"featuring the lights and soundz of..." fundraiser: g727

Fundraiser at Eastside Luv in Boyle Heights
Thursday, May 22nd, 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Please show your support for this ELA project...

“Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of….”
A 30-Year Survey of DJ Culture from East L.A.

Featuring DJs Pablo, Johhny Valentino and Gerard Meraz

For more information about the project visit:


$10.00 Cover All Night

Located @

Eastside Luv
1835 E. 1st St
Los Angeles, Ca 90033
ph 323-262-7442

Addtional donations are being accepted during the fundraiser

Adrian Rivas
(co-founder of g727)
727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Information about the Exhibit:
“Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of….”
A 30-Year Survey of DJ Culture from East L.A.

June 7– August 9, 2008

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 14, 7- 11pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday 12-6pm

G727 is pleased to present “Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of….”, an interactive participatory exhibition celebrating the first 30 years of DJ culture rooted in East Los Angeles.

This exhibition will develop over the course of nine weeks and invites the public to contribute their party flyers, images, anecdotes, and spinning skills to an ongoing series of events and remembrances, while developing a living archive that can serve as the basis for historical research of the genre’s contribution to the Southern California cultural landscape.

Working in collaboration with groups such as BacktoDisco.com (a social networking website for the Los Angeles disco scene) and Power Tools (a weekly DJ mixshow program on Los Angeles’ Power 106 FM), which have chronicled the nuances of the DJ scene and continue to keep it alive in underground settings, “Featuring the Lightz and Soundz of….” will function as a staging ground for the search of the intimate and personal experiences that have contributed to the formation of distinct alternative dance movements, honoring the complexities of its chronology, geography, and surrounding social context.

G727 welcomes testimonies, photos, flyers and mixes (cassette, CD or MP3) to help build the narrative about the variety of spaces and happenings that make up the first 30 years of East L.A. DJ culture. This exhibition provides a collaborative contextual framework for participants, past and present, to become active producers in the documentary process of their own cultural

Adrian Rivas
213 627 9563

About G727:
G727 seeks to generate dialogues on artistic representations and interpretations of the urban landscape. The building blocks of a city comprise more than simply buildings, streets, and sidewalks. They equally encompass personal experience, collective memory and narratives. These are the less tangible, but no less integral elements that transform mere infrastructure into place. Through photography, painting, writing and video installations, artists open our eyes to these elements and heighten our awareness of what makes a place a place. G727 welcomes these artists to its space to help us all better understand the complex nature of cities and the
urban condition.


you can take it off when you learn to

Let’s see, today I think I’ll be…condescending.

No wait, how about patronizing?

Ah, whatever. I think I’ll just grab an espresso and pretend that you don’t exist.

I find that intimate dismissiveness is usually the best policy anyway. You get the maximum impact with the least amount of force. Plus, I get to enjoy my caffeine in peace.

Here, join me. You want a single, or a double? BFF!

At first I was all fired up to formulate some kind of response. But in the end, I guess all the various efforts by others at channeling the energy this way, and that way, and the other way, y no se qué, güey, coupled with my own apparently scatterbrained dullness, resulted in the silencing, polarization, and neutralization that had been intended all along.

Focus! Focus!

Fuck it.

Eventually, I was consumed by the impulse to just wash my hands of the whole thing. It’s not that I minded the blood on them—I mean, I’m sorry if it bothers you so much, but I can’t help what I am. And while I will admit that I am a germ freak, this wasn’t about bacteria or viruses. In fact, to be honest, I actually found that the sterility of the whole thing was one of the biggest problems.

I remember the last time I gave up, I was all, “Fuck this, I’m going to be a baker or something!” It was a very similar scenario, actually, now that I think about it. That particular pseudosuicide pact resulted in me sitting at a desk in Tokyo City Hall signing my name to a piece of paper that I couldn’t read. Only a few months later, I was packing all my clothes and shit in the back of my car and hiding out at various friends’ places around LA. Eventually, I was wandering the streets halfway between dead and alive, because I hadn’t been able to commit fully either way.

