The official trailer for the film, “Bullitt County,” opens in a small shop. As you watch the clip, you are transported back to the 1970’s with the nostalgic faintly sepia filter tone over characters wearing flair-legged pants. The viewer is introduced to one of the film’s main characters speaking with one of the town’s local shopkeepers. “The legend goes that the Bullitt family of Bullitt County took all of their money out to the wilderness to and buried it,” the shop employee says. Thrilling flashes of a terrified bachelor party in the dark wilderness follow the shop scene, and the viewer is left desperately wondering what happened to the group of friends who went on a hunt for buried Prohibition money on the Bluegrass Bourbon Trail. Continue reading “Bullitt County Is A New Nostalgic Thriller Film With A Twist”
Rolling Stone guitarist, Keith Richards once wrote in his memoir, Life, that “music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.” The genre-switching alternative rock band from Livermore, CA, Crowned In Chains, captures the essence of this quote as they share their genuine and vulnerable stories of pain and joy through one of the most expressive tools that there is—music.
Crowned In Chains’ debut album takes its listeners on a journey using elements from 80’s funk-rock, early 2000’s pop-punk, reggae, southern-rock, a jazzy acoustic guitar piece, and even a song that could be considered an “Irish/Hip-Hop/Rock Anthem.” The band aims to tell a story with the best genre that fits that particular story. All the lyrics and melodies are carefully crafted and woven together to, as Keith Richards has put it, speak in emotions from the bones. Continue reading “Genre Switching Band, Crowned In Chains, Shares Message of Finding One’s Purpose”
Downtown L.A.’s Arts District sprung from the rows of industrial buildings that had dominated the area at the turn of the century. As time moved on the buildings were used as spaces for artists to work and live in the area. Today the landscape is changing to include a new wave of residents. Rent prices have risen, and some buildings and spaces have been renovated to meet the demand of non-artists who are flocking to the area, but one can still see a thriving arts community in that location. Art Share Los Angeles is one of the pieces of the arts community that continue to keep the area alive and flourishing.
Art Share L.A. began in 1997 after it renovated a two-story textile recycling factory from the 1920’s into 30 affordable live/work lofts on its top floor and a theater, art gallery, studios, classrooms, and administrative space on its bottom floor. Once an after-school arts center, Art Share L.A. reopened its doors a couple of years ago as a program to support local artists. International street artist, INSA, transformed the outside of their building by adding the iconic colorful façade that stands today and helped make the building into a downtown landmark.
Today Art Share L.A. continues to provide education and resources to artists. They also put on art shows such as the one currently on display until September 2nd. Continue reading “A Space To Create: Art Share LA Offers Resources To The Local Community”
Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions.
According to a 2009 report of the American Psychological Association, the techniques therapists have used to try to change sexual orientation, and gender identity include inducing nausea, vomiting, or paralysis while showing the patient homoerotic images and providing electric shocks among other things.
As of August 2018, 14 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and some counties and municipalities in the United States have passed laws banning the practice of conversion therapy on minors.
The film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post tackles the subject of conversion therapy by pulling back the curtains on gay-conversion camps in an emotional and well-written story. Continue reading “Film Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post”
Swift designs involving geometric patterns and shapes blended together to make bold statements, tell stories, and to display works of art in public spaces. Graffiti writing has a long, and often misunderstood, history. People associate the word with lowered property values and delinquent activity. However, the assumptions about graffiti art have evolved over time to recognize the style as an art form.
The Los Angeles exhibition, Beyond The Streets, aims to showcase a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography, and various installations that celebrate the journey that graffiti art movement has taken throughout the more than 40,000 square feet of industrial indoor and outdoor space. Continue reading “Art Exhibition Review: Beyond The Streets”
Looking for a good drink and some great music in Orange County? We put together a list of venues to check out to hear some live music and discover local bands.
843 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
The Wayfarer, which used to be The Detroit Bar, is a great local venue that is dedicated to local acts and touring giants. Once a punk music venue in the 80s, the place features a local band every Monday as part of a month-long residency. DJs, karaoke, and open mics fill in the gaps between concert nights, but if you are looking for a smaller venue with old-fashioned rock n’ roll, this is your place. Continue reading “Ten Places In The OC To Check Out Live Local Music”