Monday, April 12, 2021

Weaving a Path to Success

Story by Teresa Leyva Photos by Lynn Levitt   While he was going to school and waiting tables at a local restaurant, Kevin Weaver never expected to become the executive vice president of the iconic label Atlantic Records. His fairy tale story  brings his passion to life. While working one day, a good friend of Weaver’s asked him if he would be interested...

City of sewage

If you thought cleaning rotten eggs sitting in your fridge was bad, think again. An aroma of urine and feces roams the underground city known as the sewers. Four hundred million gallons of raw sewage are being pumped into Hyperion Treatment Plant a day making it the city’s largest wastewater treatment plant. Located in southwest Los Angeles, the...

Women’s Mariachi

Moments from the Mujeres, Musica, Mexico concert on Oct. 19, 2019, at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles. Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas is an all-female group. Photos by Natalie Miranda All-female group celebrates traditional Mexican culture in a new way Mexico is home to many...

The Road to the Show

Story by: Robert Knox Photos by: Kristen Aslanian Additional reporting: Tyler McGee Bounce back players and their struggle to go pro The dream of making it to the big leagues, aka “the show,” has been the aspiration of many baseball players that have come through Pierce College. One of these dreamers is Nick Murphy. Murphy, who came after graduating from Royal High School in...

Behind the makeup of a drag queen

Ebony hair cascades down his shoulders, framing a full make-up face. Peeking through a thick rim of lashes are honey brown eyes. As the shutter sparks, taking another snapshot, the model’s berry stained lips twist at the ends into a smirk. Beneath the femme fatale façade of Ruby Sparkx is Edward Murillo, a man. “Edward is more polite,” Murillo said. “When I’m Ruby...

Laying down a beat

 The mass of fans, packed into the Troubadour in West Hollywood, chant “Eve6, Eve6!” with religious fervor. Later, the opening notes of “Inside Out” are played, driving the crowd to scream and shout. As the lead vocalist sings into the mic, the fans echo the lyrics with mounting enthusiasm. Q: When did you start writing music? Jon Siebels: I started writing...

Melrose By Any Other Name

Psychedelic threads and suggestive advertisements bulge like beer bellies on the Fourth of July across 1.3 miles.   If one isn’t familiar with L.A. culture, some may mistake peacocking locals for models and Dr. Seuss inspired storefronts for film sets.   In reality, it is the boulevard between Beverly Hills and Silverlake that is the Los Angeles epicenter of shopping and...

Covering Up Has Never Been So Sexy

  Beachwear typically is not meant to be worn away from the beach or pool, but Revaajh cover ups are stylish enough to be used for a day out in Malibu or a night at a Los Angeles club. Revaajh allows the wearer to express themselves in a splash of vibrant colors and styles. Karan Sethi, the man behind the designs,...

The refuge of helping others

Huma Rahimi ushers in students from all around the world for her job in the International Students Program at Pierce College.

No funny business in performance industry

At The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club, Greg Wilson is slaying the crowd with his infectious mixture of playful jabs at the audience and material that he has compiled and reworked over the years. Like a skilled lock-pick, every phrase he utters is made to pull the little levers in people’s minds. The result is undeniable. People are helplessly amused...