It’s a long story, but anyway, the point is, I’m not really clear on what is accomplished by all of this, that isn’t by all of that. I guess I’m not really clear on anything. I guess what I really need is a ruler across the pink backs of my hands and a white dunce cap on my head painted with the word ARTIST.


soul sides

Over at the Soul Sides audio blog, Oliver Wang, aka DJ O-Dub, cranks out a steady stream of musical knowledge and history through a combination of written history / context / analysis / commentary, and the tunes themselves in mp3 format, which you can download for ten days after the original posting.

The music is soul, R&B, rare grooves, funk, rap, hip-hop, jazz, bugaloo, obscure permutations of these forms from outside the U.S., and combinations of all of these. Today’s posting, the first in a new series on “overlooked latin groups,” is a great example of the work Wang does busting some solid musical knowledge and history and making connections across a wide range of cultures, traditions, and modes—not to mention laying down some amazing tracks to groove to. Along with the blog, he also puts together compilation CDs.

In addition to being an audio blogger, Wang is a professor of Cultural Studies at a local university. He also deejays around town, and if you can get past the hipster factor, he’s got an excellent show at the Shortstop in Echo Park on Thursday nights (no cover!). Maybe if we can get enough real Eastsiders over there to roll to the bugaloo etc., the hipsters will retreat to the bar down the block. Better yet, maybe DJ O-Dub will play some place like East Side Luv soon (hint hint).

Soul Sides Audio Blog: http://soul-sides.com/.


more stuff going on

some more upcoming events:

“Herban: Mother-Lode” Photography Exhibition
Opening reception: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 5 to 8 p.m.
First Street Studios
2026 East First Street
East Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel: (323) 268-0005
Email: firststreetstudios@yahoo.com

- Live Painting by Unification Theory
- Live Music by Ollin
- DJ set by Carlos Nino
- Jim Marquez (Poet/Writer)
- Peace in IraQ (photo project)

The exhibition features photographs from local acclaimed artists/photographers. The main gallery will include imagery of urban landscapes, space, significance & conditioning. The corrido
exhibition will feature landscapes and space. Mother-Lode: plentiful or abundance. Urban: relating to or belonging to a city. Herban Mother-Lode: the aesthetic effects of planting, significance, meaning and/or creating space under limited/or restricted conditions, despite the abundance of space. The exhibition hopes to challenge each viewer to think about their urban landscape and what it means.

Curated by Juan Ochoa


Experimental video art projected on the exterior walls of the Getty Center
Saturday, May 10, 2008, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Free event; parking $8

Installation curated by Anne Bray, Director of Freewaves.

Works included in the weekend installation:
East/West, Su-Chen Hung
Flying 1, Howie Cherman
Eye 1991, Ray Bravo
Fire Ants for Nothing, Harry Gamboa Jr.
Who Are You?: An Oakland Story, Portia Cobb
Earth Fell Flat, Erika Suderburg
Under Cover, S. E. Barnet
Comfort Me, Soo Jin Kim
As We Go On, Hillary Mushkin
Voices of the Morning, Meena Nanji
Mirror Mirror, Paula Levine
Ekleipsis (from the Blindness series), Tran Kim T. Trang
Blow Them Up, Laura Purdy & Kristy Guevara-Flanagan
Anima, Frances Salome Espana
Apple Grown in Wind Tunnel, Steve Matheson
All Orientals Look The Same, Valerie Soe
Kappa, Bruce and Norman Yonemoto with Mike Kelley
Primate Cinema, Rachel Mayeri

Vexing: Female Voices from East L.A. Punk
May 18-August 31, 2008
Opening reception: Saturday, May 17, 7 to 10 p.m.
Claremont Museum of Art
536 W. 1st St. Claremont 91711

Vexing is an historical investigation of the women at the forefront of the punk rock scene in East L.A. in the 1970s and '80s. The exhibition features photo, video and audio archives of the era as well as studio work encompassing painting, installation, writings and performance.

