Sometimes the exploration of a new culture is exactly what you need to feel far away from good ol' L.A. Immerse yourself in Nigeria during the third annual Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks, hosted by L.A. Commons. The event models itself after an annual rite that takes place in Nigeria, offering visitors a mask-making workshop before a big processional. The daylong celebration originally stemmed from the Leimert Park Drum Circle, created in honor of Fela Kuti. This year, Nigerian all-female group Adunni & Nefretiti will showcase their unique blend of traditional song, folklore and chant. Leimert Art Walk takes place the same day and shares the three-year anniversary. You can catch live performances, check out unique vendors and participate in an open-mic sesh at 7:30 inside Jinga Jinga, the lounge where the iconic jazz spot Fifth Street Dick's Jazz Coffeehouse once stood. Consider this your chance to get away from the everyday culture of the city -- and take advantage of free parking in the lot on Degnan and 43rd. Leimert Park, 4343 Leimert Blvd.; Sun., June 30, noon-8 p.m.; free. facebook.com/LACommons.
Sun., June 30, noon, 2013