Friday, August 12, 2022

MusicAli Speaking

The sound of seventeen carefully blended voices fills the room in a swelling crescendo as the cohesive group of UCLA students concentrates on executing the songs they’ve spent more than one hundred hours rehearsing. One soprano with shiny dark hair and a powerful falsetto stands out among the assembly. Ali Hepps is a 19-year-old student starting her sophomore year at...

Psychedelics in the Modern World

Story By Ray Zandi ...

Kicking down stereotypes

David Tucker performs a jumping side kick at Point Dume Beach in Malibu, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. David Tucker plays his bass guitar. Photo by Benjamin Hanson.David Tucker holds his hands in prayer at Topanga State Park in Topanga, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Photo by Benjamin Hanson. David Tucker...

3D Printer

  Located in the Applied Technology building at Pierce  College a 3D printer sits in Assistant Professor Elizabeth Cheung’s room. The lights above the printer give it a glow of attraction. Cheung, holding a jet-black 8-by-8  plastic tray, pulled open the translucent door and placed the tray in the printer. She pressed Start and the tray began to move back and...

Forging a Future for Others to Follow

White sparks sailed as embers landed on the weathered work boots of young shielded students. The sun started to fade as welding instructor Darlene Thompson worked her way down the rows as she observed her students from a distance with calculated and warm eyes. Originally from Chicago, Thompson and her family moved to California in 1984 where she attended Mount...

‘Astrologer to the stars’ and back

by Chelsea Westman Dan Khoury stands with attendees before he teaches his class at the Carroll Righter Astrological Foundation in Hollywood, on March 12, 2019.  A hand-crafted astrological natal chart at the Carroll Righter Astrological Foundation in Hollywood, on Feb. 26, 2019.  Jack Taube teaches a beginning astrology class and speaks about his...

Vegan made to order

California caterer creates plant-based plates for customers Louis Fuentes prepares his vegan fish tacos before deep frying them in Cypress, Calif., on March 14, 2021. Photo by Jackelyn Ruby. It was two years ago when Louis Fuentes had a catering event at an art walk show in San Diego.

Jamming with the Lord

The ambient light glares upon a pearl white drum set arranged on the sound stage encompassed by an array of instruments, while the musicians accumulate to perform a piece. A mocha-skinned man in glasses, tattered jeans and a plain T-shirt strolls over to his drum set looking nonchalant. Devell Riley has played the drums for as long as he...

Stringing It All Together

Crimson statement necklaces made from authentic coral reef are layered precisely and delicately fastened onto the neck of a woman that embodies cultural pride. In Nigerian culture, the color red represents the strength and endurance of people that live there. Pamela Adewoyin is the CEO and founder of Lola Ade, a jewelry line influenced by her West-African heritage. The name Lola...

Walking a Ruff Road

Daniel Habas poses with his dogs Honey and Molly by his home in Encino, Calif. Photo by: Adam BaronDaniel Habas poses with his dogs Honey and Molly by his home in Encino, Calif. Photo by: Adam BaronDaniel Habas walks his pomeranian-mix dogs Honey and Molly by his home in Encino, Calif., on May 19, 2020. Photo by:...