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Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours

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Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours

SLEEPLESS: THE MUSIC CENTER AFTER HOURS TO EXPLORE THE LIVING MAZE OF WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL AT THE MUSIC CENTER’S ULTIMATE LATE NIGHT EXPERIENCE June 16, 2017 11:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. Walt Disney Concert Hall TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 11 $20 ONLINE $30 DOOR Parking is $5 after 8:00 p.m. The latest edition of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours (Sleepless), an immersive multi-sensory event, invites Angelenos to explore the living maze of Walt Disney Concert Hall with all its curious angles and hidden spaces. See the hall transformed by DJs, sonic experiences, projections, dance parties and interactive installations with rare access to the hall’s backstage areas and private rooms. A backstage exploration of The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall curated by the artist collective behind the Griffith Park Teahouse and Petal Drop LA and featuring a strange and surprising view of the city, enhanced by intriguing sights, smells and textures; The beats of Anthony Valadez and DJ Phatrick hosted by KG Superstar and including artist Jesse Gilbert’s real-time video capture of the crowd, distorted and projected in large scale; A birch tree maze designed by scenic artist Martin Vallejo with an evocative soundscape by Ed Barguiarena and ethereal lighting by Sohail Najafi; Curious about who comes to Sleepless? A Sleepless census will reveal late night truths about you depicted on larger than life copies of you, curated by artist Ashley Sparks and designed by John Burton. An electro-industrial dance party in the Founders Room curated by dublab with sounds by Remy Marc, Sarah Toones, and Jamal Sharaf El Deen, and projections and light sculptures by Suzy Poling; Choose Lost OR Found — a one-of-a-kind, intimate, up close and personal live performance in the intimacy of the Listening Rooms; artists to be announced. Nesting in signature Sleepless bean bags amidst the other-worldly sounds of Grace Oh’s crystal singing bowls with artists Annik Mendez, Helane Anderson of Sacral Sounds, The Koshi Fairies, Plantwave, and the Sacred Toning Circle. For more info visit The Music Center...

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Björk Digital

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Björk Digital

Experience Bjork’s deeply personal, highly innovative exhibition from May 19th – June 4th at MAGIC BOX at the REEF, 1933 S. Broadway, LA 90007 Tickets On Sale NOW LA Phil presents the West Coast premiere of her exhibition of groundbreaking VR video works featuring music from Björk’s latest album, Vulnicura. Björk has worked with a collection of world-renowned directors, programmers and visual artists to create a series of innovative virtual reality works displayed throughout a series of rooms. Björk has announced a new career-spanning songbook, titled 34 Scores for Piano, Organ, Harpsichord and Celeste, official release on June 5. 34 Scores includes arrangements of songs from Debut, Post, Homogenic, Selmasongs, Vespertine, Medúlla, Drawing Restraint 9, Volta, and Vulnicura. 34 Scores is available exclusively at the Björk Digital exhibition, prior to the release date. A pioneer in music, art, and technology, Björk has worked with a collection of world-renowned directors, programmers, and visual artists to create a series of innovative virtual reality works displayed throughout a series of rooms. Björk Digital will invite guests to experience these immersive works through the latest in virtual reality technology. exhibition is a series of experiences: This begins with six VR experiences where users are transported with custom headsets; then, the Biophilia room, a hands-on educational space which showcases Björk’s innovative apps and custom-made musical instruments, encouraging users to dive into an exploration of musicology, science and technology; and finally, the Cinema room, a curated program of Björk’s extensive and groundbreaking music videos spanning her career thus far, remastered for a unique exhibition cinema experience. Included will be videos directed by Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Alexander McQueen, and many more. The VR experiences will include: Stonemilker VR – Filmed on a remote beach location in Iceland and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Stonemilker VR presents Björk in a windswept 360-degree film performing the first track from Vulnicura. Black Lake VR – Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Black Lake VR features a custom-built immersive space featuring a bespoke, cutting-edge surround sound set up to create an immersive and visceral virtual reality experience. Filmed in the highlands of Iceland, the video was directed by Andrew Thomas Huang. Quicksand VR – Featuring a 3-D printed headpiece by Neri Oxman, Quicksand VR captures Björk’s live performance at Miraikan, Tokyo, in augmented virtual reality. The work was created in close collaboration with Dentsu Lab Tokyo. Mouthmantra VR – Directed by Jesse Kanda, Mouthmantra VR transports the viewer to the inside of Björk’s mouth for an intense and intimate experience as she sings the video’s title track. Family VR – Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang with co-creative direction by Björk and James Merry, Family is the centerpiece in the VR anthology for Vulnicura, encapsulating the full emotional arc of Björk’s journey from despair to empowerment. Notget VR – Notget VR, directed by Warren du Prees and Nick Thornton Jones, presents Björk as a stunning digital moth giantess transformed by masks created by James Merry. For full schedule and additional information please visit The Björk...

