October Calendar Update by Les Talusan

It’s Filipino American History Month!

How’s your October going so far? Mine’s been a bit contemplative.

I moved to the U.S. 20 years ago this month, painfully leaving everyone I know. I wanted to give Anak a good life. I think it worked out! Anak was able to join us a few years ago and now he’s a sophomore at the University of Washington. Community helped me survive and thrive in the past two decades. Thank you.

Tomorrow, I’m DJing at one of my most favorite museums in DC, the National Gallery of Art, from 6-9PM.

On Saturday afternoon, I’m DJing DC Punk Archive’s 5th Year Anniversary! I’m on at 2:30PM then CORIKY (Amy Farina - Ian MacKaye - Joe Lally) goes on at 4:00PM.

In commemoration of Filipino American History Month and with the help of my friends, I’m throwing us a FAHM Celebration on Saturday with one of the dopest rappers on earth, Ruby Ibarra.


Here’s where you hear me playing tunes the rest of the month:

10/3  Coach Diversity Institute Culture at Work | Symposium for Coaching in Diversity and Inclusion at the Newseum

10/10 Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

10/10  NGA Nights: Art History Mysteries, After Hours at the National Gallery of Art (6-9PM)

10/11  Allegory (10PM-2AM)

10/12  DC Punk Archive 5th Anniversary Celebration

10/12  SULONG! A Filipinx American History Month Celebration w/ Ruby Ibarra at Wild Days (10PM)

10/17  Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

10/17  DC Jobs With Justice "2019 I'll Be There Awards"

10/18  Pyramid Atlantic w/ DJ Laura Lopez

10/18  Taking the P*ss - Goodbye To All That w/ The Kaiser at Marx Café (10PM-3AM)

SAMASAMA Presents: SULONG! A Filipinx American History Month Celebration by Les Talusan

Illustration:  Michelle Chen

Illustration: Michelle Chen

SAMASAMA Presents:
SULONG! A Filipinx American History Month Celebration
Wild Days, Eaton DC | 1201 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005
October 12, 2019, Saturday, 11PM Doors, 21+
Eventbrite [FREE w/ RSVP] | FB

Ruby Ibarra
Wabi-Sabi Society
Marie Anamong Ramos
Les The DJ

Sulong means “push forward” in Tagalog. This event will highlight and celebrate Filipinx artists that are pushing the creative boundaries of traditional art and cultural performances. Featuring artwork by Ashley Dequilla.

SULONG! will kick the night off with inspiring and talented Filipinx artists and honor this year’s Filipino American National Historical Society’s FilAm History Month theme, “Pinay Visionaries: Filipina American Women”. Join us as we celebrate Pinays for their strength and contribution to the cultural landscape of America.

Special edition SULONG! and SAMASAMA gear hand screen printed by Soul & Ink available for purchase. Pre-order now and pick-up at the event.

* Many thanks to SAMASAMA’s community partners, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Jamie Garcia, Andrea Kim Neighbors and to the Eaton/Wild Days for hosting us.


October 1991 marked the United States' first Filipino American History Month (FAHM). This month commemorates the major contribution of Filipino American early identity in the US. SAMASAMA is honoring FAHM for its efforts of encouraging diverse narratives through art, food, and culture.

September Calendar Update by Les Talusan

Illustration:  Katrin Davis

Illustration: Katrin Davis

Here (and cool weddings) is where you’ll hear me playing tunes this month:

9/1  Beats & Burgers: DJ 101 with Les The DJ and DJ Zombie at Slash Run

9/5  Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

9/6  I Dig Your Mind: Come Dig Our Minds Edition at Showtime (10PM-2AM)

9/7  Smithsonian APA Center Presents: Queer Futurisms feat. Olivia Neutron-John, Zavé Martohardjono and Les The DJ at The REACH Opening Festival at the Kennedy Center

9/8  DC Public Library Performance Tent - 18th & Belmont at Adams Morgan Day (12-1:15PM)

9/12  Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

9/13 National Women’s Law Center Reception for Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

9/19  Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

9/19 Ambassador’s Night of Jazz & Conversation

9/20  Taking The Piss “A Night of Good Music” at Marx Café (10PM-2AM)

9/22  Homespun feat. Que Verde (live set) at Black Cat

9/25  NARAL Pro-Choice America Cocktail Reception

9/26  Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

9/27  Allegory (10PM-2AM)

And lastly, SAVE THE DATE! On 10/12, Saturday, I will be hosting SULONG! A Filipinx American History Month Celebration Featuring Ruby Ibarra at Wild Days. Details to follow.


