Our Cultural Picks for Los Angeles: June 14-20

by Tom Nguyen

Folks, I decided last night that this will be my last weekly curated list of events. I’ve been putting out this list, without fail, week in and week out, holidays or not, illness or not, since 2011…first within the Couchsurfing.com Los Angeles forum to help travelers get a deeper sense of LA, then on my humble first blog, and finally here the last 4 years.

It was never really widely read and that’s ok…I don’t do this for any popularity and I’m so grateful whenever I meet someone who’s been following my site and is a fan of my curation of LA’s cultural scene. Focusing on under-acknowledged, vibrant and rich happenings in LA’s communities of color and immigrant diaspora will always be my passion and labor of love.

However, the sacrifice that it’s entailed…never being able to go out on Mondays and Tuesdays to devote hours and hours of weekly research until 5am, is starting to take a toll on my well-being, as I also juggle my startup company CultureGap.LA, a people of color and immigrant company, passionate about promoting the cultural arts all over SoCal.

So friends, it’s time for me to hang up my cultural hat here. Thank you so much for the folks who’ve supported my work! After I put out my list of summer events later this week, you can still find me most active on our Instagram and Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter for ticket giveaways, and if you love to write about the arts, can shoot decent pictures and want to attend shows, shoot me your resume and writing samples to tom at enclave.la. Peace out and enjoy the Summer!


The Altons Present: Final Summer Of Luv
Eastside Luv Bar (Boyle Heights)
Wed. June 14, 8pm, Free, 21+
So all things must come to an end and why not end it with a BANG.
Join us wednessday June 14th for the final night of our East Side Luv residancy. We will be joined by some good friends . Vinyl Frontier Crew spinning all night!

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Little Tokyo)
Thu. June 15, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Free, All ages
Spaceland Presents x MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles x Alpha Pup Records Present: Teebs at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA + Milo (Rapsmith), Josef Leimberg, (DJ) NOBODY

L.A. X GDL : Gaby Moreno | Caloncho
Grand Performances (Downtown)
Sat. June 17, 8pm, Free, All ages
This cultural and musical exchange features rising indie stars from Los Angeles and Guadalajara. The Emmy-nominated rising rockerra, Gaby Moreno, infuses bilingual lyrics with splashes of soul, blues, and latin jazz-rock. Caloncho, the Sonora-born singer fills the air with soothing summer night anthems of soft tempos and latin indie-dream pop.

Summer Nights with Chicano Batman & DJ Anthony Valadez
One Colorado Old Pasadena
Sat. June 17, 7:30pm, Free, All ages
Experience live band performances and KCRW DJs sets in the beautiful One Colorado courtyard, located in the heart of Old Pasadena. Feel free to come early and get a bite or a drink at the bar – bring a friend and make a night out of it! You can hear the music and catch a peek of the show if you get there in time to snag a table on the patio at one of the courtyard restaurants. It’s a quick walk from the the Metro to the Gold Line stop at Memorial Park. *First come first served, until we reach capacity!*

The Mexican Standoff
Levitt Pavilion (MacArthur Park)
Sat. June 17, 7pm, Free, All ages
The Mexican Standoff at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
with Nancy Sanchez & Sin Color

Cumbia Cosmica
Levitt Pavilion (MacArthur Park)
Sun. June 18, 7:30pm, Free, All ages
“Cumbia Cosmica” is a sonic journey across Latin American grooves and cultures. An All-Star group of LA musicians blends diverse styles from Salsa/Latin Jazz to Blues & Soul, and launches the “Cumbia” into a new musical orbit. The stellar group includes: Ramon and Tony Banda on Drums and Bass, Willie Loya on Congas, Chuy Perez on Vocals, Joe Rotundi on Keyboard, and former members of WAR, Tex Nakamura on Harmonica and David Urquidi on Sax.

Echoplex (Echo Park)
Mon. June 19, 8:30pm, $13.50-$18, 18+
Sevdaliza (Teheran, Iran) is an autodidactic singer, songwriter, director and composer. Her creations contrast husky vocals with cutting strings and bass lines setting an enigmatic mood. Born in Iran and residing in the Netherlands, the 28-year-old has made quite the impression with her consistent release of audiovisual experiences. Sevdaliza’s melancholic visceral voice floats over beds of thumping triphop dubs, married with classical harmonies. Rhythmic tensions build slowly into chaotic climaxes. Her work has been described as “genrebending”, drawing on various genres including electronic, punk, triphop, grime and the avant-garde.

