The Invasion of Echo Park

“There is no ‘authentic’ culture or neighborhood for these characters…” Hsuan Hsu reviews The Madonnas of Echo Park.

California Soul

Kimberly Nettles-Barcelón sits down with Chef Tanya Holland for stories of food and place from Oakland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen

Pepper Spray and Politics

Radical student activist Ian Lee discusses his experience with the Occupy movement.

Blood and Sand

Rubén Martínez on his time with the Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad.

Ikea-fying Los Angeles

Neighborhood change is incremental until it isn’t. Alex Schmidt on financing the familiar.

That Lonesome Whistle

Elliot Gorn on why to listen to country music while driving around Los Angeles

Justice and Time

Before and after Oscar Grant. “The arc of the moral universe is long but it does not necessarily bend toward justice…”

Assembly Required: The Desert Cure

“Situating his masterpiece in the desert provided…a metaphor for both devastation and restoration.” Rubén Martínez discusses Noah Purifoy.

Honey Pies and Aquadettes

Profiling California Is a Place, the award-winning video series from directors Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari

Stages of Learning

The Teaching Artist Project powerfully demonstrates that hope and resilience can be stimulated by the arts.