Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Call of Music

On a sweltering night inside a dim cantina, glasses clink and patrons burst into drunken laughter, while on the center stage blinding fluorescent lights illuminate the faces of mariachi players. The musicians are clad in suits that match the lit sky, sweating from the hour-long performance of singing, strumming and seducing the audience with love songs.   The final notes...

An out of body experience

Photo by: Alan Castro   As he glides across the concrete ground with a hypnotizing stare, his body seems to shift form to a liquid-like movement. Resembling the motion of a contortionist, pair of arms are brought over a tilted head that is followed by a shoulder that rotates all the way around without popping out. He stares into his audience’s...

Reel to Real

Amid the background of a seemingly sleepy suburb in Bakersfield, California, musical magic is made. Here in an unassuming home Rocketship Recording Studio produces audio treats. In the dimly lit recesses of a cave-like studio, sweet sounds waft through the space, light and airy like the scent of fresh baked goods. The vibe quickly shifts, this time something of a...

Divine Intervention2


Jeremiah Johnson's past led him on a journey to step out from the dark and into the light through Skid Row.


Making a new home

One of eleven children, Mario Sandoval made his way to the United States. After nineteen years he is getting his American citizenship, at Olvera Street, Los Angeles, Sept. 30, 2015. Photo: Lynn Levitt.   Over the sound of his quiet measured breaths Mario Sandoval could hear voices outside the vehicle. After the man outside gave permission for the car to “go...

Models of Pride

  Story by: Evelia Rodriguez  At the center of the University of Southern California (USC), almost two thousand lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transvestite and questioning (LGBTQ) youth members go out and celebrate their LGBTQ pride. Models of Pride (MOP), is an annual event that was founded in 1993 by the Gay and Lesbian Education Commission of the Los Angeles Unified School District. MOP...

Age not an issue for couple

The Santa Monica home that overlooks the place where Don Bachardy and Chris Isherwood first met is filled with an array of color, drawings, sculptures and paintings—55 years of art accumulated in Bachardy’s brightly-lit home. Little clay reminders of his life sit on glossy white shelves. Had it not been for Bachardy’s older brother Ted, he would have never met...

The Reality of Urban Murals

Story By: Jonathan Pineda   Graffiti is a creative street art that has proven to be one of the more intense and attractive kinds of street art. Graffiti may have existed since the beginning of time when cavemen wrote on stone walls during the 19th century. As cultures evolved, Egyptians wrote on the pyramids, temples and tomb walls. Graffiti has not always been...

A life reclaimed

Photo by Monica Salazar   Thrown to the ground by her boyfriend, Karen Gonzalez curled up in an attempt to protect herself from his stomping and kicking. She caught her breath, screamed and managed to fight him off and run toward the phone. But before she knew it, she was pinned to the bed with his knee pressed against her neck...

The Seductive Art

Behind the black curtain of Bar One in the San Fernando Valley that keeps her hidden from the crowd, Lola Chan changes from conservative clothing she wore entering the club to her lacy and seductive costume that will be revealed to the waiting patrons. The sound of anticipation grows as the entertainment is about to begin. The lights dim...