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
6pm-9pm | Free w/ RSVP

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


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.

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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

Bahala Na Radio at Eaton by Les Talusan


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 Radio, 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 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]