Category Archives: Events

Ta-Nehisi Coates Discusses We Were Eight Years In Power, the Trump Administration, and the Influence of Hip-Hop on His Writing

By Pamela Avila

“You should be scared. You laugh not to cry, but don’t laugh too much, you should be scared,” said author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates to 1,270 people on November 6 during a sold-out event for his latest collection We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Coates was in conversation with Elizabeth Hinton, author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America. She came with no softball questions, and Coates held no punches. Continue reading

Why is Tilda Swinton in Bangladesh? The Dhaka Lit Fest, Of Course.

By C.P. Heiser

The Dhaka Lit Fest is happening this week in the capital of Bangladesh, a touch over 8000 miles away from Los Angeles. It’s hosting over 200 participants from nearly two dozen countries, and will welcome thousands of visitors over the course of its three days. Launching one of the world’s most exciting literary festivals, in the middle of the world’s densest megacity, is accomplishment enough. But managing it year after year, meeting increased expectations, and handling the particular challenges of a place like Bangladesh, make the Dhaka Lit Fest one of the most remarkable literary events in the world. Continue reading

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Recommended Reading

By Anna Leahy

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, some of us are getting screening mammograms, and others are celebrating a breast cancer survival benchmark, our own or someone else’s. Some of us are calculating our breast cancer risk and realizing that most women will never develop breast cancer, but some will. Some of us are wearing pink ribbons and are heartened by bus drivers and police officers in pink hats, and others are cringing at what’s been dubbed pink-washing of a serious health and healthcare issue. Some of us are following Julia Louis Dreyfus, who announced on Twitter at the end of last month that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s tough for even a healthy adult woman in the United States to avoid thinking about this disease as we make our ways through October each year. Continue reading

Reflection on the Launch of TSEHAI’s Harriet Tubman Press Inaugural Book

By Rachel Mullens

Hundreds gathered in Leimert Park Plaza in front of the Vision Theater on Saturday, October 14. The day marked the beginning of a year-long celebration in honor of the 20th anniversary of TSEHAI Publishers, the 10th anniversary of TSEHAI Publisher’s partnership with Loyola Marymount University and its Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts, the publication of Voices from Leimert Park Redux, the inaugural book from Harriet Tubman Press, and most importantly the celebration of the true freedom that is born when a collective people is allowed ownership of its own stories. Continue reading

The Farhang Foundation 9th Annual Short Film Festival

By Orly Minazad

One of the perks of living in Los Angeles is the bottomless pit of cultural exploits and opportunities just an Uber ride away. At the forefront of some of those events is Farhang Foundation, the leading purveyor of Iranian cultural celebrations. Since 2008, the non-profit foundation has been championing Persian artists from all over the world and welcoming the community to indulge in the festivities. Continue reading

Politicon: Where Cheers and Jeers Are More Important Than Political Engagement

By John W. W. Zeiser

My grandfather was a Rockefeller Republican for most of his life. He served in the Eisenhower administration and was a state representative in Massachusetts for eight years. However, by the time I was old enough to know him, he had retired to New Hampshire, mostly because of the state’s allergies to taxes, and had become an increasingly crankish capital-C conservative. Though he never attended, he started giving to Hillsdale College because it didn’t accept federal funding. He mailed me ridiculous anti-Clinton literature. Something of a proto-Fox News dad, but without the unpleasant bigotry or resentment. Continue reading

Christine Granados Brings Together Mexican-American Writers for a Literary Pachanga at the Historic Tia Chucha’s

By Pamela Avila

On the 4th of July, Christine Granados landed in the San Fernando Valley with her latest collection, Fight Like A Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children. The Southern California leg of her book tour included a reading at Skylight Books on July 5 and another at Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in Sylmar on July 8. At Tía Chucha’s, she was joined by Jesus Treviño, Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Andrea Gutierrez, and Alyssa Granados.   Continue reading

The Pleasures of the Glimpse: On Dirk Braeckman at the Venice Biennale

By Kaya Genc

Inside the Belgian pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, it is the vast whiteness of the space that strikes you first. The interior of the recently renovated pavilion resembles a hospital, a place devoted to purity, a sanctuary for healing. Then the gaze shifts its focus onto images: Dirk Braeckman’s dark canvases feature bodies, natural formations, surfaces of things so dark that they seem indiscernible from their backgrounds. Rarely has the contrast between space and artwork influenced me quite this way, certainly no other pavilion in the world’s leading art event had come close to the experience. Continue reading