Went out to support an event called “LA 4 Gaza” which took place at the Echoplex. Some good friends (Discostan and Radio Sombra) put it together with fantastic music to raise funds for Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, who do fantastic humanitarian aid work in the region.
Here are some sketches I drew in the dark.
Congratulations to my friend Shukry and all the people that came together to make the first annual Young Workers Rising Block Party a success. I managed a few sketches of Maya Jupiter and her band with a guest cameo by Omar Offendum. What a set. Wow. I can’t wait to hear more. They were followed by ever fantastic band Quetzal. Here are a few sketches and some youtube videos below that to give you a taste.
I took my parents to a mushaira (Urdu poetry recital) featuring Pakistani and Indian poets. There was a lot of beautiful poetry with commentary on social issues in both serious and humorous tones. I took my iPad with me and made these sketches in an app called Procreate. You can also see a video of each sketch being drawn thanks to a feature in the app.
Here’s the full piece of Iqbal Ashhar performing his poetry that I included in the video above.
I went to the MPV Youth Open Mic at Levantine Cultural Center and saw a lot of talent sharing pieces, close to their hearts. Here are a few pencil sketches I managed during the night.
Exhausted from work, I went over to see my friend Sheila Govindarajan with other great musicians play at Downstairs at 57 in downtown LA. I managed to grab some markers and a small sketchbook on my way out the door and made these sketches during the show in all my sleeplessness.
So much talent on that little stage. Thanks.
I want to Ramadan Poetry, a night of poetry that came out of my friend Taz‘s “Poetry a Day for Ramadan” project for people to create poetry every day as during the month. This was the outcome of that wonderful project, in Union Station thanks to DTLAB, Writ Large Press and Traxx Bar for generously hosting.
Here’s a video of the process behind these sketches thanks to Procreate, an app on the iPad that I used to create the sketches.