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d. Sabela grimes, “ECTROGYNOUS” (photo by Steve Gunther)

Beginning this Thursday, venues across downtown Los Angeles will be hosting 10 days of contemporary performance events, talks, and workshops as part of the fifth annual Los Angeles Exchange (LAX) Festival. Originally featuring primarily Los Angeles-based artists, this year’s program starts a tradition of artistic exchanges with other cities, beginning with Mexico City.

The festival kicks off Thursday night with The Series, a multi-disciplinary showcase of poetry, dance, music, video art, performance, and comedy with Harpist Alison Bjorkedal, Poor Dog Theater Group, Hexagon Dance Collective, comedian Tamara Yajia, and many more. Other notable events include d. Sabela grimes‘ Afrofuturist dance piece Electrogynous; experimental chamber opera Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance from Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds and Mexican theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol; and Sorority: Out, an evening of vibrant, raw, irreverent works from women, trans, and queer performers.

Tamara Cubas + Teatro Línea de Sombra, “La Brisa” (photo by Francisco Lapetina)

Closing out the festival with performances on the 12th, 14th, and 15th is La Brisa from Tamara CubasTeatro Línea de Sombra at the Los Angeles Theater Center. The experimental piece of dance and theater features a cast of four women who unearth the history of La Brisa, a bar in Ciudad Juarez run by prostitutes that functioned as a hotbed of cultural resistance and activism in the 1990s, until it was burned down. Two dollars from the sale of each ticket will go to the Mexican Red Cross for earthquake relief.

When: Thursday, October 5–Sunday, October 15
Where: Venues throughout Downtown Los Angeles

More info here.

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Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.