Participants include musicians Alice Bag, Teresa Covarrubias, Angela Vogel, Monica Flores, musician and artist Exene Cervenka, artists Diane Gamboa and Patssi Valdez, photographers Dawn Wirth, Louis Jacinto, Linda Posnick and Frank Gargani, recording label founder of Fatima Records Yolanda Comparan Ferrer, printmakers Richard Duardo, Jessee Vidaurre and John Miner, and filmmaker Jimmy Mendiola. Representing a newer generation of artistic producers influenced by these women are musician/artist Lysa Flores, artists Shizu Saldamando and Sandra de la Loza, photographer Chris TV, performance group Butchlalis de Panochtitlan, and bands The Sirens and Go Betty Go. Vexing also includes special concert footage and interviews courtesy of Pete Galindo, Willie Herrón and Lysa Flores from the forthcoming documentary on The Vex, and an excerpt from the forthcoming documentary “Eastside Punks” by Jimmy Alvarado, Pat Perez and Jake Smith.

in which we weigh the truths/consequences/chiles

keeps everything everyone
keeps at a
everything everyone
a distance

in which I address all four of my readers:

Dear Reader #1,
Thank you for being, well, #1.

You occupy that special place in my heart, that dark, hidden chamber that still secretly values hierarchies and the special privilege of being designated Number One, Noo-mah-ro Ooo-no, Ichi-Ban, El Mero Primero, First Place, The Loneliest Number, Top of the Heap, etc., etc.

Your dedication, your commitment, your attention to detail. You never settled for second-best.

Reader #1, you earned it.

Dear Reader #2,
I remember that I sent you something in the mail. You sent me a photograph in return, but not through the mail. I received the image later on. It was a non-monetary gift that pixilated the intriguing give-and-take of digital dialogue, rendering further discussion moot and obsolete. Still, there were Photoshop filters that could reassemble the code into a voice message from someone else’s cellular telephone. Your vocal chords were disguised and camouflaged, but eventually I was able to decipher the series of ones and zeroes. Each pair was another clue, one step closer. The logic of the digital. I remember how I believed in shadows back then. Mine outran me every time. Watching it, I always forgot the third and fourth elements involved. The light source grew dim, the surface dissolved.

Dear Reader #3,
Preliminary results of your Teele Inventory of Multiple Intelligences (TIMI) test indicate that almost all of your intelligence can be categorized as either Intrapersonal or Linguistic. I can only hope that this gross imbalance is the real cause of your saying such a mean, fucked up thing, rather than malice, bitterness, resentment, and/or other general violent tendencies.

Dear Reader #4,
Thank you for rounding out my list of readers. Without you, I might have had only three readers.

They say that democracy is two wolves and one sheep voting for a majority on who’ll be for dinner. You, dear fourth reader, are not for dinner, but neither are you a wolf.

That is why I appreciate you so much. You bring a certain balance to the equation. No hierarchy, no shady shadows, no fake democracy, no neurotic jabs. In some cultures, the number four represents death. But you, Reader #4, are the reassurance that my life has not been in vain, that all my efforts have been worth it, that I am not just farting into the wind. In fact, the next time I am standing at the copy machine at Office Depot, inhaling fumes, smudging my fingertips, poking staples into my skin, sneaking copies, and wondering if it is all worth it, I will think of you, Reader #4, and I will say, “Well, fuck, at least there aren’t just three.”

at that moment, zack jumped about 20 feet into the air and I looked around at the crowd of brown faces red stars bandana facemasks surging and suddenly the chemicals kicked in and my perception shifted forever, and already in that moment you were married to some white guy with 2 kids in wyoming or some crazy shit, and already I was, I was, well, I was doing this, but it would take me nearly 20 years to realize it that already 20 years later I’m standing there at the end of your block somehow back at the same spot by coincidence by the gravitational pulls of love and sex by strange redux cycles of wounding/healing/reconciliation looking down the street toward your mom’s house which is still there which she’s still there and already and realizing 20 years already that we at that moment way back then we were we/lifetimes thousands of miles time zones already multiple levels of reality


in which we recognize that gratitude is a good state of mind to carry from moment to moment, each of which brings new facilitations toward perception shifts and evolution, channeled through sometimes the unlikeliest of vessels

We were discussing the matter and we decided that we think that you are the one who should stick out her/his neck. Our reasoning is as follows:

Whereas we have names and reputations to protect, real careers, mortgages, car notes, audiences, etc., you, on the other hand, have carefully crafted a cunning semi-anonymity-slash-invisibility built on mountains of debt, little in the way of real job prospects, and even less in terms of an actual career path. You are therefore perfectly suited to take this particular set of risks, to expose yourself, to channel the frustrations of/for others. After all, what have you got to lose, anyway? Besides, to be totally honest, you’re really not risking all that much in the end, considering how microscopic your readership is.

