The music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform. Songs can feel like California. But what is the sound of California? Is it the oceanside music of beach-blanket pop? Is it Laurel Canyon folk or San Diego hardcore punk? California music is all this and more; it is a conversation between cultures, taking place on the dancefloor. As effervescent Norteno rhythms spill over the border and West Coast hip hop takes cues from SoCal jazz and soul, California’s cultural confluence creates music distinct to this place. Here, on the coast where societal norms are written and rewritten, music is a writhing leviathan, a sprawling, multi-faced beast, where the only unifying factor is innovation. Fela Kuti learned funk while living in Los Angeles, Gram Parsons explored cosmic rock in the Palm desert, and Black Flag tore up Orange County stages. California is where musical revolution begins.
Live from the Piano Kitchen
Live from the Piano Kitchen
By day, one can hear the sounds of pianos being fixed and practiced in Jim Connolly's piano repair shop and studio space in Santa Barbara. But at night, the space erupts with live entertainment.
Meet The New Aquarians
Meet The New Aquarians
The Source Family, a 1970s mystical tribe from L.A., lived by 'Aquarian' principles of love, whole foods, Eastern and Western spiritual teachings, and rock 'n' roll.
Beat Music Maestro Ernest Gonzales is Mexicans With Guns
Beat Music Maestro Ernest Gonzales is Mexicans With Guns
Ernest Gonzales has a hypenated state of mind. By day he's a middle school teacher, at night he's the electro maestro of Mexicans With Guns.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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