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Rubén Martínez

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Writer and performer, author of Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail and other books. Fletcher Jones Chair in Literature & Writing at Loyola Marymount University.

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Pacific Division Officer Hoskins tries to pry open the door of a truck involved in a accident that left the driver and passenger locked in the overturned vehicle. | Joseph Rodriguez
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'90s Photos of LAPD Reveal a City in Pain

Joseph Rodriguez’s photographs of the LAPD in 1994 is a deeply personal, political act that still resonates in today’s political climate.
Martinez del Rio performance poster at Teatro Princesa | Courtesy of Rubén Martinez
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The Birth of a Street Performance History Lesson Combo for a New Generation

In the spirit of variedades shows of early 20th century Mexican Los Angeles, writer Rubén Martínez and an eclectic crew of all-around bohemians have conceived of an unusual history lesson-slash-variety show you won't soon forget.
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Ecology of a Riot: Living and Dying in Los Angeles

Rodney and Mike are existential neighbors, both subjects and critics of succeeding Western regimes of boom and bust and busted heads, of magical and haunted encounters with the land.
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What Wall? We've Already Brought Down the Border

The walls that have been constructed to divide — make them ours. Turn them into productive forces, dream them and tear them down.
 Singer Juan Gabriel performs during his "Volver Tour 2014" in Oakland (featured)
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How Juan Gabriel's 1993 Rose Bowl Performance Was Groundbreaking in Conservative California

Juan Gabriel played the Rose Bowl in the summer of 1993. It was billed as a benefit for his orphanage in Juárez, but the concert was a taking back of space -- cultural, political, social -- that Latinos had been denied.
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My (Almost) Conversation With Gabriel García Márquez

Rubén Martínez recalls his near conversation with Gabriel García Márquez, who died this week at age 87.
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La Guerra de Los Dos Lados: Arte, Violencia y Sanación en la Guerra Contra el Narco

Artistas de Los Ángeles viajan a la Ciudad de México para reunirse con sus homólogos y plantear una sencilla e impactante pregunta: ¿Cuál es el papel de la comunidad creativa en el contexto de la guerra del narco que ha cobrado un precio devastador en am
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The War on Both Sides: Art, Violence, and Healing in the Drug War

What is the role of the creative community in the context of the drug war that is taking such a horrific toll on both sides of the Mexican-American border?
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Assembly Required: The Transformative Art of Noah Purifoy

Noah Purifoy spent the final years of his life in Joshua Tree making Junk Art
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All Things Must Pass: House of the Moon (Coda)

In the final installment, we come full circle, back to Fred Drake, the "gay cowboy rocker" who led us into the House of the Moon.
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