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Uptown Long Beach: Bixby Knolls and California Heights

This week L.A. Letters highlights the vibrant spirit, historic architecture and emerging bike friendly programs that are revitalizing and redefining these two great Long Beach neighborhoods.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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On Location: Monterey Park

On Location: Monterey Park

In the last three decades Monterey Park became known as the first city and suburb in America to have an Asian majority. Advertised in Asia as the "Chinese Beverly Hills," the city' ...
Moving On into Cycles of L.A. Letters

Moving On into Cycles of L.A. Letters

This week L.A. Letters covers a kaleidoscope of L.A. arts issues equally tragic and uplifting.
Save the World Stage; Field Notes for Fall

Save the World Stage; Field Notes for Fall

This week L.A. Letters salutes Leimert Park's the World Stage, reinforces its importance, and draws the connection between other community arts organizations like Tuesday Night Caf ...
Two Books: 'Urban Tumbleweed' and 'Never Built Los Angeles'

Two Books: 'Urban Tumbleweed' and 'Never Built Los Angeles'

The common bond between the two books is that they both take place in Los Angeles and offer an alternative vision, pregnant with hope and what really could be.
Poetry in Motion: Los Angeles Street Poets and the 3 Worlds Cafe

Poetry in Motion: Los Angeles Street Poets and the 3 Worlds Cafe

This week L.A. Letters discusses the idea of street poets, two new books and a new venue on L.A.'s historic Central Avenue.
Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week and the Freedom to Read

This week L.A. Letters highlights a few writers, events and organizations on the frontlines, battling censorship and fighting for the freedom to read.
Three Recent L.A. Books and 15 Years of Firecracker

Three Recent L.A. Books and 15 Years of Firecracker

This week L.A. Letters explores three recent L.A. books and pays tribute to 15 years of the seminal music venue, Firecracker.
Visionaries of Long Beach and Venice: LMNO and Evidence

Visionaries of Long Beach and Venice: LMNO and Evidence

This week L.A. Letters takes a look their new album and takes a cruise around Long Beach and Southern California with one of its most prolific hip hop artists of the last generatio ...
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