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Run River North: Songs That Search for Home

Onstage, Run River North's performance easily claims attention, especially in those moments where they swing from quiet reveries of soft vocals and strings to bombastic guitar and drum passages draped with multi-vocal harmonies. The group produces a phenomenally big sound for only six people; it helps that at least half the band seems to play at least 2-3 different instruments over the course of a single song. 

As their name suggests, Run River North have rolled towards their current moment via a serendipitous path. They feel like one of those bands that could only come out of L.A., which is to say that it's hard to imagine where else half a dozen devoutly Christian, Korean American musicians from the Valley would morph into a spirited indie rock band that ended up on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show before being signed to Nettwerk Records). While their sound echoes the spirit from the country's heartland, the story of Run River North is distinctly Angeleno.

 

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Charles Lummis: Reimagining the American West

In this new season, Artbound travels back to pre-industrial Los Angeles to explore one of its key and most controversial figures -- Charles Lummis. A writer and editor of the L.A. Times, avid collector and preservationist, an Indian rights activist, and founder of L.A.’s first museum -- the Southwest Museum -- Lummis’ genius and idiosyncratic personality captured the ethos of an era and a region. See what other exciting episodes this new season will offer!

  • 2017-03-01T19:00:00-08:00
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Borderlands

Artbound explores arts along the U.S.-Mexico border. Featuring Mexicali Rose, an artist organization in Mexicali, where locals are encouraged to create art to galvanize community involvement; Drones as art, where multiple projects re-appropriating military drones play with the idea of surveillance and mobility; Paul Turounet’s photographs of undocumented border-crossers printed on galvanized metal; Tijuana’s vibrant reemergent gallery scene; and Manuel Paul Lopez’s animated poem 1984. Also featuring a musical performance by Rodrigo Amarante.

 

  • 2017-03-08T19:00:00-08:00
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Artesanos / Artisans

The highly skilled labor of artisans migrating from Mexico and Latin America are the backbone of high-end design and retail in Los Angeles, producing some of the most exquisite furniture, textiles, and design goods. But they represent a creative force that seems invisible to the city. Artbound uncovers their stories and their role in making Los Angeles and Southern California the creative capital of the world.

  • 2017-03-12T10:00:00-07:00
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Steel Modern

Artbound explores the architectural past and present in Southern California.

  • 2017-03-15T20:00:00-07:00
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Fallujah: Art, Healing, and PTSD

USMC Sergeant Christian Ellis was a machine gunner in Iraq, whose platoon was ambushed, leaving him with a broken back and only one of a few survivors. Ellis returned home to join millions of Americans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ellis inspired the first opera about the Iraq war with a score composed by Tobin Stokes, a libretto by Iraqi-American Heather Raffo, and produced by the Long Beach Opera. This documentary explores how the experience of war is transformed into a work of art.

  • 2017-03-19T10:00:00-07:00
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Monomania L.A.

What happens when collecting becomes more than a hobby? A new series of short documentary films, in partnership with USC Libraries, profiles four "L.A. as Subject" collectors who have obsessively focused on a narrow slice of Southern California history.

  • 2017-03-22T20:00:00-07:00
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MOCA: Beyond The Museum Walls

Artbound explores the programming of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, investigating new programming and curatorial approaches that are redefining what it means to be a 21st century museum. This episode features three new programs by The Underground Museum, Wolvesmouth, and Public Fiction.

  • 2017-03-26T10:00:00-07:00
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