Mar 22 – Wed
National Assoc of Chicana/Chicano Studies – 44th annual conference; Chican@ Studies in an Era of Globalization and Mass Expulsions. Mar 22–25; Mar 22, 7p-Mar 25, 10p. Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, 92614 http://www.naccs.org. Last time NACCS was in Irvine was in 1974. Join NACCS in 2017 for a return to Southern California.
Film: She Started It, Screening + Panel, 6:30p, USC School of Cinematic Arts, LA. See the award-winning documentary on women entrepreneurs SHE STARTED IT in LA for the first time at the Ray Stark Theatre, in partnership with USC Viterbi School of Engineering. The screening will be followed by a panel with: Director Nora Poggi, Co-Star Thuy Truong, investor and Valley Girl CEO Jesse Draper, Match.com Co-Founder Fran Maier, and Stanford lecturer Tom Kosnik. Trailer: youtu.be/hcGGrUx666s RSVP: https://cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=16692
Mar 23 – Thu
Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission Meeting, 9:30a, Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, 1816 S Figueroa St, LA 90015 plus *Town Hall Meetings in each district TBD Information and agendas can be found: https://coc.lacounty.gov All are welcome to voice concerns and give public comment! Contact: https://dignityandpowernow.org/
Glendale Central Library Grand ReOpening, 10a, 222 East Harvard Street, Glendale 91205, 818-548-2030. Come experience the renovated state-of-the-art library located in the heart of Glendale. Be one of the first people to use, borrow, and simply enjoy some of the many new features and updates the Central Library will have for all community members to enjoy. Enjoy the new reading space overlooking the Central Park, sit by our new computer bar that will have the fastest Wi-Fi in Glendale, visit our Remembrance Room, stop by our Makerspace, and don’t forget to check out our books, cds, dvds, and eBooks on one of our Mini iPads or Chromebooks. Welcome to your new library! https://www.glendaleca.gov/government/departments/library-arts-culture
Mar 24 – Fri
Abilities Expo, Fri. 11a-5p, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-4pm. LA Convention Center West Hall A. Discover Earth Shaking Opportunities for the L.A. Disability Community. Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For nearly 40 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer? Free. https://www.abilities.com/losangeles/
Film: Battleship Potemkin (USSR, 75 min). 7p, LA Workers Center, 1251 S. St. Andrews Pl, LA 90019. Based on a true story, Sergei Eisenstein’s stirring 1925 account of the mutiny by sailors who refuse to eat maggoty meat and the mass strike by workers supporting them during the 1905 Revolution is widely considered to be Soviet cinema’s greatest masterpiece. The terrifying Odessa Steps scene encapsulates czarist brutality, while Potemkin’s theme of triumphant solidarity expressed the essence of Russia’s three revolutions, symbolized by pounding waves. Co-presented by LA Workers Center and HollywoodProgressive.com. A monthly film series from February through November 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the February and October, 1917 Revolutions in Russia, as well as Russia’s 1905 mass uprisings. All 10 films screened during these 10 months are Soviet cinema classics, some of the greatest political films ever made. The Programmer and Co-Presenter of: “TEN FILMS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD” is film historian and critic Ed Rampell, who majored in cinema at Hunter College, NY and is author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the US. All screenings at 7p on 4th Friday, except the final film, on Tue, Nov 7. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 25 – Sat
Become Ungovernable- Third Annual OC Anarchist Bookfair, 10a-7p, UUCA – Unitarian Universalist Church in Anaheim, 511 S Harbor Blvd, Anaheim 92805. http://www.facebook.com/events/1606517766055427/
Book Talk: Two Faces of Exclusion: The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the US, by Lon Kurashige, 2p. Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Av, LA 90012. USC Assoc Prof Kurashige discusses his latest book, which puts forth a complex analysis of anti-Asian racism in the US and also examines often-forgotten efforts to oppose discriminatory legislation. 213-830-5646.
