Melina Paris

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Melina Paris is a Southern California-based writer, who blends her passion for writing and connecting people to their local community into pieces centered music, cultural events, the arts, and most recently, the intersection of art and social justice.

Gallery Azul Celebrates Diversity and Pride

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Reporter Early in May, inspired by the prospect of San Pedro’s first pride festival, the proprietors of Gallery Azul sent out a call for works by Latinx artists from the LGB

Turning the Page

Page Against the Machine on Retro Row, an independent bookstore of power, strength and defiance

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Reporter Just like its community, Long Beach’s b

Stories About Meaningful Connections in Long Beach

Carmen Sima speaks on finding love while starting a business

What are the stories that could only happen in Long Beach? There are many. The Long Beach Litera

Celebrating Joni Mitchell’s Relevant, Healing Music

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Joni Mitchell’s music is timeless. Her music is more relevant now than ever. Her 1971 album Blue topped NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums by Women in 2017. Mitchell celebrated

On Amaluna, Women Are the Heroines

While we have just come off of Women’s History Month, Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus persists in the timely theme of empowerment with Amaluna. Cirque du Soleil’s most recent production, invites audiences to a mysterious

La Petite Mort is a part of the exhibition, The Beauty of Men: Celebrating Tenderness,

The Beauty of Men Captures the Soft Side of Masculinity

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Writer

Entering the exhibition, The Beauty of Men: Celebrating Tenderness,

Lyons Irish Dance Returns

By Melina Paris, Arts and Culture Writer The seventh annual Lyons Academy of Irish Dance performance and fundraiser comes to Warner Grand Theatre, April 7. Meredith Lyons, the dance teacher and pro

Women Who Rock: Portraits of Courageous Heroines

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Visiting Evelyn McDonnell at her quiet home nestled close to Cabrillo Beach, one may be surprised to find a trailblazer in San Pedro with a comprehensive publishing

A Troubadour of his Own Making

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist One would think the pressure is greater for those born to musical greats. But that’s not always the case, as I learned during a long and wide-ranging conversation

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