Upcoming July 2015 and Beyond

Jul 1 – Wed:

SUBMIT: The Coiled Serpent: Poets arising from the cultural quakes & shifts of LA. Today is the deadline for submissions. Tia Chucha Press. Coiled Serpent Anthology, c/o Tia Chucha Press, 13197-A Gladstone Avenue, Sylmar CA 91342.  Hard copy or digital delivery is acceptable.  Questions: 818.939.3433 or <TCPress@tiachucha.org>. <tiachucha.org/a-call-to-poets>.

Healthcare For All: 7p, Van Nuys. 1st Wed. San Fernando Valley chapter. Improved Medicare (single-payer health care) for all Californians. Bernardi Community Ctr, 6514 Sylmar Ave. 818.766.7318. <info@hca-sfv.org>. <healthcareforall.org> (click on “local chapters”), <facebook.com/hcasfv>.

Jul 2 – Thu:

Socialism 2015 Conference: Jul 2-5, Thu-Sun, Chicago IL. $120. <socialismconference.org>.

Screening “Citizenfour” (Edward Snowden), 7p, Whittier. Peace & Justice Films: usually 1st Thu. Whittier Area P&J Coalition. St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. 562.587.6270, 562.233.8579. <whittierpeace.org>.

Jul 5 – Sun:

Robert & Michael Altman films: 730p, Venice. 730p: “Pot au Feu.” 745p: “Robert Altman’s Jazz ’34.” 9p: “American Songwriter.” Michael in person. Plus live music with  Danny Darst & discussion at 10p. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. 310.306.7330. <laughtears.com>.

Subversive Cinema: 7p, Venice. (also Aug 30, Nov 8) Experimental film, political activist cinema, lit/art/music flix, avant garde documentary w/fiery discussion. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Jul 8 – Wed:

Delegation: Colombiañ Meet Colombian Communities Resisting Repression. Jul 8-18 Wed-Sat. 323.563.7940. <pkbonner@earthlink.net>. <witnessforpeace.org>. Delegations may require an early registration and planning for international travel.

The Promises and Perils of Postwar Black Los Angeles: 730p, LA. In 1964, an Urban League survey ranked LA as the most desirable city for African Americans to live in. In 1965, the city burst into flames during the Watts Rebellion. A clear-eyed & compelling look at black struggles for equality in LA’s neighborhoods, schools & workplaces from the Great Depression to the present. <hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/07/the-promises-and-perils-of-postwar-black-los-angeles>. Limited seating, tickets required & available one hour before program. Free. Parking $3 (cash only) after 6p. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire. 310.443.7000. <info@hammer.ucla.edu>. <hammer.ucla.edu>.

Jul 10 – Fri:

Peace in Motion CafÈ films: 2nd Fri 7p, Irvine. TBD. Center for Living Peace, 4139 Campus Dr. 949.854.5500. <contact@goodhappens.org>. <goodhappens.org>, <facebook.com/PeaceinMotion>.

Watts50: 8p, Downtown LA. NYC-based Lyricist Lounge curates their first West Coast evening of socially conscious rap & hip hop. Pacifica Radio’s on-the-ground coverage of the 1965 events serves as source material for select musical compositions. Part of our LA Aftershocks series focuses on cultural aftershocks from the pivotal events in 1965 and 1992, and exemplifies how music, dialogue, and community celebration help us address racism in our city and nation. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Free. Grand Performances. 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA. 213.687.2190. <grandperformances.org>.

Jul 11 – Sat:

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL): 9a-Noon, OC. Monthly Meeting. One hour international conference call, an expert in climate change, planning actions to move Congress toward a solution. Register for live weekly intro call. 9a-Noon: Brea Congregational Church, 300 E Imperial Hwy, Brea. 930a-Noon: St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 3233 Pacific View Dr, Corona del Mar. 930a-Noon: First Congregational Church of Long Beach, 241 Cedar Ave, LB. 714.747.0206, <arp@chapman.edu> (North OC). 949.310.5256, (CDM). 562.858.4640 (LB). <CitizensClimateLobby.org>.

Celebrating the Legacy of Allensworth: 1030a – 530p, Tulare County. Music, dance, food & vendor market and historical tours. The only California town to be founded (1908), financed and governed by African Americans. Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park, Palmer Ave, just off Central Valley Highway (SR-43), Allensworth, Tulare County (not far north of Kern County line), CA. 323.293.9845.

MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) Interviews: 2nd Sat 4-6p, Santa Monica. Jul 11: Novelist/ Journalist/ Biographer/ Poet/ Teacher Lawrence Grobel. Aug 8: Wenhua Shi.  Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Grand Performances’ 13th Annual Fundraiser Gala: 5p, Downtown LA. Dinner & reception followed by free public performance (see 8p). $195. 213.687.2491. <grandperformances.org/gala>.

Dumpstaphunk: 8p, Downtown LA. Straight from the Big Easy, these Neville family scions and soldiers-of-funk ignite a deep, gritty groove by combining ingenious musicianship, soulful melodies & complex arrangements. Our fundraiser takes place this evening; preferred seating for fundraiser attendees. Details: <grandperformances.org/gala>. Free. Grand Performances. 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA. 213.687.2190. <grandperformances.org>.

Jul 18 – Sat:

Suzy Williams’ the Lit Show: 8p, Venice. Tenth annual celebration of song and literature starring LA’s Diva Deluxe & Brad Kay.$15. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. 310.306.7330.  <laughtears.com>, <facebook.com/events/661591090641619>.

Jul 22 – Wed:

Delegation- Honduras & Nicaragua: Jul 22-Aug 1. AFGJ binational delegation: compare & contrast the two nations. $1100. Info & application: <Delegations@AFGJ.org>. Delegations may require an early registration and planning for international travel.

Jul 23 – Thu:

Green Party of the US (GPUS) Annual National Meeting: Jul 23-26. $125. U of MO, St Louis MO. <tamaryager@gp.org> <signups-gpus.nationbuilder.com/2015_anm>.

Statewide Coordinated Actions to End Siolitary Confinement: 23rd of every month. 510.863.0477. <phssreachingout@gmail.com>. <prisonerhungerstrikesolidarity.wordpress.com>.

Jul 26 – Sun:

Art, Food, Music, Culture, Family: 3-8p, Leimert Part, LA. Last Sundays. Free. All ages. Traditional Afrikan drum circle, DJs, art, poetry, vendors, food, games & more. 43rd & Leimert Blvd. <fusicology.com>.

Screening: “The Source Family”: 7p, Venice. Free; donations appreciated. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. 310.306.7330.  <laughtears.com>.

Jul 29 – Wed:

Global Network Space Conference: Jul 29 – Aug 2, Kyoto, Japan. <space4peace.org>.  Requires planning for international travel.

Jul 30 – Thu:

Medicare 50th Birthday: 4-630p, LA. Expand Medicare for All on its half-century anniversary. Rally, celebration, entertainment. LA Trade Tech, 400 W Washington Blvd. <healthcare-now.org/medicares-anniversary/50th>.

Aug 2 – Sun:

Mark Bradford & Anita Hill: 2p, LA. Feminism as a gateway to activism and social justice, and their interdisciplinary methods for speaking truth to power. <hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/08/mark-bradford-anita-hill>. Limited seating, tickets required & available one hour before program. Free. Parking $3 (cash only) after 6p. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire. 310.443.7000. <info@hammer.ucla.edu>. <hammer.ucla.edu>.

Aug 8 – Sat:

MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) Interviews: 2nd Sat 4-6p, Santa Monica. Aug 8: Wenhua Shi. Shi trained as a doctor in China and began studying experimental film in the US. Sep 12: Tyler Hubby. Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Aug 9 – Sun:

Beyond Baroque – Maverick’s & Masters Summer Workshop: Aug 9-14, Venice. Week long taste of Venice with daily yoga, meditation, workshops, yummy organic food, and literary tours of the city that is home to the poets of Venice West. Sun eve meet & greet reception, 4p. Then it’s poetry all week long. Mon-Fri, 8a-3p daily schedule includes poetry meditation, continental breakfast group and special one-on-one classes, receptions and tours. Evening events & readings open to the public. Aug 14, Fri, graduation reading & reception, 4-7p. $700. Registration on a first come, first served basis. Contact them to verify event details. Use Eventbrite (call them for webpage) or send check/ money order to: Beyond Baroque, Attn: Mavericks & Masters, 681 N Venice Blvd, Venice Beach, Los Angeles CA 90292. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. 310.822.3006. <info@beyondbaroque.org>. <beyondbaroque.org>.

Panel- The Watts Rebellion: 50 Years Later: 2p, LA. The past and present of race relations in the US. <hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/08/the-watts-rebellion-50-years-later>. Limited seating, tickets required & available one hour before program. Free. Parking $3 (cash only) after 6p. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire. 310.443.7000. <info@hammer.ucla.edu>. <hammer.ucla.edu>.