If a “Chicano” falls in a forest of clever lamp Posts and nobody is around to curate it, does it make a sound like grumbling stomachs, or crumbling dollar bills?

My money is running out.

My computer screen is dead.

All of my rechargeable battery apparatuses are dying.

My messenger workbag is unraveling at the seams.

My tire treads are cracked.

Cup o’ Noodles has become a staple of my diet.

People invite me out to eat or drink, and I feel around my pockets for a few seconds, and then I make up some excuse not to go.

“Why don’t you work, then? Why don’t you make some money? Why don’t you write something that will sell, i.e., not offend those with more power? It’s the era of post-Poverty, man. Don’t you know that being poor went out of style after the Chicano Movement?”

Fuck, I am working. I’m writing this thesis. I’m writing this book. I’m writing this other book. I’m writing this digital text. I’m documenting and archiving Important Events. I’m riding my bike, cuz it may take some frijoles, but it don’t take any gas. I’m packing tortas and burritos to sneak for fuel while I write at the public library. I’m thinking about shoplifting (just kidding, shadowy surveillance agents). I’m buying all my clothes at the Salvation Army (hallelujah!). Beans & rice & eggs, beans&rice&eggs. And tortillas. And chiles. And Cup o’ Noodles. Spicy Lime Shrimp Flavor. Cut up some jalapeños and limes, throw it all in with some Tapatio—with some ghetto culinary arts schooled to me by a certain freaky Nica, I’m living large, baby! Fuck salad, these are the Cup o’ Noodle days.

Meanwhile, my friend packs me a “food drive” box of stuff she’s getting rid of as she cleans out her apartment kitchen to move. The box reminds me of standing on line at the church in the 80s with my mom and sisters to get a similar box packed with powder milk, yellow government cheese, a loaf of bread, cereal, canned vegetables, two sticks of butter. A Jesus coloring book.

I mean, fuck, man, you think I’m a stranger to being poor? You think I don’t know how hard it is? But what’s the alternative? Don’t you remember when you met me? I sure wasn’t poor then. Full health care, free parking downtown, retirement funds, a fat paycheck every two weeks automatically deposited straight into a big fat bank account. And the biggest fucking asshole I’d ever known. Lost in a world of confusion, like poor old Joaquin, digitally erased from the scene of my own life by snarky pomo pastiche. Why do you think I was there in the first place?

Obviously, I remembered very well what it feels like to be poor, and I wasn’t having none of that shit.

And now? I know how hard it is. I know they want us all poor, like you said, they’ll keep squeezing tighter and tighter, they want everybody to know what it feels like with their Cup o’ Noodle World Order of cheap life and starved spirit. But deep inside me, in that hungry little pit in my panza, I’m having a hell of a time getting around the feeling that choosing “success” looks like the ultimate failure. Because down there, all packed up in that dense little void, are all my memories of where I came from, all my novels that I will write, all my stories, all my digital texts, all my crazy moments of locura performance and drama and defiance, and I look at Success, and it looks to me like a big soupy vortex mess of cleverly slippery tendrils and high-sodium artificial flavoring packets and dollar bills counterfeited on soggy offwhite Post-Its.

—I am cutting up some chiles, man, I am rubbing the seeds into my lips, my eyes, my tongue, I am burning, I am burning, I am broke as hell, but I am burning—


phantom audio 7: sandra de la loza and harry gamboa in conversation

“I think the perspective of what you're talking about, in terms of looking at myths, and basically, trying to destabilize the myth long enough to snap people out of mass hypnosis, and the effectiveness of creating something that will jar someone's consciousness—that's quite a bit of power for an individual, compared to the conglomerates, and that in itself is sort of an act of great strength, and something that could be shared with young people.”

“I think that's what artists do, actually: They provide images, or words, or ideas, that actually kind of shock people into consciousness. And that's kind of our job, I think, as artists, whether we're effective or not, or whether we get rewarded or not, or whether we're recognized or not. And I think that's why so many people are so enthralled, even to the earliest cave paintings. I mean, that's what taggers are all about too. It's like, we just have that in our genetic code—we have to express the fact that we do exist, and of course, that's affected by our perception of who we are.”