Beats and Burgers: DJ 101 with Les The DJ and DJ Zombie by Les Talusan

Illustration:  Katrin Davis

Illustration: Katrin Davis

We still have a few slots open for Sunday's workshop. Come join me and DJ Zombie at Slash Run this Sunday!

Beats and Burgers: DJ 101 with Les The DJ and DJ Zombie
Slash Run | 201 Upshur Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20011
September 1, 2019, Sunday, 4-7PM (4-6PM workshop, 6-7PM burgers + discussion)
Eventbrite

Curious about DJing? Would you like to start DJing? Have you started to DJ but need more technical help? In this hands-on workshop, you will learn about the basic tools and techniques needed to start DJing or how to make a quick mix. We will have both digital and analog set-ups.

Les The DJ and DJ Zombie are DC-based and instructors at Girls Rock! Day Camp. This workshop is for women, trans, and non-binary folks 18+.

Optional: Bring a flash drive with 3-5 mp3s or 2-3 records for you to use during the workshop.

Ticket options: workshop only or workshop + a delicious Slash Run Classic Burger or Impossible Burger. Inquire about potential workshop fee waivers for low or limited income folks.

Register here: Eventbrite


Mt. Pleasant: The Social Power of Music by Les Talusan

I’ve been DJing at Marx Café in Mt. Pleasant for almost 17 years now and have always loved the neighborhood. Tomorrow I’ll be on a sold out panel with some of my oldest pals.

First Ladies to Anthology of Booty: Women’s DJ Collectives in D.C.
Lost Origins Gallery | 3110 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, Washington, D.C.
August 8, 2019, Thursday, 7-9PM
Eventbrite

Join us for a discussion on the past, present, and future of women’s DJ collectives in Washington, D.C.

Moderator: Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, riot grrrl, I’m in the Band podcast)

Panelists:

  • Ebony Dumas (DJ Natty Boom)

  • Les Talusan (Les The DJ)

  • Maegan Wood (DJ Junebullet)

  • Kristy Chavez-Fernandez (Kristy La rAt)

  • Kristina Gray (DJ K La Rock)

This Smithsonian Folklife Festival event is co-presented by the D.C.: The Social Power of Music program and is supported in part by Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

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August Calendar Update by Les Talusan

Illustration:  Katrin Davis

Illustration: Katrin Davis

How’s your summer going so far? It was so nice this evening at Fort Reno. The last show of the season is on Monday, 8/5. Hope to see you there!

My friend and co-DJ instructor at Girls Rock! DC, DJ Zombie and I are hosting a DJ 101 Workshop at Slash Run on 9/1. Please join us! Register here for yourself or for a friend.


Here’s where you’ll hear me playing tunes this month:

8/1 Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

8/4 JALSA: A Muslim Writers Salon [2019 Asian American Literature Festival] at Wild Days (2:30-4PM) - Register

8/8 Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

8/8 Panel: First Ladies to Anthology of Booty: Women’s DJ Collectives in the District of Columbia w/ Allison Wolfe at Lost Origins Gallery (7-9PM)

8/9 Allegory (10PM-2AM)

8/10 GR!DC End of Summer Celebration! (1-4PM)

8/15 Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

8/16 Taking The Piss “A Night of Good Music” at Marx Café (10PM-2AM)

8/22 Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

8/23 Caz’s Underground Party at Marx Café (10PM-2AM)

8/29 Bahala Na at Eaton Radio (2-4PM)

8/30 Punk Soul Sisters at Showtime (10PM-2AM)


A little something special for September:

9/1 Beats & Burgers: DJ 101 with Les The DJ and DJ Zombie at Slash Run - Register

Punk Soul Sisters Mix #1 by Les Talusan

Here’s a short and sweet mix by my Punk Soul Sisters and I. Enjoy!