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The 14th Factory

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The 14th Factory

The 14th Factory is a monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art and documentary experience conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch. Taking over three acres of an empty industrial warehouse and lot on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, the location has been transformed into a factory where Birch and his 20 creative collaborators work and manufacture their art, creating an ever-changing immersive environment of 14 interlinked spaces comprised of video, installation, sculpture, paintings and performance. In entering The 14th Factory, the visitor is transformed into a central player in a collaboratively fabricated adventure that engages and unfolds, uniting individuals to the creative process and to each other. The exhibition challenges the current political climate by celebrating creative diversity and unity and to overcome obstacles and challenges as a global society. Founder and artist Simon Birch has this to say about the project: “This is a very emotional time for people, rife with division, anger, frustration. Many people are feeling unstable and upended with the political climate. Given the current fragile state of the world, we need unity more than ever…and we need action. If there is anywhere in America that makes sense for our project; right here, right now, it’s Los Angeles. As artists, we have a responsibility to reflect, react, engage but above all, to not stand by the sidelines. The 14th Factory is an action. The 14th Factory is like a world within our world that is opposite to the chaos but equally, reveals the chaos. And the project is therefore, a world that celebrates diversity, singularity and limitless possibility but also exposes darkness and hints at the dangers if we do nothing. My hope for the 14th Factory is to bring a broad range of minds together, to uplift and inspire, ignite conversation, action and solutions but also to provoke. There are installations here that discuss love, loss, fear, pain, hope…our shared experience, but that also ask the question; as civilizations have risen and fallen, are we now at the brink of collapse or the start of a wonderful new chapter? But beyond these elements, this duality, The 14th Factory is, we hope, a safe haven to bring people together under one roof, so that all may go on this journey, immerse in this experience and perhaps become transformed.” This underlying theme informs the work of collaborating artists including Beijing multimedia and performance artist Cang Xin; Hong Kong‐based filmmaker Wing Shya; photographer and graphic designer Stanley Wong (anothermountainman); ceramic artist Sara Tse; New York composer Gary Gunn; UK video artists Scott Carthy and Doug Foster; British punk rockers Penny Rimbaud of the band Crass; Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys and Pauline Black of The Selector, who appear in paintings by Birch and in interviews within the project. The complete list of collaborators, which forms a global community of interdisciplinary artists from China, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, include: Simon Birch, Cang Xin, Devin Liston, Dominique Fung, Doug Foster, Eric Hu, Gary Gunn, Gloria Yu, Li Wei, Lily Kwong, Movana Chen, Paul Kember, Penny Rimbaud, Peter Yuill, Prodip Leung, Sara Tse, Scott Carthy, Scott Sporleder, Stanley Wong, Wing Shya, Yang Zhicha. The 14th Factory features impressive design by Hong Kong‐based KplusK, with Paul Kember as lead architect who also helped design the structural environment of The Meteor in collaboration with Birch. Stretching from floor to ceiling, the enormous sculpture of a crashed meteor reflects the state of...

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Algo Más Que L Festival 2017

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Algo Más Que L Festival 2017