Aug 14 – Fri:

Delegation- Occupying Paradise: Food Justice and Aloha ‘Aina: Aug 14-22, Fri-Sat, Hawai’i. <foodfirst.org/hawaii2015>. Food Sovereignty Tours. Food First. 510.654.4400. <info@foodfirst.org>. <foodfirst.org>. Delegations may require an early registration and planning for travel arrangements.

Aug 18 – Tue:

Behind the Groove: From Soul Power & the Black Arts Movement to Post Hip-hop Aesthetics: 730p, LA. Through film clips, TV snippets & music samples, critic Ernest Hardy and writer Tisa Bryant explore the evolution of Black representation in popular culture. <hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/08/behind-the-groove-from-soul-power-the-black-arts-movement-to-post-hip-hop-aesthetics>. Limited seating, tickets required & available one hour before program. Free. Parking $3 (cash only) after 6p. Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire. 310.443.7000. <info@hammer.ucla.edu>. <hammer.ucla.edu>.

Aug 22 – Sat:

Delegation: Colombiañ Beyond Dollars and Pesosñ The Real Cost of Free Trade in Colombia: Aug 22-31 Sat-Mon. 919.624.0646. <gail@earthlink.net>. <witnessforpeace.org>. Delegations may require an early registration and planning for international travel.

Jazz Funk Fest: 7-10p, Free. Santa Monica. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.315.0056, 310.306.7330. <laughtears.com>, <blackshoepolish.blogspot.com>.

Aug 23 Sun:

“I’ll Lite Your Pyre”: 7p, TBA. Exorcising Jim Morrison. Will Erokan & Gerry Fialka’s psychedelic multi-media party probes The Doors’ birth in Venice with live experimental cinema, music & poetry that deconstructs Jim Morrison, Artuad & The Gulf of Tonkin. Hack your own doors of perception.  Free, 310.306.7330.  <laughtears.com>.

Aug 29 – Sat:

Decolonial Teach-In and Gathering in LA: Call to Action. A call to communities in resistance in particular and those who dream of a better world in general.  We understand to get there we need vision, strategy, organization and to build alliances.  We are putting out this call to those communities building autonomy, and revolution. In the coming weeks we will begin to fundraise for communities and collectives wishing to make it out from different regions, as well as to plan and organize for the gathering and teach-in. This event is not made for organizations to promote themselves but for communities fighting to build and strategize with each other. CIELO Galleries, 3201 Maple Ave, LA. <decolonialgathering@gmail.com>. <facebook.com/decolonialteachinLA>.

The Cadillac Hotel proudly presents “Collage-o-rama”: 6-9p, Venice. Featuring visionary mixed-media  artists: B. Meade, La.Marche, David Healey, Randi Hall, Gerry Fialka, Will Erokan, Jon Clark. Free. 8 Dudley Ave. 310.399.8876. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Aug 30 – Sun:

Art, Food, Music, Culture, Family: 3-8p, Leimert Part, LA. Last Sundays. Free. All ages. Traditional Afrikan drum circle, DJs, art, poetry, vendors, food, games & more. 43rd & Leimert Blvd. <fusicology.com>.

7 Dudley Cinema: 7p. Experimental films by Rag’n’Bones who perform live  music and poetry with avant garde moving image art. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Sep 12 – Sat:

MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) Interviews: 2nd Sat 4-6p, Santa Monica. Sep 12: Tyler Hubby (Cinema of Time). Oct 10: John Tottenham. Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Sep 14 – Mon:

Documental: 6-10p, Santa Monica. Folk music Avant-Garde Jazz films. Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. 310.306.7330. <laughtears.com>.

Sep 19 – Sat:

Justice for Our Desert: Sep 19-21 Sat-Mon. Las Vegas, NV. 702.646.4814. <info@nevadadesertexperience.org>. <nevadadesertexperience.org>.

Sep 25 – Fri:

Delegation- Food Sovereignty, Cooperative Production & the Solidarity Economy, Sep 25 – Oct 4,  Fri-Sun, Basque Country. <foodfirst.org/basque-country-2015>. Food Sovereignty Tours. Food First. 510.654.4400. <info@foodfirst.org>. <foodfirst.org>. Delegations may require an early registration and planning for international travel.