Punk Soul Sisters Mix #1 by Sally Go Round, DJ Laura Lopez, & Les The DJ

Sally Go Round
The Supremes “Put Yourself In My Place”
The Chiffons “Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)”
The Bea's “International Girl”
The Paper Dolls “Someday”

DJ Laura Lopez
Betty Everett “Sweet Dan”
Rhetta Hughes “Doing It With Her”
Ann Sexton “You’re Losing Me”
Jackie Shane “Comin’ Down”

Les The DJ
Alice Clark “Never Did I Stop Loving You”
The Raincoats “Fairytale In The Supermarket”
Mo-dettes “White Mice”
Bush Tetras “Too Many Creeps”

https://www.mixcloud.com/leslesles/punk-soul-sisters-mix-1/

July Calendar Update by Les Talusan

Summer’s finally here and the outdoor pools in DC are open!

I took these photos a couple of months ago when I was invited to talk to elementary school students about my career.

Here’s where you’ll hear me playing tunes this month:

7/11  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel (2-3PM)

7/11 DJ 101 - Girls Rock! DC 2019 Summer Workshop Series: Learn to DJ and Make A Mini Mix! (6-8PM) - Register

7/12  Punk Soul Sisters at Slash Run (10PM-1:30AM)

7/18  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel (2-3PM)

7/19  Taking The Piss “A Night of Good Music” at Marx Café (10PM-2AM)

7/25  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel (2-3PM)

7/25  REMIX Express Yourself(ie) at the National Portrait Gallery (6-8:30PM)

7/26  Keep On Movin' “A 90’s Dance Night” at Ten Tigers (10PM-2AM)

We Love Minnie Part 1 by Les Talusan

meesterenriquez and I made a mix with some of our favorite Minako Yoshida songs. We hope you like it!

We Love Minnie Part 1 by Les The DJ and meesterenriquez

“Lovin’ You” [Alfa]
“Asa Wa Kimi Ni” [RCA]
“Monster Stomp” [Alfa]
“Shooting Star Of Love” [RCA]
“Rum Wa Osuki?” [RCA]
“Flames Of Love” [Alfa]
“Rainbow Sea Line” [RCA]
“The Sea” [Alfa]

https://www.mixcloud.com/leslesles/we-love-minnie-pt-1/

June Calendar Update by Les Talusan

Hi, it’s June! Catch me playing tunes this month ✨

6/11  Rent the Runway “Sip & Style” at Sonoma Wine Bar (5-7PM)

6/21  Taking The Piss “A Night of Good Music” at Marx Café (10PM-2AM)

6/22  America Now: Celebration of Music at the National Museum of American History (11AM-1PM) - Tickets

6/22  Community Weekend: Celebrating The Life of Animals in Japanese Art at the National Gallery of Art (5-8PM) - RSVP

6/22  By The People International Arts and Dialogue Festival “Solstice Saturday” at the Smithsonian’s Arts + Industries Building (9-11PM)

6/23  Community Weekend: Celebrating The Life of Animals in Japanese Art at the National Gallery of Art (11AM-5PM) - RSVP

6/30  Workshop: Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Presents Likha: A Learning Together Workshop on Creative Process w/ Ruby Ibarra for youth ages 14-19 (12-3PM) - Register

6/30 The DC Record Fair Summer 2019 Edition at Eaton DC (4-5PM)


See you soon!


Last Two Weeks of May by Les Talusan

Photo: Farrah Skeiky

Photo: Farrah Skeiky

I have a few more gigs coming up before the month ends - all-vinyl, all FREE!

5/24  All Night at Allegory (10PM-2AM)

5/25  SAMASAMA Closing Reception at Shopkeepers (4-7PM)

5/26  Movie/Brunch: Better Luck Tomorrow at Slash Run (11AM-3PM)

5/28  Presentation: Harmony Hills Elementary School Career Day

5/30  Midnight Driver at Black Cat Red Room w/ special Guest DJ Laura Lopez (8PM-12AM)

5/31  Showtime Bar’s Six-Year Anniversary Blow-Out w/ Punk Soul Sisters

This Friday, I’m DJing all-night Allegory. Expect good cocktails and good tunes.