La edición 2017 del L Festival que se llevara a cabo este pasado 18 y 19 de Marzo del 2017 nos brindo más que música, nos brindo la oportunidad de apreciar una exclusiva exhibición de arte donde pudimos aprender más sobre la vida y obra de  Frida Kahlo, también pudimos apreciar coloridas muestras de arte en vivo a cargo de diferentes artistas locales quienes al final de los dos días del festival nos ofrecieran hermosas obras celebrando de esta manera nuestra diversidad cultutal, hubo literatura en español y hasta un altar dedicado al inigualable “Divo de Juárez”, el Señor Juan Gabriel. El L Festival 2017 también nos permitió compartir de una manera más cercana con varios artistas que conformaron su cartelera como lo fueran, Jesse y Joy, Jose Manuel Figueroa, Jesús Mendoza, Los Tigres Del Norte, Juanes, Banda El Recodo, J Balvin, Sebastián Yatra entre otros, todos coincidiendo en un excelente punto, que aunque los Estados Unidos se encuentra pasando por momentos difíciles debemos mantenernos unidos y más fuertes que nunca y que lo más importante es sentirnos orgullosos de nuestras raíces y que mejor manera de unirnos que por medio de la música. Los sonidos de la edición 2017 del L Festival fueron tan variados como su audiencia, fueron desde el reggaetón, la banda, el merengue, la balada hasta el mariachi. El escenario del L Festival 2017 fuera inaugurado por las presentaciones en vivo de los Colombianos Cali y Dandee, Banda El Recodo quienes interactuaron con el público presente al tomarse las tan populares “selfies” mientras nos pusieran a bailar a todos, el cantautor Puertorriqueño Luis Fonsi llegara guitarra en mano a compartirnos todos sus éxitos, después llegara también de la isla del encanto, Daddy Yankee, quien puso a todo el público angelino a cantar su éxito “Lo Que Paso, Paso”, hubo fuego, serpentinas y efectos especiales sobre el escenario. Después llegaría al escenario del L Festival el cantautor Colombiano, Juanes, seguido por el cantautor Mexicano, Alejandro Fernández, quien comenzara su anticipada presentación interpretando baladas como “Cóncavo y Convexo” de el cantautor Brasileño, Roberto Carlos, muy a su estilo y vestido de un traje negro muy elegante acentuando esta noche angelina, Alejandro regresara al escenario de Pico Rivera Sports Arena después de 20 años de ausencia vistiendo de un tradicional traje de charro en donde realizara un pequeño homenaje a su padre, el señor Vicente Fernández, cantando sus canciones y haciendo al público presente corearlas con bastante fervor. Durante el segundo día del L Festival el público asistente esperara pacientemente a que las puertas abrieran para poder disfrutar de las actuaciones de Jesse & Joy, J Balvin, Los Tigres Del Norte quienes durante su presentación instaran al publico a unirse, hubo sentimientos encontrados acerca del holograma de la póstuma Jenni Rivera, pero quien definitivamente acaparara la atención del público asistente a esta edición del L Festival fuera el señor Marco Antonio Solis quien con mensajes positivos, bailes y  melodías que te recuerdan aquellas épocas en donde coreabas esas canciones que creías haber olvidado y con ese carisma que lo caracteriza se llevara los aplausos del público durante la noche de cierre del L Festival. Esta edición del L Festival fue también una importante plataforma para el talento local y emergente lo cual siempre es importante subrayar.  Esperamos poder...

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7th Annual BROKE LA Music & Arts Festival

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7th Annual BROKE LA Music & Arts Festival

