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Pupusa Festival, Long Beach Comic Con, Lobster Fest & More ~ GTFO LA!

Rice flour pupusas. Photo by Karla

Pupusas, Lobster Fest, Comic Con – Do we need to say anything more? Get out of the f*king house!

Friday, September 7

Long Beach Original Lobster Festival

[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]obster lovers will band together this Sunday to eat anything and everything lobster. We’re talking lobster rolls, lobster sliders, lobster bisque, lobster fries, even a lobster drink called “Screaming Lobster.” The festival prepares live Maine lobster in the world’s largest cooker, known to steam a thousand pounds of lobster in one take. This family-friendly event will also have kid activities and live music. More info here.

Saturday, September 8

To Live and Dwell in LA Photography Exhibit

[dropcap size=big]S[/dropcap]elf-taught, Jalisco born, but East L.A. raised photographer Rafael Cardenas has used images to explore his relationship to Los Angeles. In his latest exhibit at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes he hits L.A.’s streets to dig into his connection with local history and community amidst the city’s changing faces and landscapes. Titled “Landscapes and Land Dwellers: Photography of Place”, the exhibit features images of small businesses, homes passed down to generations of Angelenos, and empty lots as physical reminders of the changing demographics, economics, and political upheaval. The exhibit features 60 photographs and a time-lapse installation of over 10,000 images. More info here.

Latinas Writers Conference

[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap].A. is the land of screenwriters and writers not wanting to compromise the reality they put on the screen, except for the diversity of course. Thankfully, on Saturday a group of Latinas will come together at La Plaza de la Raza to explore the diversity within writers from the world of academia, film, and literature. Workshop topics include self-care for writers, writing about Los Angeles, journalism, women in writing and film, and more. The event will end with a keynote from Chicana writer Cherie Moraga. Lunch will feature a musical performance by singer Lysa Flores. More info here.

Long Beach Comic Con

[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]ong Beach’s own comic and pop-culture celebration will bring out a wide-ranging variety of on-screen, comic, and novel writers, as well icons and personalities from the nerd canon. Among people to watch out for are WWE wrestlers Rikishi and his son Sefa Fatu, Twin Peaks actress Audrey Horne, Love and Rockets co-creator Jaime Hernandez. Panels will include topics on manga, animation, and more. More info here.

NFMLA Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema

[dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]ocal and international films share the screen at this film festival honoring the Latino community with films from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and more. The event will have three world premiers: The Morphable Man by Jonathan Ostos Yaber; the newest film by NFMLA alumn Daniela Arguello; and Bailaora by Spanish Director Rubin Stein. More info here.

Sunday, September 9

Pupusa Festival Del Valle

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]his is not a drill. The Pupusa Festival Del Valle celebrating one of El Salvador’s most popular dishes, is happening this Sunday. Head over to Woodland Hills for music and endless bites of pupusas. More info here.

CAAM reads, ‘Evicted’

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he California African American Museum continues their monthly book club with Evicted a New York Times Bestseller about poverty and profit in the U.S. The book goes into the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee, WI., to highlight the stories of eight families on the road towards evictions. More info here.

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