Our L.A. Voices - Day 1

Featuring: DJ Lani Love, Elizabeth Ai, Elder Alan Salazar, Arthur King & AKP Recordings

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April 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.


DJ Lani Love spins a set of Hip-Hop tracks from Vietnam and the Vietnamese Diaspora live at 6:00 p.m.

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TALK: Vietnamese New Wave: Then and Now presented by DJ Lani Love & Elizabeth Ai

DJ Lani Love and filmmaker Elizabeth Ai will discuss the director’s current project, New Wave Documentary, a film documenting and preserving the sociocultural influence and impact of the popular 80s music genre, New Wave, on the Vietnamese Diaspora. Their conversation will explore the origins of Vietnamese New Wave and its cultural significance, then and now.

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WORKSHOP: Creation Stories of the Los Angeles Basin presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the NEA BIG Read, featuring Meztli Projects

Through a land acknowledgment exercise, viewers will learn some of the original names of the cities and communities in Los Angeles. The creation stories of the Los Angeles Basin will be led by Meztli Projects guest Elder Alan Salazar (Tataviam/Chumash) who will share from his new book Tata, the Tataviam Towhee, a nature story illustrated by Mona Lewis using pigments made from rocks and soil collected in Tataviam territory.

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Win a gift basket from the NEA Big Read!

Enter a special drawing to receive a gift basket with a copy of Salazar's book as well as Tonga Elder Cindi Alvitre's book Waa’aka’: The Bird Who Fell in Love with the Sun and also Louise Erdrich’s The Round House, which is this year’s L.A. title selection for the NEA Big Read Program.

To enter the free drawing, send an email to: elizabeth.morin@lacity.org by April 23, 2021, with subject matter “Native Voices.” Winner will be announced at the end of Our L.A. Voices on April 29, 2021.

FILM PREMIERE: Changing Landscapes presented by AKP Recordings

The experimental documentary short Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) by multidisciplinary art studio Arthur King was filmed in the Scottish Hebrides. The process, or artistic methodology, of the Changing Landscapes series is focused primarily on field recordings and is the unchanging framework that allows the location to serve as the focus of the art. Watch the trailer. The film will be available for viewing on-demand April 15–30, 2021, at olav.grandparkla.org.

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