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Metralleta de Oro

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From the outside, the flashy sign baring "The Office Night Club" on Lincoln Heights' North Broadway business corridor makes it look just like any other divey-y nightclub, mostly frequented by the neighborhood's older Latino clientele; and for the most part, this is true. Except on this particular Thursday, when the liveliness inside its narrow retro kitsch hallway rivals that of the popular Airliner venue -- home to the electronic music showcase Low End Theory -- across the street, and these two neighboring venues attract the similar crowds: hip young adult Latino Americans.

Though, at The Office, it is not indie band solo projects with cult followings nor rare punk rock groups in their original lineups that attracts the youth. It is the soulful and rhythmic bass lines of vintage cumbia and sonidero playlists assembled by Metralleta de Oro, a newly formed trio of young Mexican American DJs that have been taking over the sound system on the third Thursday of every month, for the last four months. They specialize in Sonidero, an extremely rhythmic sub-genre of the Mexican, Central and South American cumbia genre notable for its thumping repetitive bass lines and dance-inducing tempo played through powerful speakers.

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The Watts Towers Arts Center

The Watts Towers Arts Center was founded by artists and educators in the 1960s and has been a beacon of art and culture in the community for decades. This episode features the work of artists including Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, Charles White and Mark Steven Greenfield.

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Light & Space

In a world filled with noise, distractions and chaos, a number of artists seek to push the boundaries of perception and experience. The Light and Space movement of the 1960s explored minimalism with a uniquely Californian spin — with a keen attention to the interaction of light and space. Crucially, the materials these artists relied on to create these perceptual experiences emerged from the postwar aerospace industry and its advances.

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Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos has been adapted for centuries from its pre-colonial roots to the popular depictions in mass media today. Inspired by rich Oaxacan traditions, it was brought to East Los Angeles in the 1970s as a way to enrich and reclaim Chicano identity through a small celebration at Self Help Graphics and Art. Since then, the celebration has grown in proportions with renditions enacted in communities all around the world.

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The New West Coast Sound: An L.A. Jazz Legacy

Growing up amongst jazz legends within the deep musical traditions of Leimert Park, drummer Mekala Session and his peers grapple with how to preserve this rich legacy—striving to carry forward the tenets that took root in the work of Horace Tapscott and his Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra. This is the story of Los Angeles’ emerging generation of community-focused black musicians.This episode of Artbound was produced in partnership with dublab and Storyform.

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CURRENT:LA FOOD

In October of 2019 the city of Los Angeles through the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Contemporary Art organized a city-wide exhibition of public art and events based around the theme of food. Each artist interpreted a different aspect or issue surrounding food or food systems in the city from climate change, to food access, civic engagement to waste and recycling. Activating public parks throughout the city, artists created works to spark conversation about what it means to live in Los Angeles and how to work together for a sustainable and hopeful future.

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