On Saturday, it’s SAMASAMA Closing Reception at Shopkeepers. Come through for The Color Curtain Project book release, Cambodian Classical Ballet Demo by Dira, live art activations by Miss CHELOVE, Michelle Chen and Shani Shih, a pop-up art market, Contemporary Filipino Folk Dance by Jamie Garcia. Filipino merienda and rice plates by Citizen Cook and tunes by me.

This Sunday, Parle-G Baby and I will be showing Justin Lin’s Better Luck Tomorrow at Slash Run. I’ll be DJing when brunch opens at 11AM. Movie starts at 12PM.

I’m also doing a presentation at an Elementary School for Career Day next week and I’m super excited about that. Gonna bring some photo prints, a portable turntable and some records!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by Les Talusan

Illustration:  Katrin Davis

Illustration: Katrin Davis

Happy AAPIHM!

We are celebrating by creating new traditions and building community through art with our 3rd Annual SAMASAMA Art Show and Gathering! Join us tonight atShopkeepers for the opening reception. I will also be curating an all-vinyl set of music by Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander artists ✨

When I’m not DJing weddings or taking photos, here’s where I’ll be playing tunes:

5/1  SAMASAMA Opening Reception at Shopkeepers

5/2  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

5/2 The KGB at Compass Spring Party for Friends and Clients at Gaslight Tavern

5/3  Petworth First Fridays at Petworth Fitness

5/9  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

5/14 Power Your Day with Rent the Runway at Compass Coffee McPherson Square (8-11AM)

5/15 Power Your Day with Rent the Runway at Compass Coffee Chinatown (8-11AM)

5/16 Power Your Day with Rent the Runway at Compass Coffee Farragut (8-11AM)

5/16  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

5/17 Power Your Day with Rent the Runway at Compass Coffee Georgetown (3-6PM)

5/17  Taking The Piss w/ The Kaiser at Marx Café

5/18 Power Your Day with Rent the Runway at Compass Coffee Spring Valley (8-11AM)

5/19  SAMASAMA Family Day at Shopkeepers

5/23  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

5/24  All Night at Allegory

5/25  SAMASAMA Closing Reception at Shopkeepers

5/26  Movie/Brunch: Better Luck Tomorrow at Slash Run

5/28 Presentation: Harmony Hills Elementary School Career Day

5/30  Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

5/30 Midnight Driver at Black Cat

5/31  Punk Soul Sisters w/ Sally Go Round & DJ Laura Lopez at Showtime Bar

SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering Schedule of Events by Les Talusan

* Flyer image painted by  Henley Bounkhong

* Flyer image painted by Henley Bounkhong

Foreign National and Batang Kankaloo present the 3rd Annual SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering. Founded in 2016 to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, this exhibition will present original work by artists of color from diaspora communities.

The term SAMASAMA means all together in Tagalog. The theme of the exhibit is Bayanihan, a Filipino custom derived from the Tagalog word bayan, meaning community. It refers to the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation to achieve a particular goal.

AAPI communities are rich in tradition and heritage, but tread quietly in the modern-day conversation of nuanced diversity. America's relationships and identities are more complex today than ever, uncovering layers of untold and underrepresented narratives. These differences are encouraged, celebrated, and is the foundation of supporting, and understanding one another's cross-cultural connections.

This year, SAMASAMA will continue its tradition of donating a portion of proceeds for all art sold to local organization Asian American LEAD (AALEAD). In support for the tireless work that they do for our youth. Please tag and follow us on IG @samasamaart and use the hashtag #SAMASAMAART2019 to view our activities throughout the month and share our artists’ powerful work!

OFFICIAL 2019 ARTIST LIST


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Donations will be accepted at the door (suggested $5-20 donation), 15% of art sales will be donated to Asian American LEAD (AALEAD), a non-profit that supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth. All events will be held at Shopkeepers except for the movie showing on May 26th, which will be at Slash Run.

May 1 | OPENING RECEPTION | 6:00-9:00PM | RSVP
To kick off the month-long celebration, please join us for an evening of art and atmosphere. Featuring food by Maketto and Aiya, Kicheko Goods and SAMASAMA artists’ pop-up shop, live painting by Cita Sadeli CHELOVE and Maria Miller, live screen printing by Soul & Ink and Les The DJ, curating an all-vinyl set of Asian and AAPI music.