What: Seventh Annual Broke LA Music & Arts Festival. When: Saturday April 8th, 2017 Doors 3:00pm. Where: 4560 Worth St Price: $25 Admission The one-day extravaganza now in its 7th year celebrating the immense talent and diversity of LA’s art scene, will feature more than 50 musical acts across four stages, LA’s best up-and-coming comedians, festival-encompassing art installations, one-of-a-kind delicious street food, Lagunitas, Angel City Brewing, and a special Sangria from Zagat 30 Under 30 Mixologist Robin Chopra, photo booths, activism hubs featuring voter registration, petition signing, letters to congress and more, 30+ local business vendors, puppy adoption celebrating Los Angeles becoming an official No Kill city (plus: the fest is dog friendly til 7pm, just register your pup online!), Broke LA merchandise for sale for the first time ever, and more – all for less than a tank of gas. Featuring Brasstracks, James Supercave, Bloodboy, La Bouquet, Kid Wave, Kolaj, Ugly Sweaters, BRAEVES, Thumpasaurus, Fellow Bohemian, Candy Cigarettes, CRNKN, sober rob, omniboi,  PHAM, John Givez, Malcolm Anthony, Noah, Harris Cole, ARDENCY, Marko Penn, Devmo, Yung Skrrt, dylAn, FOFADI, Ta’East, Pusher, AWE, Grimecraft, R3LL, Fan Fiction, Neo Fresco, Hikeii, Honey, $yrup, DJ Clickbait,  Boyo, Dream Machines, Zealyn, Tickle Torture, Raener, Velvet, Goosehappen, Emerson Star, Send Medicine, Iconique. The theme of this year’s festival will be BROKE Playground, inviting attendees to play with us through festival-wide experiential installations. Guests can expect art and interactivity on a much larger scale than previous years, including each stage being marked by its own whimsical playground build-out. Jungle Gym Playing on the Jungle Gym stage, BROKE LA will host blissful psych-pop headliner and KCRW favorite James Supercave,  alt-rock-pop Echo Park Rising stand out Bloodboy, post-punk-inspired pop duo featuring the former drummer of The Neighborhood and Olivver the Kid La Bouquet, melodic indie rock quartet currently touring with the Shins Kid Wave, K-Trop dance pop duo Kolaj, Caffeine Pop-Punk foursome Ugly Sweaters, Brooklyn based indie rock trio BRAEVES, the sonic airy world rhythms of Fellow Bohemian, USC reigning booty shakers and funk punk quintet, Thumpasaurus, and Portland based one man multi instrumentalist Candy Cigarettes.  Ball Pit Over at the Ball Pit stage, we’ll hear the lo-fi neo-psychedelia sounds of Boyo, soulful glittery synth group Dream Machines, hypnotic alternative electronic artist and former American Idol contender Zealyn, sex-pop experience Tickle Torture, Atmospheric rock quartet Raener, contemporary dream pop singer/songwriter Velvet (formerly Emily Gold), harsh-pop avant garde musician Goosehappen, harmony heavy indie pop band Emerson Star,  freak folk surf rockers Send Medicine and Disco-Pop Trio Iconique. Bounce House Over at the Bounce House, we’ll find Mad Decent Block Party regular Neo Fresco, LA’s underground trap sweetheart Honey, the Energetic “Jersey Club” inspired Hikeii, eclectic internet-influenced beats from DJ Clickbait, NEST HQ and author of the New York Times Bestseller, Nightcore: A Beautiful Travesty collaboration FAN FICTION, the shiny, colorful music of the pixelated producer Pusher, member of TeamSupreme with incredible production skills AWE, Video game musician and VR DJ pioneer Grimecraft, Turnt up emerging trap producer $yrup, Dim Mak Records’ club maestro R3LL and more. Swings The Swings stage will showcase the likes of new wave DJ, well respected figure in the bass community CRNKN,  Melodic supernatural experience PHAM, the Classical music inspired futurism of sober rob, electronic hip-hop pioneer Malcolm Anthony, Pop-jazz video game inspired pianist...

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Las Fotos Project Presents: 3rd Annual Viva La Muxer Art & Music Festival

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Las Fotos Project Presents: 3rd Annual Viva La Muxer Art & Music Festival

WHO: Las Fotos Project, a photography mentoring organization for teenage girls. They provide free after-school and weekend programming for girls from underserved communities throughout Los Angeles teaching them how to use visual and written expression as a tool to build confidence, connect with their community, and advocate for the changes they want to see in the world. #lasfotosproject, facebook.com/lasfotosproject, www.instagram.com/lasfotosproject WHAT: Viva La Muxer is a celebration of International Women’s Day, an art and music festival and benefit event for Las Fotos Project. Viva La Muxer features an all women line-up of 100+ visual artists, spoken word performers, multimedia screenings, DJs, live musical acts, dance performances, a pop up marketplace, resource booths, a full service bar, food, and more! Theme: Mother Earth. Viva La Muxer will honor women working to better the future and their communities through environmental and sustainability projects and environmental activism. Viva La Muxer will spotlight community organizations that provide services for women and girls, along with women-owned businesses. #vivalamuxer vivalamuxer.com Facebook | Twitter | Instagram WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. WHERE: Plaza De La Raza 3540 Mission Road, Los Angeles CA 90031 Tickets only available online at vivalamuxer.com WHY: In honor of Women’s History Month, Viva La Muxer celebrates the creativity and vigorous spirit of women who have contributed to history, and those working to better the future. ATTENDEES: Viva La Muxer attendees are from all ages and walks of life. They are joyful art enthusiast, music lovers, creative minds, community supporters, educators, students, parents, foodies, social, fun and friendly...

