Northeast LA neighborhoods celebrate their multicultural arts in annual festival

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Folks in Northeast Los Angeles are throwing a big party today and everyone’s invited. It’s the 4th annual Lummis Day Festival. Details from KPCC’s Debra Baer.

Organizers call it a party with a purpose that features a kaleidoscopic array of Angeleno talent. Performers on the bill include Ozomatli’s “Wil-Dog”, the band “I See Hawks in L.A.”, and blues guitar legend Carlos Guitarlos. The sketch comedy trio “Culture Clash” plans to show up too. And expect to see Filipino, Native American, Mexican and Pacific Islander folk artists, along with dancers, poets, puppeteers and chefs demonstrating what they do best. Sounds like the kind of bash Charles Fletcher Lummis would have liked. The writer, librarian, journalist, photographer, and Indian rights activist was a “colorful character” in his day. He attracted national attention in 1884 when he walked from Ohio to California in knickerbockers and street shoes to take a job at the Los Angeles Times. His house, El Alisal on the Arroyo Seco, is a state historic landmark.

Notes: The main part of the festival including - music and dance performances - happens at Sycamore Grove Park.