Sing Your Own Song: An Opera Love Story – Feel the Joy

Sometimes the most compelling stories are the ones unfolding right in our own backyard. Such was the case for Burbank-based documentary filmmaker Anne Davis O’Neal. In 2010 she learned about a group of Los Angeles area opera singers who gathered weekly at Café 322 in Sierra Madre to share their love of the centuries old […]

17 Miles of Car-Free Open Streets in the 626

Want to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Gold Line Foothill Extension opening? Are you looking for an excuse to get outside and exercise this weekend? If the answer to either of those questions is “yes,” check out 626 Golden Streets. It’s your opportunity to walk, run, skate, bike, dance, play and socialize along 17 […]

Los Angeles Walks’ Fundraiser is Around the Corner

It’s increasingly common for Angelenos and visitors alike to walk the city for fun, exercise and transportation. An important proponent of this trend is an organization called Los Angeles Walks, which was founded in 1998 and is a project of Community Partners. Since its inception, “Los Angeles Walks has consistently worked to raise awareness about pedestrian […]

Halloween Horrors – The Scariest Los Angeles Deaths

With Halloween approaching, it seems fitting to highlight some of the more gruesome events that have taken place in the City of Angels. To help with this endeavor, I turned to James T. Bartlett, author of Gourmet Ghosts and recently-released Gourmet Ghosts 2. For both books Bartlett searched numerous Los Angeles archives, trawled local bars and hotels, and found unknown […]

Multi-Instrumentalist Mayra Vargas Breaks into the Los Angeles Music Scene with her First Andean Pop Single

Every so often I have the good fortune to connect with musicians who are part of the vibrant Los Angeles music scene. Just last week I published an interview with the talented Martin Lopez-Iu, in which he discussed his debut solo project Zanja Madre and premiered his music video, Mulholland’s Nightmare, on this blog.

Los Angeles Folk-Rocker Martin Lopez-Iu Talks About His Debut Solo Album, William Mulholland & Writing Songs About Place

As longtime readers of Curating LA know, I love talking to writers, musicians and artists who are inspired by Los Angeles and whose work is able to reveal some truth about the city through their artistic expression. I was therefore very intrigued when Martin Lopez-Iu reached out to offer Curating LA the opportunity to premiere […]

One Guitar | One Week | One Song

In a world that seems to grow ever more complex by the day, it’s refreshing to come upon a simple idea that’s well executed and leads to a satisfying outcome. That’s precisely how I’d describe The Acoustic Guitar Project (AGP), “…a global music platform — and concert series — that inspires musicians to write an original song and record […]