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Grand Park's Got Moves:The Salsa Session

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 28, 2014

Grand Park’s Got Moves: The Salsa Session

Los Angeles-Los Angeles City officials would have been proud to see the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic crowd of several thousand salseros of all ages, gathered in Grand Park, on Memorial Day, just a few yards across from Los Angeles City Hall. “Creating Unity thru Salsa” stated Albert Torres, Founder of the International LA Salsa Fest (formerly Los Angeles Salsa Congress).

Summer officially or unofficially got underway with the inaugural Grand Park’s Got Moves: The Salsa Session, Monday, May 26, 2014. This exciting event, came on the heels... (more)

Tags: oscar hernandez, grand park, albert torres, ricardo lemvo & makina loca, the spanish harlem orchestra, international l.a. salsa fest

St. Elmo's Village 45th Anniversary Celebration

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 28, 2014

St. Elmo’s Village 45th Anniversary Celebration

Los Angeles-Residents of the greater Los Angeles area are fortunate to have so many options to enjoy for Memorial Day Weekend. I joined a community of creative people and visitors for St. Elmo’s Village 45th Anniversary Celebration with the theme “Celebrating the Art of Creative Survival.”

The celebration got underway on Saturday, May 24th with an eclectic musical line-up featuring DJ Nnamdi spinning tracks, guitarist and vocalist Rei Fukuda, solo jazz piano of Greg Bryant, poetry recited by Mark-Anthony Johnson, Damon Turner, V.... (more)

Tags: st. elmo village, ufahamu 45th anniversary band, dee dee mcneil, clarence johnston quartet, gregg wright and rei fukuda

Prescencia Cubana Returns to Echo Park

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 28, 2014

Prescencia Cubana Returns to Echo Park

Los Angeles-A huge, enthusiastic crowd welcomed the return of Prescencia Cubana to Echo Park on Sunday, May 18, 2014. This fantastic festival celebrated the cultural heritage of the Cuban community living throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The festival featured live performances, arts and crafts, Cuban food and coffee, and activities for children. The event also commemorates the island’s freedom from Spain on May 20, 1902.

The festival took place at Echo Park, but with a different logistical layout. The festival gave new meaning to... (more)

Tags: prescencia cubana en los angeles, cuba la, josiel perez's ac jazz project, chanqui majadera, the arsenio rodriquez project

Literacy Day at California African American Museum

By Ricky Ricardo, published on May 20, 2014

National Children’s Book Week at California African American Museum

By Ricky Richardson

Los Angeles-National Children’s Book Week was celebrated with a marvelous program at the California African American Museum. Literacy Day was celebrated with a program entitled “Heads are Turning; Children are Learning, Saturday, May 17, 2014.

An attentive crowd of young kids were treated to a fun-filled day of activities designed to promote literacy. Art projects, workshops, face paintings, live performances, and Public Library Info table, The Griot: Michael McCarty, Storyteller as... (more)

Tags: caam, synthia saint james, jackee harry, karen malina white, deidrie henry, darryl alan reed, donis leonard jr., eban williamson

Victoria Sanabria Performed at Isla Del Encanto Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Apr 28, 2014

Victoria Sanabria Performs at the Isla Del Encanto Festival

Bell- The 2nd Annual Isla Del Encanto Festival returned to Treder Park, in the City of Bell on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Festival goers were literally able to visit the Enchanted Island of Puerto Rico, if only in their minds.

This family friendly event was produced by California Puerto Rican Parade and Festival. The California Puerto Rican Parade and Festival is a non-profit organization. The organization was founded in 1997 to preserve the history and culture of Puerto Rico in California and to keep our heritage alive... (more)

Tags: city of bell, isla del encanto festival, victoria sanabria, johnny polanco y su conjunto amistad, martin padilla, ricky luis

The City of Inglewood Celebrated Earth Day

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Apr 19, 2014

The City of Inglewood Celebrated Earth Day

Inglewood-While writing this review, I was fortunate to have the song “Earth Day Every Day” by John Denver as a musical accompaniment. This soundtrack was provided by Tanya Torres, Program Host of Canto Sin Fronteras on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles.

A Global celebration of Earth Day falls on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The City of Inglewood teamed up with the Social Justice Learning Institute for an early celebration of Earth Day on Saturday, April 19th. The title of this wonderful program was “Inglewood Rising: Earth Day Festival 2014.”

... (more)

Tags: city of inglewood, social justice learning institute, sjli, the sledge grits band, kenny lattimore

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Apr 14, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol Soars Over Festival of Books

Los Angeles-The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held it’s own during the weekend of April 12th and 13th, considering the two huge events taking place South of Los Angeles. The 19th Edition of the Festival, with the theme Inspire Your Fire, took place on the beautiful campus of the University of Southern California (USC).

Over 150,000 book lovers came from near and far to celebrate the written word on this pleasantly warm weekend.

The festival kicked off into high gear with a roaring performance of the USC Marching... (more)

Tags: los angeles lakers, los angeles times, los angeles times festival of books, university of southern california, pau gasol

Be-bopping with The Girls in the Band

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Mar 22, 2014

Be-bopping with The Girls in the Band

Los Angeles-In honor of Women’s History Month, the Friends of Jazz at UCLA presented the award-winning documentary The Girls in the Band. This movie, concert, Q&A and reception was held on a hot Sunday afternoon, March 16, 2014 at 2PM, inside the air conditioned Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum@ UCLA.

Many members of the jazz community were in attendance for an inspiring, educational and entertaining film and Q&A discussion. The Girls in the Band is an award-winning documentary film that tells the fascinating and incredible stories... (more)

Tags: fowler museum, the girls in the band, friends of jazz at ucla, nancy kissock

LAUSD Shined the Spotlight on the Arts

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Mar 19, 2014

LAUSD Shined the Spotlight on the Arts

Los Angeles-A surge of creative energy swarmed throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District from March 1-14, 2014. All of this creative energy was powered by students within the District. From March 1-14, schools across the district held school-site events that featured student musical, dance and theatrical performances. The two-week festival celebrating the arts served as a grand segue into the March 15th event at Grand Park entitled “LAUSD Arts Fest in the Park.”

The final result was a massive showcase of sparkling outpouring of the... (more)

Tags: grand park, lausd, lausd arts fest in the park, los angeles unified school district

Let the Good Times Roll at Uncle Darrow's

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Mar 9, 2014

Let The Good Times Roll at Uncle Darrow’s

Marina del Rey- Several thousand revelers were part of the steady stream of people attending the 15th Annual Uncle Darrow’s Mardi Gras West “Fat Saturday” Celebration. This fun annual celebration was held on Saturday, March 8th, inside Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery and the outside backlot.

The weather felt like it was Summer, coupled with a pleasant Spring breeze. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, “we experienced a minor earthquake near Marina del Rey. This light to mild quake, gave the region a jolt on Friday evening. The... (more)

Tags: uncle darrow's cajun creole eatery, 2-u-neek, t-lou super hot zydeco band

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