Eastside Weekend: Discover Art in NELA; Mariachi festival; Wartime Recitals


Clare Graham’s MorYork Gallery will be part of this year’s Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour.

By Nathan Solis

Arts-CultureHighland Park — Your friends from the west side brag about the vibrant art scene in their neighborhood and frankly it’s getting a bit annoying. Why not bring them along to the Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour? This year’s tour allows you to visit with more than 100 artists in their homes and studios throughout Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Mount Washington and many more places. Make your friends jealous that they don’t live in your neighborhood. Saturday, November 22.


Lincoln Heights — There are times when the opportunity to party down in a mansion on Broadway in Lincoln Heights will arise. Cozy Fest 2014 happens to be one of those times, with El-Haru Kuroi bringing their blend of Nueva Tropicália and Insects vs Robots doing what they call gnomethrash. These are bands just in case you’re completely lost. There will also be some live art performances, tarot readings and other things to do with the rest of your senses. Saturday, November 22.


Echo Park — There is a theatrical flair to Wartime Recital’s flavor. The harmonies and piano keys find their way into a chasing rhythm, building up to some lovely crescendo, but there’s guitar work and percussion, so it’s not all Sondheim. In fact Wartime Recitals are reminding all of us that you can get indie pop into a somber mood without having it be all doom and gloom. This is the last of their Monday night residency at The Echo.


Boyle Heights — Los Angeles knows mariachis, but not all people living in the city know their corrido from their typical Bolero ranchero. The 24th Annual Mariachi Festival at Mariachi Plaza hopes to enlighten a few people while also getting the neighborhood to dance. Several groups will bring their interpretation of Mexican folk music, including Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, an all female ensemble, and several other groups from international fame, to local ensembles. Sunday, November 23.

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Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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One comment

  1. wow i would have loved to do the studio tour…unfortunately it was posted the day before.

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