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Disney’s Aladdin, El Musical

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Disney’s Aladdin, El Musical

To kick off the new year a family friendly musical fantasy set in the fictional Middle Eastern city of Agrabah will come to life on the Main Stage of CASA 0101 Theater in Boyle Heights, CA as a beloved Disney princess finds true love with a commoner boy with a magic carpet in a land inhabited with a bigger than life Genie, royal translators and trouble makers, and fast-talking comedic bilingual animal sidekicks! CASA 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director and Emmanuel Deleage, Producer, Edward Padilla, Producer, and TNH Productions, Rigo Tejeda, Artistic Director, Abel Alvarado, Associate Artistic Director, Felipe Agredano, Producer and Conrado Terrazas, Producer, in association with Councilmember Gilbert A. Cedillo, City of Los Angeles, 1st District, present the musical, Disney’s Aladdin, Dual Language Edition/Edición De Lenguaje Dual with Book by Jim Luigs and José Cruz González, Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, Music Adapted, Arranged and Orchestrated by Bryan Louiselle, directed by Rigo Tejeda, based on the 1992 Disney Academy Awardâ-winning film Aladdin and Lyric Translations by Walterio Pezqueira, musically directed by Caroline Benzon and choreographed by Tania Possick.  2017 marks the historic 25th Anniversary of Disney’s film, Aladdin. Ken Cerniglia, Dramaturg and Literary Manager for Disney Theatrical Productions said, “Our dramaturgical mission for Aladdin Dual Language Edition/Edición De Lenguaje Dual was to weave two languages into the plot while making sure that both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking audiences could follow the story.  We hewed closely to the text and structure of Disney’s Aladdin JR., adapted for the stage by Bryan Louiselle and Jim Luigs, but amplified the show with a new back-story.”  Disney’s Aladdin Jr. recently closed its successful run at Disney’s California Adventure. The production will be presented on CASA 0101 Theater’s Main Stage, 2102 East First Street, Boyle Heights, CA  90033. A Pay-What-You-Can Preview performance will be presented on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The musical will be presented for a Six-Week Run from January 13 (Press Opening Night) – February 19, 2017 For tickets, please call the CASA 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail tickets@casa0101.org, or buy online at...

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Mayor of Lightning in a Bottle Enters Race for Mayor of Los Angeles

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Mayor of Lightning in a Bottle Enters Race for Mayor of Los Angeles

Do LaB™ Officially Endorses Paul E. Amori in his bid for City Mayor Today, Lightning In a Bottle Arts and Music Festival, a creative mecca for creative artists and performers by Do LaB™, announced the official endorsement of improvisational dynamo and Founder of Amori’s Casino & Burlesque, Paul E. Amori, for Mayor of Los Angeles. For the first time ever, an interactive artist steeped in music festival culture is applying the ideas and solutions from the festival community directly into a real-life play for public office. In the current Vote 4 Love campaign, Amori distinguishes himself from other candidates of the day by running on what he calls “the Love Party” platform, which asks voters a simple question: “How do we create the most love for the most people?” In an election held at the festival in 2012, Amori won the honorary title of Mayor of Lightning in a Bottle with his trademark Vote 4 Love campaigning. The following year he independently launched a crowd-funding campaign to bring a vision of his own Casino & Burlesque to the festival. In a landslide turnout of small contributions, his enthusiastic supporters donated more than fifteen thousand dollars to build a home for Love at LIB. Amori’s Casino & Burlesque has since been a staple of the festival and a beacon to others who dare to dream of the possibilities of a world with a little more love in it. Of the Vote 4 Love campaign, Lightning In a Bottle Co-Founder Josh Flemming said, “We are humbled and excited to see one of our own out there being a voice for good. In the dynamic and all too often disheartening landscape of American politics, it’s refreshing to see someone from the local community of artists leading the charge to bring hope to areas and people that need it most. For this reason, we’re proud to support Paul E. Amori for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2017.“ To define the Love Party, Paul E. Amori summarizes the key points of his platform as: LOVE AS A CORE VALUE – Many of the issues faced by Angelenos and local governance today, like homelessness, traffic, the housing shortage and the rising cost of living –  can be solved through a dedicated and intentional focus to spread love. IMPROVED VOTER TURNOUT – Less than 20% of registered voters are expected to turnout for LA’s 2017 mayoral election. We want to engage voters by showing them how to become involved in policy creation.   CROWD-SOURCED SOLUTIONS – One main reason people are disenchanted with politics is they feel no candidates are offering a voice that truly represents them. By sourcing ideas from the community, real solutions can be made to address real issues. To become involved with the campaign or to get more information about Paul E. Amori and the Love Party, visit Vote4Love.com and learn all about how to “Love Your Vote” on March 7th,...