—Harry Gamboa, in conversation with Sandra de la Loza, Sunday, 4 May, 2008

“I think [LSD inventor Albert Hoffman] helped us see, helped us realize, that maybe what appears to be… really isn't it—isn't what is, and that has a lot to do with what my installation is about here at LACMA.”

“I think the urban daily life disrupts… me.”

— Sandra de la Loza, in conversation with Harry Gamboa, Sunday, 4 May, 2008

To listen to the conversation, click here.


phantom audio 6: art, fetish, object, social relations, experimental enclaves—interview of david graeber

an interesting, highly relevant audio interview by Althea Viafora-Kress of David Graeber, anarchist, professor, activist, and anthropologist author of the very informative recent book/pamphlet, Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology, among other numerous books and articles.

from the ART RADIO website:

Edition #9: David Graeber
ART TALK - The Collectors’ Forum
Sunday, 04 May 2008
First broadcast May 5, 2008

Althea Viafora-Kress and David Graeber—anthropologist, activist, and Goldsmiths lecturer—discuss the psychology of the object. Graeber distinguishes Marx’s fetishes, Mauss’ gift theory and his ideas on possibilities. He explains how Duchamp fits in, where creative actions are held, and what ‘inmaterial labor’ is. He also discusses his book Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire. Hear how these are connected to capital and where the artist fits in.

follow the link for the interview:

in other elektion newz: diebold accidentally leaks results of 2008 election early

from the onion news network (warning: election spoiler ahead!)

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early


some interesting events, redux

in a previous post of interesting upcoming events, "in the next few days" meant they were taking place this past weekend.

one of those events, however, was mistakenly read through the haze of a bad cold, phantom presences, and temporal/spatial displacements, as taking place last Friday, when in reality, it is THIS friday, May 8 (probably others caught this—hopefully none of this blog's four readers mistakenly went to the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts last Friday for the Homenaje Día de las Madres).

anyway, this is a very important fundraiser to send some local Chicana/o poets to La Habana, so here is a re-post of the details, plus another event in the next few days.

HOMENAJE DIA DE LAS MADRES: Honoring Our Mothers and the Earth
Friday, May 9th, 8 p.m.

Please join CaLatinidad poets Estrella del Valle, Robert Leni, Reina Prado and Abel Salas as well as guest wordslinger-wordsmiths Gloria Enedina Alvarez and Consuelo Flores as we pay tribute to our mothers and remember the earth at a fundraiser/benefit on Friday, May 9th at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock beginning at 8 p.m. A $10 donation will help send CaLatinidad writers to the Decimotercero Festival de Poesia International/13th Annual International Poetry Festival hosted by Proyecto Sur in La Habana.

Global treats and soulful beats provided by Fermina D who will also appear unplugged as Mataji Booker. Special thanks to the Echospace Poetry Collective and the Eastside Cafe, Zocaloc Productions and the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

For more information, contact 323.222.0366.


La Experiencia Maya
...y un resumen de su participación en el Congreso de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos culturales de los pueblos Indígenas.

Fecha: Jueves 8 de Mayo, 2008
Hora: 6:00, 8:00 p.m.
Lugar: UCLA Humanities A65

Se mostraran 2 documentales y habrá una discusión dirijida por:

Policarpo Chaj — Director de Maya Vision
Mariana Francisco — VicePresidente de Maya Vision

1) "Las Dos Erres: una mirada hacia el fondo del pasado" (21mins)
Documental en el que se narra la matanza del Poblado de las Dos Erres, en guatemala. Imágenes de la recuperación y de la identificacón de los cadáveres y testimonios de los habitantes de la zona.

2) "Tiempo de Arcoiris"
(28 minutos)

Maya Vision Es un grupo panamericano en la lucha por defender y dar a conocer los derechos civiles, culturales, políticos, sociales, y económicos de los pueblos Indígenas de las Américas. Fue fundado en Guatemala y los Estados Unidos en 1995. El Director y Vice Presidente vendran a UCLA a hablar sobre su trabajo en nombre de los pueblos Indígenas y su desarrollo de su participación en el Congreso de las Naciones Unidas sobre los derechos culturales de los Pueblos Indígenas el pasado abril.

