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Weekend Guide: Muertos Film Fest, theLAnd Launch Party, Tropicalia & More ~ GTFO LA!

It’s Friday. The ofrenda is lit. World War Election I is on the horizon. And here is your weekend guide, Los Angeles.  So ... get the f**k out of the house!

Friday, November 2

See a Day of the Dead Film Festival in Downtown

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Los Angeles Theater Center is hosting a Dia de los Muertos Mexican film festival with screenings of La Maldicion de la LloronaMacario and Coco, among others. The event is donation based and runs for two nights starting Friday. More info here. Tickets here.

When: Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3; times
Where: The Los Angeles Theater Center, DTLA

Relive the Los Angeles Freedom Rally in Exposition Park

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]ake a tour of the Dr. Martin Luther King's 1963 Los Angeles Freedom Rally at the California African American Museum with history curators Tyree Boyd-Pates and Taylor Bythewood-Porter. The tour examines one of the largest civil rights rallies in the country held at Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles. More info here.

When: Friday, November 2; 1 pm to 2 pm
Where: CAAM, Exposition Park

March for Trans and GNC Rights in Pershing Square

[dropcap size=big]S[/dropcap]ome asshole in Washington is trying to delete trans and gender non-conforming people from the record books. This is on top of a relentless attack by the current administration on your fellow Americans for simply being who they are. Some good folks here are putting together a protest march to the steps of City Hall. Here is the description of the protest from the group putting it together:

"From micro-aggressions to murder, to be trans, gender nonconforming, or non-binary is to walk into the mouth of violence every morning and hope it will not swallow us whole. This is not new.
We come from a lineage of violence. 

On November 2nd at 4pm, we’re calling upon people of all genders to join us in marching from Pershing Square to City Hall in recognition of the necessity for trans rights and protections. Our legislators will know that we are a generation that does not tolerate any form of assault – interpersonal or state sanctioned – against people for their gender expression." 

More info here.

When: Friday, November 2; 4 pm
Where: Pershing Square, DTLA

Saturday, November 3

Watch the Oscar Acosta Doc in East L.A.

[dropcap size=big]O[/dropcap]scar Acosta – a large, imposing lawyer, writer, activist, rebel who disappeared in Mazatlán 44 years ago – is a legend in Chicano circles. He's also achieved cult status thanks to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the Johnny Depp film based on the book of the same title by the smiliarly arresting Hunter S. Thompson. Benicio del Toro plays a fictionalized (maybe) Acosta in the film. His story is fascinating, mysterious, and documented in The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo. The doc by Phillip Rodriguez will screen at Vincent Price as part of Cine Nepantla. Here's a trailer:

"The event is a free annual program that seeks to create a liminal, in-between space of transformation made possible through the exposure of multiple forms of knowing and being," a representative for Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles, which is hosting the event, said in a statement.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Rodriguez, live music by San Cha, spoken word performances by Xitlalic Guijosa-Osuna and Yosimar Reyes, and a panel on community activism. More info here.

When: Saturday, November 3; 1 pm
Where: Vincent Price Museum

Support Independent Print Journalism 

[dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap] group of some of Los Angeles's most respected indy journalists are launching an independent print magazine called theLAnd. And they are doing it with a big old party in Mid City. Entry is $20 and it gets you free food, booze, and music by Daedelus. All proceeds will go to the production of the magazine. Which the Taco team is very excited to see come to life. More info here.

When: Saturday, November 3; 6 pm
Where: 1921 Buckingham Rd, Mid City

Dance with Subsuelo in Grand Park

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Subsuelo Crew is throwing a big, free bash for the whole family in Grand Park Saturday. The event is in conjunction with Grand Avenue Arts and features special guest performances by ECNO - El Conjunto Nueva Ola, Julio y su teclado mágico, and Irene Diaz. More info here.

When: Saturday, November 3; 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Grand Park, DTLA

Moz It Up in Long Beach

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]ropicalia Fest is giving Coachella a run for its money with this billed "Music & Taco Fest" at the Queen Mary. Our girl Cardi B was supposed to be headlining but canceled last minute. Tropicalia announced the cancellation via Twitter late Friday with a sick emoji. Sza will now close the festival Sunday. The event will also feature Los Angeles Azules, Chicano Batman, La Sonora Dinamita, some guy named Morrissey, and so much more. The festival runs for two days and starts at noon Saturday. More info here.

When: Saturday, November 3  and Sunday, November 4; Doors open at noon
Queen Mary ParkLBC

Sunday, November 4

Take the Kids to Drag Queen Story Hour in Pasadena

[dropcap size=big]V[/dropcap]roman's Bookstore in Pasadena is hosting a magical story hour where some of L.A.'s top Drag Queens will read from progressive children's literature. More info here.

When: Sunday, November 4; 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena

Play Carnival Games in South El Monte

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he Fall Fair in South El Monte comes to a close this weekend at Whittier Narrows. There will be rides, games, food, and family activities. More info here.

When: Sunday, November 4, 12 pm to 10 pm
Where: Whittier Narrows, South El Monte

Monday, November 5

Get Ready to Vote!

[dropcap size=big]T[/dropcap]he biggest election before the next biggest election is just around the corner. So make plans to vote Tuesday, November 6 between 7 am and 8 pm. You can still vote by mail but you basically have to drop your ballot off at your County Registrar office or at your polling place. You can even still register to vote the day of the election by requesting a provisional ballot at any polling place. There are a number of ways you can find free transportation to the voting booth including from Lyft, Uber, Metro, and even on one of those Lime e-scooters. If you work during those hours that the polls are open, your employer is legally required to give you two hours of paid time off so you can go vote. And if you don't think voting in this election matters, just take a look at some of the laws that are being proposed here.

When: Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm to 8 pm
Where: Here

[Updated Nov. 3]

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