• Nasty Woman Concert Delivers Great Pleasure

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Nasty women gathered all around for the inaugural Nasty Woman Concert Series kickoff July 8 at diPiazza’s Restaurant, Lounge and Nightclub in Long Beach. Named after Donald Trump’s description of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle, this to

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  • Here’s a Concept: Quality Radio in Español

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Zamná Ávila, Assistant Editor A few months ago, I stumbled upon a radio station playing Celia Cruz’s hit song, Carnaval. I lingered on the dial hoping to catch some more cumbia, merengue or salsa. (I grew up listening  to tropical rhy

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  • With Resonance, Jimetta Rose Evokes Metta

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist In a space inhabited with luminous, clouds Jimetta Rose provided both poetry and music, June 30, during her Resonance presentation at Zebulon in Los Angeles. It was about, in her words, “healing tones, words and visuals.”

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  • Standing Where U2 Stood Against the Joshua Tree

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Lyn Jensen, Contributing Writer In the darkness of the reactionary Reagan era, U2 lit a candle, an unforgettable fire of music that mattered. Throughout the 80s these four white Christian street punks from Dublin — Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. — gave us songs that honored M

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  • Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Pays Tribute to J. Dilla

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Re-imagining the transcendent music of legendary producer Jay Dee, (or J. Dilla) is how multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson described his June 24 show at Grand Performances. The beloved J. Dilla’s music couldn’t have b

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  • The Nasty Woman Concert Series

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    LGBTQ Feminism and the Arts Intersect

    By Kym Cunningham, Contributing Writer During the October 2016 presidential debate, Donald Trump brusquely referred to Hillary Clinton as “such a nasty woman” to discredit her comments concerning his elusive tax returns. While th

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  • Christian Scott Stretches Boundaries

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Melina Paris, Music Columnist To trumpet player, composer and producer Christian Scott, expression is supreme. His stretch music is a conversation of different cultures from both today and the past. Scott, who performed a show June 4 at the Roxy in Hollywood, expresses a musical diasp

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  • Hitting the Heart(beat)

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    Louie Cruz Beltran Embodies the Last Soldier of Spirituality

    By Kym Cunningham, Contributing Writer Although many musicians speak of feeling the rhythm of their music, few embody it the way that percussionist, singer and all-around musician

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  • FRIDA @ Long Beach Opera

    When basing a work of art on historical figures or events, you should ask yourself: Would this be interesting if it were pure fiction? This must be an old adage, but it's not popular enough, because too often such works seem to lean on the crutch of audience familiarity, as if the fact that we know/care about real-life such-and-such means the artis

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  • Widow, Pearl Return to the Grand Annex

    [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude The Grand Vision Foundation brings Dave Widow and The Line Up with Bernie Pearl, June 3, back to the Grand Annex. This the third pairing of these artists in what has become an annual event. On this night, singer and songwriter Widow and The Line Up will

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