Haiti fundraiser in Echo Park on Saturday will feature music, readings


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This Saturday at 8 p.m. in Echo Park, writers and musicians will perform at Trópico de Nopal Gallery in a fundraiser for Haiti. For $10 (or more if you can afford it), guests will hear words from novelist Percival Everett, poet Doug Kearney and others; there will be live music by Ceci Bastida (formerly with Tijuana No!), Domingo Siete and DJ sets. Be warned: This is one reading that will require dancing shoes.

The event was organized by writer Ben Ehrenreich, an occasional Los Angeles Times books contributor. He traveled to Haiti in 2006, reporting on its political and economic future for LA Weekly. All proceeds from the benefit will go to Partners in Health, the nonprofit founded by Dr. Paul Farmer that has been working in Haiti for more than 20 years.


While there was a big, fancy TV benefit last weekend, this is one of few artist-driven live events happening in Los Angeles. The complete reading roster is Will Alexander, Gloria Alvarez, Tisa Bryant, Ben Ehrenreich, Percival Everett, Sesshu Foster, Veronica Gonzales, Jen Hofer, Doug Kearney, Chris Kraus, Maggie Nelson and Abel Salas. DJs on tap are Glenn Red, Concise, and Gomez Comes Alive.

Trópico de Nopal Gallery is located east of Alvarado Street at 1665 Beverly Blvd., just about a half-mile from Haitian restaurant Tigeorges Chicken at 309. N. Glendale Blvd., the perfect place to fuel up before a reading/dancing Haiti benefit.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Image credit: Detail of Haiti benefit flier by Arturo Romo-Santillano

[Updated at 3:20 p.m. on Jan. 30: An earlier version of this post said that tonight’s benefit would start at 7 p.m. The start time is 8 p.m.]