Sat. June 17 Latin Sounds: Opa Opa
Sat. June 17-Sun. June 18 Muddy Waters Blues Festival and The Women in Jazz and Blues Festival
Sat. June 17-Sun. June 18 The Los Angeles Django Reinhardt Festival
Sun. June 18 NOVALA at Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Fest
Sun. June 18 Reggae Night XVI
Tue. June 20 Reggie Watts w/ KAREN


¡Dinamita! Xlviii w/ guests kidbusiness and Og Bobby Trill
The Office Cocktails (Lincoln Heights)
Fri. June 16, 10pm-2am, Free, 21+
Join us FRIDAY JUNE 16th at The Office Cocktails for the 48th edition of ¡DINAMITA! featuring special guests Kidbusiness (Late Night Laggers) and OG Bobby Trill (Bombom); alongside your resident selectahs: FUEGO, SUMO Deejay, and FONDO. We’ll be dropping that Latin heat starting at 10pm. Come out and dance!!! Cumbias and Micheladas!!! 21 and over. NEVER a cover!!

First Street Pool and Billiards (Boyle Heights)
Fri. June 16, 9pm-2am, $3, 21+
Join us for another night of Cumbia and Afrolatinx sabrosura in our lovely barrio of Boyle Heights!

7th Annual Soulnic Music Festival
Hansen Dam (Sylmar)
Sat. June 17, 9am-7pm, Free, All ages
EXTRA MILD SAUCE in association with THE GOOD SEED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION presents the 7th Annual SOULNIC House Music Family Festival. What began in 2010 as a free day at the park for immediate friends and family has become one of LA’s most anticipated cultural events of summer.

Makossa L.A. Cookout (wsg Xavier Blk & Tiger)
The Parlor (West Hollywood)
Sat. June 17, 3pm-9pm, Free w RSVP, 21+
music by WONWAY POSIBUL (Latin Soul Brothers / ThinkBeat Radio – SF/OAK), JOE QUIXX (Latin Soul Brothers – SF / OAK)
COLEMAN (Mochilla – LA), HAYLOW (Cuffin’ LA – LA / SF / OAK)
with special guests XAVIER BLK (WERC Crew – ATL), TIGER (BLESS UP LA / Houseparty – LA)
hosted by DEE PHUNK (Rare Form – LA / NYC)

Return of the Cumbias ( Galactic Cumbia Fiesta )
Mal’s Bar (Historic South Central)
Sat. June 17, 9pm-2am, $7, 21+
CumbiArte Presents : RETURN OF THE CUMBIAS ..because Star Wars is too awesome to celebrate just once a year….So we are bringing you the Rebellion’s version of The Cumbias Strike Back ..featuring : Star Wars Cosplay, Star Wars movies on the JUMBOtron, Outdoor Patio Star Wars Artisan Village, Baile y Drinks, * Mucho more TBA ! Performing Live : The Space Sanchos,
Spaghetti Cumbia

Subsuelo Sundays feat. SpydaTEK and Juicewon
Caña Rum Bar (Downtown)
Sun. June 18, 3pm-7pm, Free, 21+
As the summer begins to heat up, we bring you another edition of our Sunday series. We’re gonna keep it hot for you with our guest’s SpydaTEK and Juicewon along with our residents Juxli, Dj Ethos and Gerardo Morales on the percussion.

THE FLOOR Improv Night #110
Los Globos (Silver Lake)
Mon. June 19, 9pm-2am, $5-$10, 21+
THE FLOOR Improv Night is a one-of-a-kind experience where dancers and musicians of all backgrounds come together for a live, improvised collaboration, creating undeniable energy and unforgettable experiences! Musical Lead: ALEX BURKE
10:05 Mash Up Features…TERESA ESPINOSA – Dancer

Sat. June 17 NewWaveCholas Bring you ~~Side Eye~~


The King’s Language – World Premiere
Sacred Fools (Hollywood)
Wed. June 14-Sat. June 24, $12, All ages
In a blend of contemporary and folk theater, The King’s Language whimsically retells a historical milestone of a nation’s identity as a people through rhythmic beats of a native drum punctuated with dialogue, song and movement. This Korean musicality performed mostly in English playfully traverses culture to incite awareness in audiences of a fundamental human tool we often take for granted—casting a spotlight on what we risk as a species if it is eroded.

