Culture Connection: Radar L.A. Festival 2013

Listen in as Brother Malcolm tells us about the upcoming Radar L.A. Festival coming to Los Angeles from September 24 – October 1, 2013! This event is an opportunity to be exposed to innovative visual, performing, and media arts, so posse up and support this festival!

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LA EVENTS: The 7th Annual Young African American Males Conference

Friendship Baptist Church will be holding its 7th annual Young African American Males’ Conference at the Pasadena City College on Saturday, September 21 at 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The event, with the theme “Success by Choice,” is co-hosted by the Metropolitan Community, Action Services Corporation and Pasadena City College, which is located at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

Friendship Baptist Church is one of the oldest congregations in the city of Pasadena, having been founded in September 1893. It was the first Negro Baptist Church in the city and for many years had the largest membership of any African-American Church. Throughout it’s history, the Church has played an important religious and civic role in Pasadena.

This is an awesome conference geared towards helping young Black men learn life skills that will help through school and beyond! This is also an opportunity for our young men to network and develop mentors to aid them through life’s challenges. Support this event on the 21st!

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LA EVENTS: Leimert Park Village African Art & Music Festival

This is the most anticipated Labor Day event in LA – where people party all day and night!!!

The 5th Annual FREE Leimert Park Village African Art & Music Festival in Historic Leimert Park Village is a FREE 3-day event, scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & Sept. 2, 2013 in the heart of LA’s most dynamic cultural enclave for African and African American culture enjoyed by over 10,000 people from all council districts. Our highly anticipated festival features jazz, blues, reggae, R&B, neo-soul, Afro-beat, spoken word, comedy, traditional African drumming and dance.

In addition to our exceptional music, there are 5 special events that occur during the festival: 1) a Fashion Show, 2) a Natural Hair Show, 3) Sankofa Sunday – a remembrance of those that have transitioned in the past year, 4) a Legacy Awards Ceremony and 5) Leimert Park After Dark – entertainment in and around Leimert Park that occur after 6pm on Sat. & Sun. nights.

Our multi-generational and multi-ethnic audience will enjoy browsing and shopping in our authentic African Marketplace that has over 50 fine art and quality craft vendors selling paintings, sculptures, wood carvings, jewelry, designer clothes, and quality crafts from around the African Diaspora.

We also have age-appropriate activities and distinct areas for children and teens and an international food court with vegetarian, vegan and meat entrees, quick bites, snacks, desserts and drinks.

We invite you to join over 10,000 people who eagerly look forward to this annual event that showcases the best national and local talent.

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Dates: Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, daily
Location: Vision Theater Special Events Lot, 4318 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

LA EVENTS: Wellington Square Farmers Market Fundraiser

LA Babies, we have a few farmers market options around zip codes 90008, 90043, 90016, and 90018 – and therefore we need to do what we can to keep them going. The Wellington Square Certified Farmers Market sponsored by the Mid Los Angeles Healthy Community Project (501c3 pending) and also sponsored by, The General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist IRS 501(c)(3)#52-0643036 is holding a fundraiser on the evening of Friday, August 2nd from 7pm-midnight, at a lovely private historic home in our community. Tickets are $29.00 which will include food, drinks and live music.  This is an over 21 years of age event. We will have a bar with specialty mixed cocktails, wine and beer for a modest additional cost.

This is personally, one of my favorite neighborhood markets because of their fresh floral and produce selection – you can’t beat it! Come out this Friday night and show your support so that we can keep this farmers market going! Details are as follows:

Wellington Square Farmers Market Fundraiser

Friday, August 2nd from 7pm – 12am

1927 Buckingham Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Tickets: $29 which includes food and (non-alcoholic) drinks

See you there!

LA EVENTS: Summersounds at the Hollywood Bowl

LA Babies, it’s that time of year where annual summertime events are abound! Kicking off this week is Summersounds: World Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl. This is an awesome experience for children, ages 3 and up, to receive an introduction to music from different places around the world and engage in an accompanying art workshop. The performances and workshops take place twice a day at 10 and 11:15 am. This year’s offerings include Gypsy Music with Fishtank Ensemble, American Bluegrass Music with the Get Down Boys and Argentinean Music with Los Pinguos. Tickets for music performances are $7 per person, and art workshops are $5 per child. Take advantage of this awesome event and expose your children to music from around the world!

Details are as follows:

Summersounds: World Music for Kids

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N Highland Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90068

LA EVENTS: Young, Gifted & Nina: A Tribute to Nina Simone

Grand Performances is back in this 80th birthday year of The High Priestess of Soul, to celebrate one of the most extraordinary artists and icons of American music, the inimitable Nina Simone. A fiery, passionate, revolutionary and uncompromising artist and storyteller who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, and love throughout her magnificent body of work.

Hosted by KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel

Young, Gifted, and Nina is a must-see tribute to one of the most distinguished and beloved artist of our time featuring a powerful and dynamic lineup of:

Dwight Trible
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Jimetta Rose
Joi Gilliam
Patrice Quinn
Sonja Marie
Waberi Jordan
Alan Lightner- percussion & steel pan
Jacques Lesure- guitar
Jamire Williams- drums
Joey Dosik – alto saxophone, aux keys
JP Maramba- acoustic & electric bass
Steve Nalepa- visual narrative
Vardan Ovsepian- piano, synthesizer
+ Jeremy Sole KCRW- special invocation DJ set
and surprise guests

Music directed by multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story and curated by producer Jonathan Rudnick. Details are as follows:

Grand Performances at the California Plaza

350 S. Grand Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90071


351 S. Olive St | Los Angeles, CA 90071

California Plaza parking rates are $7.50 (cash only) starting 2 hours before evening Grand Performances events. The garage is best accessed from Olive Street between 1st and 4th Streets.

