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The Rendezvous Ballroom Reunion: Surf Rock and the Righteous Brothers

This week LA Letters covers the history of the Rendezvous and also previews the upcoming reunion show that includes members of legendary Surf Rock groups like the Chantays, the Surfaris, former members of Dick Dale and the Del-Tones as well as Bill Medley from the Righteous Brothers.

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Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Travelogue Through a Week of Local Music

Travelogue Through a Week of Local Music

This week L.A. Letters highlights two evenings of live music and a band of high school musicians.
Iconic Women in Literary L.A.

Iconic Women in Literary L.A.

This week L.A. Letters discusses Iconic L.A. Women.
Three Generations of Women Thinkers: Seneca Falls to Inner-City Arts

Three Generations of Women Thinkers: Seneca Falls to Inner-City Arts

This week L.A. Letters shows the kindred ideas of three generations of women thinkers over the last 150 years.
L.A. Letters Celebrates Women's History Month: Joan Didion & Ursula Rucker

L.A. Letters Celebrates Women's History Month: Joan Didion & Ursula Rucker

This week in L.A. Letters I celebrate two towering women literary figures: journalist Joan Didion and the poet Ursula Rucker.
Building Community Through Poetry

Building Community Through Poetry

This week L.A. Letters celebrates two new books and two open mic venues that put the community over the individual in order to improve our environmental and cultural landscape.
To Live and Die in L.A.: Lionel Rolfe & Literary Los Angeles

To Live and Die in L.A.: Lionel Rolfe & Literary Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters highlights a new book and recent events that celebrate life and death in Los Angeles.
Donald Byrd and Revolutionary Words

Donald Byrd and Revolutionary Words

Music and poetry have been the ultimate mediums for expressing the wide range of human emotions since the dawn of man.
Renegade Poetics: Innovative Poetry by African Americans

Renegade Poetics: Innovative Poetry by African Americans

For African American History Month, L.A. Letters features two important books that expand, as well as question, the canon of 20th Century African-American Poetry.
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