LA Opera at REDCAT (Downtown)
Thu. June 15-Sun. June 18, $69, All ages
An astonishing true story of courage and triumph, Thumbprint explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that empowered Mukhtar Mai to become the first female victim of gang rape to bring her attackers to justice in Pakistan. In lieu of a financial settlement, she requested that a school be constructed to educate girls. She hoped to educate the young, to help prevent the humiliation of signing their names with only a thumbprint. The story is told through a dynamic score by Kamala Sankaram, filled with Hindustani and European opera influences, and a libretto by Susan Yankowitz, originating from a series of interviews with Mai. Each performance will feature a post-performance Talkback featuring Mukhtar Mai.

Immigrant Stories Part I
Lincoln HS (Lincoln Heights)
Sat. June 17, 8pm, $7-$10, All ages
Danza Floricanto/USA begins its latest 2017 dance series, Immigrant Stories Part I by presenting seven different stories inspired by members of our community who have made us proud through their lifelong contributions. These stories, like threads sewn into our American flag, unique, indispensable, integral, tell how this nation of immigrants are what “Make America Great!” The program will take place at the Lincoln High School Performing Arts Theater on Saturday, June 17th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $7 pre sale and $10 at the door. For more information, please call us at 323-261-0385.

Gathering of Latina Writers
Plaza de la Raza (Lincoln Heights)
Sat. June 17, 10am-3pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
We are hosting a series of platicas, including: a survey of genres, publishing/self-publishing, identity and community/marketplace, all designed to prompt conversation and discussion. Each platica will be hosted by guest speakers. Informal, informative sessions will inspire larger topics and more issues that will be part of an upcoming larger Southern California Latina Writers Conference. We will also host a luncheon in between the morning and afternoon sessions for all attendees. A number of poets and writers will present their words. Numerous vendors and authors will be presenting their publications and work throughout the day. You are encouraged to bring your books or zines and feel free to sell them as well.

Long Beach Opera presents Frida (Socal Premiere)
MOLAA (Long Beach) and Grand Performances (Downtown)
Sat. June 17-Sun. June 25, Free-$49+, All ages
With pain and passion painted in vibrant colors, the life and art of Frida Kahlo’s complex story take the stage. Composer Robert Xavier Rodríguez combines Mariachi-style orchestration with his interpretations of ragtime, zarzueta and ‘30s jazz to convey the impact and volatility of a woman who challenged tradition and social norms.

Regeneration: A Gathering of Women of Color in the Arts in L.A.
LA County Arts Commission (Westlake)
Tue. June 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
Los Angeles, we’re back! Women of Color in the Arts – WOCA* returns to LA to present its second gathering at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission(LACAC). Hosted by WOCA members Elena Muslar and Angela Flores, this session serves to re-connect LA area performing arts administrators of color and ignite dialogue about how female cultural workers of color are navigating through real world issues like racial and gender bias.

Thu. June 15 Family Reunion Storytelling
Thu. June 15-Sat. June 17 Refugee Project Workshop (Closing performances)
Fri. June 16-Sun. June 18 Next to Normal (Closing performances)
Sat. June 17 Opening Reception: Why Art Matters!


The People’s Printmaking Week
Self Help Graphics & Art (Boyle Heights)
Thu. June 15-Fri. June 23, Donation based, Some age restrictions
Self Help Graphics & Art believes in making printmaking as accessible to as many community members as possible. Below is a list of donation-based workshops. All materials provided by SHG, no experience necessary. Instructors: Daniel Gonzalez, Dewey Tafoya, Ni Santas, Votan of NSRGNTS, Victor Rosas

I Am An Immigrant: Los Angeles Pop-Up!
START Los Angeles (Mid-City)
Fri. June 16, 12pm-9pm to Sat. June 17, 10am-9pm, Free, All ages
Celebrate our shared immigrant experiences during Immigrant Heritage Month in June right here in Los Angeles! At this Pop-Up, we are asking everyone to take concrete action in support of immigrants in Los Angeles, share stories of the crucial ways that diverse communities enrich our society, and join a growing coalition across the country to loudly proclaim that #IStandWithImmigrants. Join local organizations and artists in different programs for allies and the immigrant community.

