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Community Health, Youth Voices

Art and struggle in Boyle Heights

The rising cost of gallery space elsewhere has created the migration of an art scene into Boyle Heights. While some may view this expansion as a positive development for the community, others … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Five minutes with filmmaker Elgin James

Elgin James speaks of his background and journey to becoming a filmmaker, musician and activist. “I definitely chose a dark path, for decades of my life… When the world has done … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘Projections’ of art community in North Shore

At “Projections,” a community event showcasing Eastern Coachella Valley artists, images and video were projected onto old buildings, creating a show of light and color that repurposed the decaying buildings in North Shore community. “The … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

A film festival on wheels returns to Boyle Heights

The Ambulante Film Festival is itinerant by design, holding free screenings in dozens of community venues – including locations in Boyle Heights — and showcasing work by Latino filmmakers to the communities often … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Filipino youth program brings out families, celebrates culture

A seven-week summer program called Sama Sama culminated in a live show celebrating Filipino culture through art, including dance, music, poetry and multimedia. Participants and audiences said the program fills a gap for Filipino youth … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Local artists beautify Beachwood

Thirty-two artists from a local collective came to beautify a flea market and the buildings surrounding it, which had been targets for vandals. In an effort to curb property damage, organizers chose the location for … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

The new staple of Long Beach hip-hop

Vince Staples is a rapper whose career includes working with the Los Angeles collective Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt, and Syd tha Kid. His debut album showed his seriousness as a rapper, and tells stories of the neighborhood … Continue reading

September 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Highlights from Summer Nights

Scenes from Summer Nights parties, an explosion of performances in music and dancing, are highlighted in the latest video from RYSE Center.

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Anna Deavere Smith takes on the school-to-prison pipeline

Systems set up for the public good create victims of the very people they are supposed to help — this phenomenon is a driving force for Anna Deavere Smith, the playwright and actress who translates … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Queer rock camp has debut in Long Beach

This year marked the debut of Long Beach-based Queer Rock Camp, the first and only of its kind in California—the closest similar program is in Portland, Oregon. The camp’s co-founder Jenny … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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