Music, dance and poetry representing a rainbow of cultural traditions
will be presented at the seventh annual Lummis Day Festival, Sunday,
June 3. The multi-site Festival, one of L.A.'s signature cultural
events, runs from 10:30am-7:00pm.
The main stages for Lummis Day's performances will again be located
at Heritage Square Museum (3800 Homer Street), where the best of
home-grown Northeast L.A. music, dance, food and community resources
will be presented amid the historic buildings preserved on the unique
museum's grounds. The diverse styles and traditions of this year's music
include salsa, tex-mex, rock, hip-hop, Indian raga and country. Dance
groups will present material representing Irish step dance, modern
dance, Brazilian capoeira, rumba and more.
Some of the historic buildings at Heritage Square Museum will be available to festival-goers via docent-led tours.
As always, the two-part Festival's opening morning event will take
place at Lummis Home (200 East Avenue 43), where the day begins at 10:30
AM with readings by critically acclaimed poets. The Lummis Home site
will also feature music, art exhibits and refreshments. The Festival's
art exhibit will continue at Lummis Home until 5pm while
performances—music, dance—and community activities shift to nearby
Heritage Square Museum, beginning at 12:30pm. Visitors to Lummis Home
can enjoy the interior of the century-old home, influenced by mission
architecture and the dwellings of the Pueblo Indians, and can stroll
through the beautiful native plant gardens that surround the building.
The Lummis Day performance line-up, schedule and parking information will be available here on this web site (www.LummisDay.org).
Admission to all events is FREE !!!
Charles Fletcher Lummis was a fascinating man who — among many other
things — started out in 1885 as the L.A. Times' first city editor (after
walking from Cincinnati to L.A.!), toiled as one of the area's first
librarians and founded the Southwest Museum.
At a time when Native Americans were treated as literal savages, he was an ardent supporter of Indian civil rights. As a journalist, Lummis celebrated the culture of the Southwestern tribes and exposed government mistreatment of Native Americans, at great risk to his own freedom and health, while also
serving as an unofficial historical preservationist who sought to maintain California's crumbling missions.
In keeping with Lummis' multicultural inclusiveness, the seventh annual Lummis Day festival encompasses a wide variety of poetry, music, dance and art at several locations in northeast L.A., including the Lummis House, a.k.a. El Alisal, which the writer built by hand out of arroyo stone. His
granddaughter, the local poetry maven Suzanne Lummis, kicks off the festivities in the morning at the old casa, joined by fellow writers Hector Tobar, Judith Pacht, Mary Fitzpatrick and Jeremy Radin, followed by a group art show. At the nearby Heritage Square Museum, dancers, puppeteers, theater groups and an eclectic melange of musicians (ranging from Latin groups Conjunto Los Pochos and Orquesta Charangoa to roots-rock revivalists Triple Chicken Foot, Taiwanese pop band Dzian, Capoeira and rapper Maya Jupiter) vie for attention on three stages.
Best of all, everything is free. The Lummis Home, 200 E. Avenue 43; and Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St.; Sun., June 3, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.;free. (323) 225-2700 . — By Falling James