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


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


DEADLINE:          APRIL 1, 2019, MONDAY
          MAY 1-25, 2019
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.


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: 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/


​​C’est Chic Capricorn Disco by Les Talusan

Get ready to boogie down at the first C'est Chic Disco of 2019 at Marx Cafe. Resident DJs will be spinning an all-vinyl set comprised of disco, boogie, funk, and soul all night long!

Needle drops at 10PM, no cover!

Brought to you by:
Les The DJ
DJ Brandon Grover
DJ Laura Lopez

C’est Chic Disco
Marx Cafe 3203 Mt Pleasant St NW
Saturday, January 12 
10pm-2:00am | No Cover
all-vinyl, all night!

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/323056925208069/?ti=ia


DJ Set Playlist for Saint Etienne at Union Stage by Les Talusan

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of DJing for Saint Etienne for their 'Good Humor’ 20th anniversary show in DC, and what a fantastic night it was! So happy to hear them play all the songs in ‘Good Humor’ plus a bunch of my favorite songs. 

I’ve gotten several requests for my playlist for the evening so here it is, along with a handful of photos.

Thanks again for having me, Saint Etienne! It was truly a night to remember.

Saint Etienne ‘Good Humor’ 20th Anniversary Tour
Union Stage, Washington, DC
Les The DJ (all-vinyl)

First Set
Bernthøler “My Suitor” [Blanco Y Negro]
Young Marble Giants “Searching For Mr. Right” [Rough Trade]
Orange Juice “Falling and Laughing” [Polydor]
Ubangi “Just a Little Bit Shy” [Sound Of Scandinavia]
Friday Club “Window Shopping (Extended Version)” [Two-Tone Records]
Dislocation Dance “When” [Slip Discs]
The Go-Betweens “Streets of Your Town” [Beggars Banquet]
Prefab Sprout “Cars and Girls” [Kitchenware Records]
Harrison “(There Is) No Refrain” [Skipping Rope Records]
Stereolab “Ping Pong” [Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks]
The Lines “Nerve Pylon” [Red Records]
The Wake “Crush The Flowers” [Sarah Records]
Dolly Mixture “Baby It’s You” [For Us Records]
The Cliffmores “He’s Not There” [His Master’s Voice]
Helen Gamboa “Uptight” [Jonal Records]
Shirley Ellis “Soul Time” [Columbia]
Doris “Don’t” [Zonophone]
張小英 and The Stylers “幸福要自己找” [Tong Aik Records]
Adnan Othman & The Rythmn Boys “Budi Bahasa” [Sublime Frequencies]
VST and Company “Ayos Ba” [Sunshine]
Şenay “Honki Ponki” [Türküola]
Hajji “Ako Pa Rin” [Jem]
Kiki Gyan “24 Hours in a Disco” [Soundway]
Steve Watson “Born to Boogie” [S.P.Q.R.]
Freeez “Southern Freeze (Dance Mix)” [EMI]
Field Mice “Let’s Kiss and Make Up” [Sarah Records]
Mariya Takeuchi “Plastic Love” [Moon Records]
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band “Sunshower” [RCA Victor]

Second Set (after ‘Good Humor’ and before the hits!)
Muriel Dacq “Tropique” [Carrere]
Contessa “Super Star” [Favorite Recordings]
Golden “Wishful Thinking” [Icerink]
Cola Boy “7 Ways To Love” [Arista]
PLUSTWO “Melody” [Mothball Record]

Closing Set
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By [Specter Records]
Saint Etienne - Lover Plays The Bass [Kung Fu Fighting Recording]

Here is Saint Etienne’s set lists for the evening:

After giving me a shoutout on stage during the last song (He’s On The Phone), Sarah Cracknell gave me her boa!

March 2018 DJ Gigs by Les Talusan


Hello, Marso! Catch me playing tunes this month:

3/2 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/9 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/12 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference 

3/13 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference 

3/16 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/17 Purple Patch's 3-Year Anniversary - RSVP

3/21 The General Store Inc.'s BeatsNBowls: A Special Women’s Month Edition - RSVP

3/23 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

3/23 Taking The Piss - A Night of "Good Music" w/ The Kaiser & guest DJ S Double V and DJ With A Egg On Top at Marx Cafe

3/24 C’est Chic - Disco/Funk/Boogie night w/ DJ Laura Lopez & Brandon (WFTBO) at Marx Cafe

3/30 Friday Vibes at WeWork Dupont Circle

See you at one or more of these events!