L.A. Digest West Edition

L.A. DIGEST: Ted Lange to host film festival

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Award-winning actor, writer and director Ted Lange is the host for the 22nd annual Reel Black Men Film Festival Aug. 17 at the Pacific Design Center. The festival offers screenings of short films by black male filmmakers followed by discussions and a reception.

The event starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at www.bherc.org. For more information, call (310) 284-3170.

Aretha Franklin

tribute planned

EXPOSITION PARK — Elaine Gibbs and NuSoul pay tribute to Aretha Franklin on the anniversary of her death at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at the California African American Museum, 600 State Drive. Hits such as “Rock Steady,” “Natural Woman,” “I Never Loved a Man” and more will be performed.  

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Minority AIDS Project and the American Cancer Society are sponsoring the free and open to the public event. 

For more information, contact Mike Jones via email at mikejones514@gmail.com.

Banquet hall

hosts book expo

MANCHESTER SQUARE — The African-American Book Expo comes to Los Angeles Aug. 17 at the Manchester Banquet Hall, 1735 W. Manchester Ave., from 1 to 6 p.m. 

The expo offers a chance to meet celebrity authors, win prizes and learn how to sell while pitching books to local and national media outlets. The expo also visits New York, Dallas and Baltimore. 

Admission is free. 

Snag tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/african-american-book-expo-cali-edition-tickets-51685529811?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

Church showcases

young poets, writers

HARVARD HEIGHTS — Winners of the Sally Bell Mentor Group Essay/Poetry Event and the Friends of William Grant Still Young Artists Competition will be presented at the Congregational Church of Christian Fellowship, 2085 S. Hobart Blvd., Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.

A reception at the church will follow, allowing a meeting with the winning artists. 

For more information about the event, email fowgs@earthlink.att.

West African dish

has its own festival

LOS ANGELES — The annual Jollof Festival will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 for a day-long event celebrating the different variations of the popular West African dish. The festival also goes to New York, D.C., Atlanta, Oakland and New Jersey. 

Those attending will get to taste test, watch performances, take photos and dance the night away.  

Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/la-jollof-festival-19-tickets-64642114304.

Robeson theatre

festival planned

DOWNTOWN — Award-winning Robey Theatre Company presents the third biennial Paul Robeson Theatre Festival Aug. 23-25 at the Los Angeles Theatre Company, 514 S. Spring St.

Named after the actor, singer, activist and humanitarian, the festival includes award presentations of African-American theatre, staged readings, live performances and panel discussions.

For tickets and more information, visit www.thelatc.org.

Leimert Park Village

Book Fair planned

BALDWIN HILLS — The Leimert Park Village Book Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza with a theme of “We Do This for the Culture.” Founded in 2007, the nonprofit organization’s goal is to promote education and literacy in Los Angeles.  

The one-day event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, visit www.leimertparkbookfair.com.

Dance group

sets performance

GREEN MEADOWS — Heidi Duckler Dance presents “Stay Awake,” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Inspired by the ecosystems of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital, the performance examines how human interactions influence health and communities.

RSVP’d attendees are welcome to bring snacks to this free event. RSVP at www.eventbrite.com/e/heidi-duckler-dance-presents-stay-awake-tickets-65877514419.

Black MBA group

to network Aug. 24

UNIVERSITY PARK — The National Black MBA Association-Los Angeles Chapter is hosting its annual Headshots and Handshakes for human resource and business development professionals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24. 

The event is also offering an opportunity to hear advice and tips on standing out in a pile of resumes. 

For more information, visit headshots-and-handshakes.eventbrite.com.

Gardena Jazz Fest

planned Aug. 25

GARDENA — Pat Prescott, morning radio show host of 94.7 The Wave, is set to host the 17th annual Gardena Jazz Festival Aug. 25.

The festival is from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Nakaoka Center and is featuring Jazz Funk Soul, Marcus Johnson, Supa Lowery Brothers and more.

For tickets, visit gardenajazzfestival17.eventbrite.com or cityofgardena.org.

Homeownership

fair planned

LOS ANGELES — Faith and Community Empowerment is holding a freehomeownership fair for first-time homebuyers Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Designs Charter School, 2303 Figueroa Way. Those interested in attending can register at www.eventbrite.com.

Compiled by Bria Overs

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