of gender and transgressive sexualities colored by race, politics, geography, culture, ethnicity, and the pluralities of desire. This curated show builds on the Avenue 50 Studio’s legacy of providing voice to marginalized artists, and is a space for the provocation and negotiation of artistic boundaries.

El Poder de la Comunidad
Casa 0101 Theatre (Boyle Heights)
Sat. June 10, 3:30pm-5pm, Free, All ages
The Power of the Community: Life, Health and Dreams is a community production presenting tales from the immigrant community. This production will be performed entirely in Spanish. Entrance is free but reservations are recommended.

Fri. June 9 Feminist Uprising, Youth Photo Exhibit (Closing Reception)
Sun. June 11 En Visión: Picturing the Self
Sun. June 11 The Secret City


WOC Makers & Entrepreneurs: Conversation, Creativity & Community

City Labs (Boyle Heights)
Thu. June 8, 7-9pm, Free, All ages
A conversation with socially conscious and community based womxn of color entrepreneurs from Los Angeles’ Eastside. Participants will share a bit about their work and journey as womxn of color in small business and beyond.

Mixed Remixed Festival 2017
Los Angeles Theater Center (Downtown)
Sat. June 10, 10am-9pm, Free, All ages
The largest nationwide gathering of mixed-race and multiracial families and people for a film, book and performance festival. Now in its 4th year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Loving v. Virginia decision that allowed people of different races marry nationwide. Enjoy films, readings, panel discussions, familiy activities, storytelling time, and a special performance of comedy, music and spoken word. FREE!

LA Pride 2017
West Hollywood Park
Sat. June 10-Sun. June 11, $25, All ages
Founded in response to the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York on June 28, 1969, Christopher Street West conducted the first parade in the world advocating for gay rights in June of 1970 in Hollywood, CA. They return to their roots of protest this year by also having a #ResistMarch on Sunday from Hollywood & Highland to West Hollywood.

2nd Annual Cumbias Y Tequila-Fest
Roxanne’s Cocktail Lounge & Latin Grill
Sun. June 11, 12pm-6pm, $10-$35, 21+
Roxanne’s presented the first and only Long Beach Cumbia y Tequila Fest and it was a fantastic success. This is the 2nd Annual Long Beach Cumbia y Tequila Fest and it will be even BETTER! Enjoy an open patio with an outdoor dance floor, outdoor bars, and drinking space. Our entire grounds will be taken over by some of the finest tequilas & Mezcals. There will be exciting music, exceptional food, and fun for everyone. Live Music Line-Up: Mayaztek, El Santo Golpe, Los Waraperos

Dia de San Juan Festival
Rainbow Lagoon Park (Long Beach)
Sun. June 11, $35+, All ages
The annual Puerto Rican festival features Spanish Harlem Orchestra, as well as Plena Libre, Orquesta Casabe, Fito Vasquez Y Su Orquesta, MC Tommy Rosa, DJ Willie and more!

CicLAvia: Glendale meets Atwater Village
Sun. June 11, 9am-4pm, Free, All ages
We’re excited to announce a brand new CicLAvia route for our 21st event! On Sunday, June 11, Glendale and Atwater Village will be connected by the country’s largest open streets event! Join us for CicLAvia – Glendale Meets Atwater Village presented by Metro! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space.

Thu. June 8 Downtown LA Art Walk
Fri. June 9 2Mex: Health & Hip-Hop
Sat. June 10 ARTsea – Marina del Rey’s Party on the Beach (Quitapenas performing!)
Sat. June 10 Mercado Maravilla Father’s Day Car Show
Sat. June 10 NELA Art Gallery Night
Sat. June 10 2nd Saturday Art Walk
Sat. June 10-Sun. June 11 LA Pride 2017
Sun. June 11 East Los Angeles Art Walk


Hola Mexico Film Festival
Regal Cinemas LA LIVE (Downtown)
June 7-13, $12/film, All ages

11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
June 7-11, $12/film, All ages

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
Grand Performances (Downtown)
Fri. June 9, 8pm, Free, All ages
Screen the 2016 Lyn Goldfarb and Alison Sotomayor documentary about 38th Mayor of Los Angeles @Tom Bradley, on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, this story of a sharecropper’s son explores realities of race, diversity and coalition building while sharing the power of an election that made a difference.

East LA Film Festival
East LA Civic Center/Belvedere Park Lakeside
Sat. June 10, 4pm-10pm, Free, All ages
Please join us for the 9th Annual East LA Film Festival community event which will be held at the East LA Civic Center/Belvedere Park Lakeside (“Parque de los Patos”). 4 to 8 pm Art & educational workshops and live entertainment for youth and families, 8pm-10pm Film festival.

East LA Interchange
Hollenbeck Park (Boyle Heights)
Sat. June 10, 8pm-10pm, FREE, All ages
Councilmember Huizar is proud to sponsor a FREE screening of the award-winning documentary, East LA Interchange. East L.A. Interchange Documentary charts the history of Boyle Heights and tells the story of how our eastside neighborhood found its political voice in its fight against the largest freeway interchange system in the nation.
Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets, and join us in watching this amazing film about Boyle Heights on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at Hollenbeck Park at 8 p.m. The film will be screened with Spanish-subtitles and a Q & A with Producer/Director Betsy Kalin and others will follow the screening.

Wed. June 7 Tchindas
Thu. June 8 There Goes The Neighborhood
Thu. June 8 Guatemala presenta: Otros Cuatro Litros
Sat. June 10 Water & Power: A California Heist

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