May 18 | KUNG FU 101 | 11:00AM-12:00PM | RSVP
Kung Fu, or sometimes referred to as Wushu, is a system of self-defense that is based on developing and improving the mind and body to efficiently function as one. Wong People has been in Washington, DC's Chinatown since 1971 and will be leading a free Kung-Fu 101 session. Open to all ages.

May 19 | STENCIL, CALLIGRAPHY, BOOKMAKING + POP-UP LIBRARY | 2:00-5:30PM | RSVP
Join our family-friendly event at Shopkeepers for a series of fun workshops where kids can make books, learn stenciling, Chinese calligraphy, and brush painting! Miss Chelove will be live printing (with prints and other items available for purchase). The pop-up art market will be open. Check the times below for each activity. Enjoy all-vinyl set by Les The DJ, in the cafe space. Food and beverage by Maketto will be available for purchase.

2:00-5:00PM | Make Books/Read Books with DCPL
Drop by anytime between 2-5:00PM at the DC Public Library table to make your own mini field journal, customized with imagery from DCPL's local history and punk archive collections. DCPL will also bring a pop-up library of books by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors, so bring your library card!

2:00-3:30PM | Stencil/Poster Workshop by Shani Shih
Join Shani Shih for a workshop on expressing identity, values, and vision through stencil art on a poster format. Participants will learn how to create stencils of various levels of complexity, and ultimately create a unique 11x17 poster with a combination of painting, typography, and image and pattern stencils. Stencils will be applied with spray paint outdoors.

4:00-5:30PM | Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting with Michelle Chen
Join us for an introduction to Chinese calligraphy workshop, open to all ages. Students will use traditional brushes and ink to write Chinese characters, and will have the opportunity to try different styles, such as standard, seal, and running script. We will also discuss some of the history and cultural significance of calligraphy. Rice paper, ink, and brushes will be provided.

May 25 | CLOSING RECEPTION | 4:00-7:00PM | RSVP
Please join us for our closing reception with The Color Curtain Project book release, live activations by Miss Chelove, Shani Shih and Michelle Chen, a pop-up art market and powerful performances, including a traditional Cambodian dance demo by Sadira and a contemporary Filipino folk dance by Jamie Garcia. It will be an evening full of delicious food provided by Maketto and Citizen Cook. Citizen Cook realizes Wilma Consul’s vision of making food that creates awareness about wellness, sustainability, and diversity. The chef will offer Filipino merienda (mid-afternoon snacks), adding rice plates at 5:00PM. The dishes can be enjoyed to the all-vinyl set of Asian and AAPI music curated by Les The DJ.

May 26 | BRUNCH MOVIE: BETTER LUCK TOMORROW AT SLASH RUN | 11:00AM-3:00PM | RSVP
Celebrate the end of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with us at Slash Run, a local burger joint, with a movie and brunch presented by Batang Kankaloo & Parle-G Baby! We'll watch Justin Lin's “Better Luck Tomorrow”, enjoy Slash Run's tasty brunch menu, and listen to all-vinyl jams by Les The DJ, before and after the movie.


For all the events, donations will be accepted at the door (suggested $5-20 donation), 15% of art sales will be donated to Asian American LEAD (AALEAD). Pay what you can, no one turned away.

We could not have produced this show without the pure passion, hard work, and dedication of our artists, AAPI community, and supportive allies. We hope you can check out any of our events to view their talent and craft. There's something for everyone. RSVP at bit.ly/2019samasama.

Evenings at the Edge: Our Art, Our Time by Les Talusan

This Thursday, I’ll be DJing at one of my most favorite museums in DC. Come say hi!

Evenings at the Edge
National Gallery of Art, East Building
Thursday, April 11
6-9PM | Free w/ RSVP

Here’s information about the event from the National Gallery of Art:

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Celebrate the art of our time in the East Building and get a sneak peek at the Gallery’s new exhibition "Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings" before it opens.

