• All is Now

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer A decade ago, author Ekhart Tolle brought the concept of ‘now’ into popular psychology with his book The Power of Now. Artist Jay McCafferty preceded Tolle with a practice of art that necessitates presence of spirit, focus and mindfulness that would test all but the most dedicated Zen practitioner

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  • What We Censor, What We Don’t

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer These day violence, seems to be on the forefront of the newspapers, television and the Internet. However, what we are exposed to is not without censorship. The Croatian Cultural Center of Greater Los Angeles is exploring the topic of censorship in the media in the provocative exhibit What We Cens

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  • Art Draws Attention to San Pedro

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    In the past few years several successful artists have moved from the crowded and costly habitat of Santa Monica and Venice to the port town of San Pedro.

    Their motivations vary slightly. Some Santa Monica and Venice Beach artists fled metropolitan congestion. while others were fleeing oppr

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  • Boxcar 7 Puts A Jump in the Blues

    By Andrea Serna, Art and Culture Writer Blues is a strong tradition in Long Beach. On Labor Day weekend the blues returns to Long Beach with the New Blues Festival at POA Park. Long Beach band Boxcar 7 is on the lineup. Lay out your path towards the dance floor cuz it’s going to be hard to sit still when Boxcar 7 is on the stage. They

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  • Museum of Latin American Art Announces Major Change

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer Since its inception in 1996, the Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA, has worked under the constrictions of a mission statement that focused on the work of artists who have lived and worked in Latin America post 1945. The question of what is Latin American art, and who falls under the definition h

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  • San Pedro Blues Man Returns to the Source

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer Located firmly on the Mississippi Blues Trail is the town of Clarksdale. Meandering through the Mississippi Delta, the trail is the home to B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf and many more. The location is effectively the cradle of the blues. To this rich environment, San

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  • High Fidelity Returns

    [gallery ids="6923,6924,6925"]   By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer There were always a few holdouts: A small core of collectors who held on to their turntables and never placed their albums on the lawn at a yard sale. Now, those collectors have been vindicated. Dig out your turntable. Vinyl is back in a very big way. In 2

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  • Gallery Azul Considers Crossing Over

     By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    Immigration is a subject Congress has worked hard to avoid.

    It is a complex, challenging subject. One that is not going to go away by itself and needs to be addressed. Gallery Azul in

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  • Prep School Sounds an Alarm at Torrance Art Museum

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer Photos By Phillip Cooke The Torrance Art Museum presents, Prep School, Prepper & Survivalists Ideologies and Utopian/Dysotpian Visions, an exhibition with a big title that addresses what is the biggest challenge to humanity. The ambitious show includes work by 2

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  • Cinematic Style Thrives at Art Theatre

    By Andrea Serna, Arts and Culture Writer

    For me, the 90s was a golden age. I discovered foreign films at the Art Theatre of Long Beach.

    The theater contained an odd charm. The seats were torn and the ceiling tiles had a habit of falling on your head. Frequently, there may have only been a handful of

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