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L.A. DIGEST: Writer remembered through documentary

LOS ANGELES — Actor Charles Reese is holding a free screening of “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary about race in America, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2, at St. Elmo Village, 4830 St. Elmo Drive.

The film is based on the writings of author James Baldwin, who describes the history of racism in the U.S. through his reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., who also were his close friends. The screening is meant to commemorate Baldwin’s 93rd birthday.

Radio show covers


LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and Hutchinson Report Pacifica Radio Townhall of the Air will examine the growing debate over gentrification in Los Angeles July 29 at 9 a.m. on KPFK Radio 90.7 FM.

“The debate over gentrification has stirred anger, charges of neighborhood takeover, escalating home prices and especially over-development,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, the host of the show. “The Windsor Hills-View Park neighborhood, recently voted the number one black affluent neighborhood in the country, is a textbook example of this.”

The on-air town hall invites homeowners, stakeholders, developers, elected officials and listeners are invited to speak on the issue.

The call-in number is (818) 985-5735. The show also can be streamed at kpfk.org.

Workshops planned

on computer coding

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — LAMakerspace is hosting a series of free workshops on computer coding using Minecraft over the course of four consecutive Wednesdays. The first two will start at 2 p.m. and the last two at 4 p.m. beginning Aug. 2, at the Hyde Park Miriam Mathews Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

All ages are welcome. Attendees need to commit to the entire four-session series. Registration is limited to 20 people.

Iconic singers

to hold concert

HOLLYWOOD — Lionel Richie will perform in concert with Mariah Carey from 7 to 9:30 p.m. July 31 at the Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave.

Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2twimMF.

Trumpetist honored

at jazz festival

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The 9th City Council District presents the Central Ave. Jazz Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 29-30, along Central Avenue between King Boulevard and Vernon Avenue.

MusicUNTOLD, a nonprofit, will give a 90th birthday tribute to trumpeter Clora Bryant at 3:30 p.m. July 29, on stage 1, under the direction of L.A. City Councilman Curren Price.

Bryant was the lone female trumpeter to collaborate with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. She is also known as the only female player in the jazz band in the movie “Anna Lucasta,” starring Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt and Dorothy Dandridge.

The event will also include pavilions with resources for youth, health and wellness, arts and employment.

The event is free and open to the public.

Information: (562) 436-4352.

Chamber of commerce

celebrates anniversary

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Florence Firestone Walnut Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting an anniversary dinner “Under the Stars” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Leonardo’s Restaurant, 6611 S. Alameda St.

The evening will start with complimentary cocktails from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. before a dinner of salmon and chicken and an awards presentation.

L.A. County Assessor Jeffrey Prang will serve as guest speaker.

Tickets are $45 per person.

Information: (323) 589-4222.

Police present

community event

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Southeast Division of the Los Angeles Police Department is holding a free community event from 2 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1, at 145 W. 108th St.

The event will include food, entertainment, vendors and giveaways.

Information: (323) 972-7662 or Snowlittbird@sbcglobal.net.

Musical details

life of gospel icon

PASADENA — “Shout Sister Shout!”, a musical about the life of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, hailed as the godmother of rock and roll, will be staged until Aug. 2 at the Pasadena Playhouse Theatre, 39 S. El Molino Ave.

Showtimes will run from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The production runs for one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Tharpe’s gospel voice and guitar-playing influenced musicians such as Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

Tickets: $28 at http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/event/shout-sister-shout/.

Intensive tap dance

program planned

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Debbie Allen Dance Academy presents L.A. Tap Fest, a weeklong intensive program for dancers ages 7 and older. Classes run from 9:15 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. July 31-Aug. 5, 3791 Santa Rosalia Drive.

More than 120 classes are available, including jazz, hip-hop, African, Kathak (classical Indian dance) and Lindy Hop. The program also includes daily history lessons, panel discussions, an opening night Tap Jam, a “Cutting” Contest (winner receives a pair of the Jason Samuels Smith Tap Shoes!), and a student showcase. The event culminates with an “All Star Tap Concert” featuring all the participants of the festival.

Registration: www.thelatapfest.com.

Compiled by Anne Artley.  

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