Sometimes when neighborhoods are torn apart by socioeconomic changes, art is one of the best ways to enshrine these communities and inspire people to preserve them. As Little Tokyo undergoes such changes and its longtime residents find it increasingly difficult to afford to live in their own homes, the Little Tokyo Summer Arts Series presents a series of art events centered on the theme “ending cycles of displacement.” This weekend, dancer-choreographers Marina Fukushima and Isak Immanuel conjure a “Festival of Shadows: Mapping Invisible Dances,” which is described as “an immersive, intergenerational performance reflecting on present and absent bodies, community, and the precarious borders of Little Tokyo within downtown Los Angeles.”

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Aratani Theatre and plaza, 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo; Sat.-Sun., Aug. 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; free. (213) 628-2725,

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