6th Annual Lummis Day Festival: GO!
By Derek Thomas
Who is Charles Lummis? None other than the 19th-century newspaper man, Native American rights advocate and all-around bon vivant who built the stone home in Mount Washington known as El Alisal, today the HQ of the Historical Society of Southern California, and this weekend's home base for the sixth annual Lummis Day arts festival. After the morning's opening readings by poet Steve Kowit and actress Dale Raoul, the events shift to Heritage Square, where three stages spotlight the musical talents of Dub 8, Brasil Brazil, Gingger Shankar, La Santa Cecilia, and the Delgado Brothers; dance performances by Cypress Park Folklorico, Ballet Coco, and the Cleary Irish Dancers; and the poetry of Wanda Coleman, accompanied by jazz guitarist Joe Calderon. Suzanne Lummis, director of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival, hosts this eponymous tribute to her granddad.