Workers World classes based on the book: “Turn The Guns Around: Soldier Rebellions & Revolution” 3-4:30p, Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, 5278 W Pico Blvd, LA 90019. Classes will include a Skyped in presentation by author John Catalinotto, and in-person presentation by Vietnam veteran & long-time anti-war/social justice activist, Timothy Bluitt, as well as plenty of time for good discussion. The capitalist class aggressively recruits working class youth and youth from oppressed communities to use them as cannon fodder, but at the same time, they fear putting guns in their hands. And well they should! From the Paris Commune to the Russian Revolution and from Vietnam to Standing Rock, soldiers and veterans have turned against their oppressors and linked up with the struggle for justice. http://www.facebook.com/Harriet-Tubman-Center-for-Social-Justice-LA-101095323418935/
Norooz Iranian New Year Celebration, 7p, Echo Park United Methodist Church, dinner, music and discussio, donation. Sponsored by Federation of Progressive Iranians. For more information 323-679-5023 or email@example.com
Mar 26 – Sun
CicLAvia – Culver City Meets Venice, 9a-4p, Culver City to Venice CA. CicLAvia heads back to one of our fan-favorite routes for the first event of 2017! On March 26, Culver City, Mar Vista, and Venice will host the country’s largest open streets event! Streets will be closed to cars and open for cyclists, pedestrians, runners and skaters to use as a recreational space. -CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles. CicLAvia is not a race! There’s no starting point or finish line – begin where you like and enjoy the day your way. CicLAvia traffic flows in two directions, just like regular traffic.
White People 4 Black Lives will again be marching in an intervention into CicLAvia to support Black Lives Matter and call people in to awareness about racist police murders with impunity. httpss://www.facebook.com/wp4rj/
LAPD District 3 Police Community Hearings, 2-5p, Church of Christ in Reseda. Understanding what this means for organizations in West LA and the unhoused individuals they serve, there will be a bus holding 50, making two stops for West LA and Santa Monica organizers to enable participation while allowing a large turnout in the Church from the San Fernando Valley. Contact: Venice Justice Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Dudley Cinema, 7p, Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd, Venice CA. Free. Death Must Be Earned (2017, 97 minutes) is Nicolas Drolc’s (in person) intimate portrait of Serge Livrozet, former safe-cracker, one of the protagonists of 1970s French counter-culture, alongside Michel Foucault founder of the Committee of Prisoner’s Action, self-taught writer and anarchist activist. The film portraits him at age 75 in his hometown of Nice where he revisits the pivotal episodes of his life of social struggle and political activism. US Premiere Trailer = httpss://vimeo.com/199140011
Mar 27 – Mon
35th Water Law Conference, Mar 27 – Mar 29. For its 35th year, the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ prestigious Water Law Conference will bring together top government, nonprofit, and private practitioners to discuss emerging issues, hot topics, and recent developments in water law and policy. Loews Hollywood Hotel, Mar 28-29, for this immersive two day conference. Mar 27 – special tour of LA River; Mar 29 ABA Environmental Law Conference.https://shop.americanbar.org/ebus/ABAEventsCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?productId=258007827&sc_cid=NR17031-C4 Extremely pricey for continuing legal education credit.
Chris Hayes discusses and signs “A Colony in a Nation,” 7:30p, Barnes & Noble Events, The Grove, LA. New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. The US likes to tell itself that it inhabits a post-racial world, yet nearly every empirical measure—wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation—reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president. Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis. Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. This is a wristbanded event. Wristbands will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday March 29th at 9am to customers who purchase “A Colony In A Nation” from Barnes & Noble at The Grove. Limit 1 wristband per book. For more information call Barnes & Noble at The Grove: 323-525-0270
Laughtears Salon, 6-9p, 212 Pier, Santa Monica. Free – politics, arts, culture discussion.
Mar 28 – Tue
Say Her Name: An Evening Of Arts And Action, 7:30p, Hammer Museum. The #SayHerName movement honors the lives of black women and girls killed by police. Each act of this powerful performance lifts up the voices and stories of women and girls of color through spoken word, song, and dance. Featuring family members of the victims of police violence, the program pays respect to the lives of their loved ones by encouraging us to say their names out loud. Curated by Abby Dobson, artist-in-residence at the African American Policy Forum. http://www.aapf.org (see Ongoing events for details).
Darkness in the Archives: Queer Opacity as Resistance, 7:30p, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC. https://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679215 Since the emergence of gay-rights movements in the United States, visibility and legibility within the public sphere have remained ideals of political efficacy. But now, as gay and lesbian issues are being rapidly mainstreamed, many artists and theorists—especially those engaging in queer, feminist, and people-of-color discourses—are pushing against visibility as a social and political enterprise. Their critiques point to the corporatization of political dissent and the growing sophistication of policing and surveillance—particularly of racialized and gender-nonconforming bodies. In response to these pressing issues, a panel of queer artists and scholars will examine forms of refusal, negativity, and the antisocial as uniquely relevant to our contemporary moment, proposing that opacity is a crucial activist, aesthetic, and theoretical tactic of queer subjectivity in the 21st century.
