A Leimert Park Performance Artist Weaves Together Social Media and South L.A. History / LA Weekly

Jasmine Nyende was 12 years old when she started fiddling with her family’s video camera. These early experiments inadvertently chronicle her childhood in Leimert Park, a neighborhood that’s seen a lot of change in the past decade or so. Now 23, the performance artist is weaving the footage together with poetry about her past as […]

An L.A. Art Show Was the Backdrop for a Major Discussion About the Future of Standing Rock / LA Weekly

“April is the cruelest month, breeding/Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/Memory and desire, stirring/Dull roots with spring rain,” T.S. Eliot writes in his epic poem, “The Wasteland.” This poem couldn’t have predicted the start of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests this past April at the Standing Rock Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, but just […]

How Akbar Has Managed to Stay Open — and Relevant — for 20 Years in a Gentrifying Neighborhood / LA Weekly

Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, long before it was a hipster haven replete with cheese stores and upscale coffee shops, Silver Lake was a center for L.A.’s gay leather community. That all began changing in the ‘90s, and the chipping away at that subculture has continued ever since. Over the past several years, many […]