A Space To Create: Art Share LA Offers Resources To The Local Community

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. Read more

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Film Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

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. Read more

Art Exhibition Review: Beyond The Streets

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. Read more

Ten Places In The OC To Check Out Live Local Music

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.

The Wayfarer

843 W 19th St
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 764-0039
wayfarercm.com

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. Read more

Singer-Songwriter and ‘The 26 LGBTQ’ Creator Camille Ora-Nicole Seamlessly Blends Talents

Camille Ora-Nicole is a southern California-based singer-songwriter who has been writing creatively since the age of six. She creates songs that she loves and that is true to herself and finds the space to seamlessly blend her love for music with her love of crafting pieces of art and graphic design. When she is not creating music or making art, Camille works on managing a digital publication called The 26 LGBTQ that celebrates queer intersectionality and creativity. Read more

Indie Film Review: “A Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years”

As Published on The 26 LGBTQ.

A Long Road To Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years is a moving documentary directed by William Clift that gives the audience firsthand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage and imagery of watershed moments in LGBTQ history. The film covers everything from the Black Cat Riots, Stonewall, the disco sexual revolution, the AIDS crisis, marriage equality, and the trans movement to the present day. Read more