Flier: http://bmkn8.physics.ucla.edu/~isuarez/img0.html


phantom audio 5: a conversation with gronk

On Sunday, 27 April, NEW Los Angeles Theatre Center (NEW LATC), operated by The Latino Theater Company, hosted “A Conversation with GRONK,” moderated by Chon Noriega.

Noriega projected a slideshow of images relevant to Gronk’s work, and Gronk responded to them in a lively conversation and discussion of the artist’s long career. While the images cannot be reproduced here, Gronk’s storytelling provides enough narrative and context even without them. To listen to audio of the conversation, follow the links below.

On another note: This was my first time at the NEW LATC. It is a nice venue, and I recommend checking out a show here if you can. One upcoming production that looks of particular interest (in the print catalog, but not yet in the online calendar) is The Imposter (El gesticulador) by Rudolfo Usigli, running June 5 – 23 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.). The NEW LATC print catalog describes The Imposter: “A college professor assumes the identity of a lost hero of the Mexican Revolution and in so doing changes the lives of everyone around him. This classic of the Mexican theatrical repertory, with its theme of political deceptions, is as timely today as when it was written in the 1930s. Critically hailed a masterpiece, a cast of 18 actors will be performing.” Tickets are $15 general; $12 for students and seniors; $10 for groups of 10 or more.

To listen to "A Conversation With GRONK," click below (right/ctrl-click to download):

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some interesting events the next few days

Some interesting events going on around town in the next few days, as received on various list serves for forwarding:

HOMENAJE DIA DE LAS MADRES: Honoring Our Mothers and the Earth
Friday, May 9th, 8 p.m.

Please join CaLatinidad poets Estrella del Valle, Robert Leni, Reina Prado and Abel Salas as well as guest wordslinger-wordsmiths Gloria Enedina Alvarez and Consuelo Flores as we pay tribute to our mothers and remember the earth at a fundraiser/benefit on Friday, May 9th at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock beginning at 8 p.m. A $10 donation will help send CaLatinidad writers to the Decimotercero Festival de Poesia International/13th Annual International Poetry Festival hosted by Proyecto Sur in La Habana.

Global treats and soulful beats provided by Fermina D who will also appear unplugged as Mataji Booker. Special thanks to the Echospace Poetry Collective and the Eastside Cafe, Zocaloc Productions and the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

FRIDAY, MAY 9th @ 8 P.M.

For more information, contact 323.222.0366.

Mexican Musical Roots
A FREE workshop & performance! with 'Son Del Centro'

Saturday, May 3, 1:00 p.m.
California African American Museum
600 State Drive, Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Son Jarocho, Mexican music unique to Veracruz,combines indigenous, African and Spanish rhythms.Stomp your feet, sing and play as 'Son del Centro',a group of students, teachers and activists dedicatedto exposing people of all ages and backgrounds toMexican traditions, presents this interactive musicalworkshop.

RSVP: 213.744.2024

This program is in conjunction with the current exhibitions,
The African Presence in Mexico from Yanga to the Present
Who Are We Now?—Roots, Resistance and Recognition

The Black/Brown Dialogues Part II:
I n s p i r a t i o n H o u s e P o e t r y C h o i r
Saturday, May 3, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit art gallery
131 No. Avenue 50
Highland Park, CA 90042

Curated by Peter J. Harris, artistic director, Inspiration House

Featuring spoken word & music by:
Tchikonsase Ajé
Gloria Alvarez
Peter J. Harris
María Elena Gaitán, Chola con Cello
Derf Reklaw, percussion
Alan Mark Lightner, steel pan

“The Black/Brown Dialogues”, featuring Inspiration House PoetryChoir, honors healthy and ethical cultural dialogue between the African and Latino communities, at one of Latino LA's most important independent galleries. Using the Inspiration House PoetryChoir format, poets read their work while master musicians improvise musical responses to the poetry, blending words, intonations, audience responses, and dynamic silence into a sonic tapestry that's entrancing and exhilarating. The poetry series is curated by Peter J. Harris, artistic director, Inspiration House, which produces work dedicated to leaving its audiences renewed and recommitted to cultural work that contributes to the creation of a humane society.

This event is the second of four Inspiration House PoetryChoir events and is
free to the public.