Jazz at Palms Court, an annual fundraiser that supports the Venice Community Housing Corporation’s effort to bolster affordable housing in the Venice area, is no longer just about jazz. The morning brunch is now followed by the afternoon Venice Music Festival.
“We wanted to reach a broader audience by featuring more world music,” says Kristen Laskaris, a spokeswoman for Venice Community Housing Corporation.
Jazz at Palms Court will begin with a VIP brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., before the Venice Music Festival bands take the stage throughout the afternoon until 6 p.m. Sunday, September 18th, in a courtyard of flowers, trees and native plants at Palms Court, 733-743 Palms Blvd., Venice.
Admission to the brunch and festival is $100, and admission to the music festival only is $20.
Performing this year at the festival are Los Pinguos, Sono-Lux and Alula.
Los Pinguos mixes Latin rhythms, Spanish Guitars, a Cuban Tres, a Peruvian cajÛn (box drum) and harmonized vocals. Sono-Lux combines Afro-Cuban, Latin soul, folkloric and modern Cuban styles. Ethiopian singer Alula will perform African pop music with his band.
A silent auction will be a part of the event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include music and movies, restaurant dinners, vacations, jewelry and paintings.
The Venice Community Housing Corporation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that works synergistically to foster stable, self-reliant individuals, families and neighborhoods, according to the group.
Venice Community Housing Corporation programs include:
n the Affordable Housing Program — development and maintenance of 161 housing units in Venice and Mar Vista;
n an infant/toddler development center — providing childcare for children from three months to three years old;
n YouthBuild — offering job training and leadership development for 17-to-24-year-olds;
n ClayWorks after school art program; and
n HandyWorker — a program providing free home repairs to low-income elderly and disabled homeowners.
Information, (310) 399-4100 ext. 106.