USC Roski Talks: Julia Meltzer, 6p, 3001 S. Flower , LA 90007. Join Julia Meltzer, Director of Clockshop for her USC Roski Talks lecture, ‘Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler.’ Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT). Julia Meltzer is an award-winning filmmaker and the director of Clockshop, an arts organization that commissions and produces projects by artists and writers. Founded in 2004 with the mission to expand the dialogue around cultural production, politics and urban space, Clockshop has produced over 30 projects in Los Angeles over the last decade including most recently, Radio Imagination; Artists and Writers in the Archives of Octavia E. Butler, in partnership with the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens and the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. Meltzer has directed two feature films. ‘After Aleppo’, forthcoming in 2017, about a Syrian mother and daughter who seek refuge in the US from war in Syria, and ‘The Light In Her Eyes’, about a Qur’an school for women and girls in Damascus, Syria. Meltzer lived in Damascus from 2005-6 as a Senior Fulbright Fellow teaching journalism and filmmaking. She returned every year to work and film until 2010. Her film and video work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, the Sharjah Biennial, and The Toronto International Film Festival.
Mar 29 – Wed
Esotouric talk & book signing at Los Angeles Breakfast Club, 7a, Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Dr, LA 90027. First-time visitors may attend for free; hot buffet breakfast is $15. Esotouric’s Secret Los Angeles: Kim Cooper and Richard Schave are honored to present an illustrated lecture on their offbeat Southern California history research at the legendary The Los Angeles Breakfast Club. This will be followed by a book signing, featuring Kim’s newest title, “How To Find Old Los Angeles,” and other historic books and maps. This is just one in a series of special events celebrating Esotouric’s 10th Anniversary. https://esotouric.com/esotouric2017/ Since 1925, congenial Angelenos have gathered at the foot of Griffith Park for hearty eats and stimulating conversation. Learn more about the club and membership benefits here: https://www.labreakfastclub.com
RAW: Downtown LA, 6p, Exchange LA; celebrate the wealth of talent that is Los Angeles’ diverse art scene. Live Music // Visual Art Gallery // Performing Art // Hair// Makeup// Accessory Design // Runway Fashion Show. Doors are from 7-11p, 21+ with valid ID only. Casual Cocktail Attire (aka artist swag); $22 pre-sale, $30 at the door Support your favorite, local artist by purchasing a ticket through their profile! For tickets and to preview the event roster: https://www.rawartists.org/losangeles/cusp
Latasha Harlins: The Victimization Of Black Girls, 7:30p, Hammer Museum (see ongoing events for details). In 1991, Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African American girl, was shot in the head and killed at her local LA grocery store. Her death, which happened just 13 days after the Rodney King beating, garnered little attention. Black girls continue to be the targets of widespread violence with minimal accountability systems in place. Historian Brenda Stevenson and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, both UCLA professors, discuss how this case illuminates the vulnerability of black girls and how communities can serve and protect them.
Mar 30 – Thu
WFTU International Solidarity Day With The Palestinian People, 4-6p, 11766 Wilshire Blvd, LA 90025-6541. World Federation of Trade Unions will be showing our solidarity with the Palestinian people all across the world. We will be picketing the Israeli consulate. Stop the illegal settlements! End the occupation now! https://www.wftucentral.org/
The Not-So-Silver Screen: Black Women In Media, 7:30p, Hammer Museum (see ongoing events for details). The widespread coverage of race and gender inequality in Hollywood often excludes black women. The wage gap for black women in the entertainment industry is a symptom of a larger issue: the invisibility and devaluing of black women in media culture as performers, producers, and directors. Kimberlé Crenshaw moderates a panel exploring this narrative alongside solutions to promote black women as creators.
Mar 31 – Fri
Films: Latent Memory: Present Visions of Latin American Political Past, 7p, Norris Cinema Theater, USC. RSVP: https://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/events/listing.php?event_id=679180. The post-colonial histories of Latin American countries have been characterized by periods of violence, censorship, discrimination, and loss of memory of the recent past. How do artists live and create in societies that are inherently defined by human catastrophes? A screening of short animated films from Latin America will reveal how animation is being used as a tool for sociopolitical engagement. Several of the filmmakers, including the award-winning Argentinean duo Grasso & Plaza, will provide context to the screening in an illuminating panel discussion. Santiago “Bou” Grasso and Patricio Plaza’s films meet at the delicate border between documentary and fiction, confronting us with the violence and human tragedies that took place in Argentina during the military dictatorship of the late 1970s and early ’80s. The event will also feature Juan Camilo González and Simón Wilches-Castro, alumni of the USC Animation MFA program, whose films comment on the turmoil in their home country of Colombia.
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