Lummis Days Returns: Annual NELA Event Features Music, Film, Dance and Poetry

The 13th annual Lummis Days will be presented June 1, 2 and 3 at four NELA locations: Occidental College, York Boulevard & Ave. 50, Lummis Home, Sycamore Grove Park. There are also two complementary exhibits at the Southwest Museum.
coversizereviseThe community-organized event will build on the Festival’s multi-cultural tradition with musical performances ranging from the Cuban dance band Orquesta Charangoa to the Louisiana-rooted High Life Cajun Band, the Latino rock of Alarma and the klezmer music of Mostly Kosher. Diversity and eclecticism are guiding principles:
The Festival’s four music stages will include power punk from Superbean, son jarocho from Los Jarochicos, country music from Ted Russell Kamp, mariachi from Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, barroom dance music from The Smokey Lonesome and a kaleidoscopic assortment of other musical styles and idioms.
 Admission to all Lummis Days events is always free. The full schedule is posted at the Lummis Days website and on the Lummis Days Facebook page.
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Dance styles on the Lummis Days stages will include contemporary dance from “Makin’ Moves and the Louise Reichlin Dancers, classic belly dance from Luxora, folklorico from Ballet Coco and Ballet Bravo and flamenco from the Arte Flamenco Dance Theater.

Poetry will be read at the annual Lummis Home gala and poetry workshops will be offered at Lummis Home and at two public libraries in the weeks preceding the festival. Featured readers at this year’s Lummis Home event, curated by Suzanne Lummis, are Jessica Ceballos y Campbell, Steve Abee, Olga Echeverria and Jamie Asaye FitzGerald.
Lummis Days will also offer puppet shows, activities for kids, the Arroyo Arts Collective’s “Critters Gotta Crawl” puppet parade and a free screening of the award-winning film “Dolores” at Occidental College.
A shuttle bus, provided by Council District 1, will ferry guests between Festival locations and parking sites on Sunday, June 3. A complete schedule of events for all sites, parking information, and the location of shuttle bus stops will be found at
Participating arts groups for this year’s Festival include the Arroyo Arts Collective, the Highland Park Independent Film Festival, Teatro Arroyo, La Culebra Action League and the Rock Rose Gallery.
The Lummis Days Festival is sponsored by Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, L.A. Council District 1; Councilmember Jose Huizar, L.A. Council District 14; Occidental College and the school’s Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance, the Infinity Group, and Poets & Writers Inc.
Other supporters include Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Greater Cypress Park Neighborhood Council, Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, LA 32 Neighborhood Council, Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, Highland Park Heritage Trust, Home Depot, and Anahuak Youth Soccer Association. Media sponsors are the Eastsider, KPFK public radio 90.7, LA ArtNews, Brooklyn & Boyle, Happening in Highland Park and the Boulevard Sentinel.
This festival is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. This festival is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. Lummis Days is presented by the all-volunteer Lummis Day Community Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit California corporation.


7:00pm — 10:00pm

Occidental College, Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Road

Free screening: “Dolores,” award-winning documentary film directed by Peter Bratt. A panel discussion follows the screening, moderated by Chicano arts advocate Tomas Benitez.


10:00am — 4:00pm

Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive, Lower Level

Exhibition:  Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis

Presented by the Autry Museum of the American West

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Avenue 50 at York Boulevard

Boulevard Stage

5:00    Bird Concerns

6:00    The Smokey Lonesome

7:00       Umm

8:00    Eric Kufs Band


10:30am – 12:00pm

Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43

Poetry Reading, Reception and Workshop

10:30     Musical Interlude – Karen Elaine

10:55    Native Blessing by Ted Garcia – Tatavia Song Keeper

11:00     Readings by Jessica Ceballos y Campbell, Steve Abee, Olga Garcia Echeverría and Jamie Asaye FitzGerald

12:00    Reception

1:10     Poetry Workshop with Lory Bedekian

Noon – 5pm

Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Drive, Lower Level

Exhibition: Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis

Presented by the Autry Museum of the American West

10:45am – 7pm

Sycamore Grove Park, 4702 N. Figueroa Street

10:45    Anahuak sponsored Run / Walk Check In

11:30    Anahuak Run / Walk begins

12:15    “Critters Gotta Crawl” Parade from Southwest Museum across Figueroa, into Sycamore Grove Park to the Bandshell.  Musical accompaniment by Cuñao

Uptown Danza Stage

12:45    Native American Blessing — Julia Bogany

1:55    Luxora

3:10    Makin’ Moves

4:25    Louise Reichlin & Dancers / Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers

5:45    Ballet Coco

The Bandshell

1:00    Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas

2:20    Mostly Kosher

3:35    Superbean

4:50    Ted Russell Kamp

6:10    Orquesta Charangoa

The Alisal Stage

1:15    MAWD

2:20    Trapdoor Social

3:25    High Life Cajun Band

4:30    Scarlett and the Fever

5:35    Alarma

Teatro Arroyo / Bugs and Puppets Stage

1:30    Puppet Show: “The Little Possum” and “Juan y Los Frijoles Magicos”

2:15    Danza Azteca Xipe Totec:  Traditional Aztec Drumming and Dancing

3:00    Ms. Serena Sing Along

3:40    Puppet Show: “The Hollah-Bollah Pot” and “The Noise at El Alisal”

4:25    Ms. Serena Sing Along

The Angel Stage

1:30    Eastside Arts

2:00    Lincoln Heights Youth Arts Center Presents:  Los Jarochicos and the Latin Ensemble of Lincoln Heights

2:45     Arte Flamenco Dance Theatre & Center for Worldance

3:30     Raul Martinez Presents:  Ramona Hall Student Band and Clementine Bullen

4:15     Ballet Bravo

5:00     “Let the River Run,” A theatrical performance by the 3rd Graders of the Los Feliz Charter School of the Arts

Anahuak Sports Area (Located Between Family Activities and Angel Stage)

12:20 – 4:20 (hourly 20-minute soccer matches)

Family Fun Area

1:00 – 500

  • The Franklin School RoboNerds
  • Tongva crafts with Julia Bogany, Tribal Elder, San Gabrielino Band of Mission Indians
  • Home Depot / Color Spot Planting Booth
  • Eco Voices with the Urban Science Corps
  • “Critters Gotta Crawl” — Puppet making workshop sponsored by the Arroyo Arts Collective and Teatro Arroyo
  • Audubon Center at Debs Park activity
  • Anahuak Youth Soccer Association                                   

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