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The Underground Museum’s 2017 Holiday Block Party (image courtesy of the Underground Museum, photo by Christel Robleto)

Since it opened its doors in 2013, the Underground Museum has epitomized what a community arts organization can be. Located in the central LA neighborhood of Arlington Heights, the museum was founded by the late artist Noah Davis and his wife, sculptor Karon Davis, with the intention of bringing “museum-quality art to diverse communities for free.” A robust series of talks, performances, screenings, and workshops complements their solid exhibition schedule, which is augmented by a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art.

This Thursday, the Underground Museum is throwing the ultimate community event: its third annual Holiday Block Party. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ sets from Zuri Adia, Earry Hall, and Novena Carmél, while guests can get last-minute holiday shopping done courtesy of the Crenshaw Skate Club, Free Black Women’s Library, Kids of Immigrants, and the Reparations Club. The centerpiece will be a performance from 7NMS, the collaborative venture of composer Everett Saunders and choreographer Marjani Forte-Saunders. The pair have recently begun working on A Prophet’s Tale, a multi-year project that explores the life and journey of iconic figure of the emcee and lyricist in hip-hop. An afterparty with genre-defying producer and musician Slauson Malone will keep attendees grooving well into the night.

When: Thursday, December 19, 6–11pm
Where: The Underground Museum (3508 W. Washington Blvd., Arlington Heights, Los Angeles)

More info at the UM’s Instagram

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