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11th Annual Lummis Day Festival Set for Three Days, Four Sites on June 3,4,&5

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Juggler Alan Laurano | Couresy Lummis Day

Juggler Alan Laurano | Courtesy Lummis Day

With music, poetry, dance, film, art and a puppet parade, the 11th annual Lummis Day festival will be staged at four locations in Northeast Los Angeles during the first weekend in June—June 3, 4 and 5. As always, admission to all events will be free.

Performances and exhibits will represent the city’s rainbow of cultural traditions and will be supported by a grassroots coalition of arts groups and neighborhood associations. Two changes to this year’s program are the addition of Occidental College in Eagle Rock as the site of the opening night film presentation. Also, the annual Sunday morning poetry gala will be shifted from its past location at Lummis Home to the nearby Southwest Museum.

The festival’s performance stages return to Sycamore Grove Park on Sunday, June 5 and to York at Avenue 50 on Saturday, June 4. A major art exhibition — “The Spirit, Work and Impact of Highland Park’s Centro de Arte Publico 1977”– will open on Saturday, June 4 with a reception featuring some of the preeminent voices of Southern California’s Chicano arts community.

The full schedule, plus parking and free shuttle information, is posted at LummisDay.org.

The three-day festival will unfold at these sites and times:

  • Friday, June 3, 7:00 pm: Occidental College, Choi Auditorium, 1600 Campus Road —  Do you think you know LA?: Three films about Los Angeles.” (Presented by the Highland Park Independent Film Festival and Lummis Day.) Screenings of two short short films and one acclaimed feature documentary that speak to the Northeast L.A. community: “Once Upon a Time in Chavez Ravine,” “Murals of Aztlan” and “East LA Interchange.” Followed by a q&a panel moderated by Terrence Butcher.
  • Saturday, June 4, 11:00 am: Art exhibit — “The Spirit, Work and Impact of Highland Park’s Centro de Arte Publico 1977.” Rare work by artists Carlos Almaraz, Frank Romero, John Valadez, Leo Limon, Robert “Tito” Delgado, Barbara Carrasco, Dolores Hernandez Guerrero, Dan Benesch, Richard Duardo and Guillermo Bejarano. With a noon reception for the artists featuring filmmaker/playwright Richard Montoya, writer Tomas Benitez and music by Willie Herron with Los Illegals.
  • Saturday, June 4, 1:00 pm-6:00 pm: York Boulevard at Avenue 50 — Live music, crafts, art, food trucks. Performers include Highland Park’s The Remstoys, Occidental College’s Campus Security, chanteuse Jessica Fichot, The Tall Men Group and power trio, Superbean.
  • Sunday, June 5, 10:30 am-noon: Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive — Annual poetry gala: readings by acclaimed poets in the courtyard featuring Laurel Ann Bogen, Wendy Ortiz, Antonieta Villamil, Henry Morro and Lummis Day’s poetry host, Suzanne Lummis. Music provided by master guitarist, Joe Calderón.
  • Sunday June 5, 10:00 am-4:00 pm: Southwest Museum Art exhibit continues in the Sprague Gallery. “The Spirit, Work and Impact of Highland Park’s Centro de Arte Publico 1977”
  • Sunday, June 5, Noon-7:00 pm: Sycamore Grove Park, 4902 North Figueroa St.  — Music, dance, puppets, fish and robots on five stages. On Stages 1 and 2, performers include The Andersons, Blue Agave, Highland Hawks, GrooveSession, Yari More, the JC Cultural Foundation’s Lion Dancers, the Sophie Olson Dance Explosion, the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Team, and Futuro / The Jr. Dance Company of CONTRA-TIEMPO. Stage 3 features Laura Jean Anderson, Levitation Room, Viento Callajero, Blues Channel and De’Anza. The Puppets and Players Little Theatre will present their version of The Wizard of Oz and on the adjoining Bugs and Balloons stage, special performances for the little ones from Skeleton Crew Pirate Band and Tuba Heatherton. The Emerging Talent Stage hosts The Children’s Living History of Los Angeles performance, PG Dance, and bands The Friendly Strangers, Ceviche Springs and The Crudes. MC’s will include veteran Fox 11 and My 13 TV reporter Hal Eisner and comedians Carl Kozlowski and Robin Reiser.

New this year, Anahuak Soccer is sponsoring a Run / Walk at 11:30 am and, in the afternoon, five 20-minute junior soccer matches will be held on an hourly basis. The Family Fun area will feature The FoLar River Rover, a visor decorating workshop sponsored by ASNC, the Franklin RoboNerds, Home Depot and Color Spot’s planting experience, the Urban Science Corps “Ecovoices,” The Tongva necklace workshop and a fish puppet making workshop sponsored by the Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo. Fun for everyone.

LummisDay.org takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis.. A prolific writer and photographer, Lummis founded Los Angeles’ first museum, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. He was also one of the city’s first librarians, founded the Landmark Society which preserved the California missions and helped introduce the concept of multi-culturalism to Southern California.

More details at LummisDay.org
Award-winning "East L.A. Interchange" screens at Ocodental College, Friday, June 3 on Lummis Day's opening night.
Award-winning “East L.A. Interchange” screens at Occidental College, Friday, June 3 on Lummis Day’s opening night.

Artist John Valadez' "Masacara Luchador" will be exhibited in "The Spirit, Work and Lasting Impact of the Centro de Arte Publico

Artist John Valadez’ “Masacara Luchador” will be exhibited in The Spirit, Work and Lasting Impact of the Centro de Arte Publico, 1977″ at the Southwest Museum, June 4 and 5.

DeAnza performs on one of five stages at Lummis Day's Sycamore Grove site, Sunday June 5

DeAnza performs on one of five stages at Lummis Day’s Sycamore Grove site, Sunday June 5

The Sophie Olson Dance Explosion perform on Lummis Day's dance stage at Sycamore Grove Park, Sunday June 5

The Sophie Olson Dance Explosion perform on Lummis Day’s dance stage at Sycamore Grove Park, Sunday June 5

The Andersons kick off the Lummis Day festivities at Sycamore Grove Park on Sunday, June 5

Noted poet Suzanne Lummis hosts the annual poetry gala, Sunday June 5 at the Southwest Museum.

Noted poet Suzanne Lummis hosts the annual poetry gala, Sunday June 5 at the Southwest Museum.

The Resmstoys perform at Lummis Day's York & Avenue 50 stage on Saturday, June 4

The Resmstoys perform at Lummis Day’s York & Avenue 50 stage on Saturday, June 4

Blue Agave performs at Lummis Day's Sycamore Grove location ion Sunday, June 5

Blue Agave performs at Lummis Day’s Sycamore Grove location on Sunday, June 5

1th Annual Lummis Day: three days, four locations, free admission to all events

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One comment

  1. That’s a lot of Lummis!!