Actor Edward James Olmos and Mexican film maker Jorge Rivero are the arts honorees at the May 5 !Ole Salsa! awards banquet, billed as a celebration of the salsa music form. The annual presentation by the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts draws an array of celebrities. A salsa band and dance group will perform. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Single tickets are $175; tables range from $1,750 to $2,000. Information: (213) 225-4044.
A posthumous tribute to Latin jazz musicians Charlie Palmieri and Eddie Cano will be part of the third annual two-day Los Angeles Salsa Festival on May 20 and 21 at John Anson Ford Theatre, 3208 Cahuenga Blvd., West Hollywood. Poncho Sanchez, the HMA Super Big Band, the Los Angeles Salsa Society, Bongo-Logic and others will perform. Call for tickets. (213) 464-2826.
Gerald Arpino, artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet, will speak in two "Conversations With" sessions May 18 and 25 at Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles. The talks are a prelude to a May 27 Plaza de la Raza Night at the Joffrey Ballet, a joint fund-raiser May 27 at the Music Center. Call for tickets and program information: (213) 223-2475.
Cal State Dominguez Hills will honor 30 outstanding Latino students with $5,000 in scholarships at the 1989 Latino Honor Awards banquet Friday at the Hotel Ibis in Carson. A $1,000 fellowship will also be awarded to a university professor at the event, which will have KCBS-TV reporter Sylvia Lopez as featured guest. (213) 516-3327 or 516-3639.