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The Future of Love

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The Future of Love

presents The Future of Love New Understandings of the Masculine, the Feminine & The Balance In Between Sunday, February 5, 2017 Topanga Canyon 11 am – 5 pm $140 All are welcome The most transformative medicine on the planet, Love begins as an electrical sensation in our nervous systems, initiating a massive chain reaction reaching far beyond ourselves: acts of cherishing, caring, desiring to be a better person, touching another human being or many. It is a super human strength that empowers us beyond our imaginations, even during heartbreak. Kundalini Yoga is an ancient technology, honed and refined in secret, over countless generations of masters and initiates. It tonifies the nervous system, removing blocks and resistances, raising our energy to higher frequencies and  opening our awareness to expanded realities. In this day-long workshop we will investigate our own inner balance of receptivity and taking action with Kundalini Kriyas such as Heart of Gold, Adi Shakti (Primal Energy of the Feminine), and the Saahibee Kriya: Mastering One’s Domain. In addition to the Kundalini practices, there will be discussion of current Astrological & Ascension activity, time for Proprioceptive/Process writing & Eye Gazing. Participants will be given simple meditations to practice home, particular to their own inner balance and needs. KATHE IZZO Known internationally as The Love Artist, Kathe is a Kundalini leader, mother of three daughters, esteemed poet/essayist & conceptual artist, astrologer & intuitive spiritual counselor. She has built an intensive curriculum (The School of Invisible Arts) combining present moment awareness, plant spirit medicines, an innate understanding of internal & universal rhythms & a variety of daily spiritual practices to guide us through the current rigorous planetary changes. PURCHASE...

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The Struggle of a Bilingual America: A retrospective on bilingual education and biliteracy programs and how Montebello USD’s Dual Language Immersion program leads by example

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The Struggle of a Bilingual America: A retrospective on bilingual education and biliteracy programs and how Montebello USD’s Dual Language Immersion program leads by example

“We can no longer afford to simply learn languages and cultures; but rather, we must provide students with opportunities to learn languages and cultures by participating in communicative interactions that prepare for real-world language use and global citizenship. Language learning needs to be a lifelong endeavor.” —“Developing Global Competency” introduction excerpt to the California World Languages Content Standards 2009. In the mid-2000s, California was experiencing a reawakening as technology and the global economy advanced connecting countries and redefining international commerce in its wake. The global market itself by the nature of professional natural selection began to evolve eliminating positions of old in favor of new innovation and modern skill sets. Mass communication itself had to evolve in order to catch up. Global markets opened up inviting international players to play with their US counterparts. Forecasters predicted that a major change was going to hit our economy, but the degree to which it actually occurred in hindsight was unprecedented. After the Great Recession of 2008 struck sending ripples of economic uncertainty across the globe, scholars, educators, and professional elites agreed that the US had to better prepare its youth for the 21st century marketplace which included changing old perspectives like that of bilingual education, bi-literacy, and multi-cultural awareness. California became the first state to lead the charge on this linguistic enlightenment. After a political battle that nearly put the state on the path of an English-only state through Prop 227, educators and policy makers worked tirelessly to keep most of the current bilingual programs afloat and set the groundwork to which would later develop into the first state Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is now a nationally recognized certification awarded to students who meet all the bilingual literacy requirements that will better prepare students to develop multicultural and language relationships that will increase their chances of success in the 21st century marketplace. California became the first state in the nation to award the state Seal of Biliteracy to students in participating school districts in 2012. Ten thousand seals were actually awarded that year for proficiency in 29 languages. That number doubled the following year as additional school districts, charter schools, and county education offices began participating. In 2015, records show that California awarded 31,816 seals to graduating seniors in a state where 22% of the state student population at the time were English language learners. After the implementation of California’s Seal of Biliteracy, other states like New York, Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, and Washington state followed adopting their own respective Seals of Biliteracy with several more waiting for legislation to pass in their respective districts. However, the benefits of a bilingual education and literacy are not only regulated to the economy alone. Empirical research shows that the benefits extend to cognitive, academic, social and cultural areas of interest. Language learning has been found to increase long-term cognition improving memory, problem solving, pattern recognition and critical thinking skills while preventing mental diseases related to aging like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Academically, students in dual language immersion programs promoting bilingual literacy and multiculturalism show increases in academic performance on achievement tests especially in areas related to language and literacy (California Campaign for Biliteracy. 2014). In a Stanford study, for example, students finishing middle school showed that they “were doing better in...

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