Get there early and bring blankets, sweaters, snacks and beverages! See you there!

LA EVENTS: What The Funk?! James Brown vs. Fela

DJ Spinna has done it again! From the man who brought us the Soul Slam: Michael Jackson vs. Prince and WONDERFULL parties now introduces a new body rock experience: What The Funk?! James Brown vs. Fela! Prepare to make the walls sweat as DJ Spinna will be spinning funky JAMES BROWN Exclusives, Covers, JB Samples & Funky-Soulful Hits Of JBs` God Children & The Afro Funk Pioneer FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI`s Entire Music Catalog, Afro House, Afro Soul and more!

Come shake it down to a tribute to the God Father of Soul JAMES BROWN & to the Afro Beat Pioneer FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI!! Details are as follows:
What The Funk?! James Brown vs. Fela Kuti

Fri, June 14, 2013

9:00 pm

The Echo

1822 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, California, 90026

$10 ($15 at the door)

See you there!


LA EVENTS: Juneteenth Heritage Festival in Leimert Park

Come enjoy two days of family fun for all ages that’s free and open to the public at the Juneteenth Heritage Festival in Leimert Park Village on June 15th and 16th from 10am to 6pm each day. Build an app for your digital device; take to the skies in a flight simulator; ride horses with the cowboys of color on Saturday, or rock the old school Soul Train line on Sunday! Dedication of the first Peace Pole in South Central Los Angeles in the 50 years of the Peace Pole Project ( begins 2pm on Sunday. The event begins at 4300 Degnan Blvd down to the corner of Vernon and Crenshaw in Los Angeles. Don’t miss the great arts and crafts vendors, good food and live entertainment featuring Hishaam. For more information, call 323.291-2024 or visit

LA EVENTS: The Scottsboro Boys

The final collaboration by musical theatre giants Kander & Ebb is their most daring, original and rewarding.

The Scottsboro Boys will have you tapping your toes and screaming for justice as the tables are turned on one of the most infamous events in American history: nine African American men accused of a crime they did not commit.  This wildly entertaining show shocks and delights, and reverberates with glorious music, inspired storytelling, innovative staging and extraordinary performances. You’ll rejoice at the emotionally-charged power of The Scottsboro Boys. Five-time Tony Award®-winner Susan Stroman (The Producers) directs and choreographs with a book by David Thompson (Chicago revival) and music and lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb.

Tickets on sale now through Center Theatre Group!

LA EVENTS: Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day Weekend marks the official beginning of summer for us Angelenos and this year, as usual, is chock full of events. If you know you want to be in the streets, but are unsure where to start, let us lead you:

Thursday – Sip @ Post and Beam: Join KC and the family as they start the weekend off right with cocktails and delicious vittles after work. The brainchild of veteran restauranteur Brad Johnson and master chef, Govind Armstrong, Post and Beam boasts unique culinary creations paired with designer cocktails. The Sip team has added an extra layer to the atmosphere with a handcrafted playlist created by our own Chris Lehman and a trivia question which will usually land you dinner at Post and Beam and tickets to some rich, cultural experience in the city. Take advantage of the “Red Stripe & Jerk Chicken” special for the night. Things gets underway at 5pm and happy hour specials end at 8pm.

Friday – THE GOODS at Zanzibar: We are KCRW FANatics here at BI and our current favorite DJ (which is hard, considering the KCRW line up) is Anthony Valadez. Check out his function THE GOODS at Zanzibar in Santa Monica with Jahkova on the turntables alongside The Rootdown’s KG Superstar holding down the mic duties.   Every Friday night is filled with positive energy w/ a room filled with dance floor madness.   Soul classics, anthems, reggae and throw back hip hop are served alongside new joints fresh from the turntables. Email to get on the guest list. Entry for all is free before 10 pm.

Saturday – Grits and Biscuits: I had never heard of this party until this year, but it sounds like it’s about to be on and poppin! If you love some Dirty South music then this function is right up your alley, bringing the Dirty South to the West Coast!!! The Grits & Biscuits Party will be in L.A. for some down home booty shakin, pelvis poppin, booty droppin, and Dirty South Hip hoppin all night. DJ Square Biz will be spinning every joint you know & remember from the Dirty South UGK – Outkast – Uncle Luke – Cash Money – Young Jeezy – No Limit – Three 6 Mafia – Trina – Trick Daddy – Petey Pablo – Trinidad James and Rick Ross. Bust out your OG booty shorts and comfy shoes for this one! Taking place at the House of Blues, Sunset Strip, tickets are on sale now for $20!

Sunday – BHCP Summer Concert Series – Loose Ends and Klymaxx: It’s back!!!The 4th Annual BHCP Live! Concert Series is the hottest FREE outdoor summer concert series in Los Angeles. This year there will be 7 must see shows on Thursdays and Sundays, starting this Sunday with Loose Ends and Klymaxx! 80’s babies who love R&B be there and bring your mommas and aunties because they love Loose Ends and Klymaxx too!

Honorable Mention – UCLA Jazz/Reggae Festival: As always, the UCLA Jazz/Reggae Festival will take over the UCLA campus this weekend. Featured artists this weekend are Santigold, Common, Ziggy Marley, and Barrington Levy amongst others! Shout out to Derrick’s Jamaican, Kobbler King, Hawkins House of Burgers, and Shabazz for getting in on the food vendor list!