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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.

The Jazz Giants of LA Perform at the Grand Annex

It isn’t only the recent success of the Oscar-winning film, La La Land, that has brought a new flock of listeners to jazz. Los Angeles has been in the midst of a rich renaissance of this robust and evolving music. This resurgence has occurre

The Town Hall Affair Debates Culture Wars

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer The Wooster Group’s The Town Hall Affair, based on the 1979 documentary, Town Bloody Hall plunges its audience into the women’s liberation movement of

The Space Provides a Cutting-Edge Venue

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The first time I attended an event there I was struck by the venue’s size, the different activities and multiple mediums employed inside. It’s genius! Known as The Space, i

Local Band Hangout Jams with Elan Atias

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist Elan Atias of the Wailers recently performed a special acoustic set while hanging at the Queen Mary’s Observation Bar. The jam was the third concert of Local Band Hangout, a live music series.


By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer Emmy Award-winning director Marta Houske’s film, Crows of the Desert — A Hero’s Journey through the Armenian Genocide, will be present

North on South Central Ave.’s Drive to the Future

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer   The long running jazz musical, North On South Central Ave. will feature some of San Pedro’s best when it arrives, March 26, at the Wa

Brathwaite’s Spiritrials: Breaking the Bondage of Incarceration

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist   Spiritrials, Dahlak Brathwaite’s one-man show is an awakening. It is also a timely exploration of the criminal justice system that dispels myths and false narratives about felons. Brathw

QM’s Local Band Hangout Makes Waves

By Melina Paris, Music Columnist The Queen Mary, an attraction in Long Beach since 1967, is making things new again with a breakout live music series, Local Band Hangout. The event happening every thir

Junot Diaz Spotlights His Audience at REDCAT

By Melina Paris, Contributing Writer It was with good reason that author, Junot Diaz canceled his original speaking date in January at REDCAT. The Pulitzer Prize winner received an invitation from the White House to attend a private event during

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