Sep 27 – Sun:

Art, Food, Music, Culture, Family: 3-8p, Leimert Part, LA. Last Sundays. Free. All ages. Traditional Afrikan drum circle, DJs, art, poetry, vendors, food, games & more. 43rd & Leimert Blvd. <fusicology.com>.

An Evening with Pablo Frasconi: 7p, Venice. Since 1969, Frasconi’s films cover the U.S. bicentennial, gentrification, childhood literacy, public art, creativity, civil liberties and poetry, including “Towards the Memory of a Revolution,” “The Woodcuts of Antonio Frasconi,” “Survival of a Small City,” and “The Longing.” 7p: interview, 830p films. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Oct 10 – Sat:

MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) Interviews: 2nd Sat 4-6p, Santa Monica. Oct 10: John Tottenham, failed visionary. Nov 14: Robert Egger. Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Oct 12 – Mon:

Sun Ra films: 6-10p, Santa Monica. Sun Ra was an American jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his “cosmic philosophy,” prolific musical output, and performances. He was a pioneer of afrofuturism. His music ranged from keyboard solos to big bands of over 30 musicians and touched on virtually the entire history of jazz, from ragtime to swing music, from bebop to free jazz. He also used free improvisation and was one of the early musicians to make extensive use of electronic keyboards. Sun Ra presents a unified conception, incorporating music, myth, and performance into his multi-leveled equations. Free. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310-315-0056. <laughtears.com>.

Oct 13 – Tue:

First Intl Cuban Revolution Symposium: Oct 13-15, Tue-Thu, Havana Cuba. Origins and Historic Development. 537.201.9780. <ratainter@ihc.cu>, <katia@palco.cu>. Special arrangements necessary for intl travel- plan early!

Oct 17 – Sat:

Delegation- Indigenous Food & Water Sovereignty, Oct 17-27, Sat-Tue, Chiapas Mexico. <foodfirst.org/chiapas-2015>. Food Sovereignty Tours. Food First. 510.654.4400. <info@foodfirst.org>. <foodfirst.org>. Delegations may require an early registration and planning for international travel.

John Dear: Oct 17-18, All Day, Morro Bay. John presides over the weekend Masses. Pace e Bene Campaign Nonviolence. Free. St. Timothy’s Church, 962 Piney Way. 510.268.8765. <info@paceebene.org>. <paceebene.org>.

Oct 18 – Sun:

“Madness as Music”: 7p, Venice. Gerry Fialka & Brad Kay probe sanity & the creative process. Charles “Buddy” Bolden (1877-1931), the man credited with pioneering jazz, had schizophrenia and could not properly read music because of impaired motor function. His lateral, freewheeling approach may have been the roots of the very essence of jazz ñ improvisatiion. (<apa.org/monitor/oct01/melody.aspx>) Delve deep into Oliver Sacks, Thelonius Monk, shamanism and more. With live music, films, discussion and Insane Crazy Blues. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Oct 24 – Sat:

John Dear: Oct 24-25, All Day, Morro Bay. John presides over the weekend Masses. Pace e Bene Campaign Nonviolence. Free. St. Timothy’s Church, 962 Piney Way. 510.268.8765. <info@paceebene.org>. <paceebene.org>.

Jazz Funk Fest: 7-10p, Free. Santa Monica. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.315.0056, 310.306.7330. <laughtears.com>, <blackshoepolish.blogspot.com>.

Nov 8 – Sun:

Subversive Cinema: 7p, Venice. Experimental film, political activist cinema, lit/art/music flix, avant garde documentary w/fiery discussion. Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Nov 14 – Sat:

MESS (Media Ecology Soul Salon) Interviews: 2nd Sat 4-6p, Santa Monica. Nov 14: Robert Egger. Egger pioneered the model of LA Kitchen. Free. Unurban Cafe, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.306.7330. <pfsuzy@aol.com>. <laughtears.com>.

Dec 14 – Mon:

PXL THIS 25: 7p, 9p, Santa Monica. 6p: pre-show.
Festival features films made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camcorder. “Poor tools require better skills.” Pixelators from across the globe hoick up inventive approaches to the unassuming throw-away of consumer culture. These low-tech hi-jinx films come through loud and clear by reframing a new cinema language. Free. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310-315-0056. <laughtears.com>.

Dec 26 – Sat:

Jazz Funk Fest: 7-10p, Free. Santa Monica. Unurban, 3301 Pico Blvd. 310.315.0056, 310.306.7330. <laughtears.com>, <blackshoepolish.blogspot.com>.

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