L.A. has the distinction of being the first city to host an art and film festival solely dedicated to the Latinx community. The sixth annual CineArte: A Latinx Queer Film & Art Festival, an event and nonprofit run by the Los Angeles LGBT Center, returns for more screenings of feature films, documentaries and shorts, both in English and Spanish. Friday kicks off with live music by LillyFlor y Los Compas and DJ Sizzle, in addition to a reception for “Liberacion: From Volcanoes to Hope,” an exhibit of paintings, photographs and mixed media by 12 Salvadoran artists (running through September 21 in the center’s gallery). And Saturday continues with more than a dozen shorts organized into two sections, “Revolutionizing Familia” and “Reflections,” and feature films, including Abel Soto’s Werk of Art, a documentary about the L.A. drag scene, as well as workshops and discussions with the movies’ cast and crew.
Los Angeles LGBT Center, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood; Fri., Aug. 2, 7-10 p.m. & Sat., Aug. 3, 1-8:30 p.m.; $10, $8 seniors and students. (323) 993-7400, cineartela.org.