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Leimert Park, near Crenshaw and Leimert, is a center of African-American artistic life. The jazz scene here is thriving and the performing arts is kept alive at The World Stage. Back in 1989, the acclaimed late jazz drummer Billy Higgins, and poet and community arts activist Kamau Daáood decided it was time that Leimert Park got in touch with its artistic and cultural side.
In an effort to enrich the public, the two founded The World Stage. Still operating today, the space holds lectures, workshops and performances that share African-American music and literature with audiences. Partake in a Jazz Jam Session, Anansi Writer’s Workshop, or Women's African Drum Circle. Anyone is welcome to join, no matter age or level of experience. The program fee is $5 but those experiencing financial difficulty are still invited to partake free of charge. Live performances take place Friday and Saturday evenings. The mission was and continues to be tapping into the creativity that is within all of us and in this way, coming together.
For dining options, Harold and Belle's quality of food matches the gargantuan proportions. You you can feast on fiery jambalaya, crawfish etouffée and authentic filé gumbo.