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Oliver Wang

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Oliver Wang is a professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach. He’s contributed to KCET since 2012 and also writes about arts and music for NPR, KPCC, the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the creator and writer for the audioblog, Soul-Sides.com and the creator, producer and co-host of the album podcast, Heat Rocks. Photo credit: Eilon Paz

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The Chulita Vinyl Club (Liz Rosales, Linda Tovar, Roseli Martinez, MaryAnn Aguirre and Karina Ramirez) | César Cervantes
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Artbound

An All-Latina All-Vinyl DJ Collective Spins a Safe Space for Music and Identity

In over 40 years of DJ culture, there have rarely been platforms for women, least of all of color, to talk about records, learn to mix, and importantly, play gigs — that changes with the proliferation of Chulita Vinyl Clubs around the Southwest.
Victor Jaramillo Soriano Bee Keeping | Oliver Wang
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The Migrant Kitchen

The Honey Man of El Sereno Continues a 300-Year-Old Family Legacy of Beekeeping

Victor Jaramillo Soriano started raising bees in El Sereno in 1948 but his honey business has a family legacy that goes back hundreds of years. 
Learning to turntable at the Beat Junkies Institute of Sound | Kyle Scoble
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The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound Gets DJ Hopefuls Up to Scratch

The legendary crew Beat Junkies have made (sound) waves in the hip-hop scene. Now, they've opened a school to break it down for a new generation of DJs.
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Artbound

He Died at Age 26 in 1979. Now, His Epic Rock Composition Will Be Performed for the First Time.

Barely five feet tall and thin as a rail, Steven J. Salazar was a wunderkind, learning to master both the piano and guitar on his own by his teen years.
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Artbound

'La La Land': Los Angeles and the Hollywood Imagination

Recent productions set in Los Angeles continue to highlight the distance between the Hollywood imagination and the people living here.
Rosendo Uruchurtu recording at El Alisal, 1904.
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Artbound

Echoes of History: Charles Lummis' Wax Cylinder Recordings

In his Highland Park home, Charles Lummis invited friends to record traditional Mexican and Native American folk songs -- eventually producing over 450 tunes on wax cylinders.
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A Life in Velvet: Visiting the Velveteria Museum

Chinatown's Velveteria is one of the only velvet painting museums in the world. With it's establishment, co-founders Caren Anderson and Carl Baldwin are on a mission to revive "the greatest art in the history of man."
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All Night Menu Serves Up L.A. Stories

San Sweet's book series "All Night Menu" tells the stories of people, places, and histories that lay beneath Los Angeles street numbers and names.
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The L.A. Roots of Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

"To Pimp A Butterfly" dips into that lane at times but it's not remotely beholden to it.
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The L.A. Roots of Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

Kendrik Lamar's new album, "To Pimp A Butterfly," has distinct L.A.-centric musical roots.
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