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“Love, Los Angeles” is a letter in progress—a series of notes, fragments, reflections and odes—written by two native daughters navigating the quickly-changing landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Through photographs and texts, journalist and essayist Lynell George and writer Marisela Norte have tunneled on foot from Boyle Heights to Venice and the Miracle Mile to Arcadia, crisscrossing time, place, dreams, and memory. Share in these in-the-moment observations of hope, grit, faith and longing as they are presented for the first time on stage, and eavesdrop on this intimate look into the heart of our city.

Lynell George

Lynell George is an L.A.-based journalist and essayist who covers art, culture, social issues and identity politics. Formerly a longtime staff writer at both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, her work has also appeared in Vibe, Essence, The Smithsonian, Black Clock and Boom: A Journal of California. George has taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and is currently an art and culture columnist for KCET|Artbound.

 

 


Marisela Norte

Marisela Norte is the recipient of the Ben Reitman award from San Diego State University for Peeping Tom Tom Girl, a collection of poetry and prose. Her poems featured on MTA buses in the “Out Your Window” project were recently selected among the ten best transit poems in the world by The Atlantic. Norte continues to document life in Los Angeles in words and through photography via public transportation.

 

 


Frosty

Frosty is the co-founder and creative director of dublab. He is the proud host of the radio thrill called “Celsius Drop.” As an extension of dublab’s future roots radio transmissions Frosty produces the “dublab presents” album collection and a series of highly-themed, world touring art exhibitions. Frosty has been voted “best dj in Los Angeles” by the LA Weekly but personally prefers to hear his friends play great tunes. That being said he’s fortunate to frequently travel to exotic locales to play far-out records.


Main image: Selection from photos of Los Angeles, taken by Lynell George and Marisela Norte.


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