- Hear performances by The Marty Ehrlich Quintet and TRIO 3, featuring Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille

- Enjoy an eclectic blend of jazz, jazz-funk and other off-kilter tunes from Les the DJ

- Light up the night with a handmade luminary

- Join pop-up talks featuring works of art created in the last half century

As part of our ongoing Teaching Artists Showcase, DC-based artist Tsedaye Makonnen will display her work and share processes and materials related to her teaching artist practice.

Admission to Evenings at the Edge is free, but registration is recommended. Register through Eventbrite through this link.

Learn more about Evenings at the Edge: nga.gov/evenings

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/374009363441439/

Oliver Lee Jackson,  Triptych, 2015 , 2015, applied fabric, mixed media on panel, photo by Philip Maisel

Oliver Lee Jackson, Triptych, 2015, 2015, applied fabric, mixed media on panel, photo by Philip Maisel

It's April 1st by Les Talusan

It’s the first day of April and the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom so I walked around the Tidal Basin today and took these photos.

When I’m not DJing weddings this month, here’s where I’ll be playing tunes:

4/4 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/11 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/11 Evenings at The Edge at the National Gallery of Art East Building - Free with RSVP

4/18 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/19 Taking The Piss w/ The Kaiser @ Marx Café

4/20 Hong Kong Garden - A New Wave Danceteria w/ Sally Go Round at Slash Run

4/23 ScienceLogic Reception

4/24 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

Bahala Na on Eaton Radio by Les Talusan

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I recently started a radio show at Eaton Hotel’s in-house radio station, Eaton Radio. It’s a community-based radio station with a DIY spirit, so it seems that I fit right in. My weekly radio show, Bahala Na, is all music, no talking. Bahala Na is a popular expression from the Philippines that is similar to the Spanish phrase "que sera sera". It reflects both resiliency and a fatalistic attitude of the culture that I grew up with. Expect a variety of tunes from my eclectic record collection. I stream on Instagram Live and Eaton Radio, Thursdays at 2:00PM. It’s Women’s History Month and for the whole month of March, I’ll only be playing women-fronted groups.

Here's a mix I made that includes some songs from last week's show. Some songs are on heavy rotation, some are records I bought from my recent trip to Thailand with my favorite digging partner and some were hidden for a long time in my record shelves (that I need help organizing).

Bahala Na on Eaton Radio Mix (Women’s History Month Edition 1.0) by Les The DJ

Little Ann “Deep Shadows” [Deep Soul]
The Chapells ”You’re Acting Kind of Strange” [Bedford Records]
The Monzas “Where Is The Love” [Numero Group]
Asha Puthli “Let Me In Your Life” [CBS]
Tamiko Jones “Touch Me Baby” [Arista]
Celeste “Pag-Ibig Nang Lubos-Lubos” [Pioneer]
Sonya Spence ”Let Love Flow On” [High Note]
Leah Navarro “Will It Ever Come To You” [Blackgold]
Gloria Jay “Know What You Want” [Melodies International]
Umapon Buapeng “Chum Chum” [Azona]
張小英 and The Stylers “幸福要自己找” [Tong Aik Records]
Doris “Don’t” [Odeon]
Ervinna & The Stylers ‎”Witch Queen of New Orleans” [White Cloud]
สุปราณี ทิพยโอสถ “Black Is Black” [ตราดอกไม้]
Helen Gamboa “Uptight” [Jonal Records]
Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings “How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?” [Daptone Records]
Freda Payne “Band of Gold” [Invictus]

https://www.mixcloud.com/leslesles/bahala-na-radio-mix-whm-2019/

Hear Me in March by Les Talusan

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Hello, it’s March! Catch me playing tunes this month:

3/7 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/9 Punk Soul Sisters w/ Sally Go Round & DJ Laura Lopez at Allegory

3/11 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

3/12 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

3/14 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/21 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/22 Taking The Piss w/ The Kaiser at Marx Café

3/23 Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Cherry Blossom Family Celebration at Kogod Courtyard

3/28 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/29 Smithsonian at 8’s La Grande Fête, part of the DC Francophonie Festival at La Maison Française - Tickets

3/29 Punk Soul Sisters w/ Daisy Lacy, Sally Go Round & DJ Laura Lopez at Showtime Bar

See you at one or more of these events!

SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering - Call For Artists by Les Talusan

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Call for Artists for Art Show Celebrating
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

SAMASAMA ART SHOW & GATHERING

DEADLINE:          APRIL 1, 2019, MONDAY
CURATORS:
FOREIGN NATIONAL AND BATANG KANKALOO
LOCATION:
  SHOPKEEPERS, 1231 FLORIDA AVE NE WASHINGTON, DC 20002
ON VIEW:
          MAY 1-25, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION:
MAY 1, 2019, WEDNESDAY, 6-9PM

Call Summary: February 6-April 1, 2019 Foreign National and Batang Kankaloo present the 3rd Annual SAMASAMA Art Show & Gathering. Held in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, this exhibition will present original work by artists of color from diaspora communities.

The term SAMASAMA means all together in Tagalog. The theme of the exhibit is Bayanihan, a Filipino custom derived from the Tagalog word bayan, meaning community. It refers to the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation to achieve a particular goal.

From the outside, AAPI communities are often perceived as devoid of meaningful difference in identity and experience. From the inside, our communities live vibrant, varied lives - but remain divided by a lack of exchange between our cultures and ongoing histories.

Our goal is to examine the multicultural American experience and to break through stereotypes and boundaries because diverse stories, perspectives, and contributions push humanity forward.

This year we will be donating a portion of proceeds for all art sold to local organization Asian American LEAD (AALEAD) for the tireless work that they do for our youth.

Specifications: Open to artists of color producing original paintings, screen prints, illustrations, digital prints, photographs, stand-alone installations or 3-dimensional work with print components. Artwork must be displayable on a wall and must be wired for hanging and no larger than 4x5 feet. Art that highlights the Spirit of Bayanihan, AAPI culture or perspective, social justice, and racial justice issues are especially encouraged.

Requirements:

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019 (Midnight EST) and Artists will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance on or before April 5, 2019. Art to be delivered at Shopkeepers between 12-6pm on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Seda, Les and Thu at samasamaartdc@gmail.com // @samasamaart

FB event link: bitly.com/samasamafb2019

Punk Soul Sisters at Pyramid Atlantic's HyBall Fundraiser by Les Talusan

Punk Soul Sisters are playing tunes at Pyramid Atlantic’s annual nontraditional fundraiser! Expect love songs, anti-love songs and heartbreak songs all on vinyl!

Here’s information about the event from Pyramid Atlantic:

WHAT: The HyBall is Pyramid Atlantic’s nontraditional fundraiser! It’s quirky, immersive... and NOT BORING! DJs (that’s us)! Silent Auction! Drinks! Hands-On Making! Photo Ops! Chocolate! We expect 200+ attendees!

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 8–11pm

WHY: Raise funds for Pyramid Atlantic’s facility and equipment!

THEME: This year’s HyBall theme is “Heartbreaker.” This inclusive Valentine-themed fundraiser celebrates the love/hate relationship people have with the holiday. Grab the paddles and get ready to yell "clear!," 'cause Pyramid's nontraditional fundraiser tackles Valentine’s Day, and your heart may not be able to take it. Whether you find this holiday sweet or saccharine, we've got you covered. Get dirty in our studios to create sincere or sarcastic valentine swag. Keep the blood pumping as DJs fight to win your heart. See some action in our silent auction full of quirky, flirty items and experiences. Seek advice from "the love doctor," or heck, get married ... she's licensed. Tempt yourself with bars of all kinds ... boozy and chocolatey. Fly solo or bring your valentines, gal-entines, and pal-entines. We don't judge. All proceeds benefit the programs and facilities of Pyramid Atlantic.

Show your love, and be there!

TICKETS: $40

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/346198899310011/

Punk Soul Sisters: January 2019 Edition by Les Talusan

Punk Soul Sisters returns to Showtime Bar to bring you another night of vinyl-fueled tunes spanning soul, garage, rock and roll, and post-punk, guaranteed to get you to shimmy and shake all evening long.

Brought to you by:
Les The DJ
Sally Go Round
DJ Laura Lopez

Punk Soul Sisters
Showtime Lounge 113 Rhode Island Ave NW
Saturday, January 26
10pm-2:30am | No Cover
all-vinyl, all night!

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/745502295820756/

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