Eastside Weekend: Mi Vida in Highland Park; Banetoriko’s noise-scapes in Echo Park; Sunday-night burlesque



Enjoy a live reading of the play Riot/Rebellion which revisits six historic days in 1965 Watts. This play explores race, the struggle of class and power in a section of Los Angeles that was often ignored in the media. First person accounts are weaved into the performances and a bilingual discussion will be conducted after the readings. Friday, March 20.

Mi Vida Boutique would like your attention for a moment. They have ideas for the community, goals that will hopefully shape the art scene in the area. What exactly they’re hoping to accomplish is anyone’s guess as they’re keeping their cards close to their chest. But consider this a public forum for a Kickstarter and a proper celebration of Women’s History Month. On the program will be the community premiere of Las Cafeteras’ video, “Mujer Soy” and punk pioneer Alice Bag will be a guest speaker. Friday, March 20.
Beyond one’s periphery live the spirits of our imagination. They morph into all the shapes and creatures when we are not looking. Banetoriko is a music project that incorporates noise-scapes and an appreciation for Japanese folklore, spirits and metal instruments. Consider Banetoriko as a noise artist who is holding up a mirror to see what is over our shoulders. The looping sounds and gnarling metal bending remind of a supernatural zoo, the creatures secretly complementing our life choices.  Banetoriko plays Pehrspace Saturday with D. Allen, Pure Shit and Kiran Arora. Saturday, March 21.

The burlesque act is a theatrical experience that teases, but also entertains. Yes, there is skin and the contours of the body involved. But those elements are present in everyday advertising. Sultry, Sweet Burlesque at El Cid includes a seven-piece orchestra with its performers, including Donna Hood, Audrey DeLuxe, Sin Fisted and aerialist Galaxy Jax. Sunday, March 22.


Lucy Jones from the U.S. Geological Survey, the one who appears on the TV whenever Los Angeles has a tremor that’s strong enough to knock over our drink –  said, “Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings kill people.” Architecture in L.A. is certainly an important topic, which is why it is equally important to see the experimental anti-seismic work DOMUS at Materials & Applications in Silver Lake. The exhibit is closing soon, but it’s a real bevvy of sights and some sonic sounds that factor into design. M&A have Spring 2015 as the end date for the exhibit. Why not this weekend?

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.


  1. DOMUS looks like the world’s biggest portapotty, a real eyesore in the neighborhood.

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