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Eastside Weekend: Echo Park Rising on the horizon; “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” screening & lecture; yoga with cats

Aug 16, 2018

By LUCY GUANUNA

Echo Park Rising, the Eastside’s favorite music festival, is back for another steamy summer weekend with a long list of free concerts, events and specials. If big festivals aren’t really your scene, you can watch short films by Latina filmmakers in Highland Park or take a yoga class with cats in Atwater Village.

Read on for our top 10 events and things-to-do this weekend.

This issue of Eastside Weekend is sponsored by Metro, which invites you to attend Nisei Week 2018

FRIDAY, August 17

Festival – Indulge in specials and events at local businesses as you jump from concert to concert during Echo Park Rising. The festival will run from Thursday through Sunday and will  include performances by Tropa Magica, Linafornia, Starcrawler and 500 other acts.  

Film – Representation matters and Latinas are finally making headway in film whether it’s in front of or behind the camera. Now’s your chance to see their work during Latinas in Film, an outdoor screening of short films by Latina filmmakers at Tierra de la Culebra Park in Highland Park.

Dance – Tense from a long work week? Let the thumping beats of percussion-driven African music fused with the soulful rhythm of house music get you loose from head to toe at TRYBVL, an Afro House party at Los Globos in Silver Lake.

Dance – Shake your rump at Cumbiaton, a bi-weekly dance party that pays homage to Afro-Latino sounds, culture and community. The party will be going down at First Street Pool & Billiard Parlor in Boyle Heights.

Fitness – Take a moment for yourself amid the commotion of Echo Park Rising with a free vigorous yoga class at Samarasa in Echo Park.

SATURDAY, August 18

Film – Watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit at the Autry Museum with an introduction by UCLA Lecturer of Public Policy and former Los Angeles Times editor, Jim Newton. He will touch upon issues that shaped modern Los Angeles and also come up in the film like freeway construction, segregation and police brutality.

Entertainment – RISK!, a live show and podcast where people tell hilarious, juicy or heartwarming stories they never thought they’d share, is coming to the Bootleg Theatre in Echo Park. Stories will be divulged by five comedians including Paul Gilmartin, Ramy Youssef and Hana Michels.

SUNDAY, August 19

Fitness – Nothing feels better than stretching out on your yoga mat unless, of course, stretching out next to you is a fluffy feline. Do a slow flow yoga class with cats at Sante D’Or Foundation, an animal adoption and rescue center in Atwater Village. Proceeds from the class will go to Sante D’Or.  

Fitness – Not a cat person? Let a cello guide your movements in Fantastic Morning, a cello yoga class at Zebulon Cafe in Atwater Village.

Theatre –
Catch STARRY, a new pop-rock musical that brings to life the story of brothers Theo and Vincent Van Gogh at the Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz. Learn of the thousands of  letters between the famous painter and his brother in the musical from the musical writing team Dahan & D’Angelo

That’s It For This Weekend!

As always, it’s a good idea to check with event organizers about any changes.

Thanks for reading. Until next Thursday, stay on top of the rest of the week’s goings-on by visiting the Eastside Events Calendar.

— Lucy Guanuna

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