Music
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.
Tectonic Shift: Two Decades After the Quake,
Tectonic Shift: Two Decades After the Quake, "Ceiling/Sky" Debuts in L.A.
The song-play "Ceiling/Sky" follows the lives of seven diverse L.A. residents as they pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.
Mark Abel: A Contemporary Voice in Classical Music
Mark Abel: A Contemporary Voice in Classical Music
Former journalist Mark Abel moved to the Central Coast from Southern California to pursue his craft of creating rock-inflected classical music with a contemporary edge.
The Haters: 35 Years of Noise
The Haters: 35 Years of Noise
The Haters, founded in 1979 by G.X. Jupitter-Larsen, was one of the earliest acts in the modern noise scene. The band celebrates 35 years since its inception.
A Remembrance of Jazz Icon Charlie Haden
A Remembrance of Jazz Icon Charlie Haden
The death of jazz legend Charlie Haden at the age of 76 resounds strongly in L.A., where Haden built his career and called home for decades.
The Legend of Carlos Guitarlos
The Legend of Carlos Guitarlos
Carlos Ayala, a.k.a. Carlos Guitarlos, was a fixture in the 1980s Los Angeles punk scene. The Highland Park residents continues to perform his brand of rhythm and blues.
The Rise of the Independents: Upstart SoCal Music Fests
The Rise of the Independents: Upstart SoCal Music Fests
Large music festivals like Coachella have inspired a growth in independent festivals in L.A. to offer alternative options for underground music and art aficionados.
Can Opera Become a Sustainable Art Form?
Can Opera Become a Sustainable Art Form?
An op-ed on the sustainability of opera as an art form.
Songs About Place: Pasadena's Hyperlocal Music Series
Songs About Place: Pasadena's Hyperlocal Music Series
The fourth iteration of the program "Songs About Place" features performances of songs about the San Gabriel Valley.
Jazzman John Ellis On Writing in L.A.
Jazzman John Ellis On Writing in L.A.
Saxophonist and composer John Ellis has spent his residency at 18th Street Arts Center by composing 30 new pieces of work.
Superstar Violins Converge for the Stradivarius Fest
Superstar Violins Converge for the Stradivarius Fest
Violins made by eminent 17th and 18th century Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari will be featured in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Strad Fest L.A..
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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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Literature

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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

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Music

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

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Performance

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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