KTOWN Night Market x Silk Show 2017
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (Koreatown)
Fri. June 16, 4pm-11pm to Sat. June 17, 2pm-11pm, $2-$5, All ages
Summer nights in LA just got a whole lot better with KTOWN Night Market returning on June 16th and 17th. It’s one of the ultimate places in the West Coast to experience traditional Korean street food along with the latest kpop trend! The event will be held at the Robert F Kennedy Community Schools – in one of the most energetic neighborhoods in LA – Koreatown. BewhY (비와이), Korean rapper and the winner of ‘Show Me the Money’ Season 5, will be making a special appearance on Friday night. Make sure you to be there when he lights the night up!

Thu. June 15  Kathmandu Boutique 12 Year Anniversary Community Gathering
Sat. June 17 7th Annual “Celebrating All Life & Creation Pow Wow”
Sat. June 17 Eskuwela Kultura 
Sat. June 17 KTCA presents: Artists Corner•Summer Kickoff
Sat. June 17-Sun. June 17 Juneteenth festivals in Carson, Compton and Leimert Park
Sat. June 17-Sun. June 18 Pasadena Chalk Festival 25th Anniversary
Sun. June 18 Tasting LA: A Benefit Day Party for Damon Turner & Merci House


LA Film Festival
ArcLight Cinemas
Wed. June 14-Thu. June 22, $16/film, All ages
Taking place June 14-22, 2017, the LA Film Festival showcases compelling independent films, TV and episodic work from emerging storytellers, alongside filmmaker-driven studio titles.

Documentary: Ovarian Psychos
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Downtown)
Thu. June 15, 7pm, Free, All ages
This new documentary follows members of the all-female East LA bicycle club Ovarian Psychos. Film by Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-La Valle.

Asian Mamas Working in the Arts (AMWA) Film Series 01
Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (Downtown)
Fri. June 16, 8pm-10pm, $5 suggested donation, All ages
‘asian mamas working in the arts’ (amwa) launches “amwa film series”, a program contemplating pan-asian and cross-cultural narratives localized to los angeles. “amwa film series 01: shorts” at laca presents films centered around pan-asian futurity that imagines our post-colonial bodies as complete subjects — dynamic and infinite

Action! presents Pangandoy: Manobo fight for land and education
Echo Park Film Center
Fri. June 16, 8pm-10pm, Free, All ages
The indigenous Talaingod Manobo tribe lives in the Pantaron Range, one of the last remaining untouched forests and sources of water in Mindanao. For years, they have resisted mining and logging companies who are attempting to take their land.

Blood Road
Downtown Independent (Downtown)
Fri. June 16-Thu. June 22, $10, All ages
Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail through the dense jungles of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Their goal: to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebeccas father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier. During this poignant voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic Blood Road theyre pedaling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.

2nd Annual Haiti International Film Festival
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Hollywood)
Sat. June 17, 4pm-11pm, $20, All ages
The 2nd Annual Haiti International Film Festival will be at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, June 17 in Hollywood from 4 pm-11 pm. The purpose of the film festival is to expose the humanity of Haitian culture through films. Please enjoy a day of celebration of Haitian films and culture. The film festival will be showcasing three short films, Toussaint, Further, and Haiti Is A Nation Of Artists. Then the evening will proceed with three amazing feature films such as Liberty in a Soup, Forever Yours, and Everything But A Man.

Paying The Price For Peace
Echo Park Film Center
Sat, June 17, 7pm-10pm, Free, All ages

Burn Motherfucker, Burn!
USC School of Cinematic Arts
Tue. June 20, 7pm, Free w RSVP, All ages
On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles exploded when four police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. But a fire beneath the feet of Black Angelenos had been melting flesh for years. BURN! chronicles the root causes of Black disenfranchisement in L.A. while also examining the role law enforcement has played throughout.

Dalya’s Other Country
Skirball Cultural Center (West side)
Tue. June 20, 7:30pm, Free, All ages
FREE community screening! In observance of World Refugee Day, watch this nuanced documentary about a mother and daughter displaced by the Syrian conflict. As of January 2017, over 4.8 million Syrians have registered as refugees with the United Nations. Over half of these refugees are children. Witness the experiences of two Syrian refugees through this compelling film—copresented by the Skirball, the International Documentary Association, and POV, a showcase for independent nonfiction films on PBS. Before the screening, visit the installation Future Aleppo, FREE and on view beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wed. June 14 The Last Brown Beret
Thu. June 15 Honduras presenta: Un lugar en el Caribe
Mon. June 19 Transvisible Film Screen + Q&A with Bamby Salcedo

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