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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Studio for Southern California History celebrates its annual fundraiser “Los Angeles Love Stories” Saturday April 2

The Studio for Southern California History (Studio) is pleased to announce its annual fundraiser will be held at its Chinatown gallery on April 2, 2011, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. The theme of the event is “Los Angeles Love Stories” in tandem with the Studio’s current exhibit “Love is Living LARGE in Los Angeles.”

Each guest is encouraged to bring a story that illustrates why he or she loves Los Angeles. The stories will be collected and shared throughout the evening. Entertainment will be provided by a diverse array of local artists whose work and history intersects with a critical love of the City of Angels. In addition to readings from world-renowned writers, the guests will be entertained by the piano song stylings of a Hollywood legend.

All proceeds from the event, including raffle and silent auction, go to support the Studio, a nonprofit organization dedicated to critically chronicling and disseminating the region’s social history in order to foster sense of place. The Studio sponsors walking tours and exhibits and maintains an extensive reference library.

Tickets are $25 each for non-members and $10 for members of the Studio. This is a “kid-friendly” event and children are free with a paying adult. In addition to adult fare, Lady Bug the Clown will educate and entertain those with children. Tickets are available by visiting the Studio’s Store or visiting the Studio during its operating hours, Friday – Sunday noon – 8:00 pm and by appointment.

Performers include:
Tomas Benitez has been an actor, writer, and a community cultural worker for the past 25 years. Beginning at Inner City Cultural Center with the late C. Bernard Jackson, he has worked at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Self Help Graphics and Plaza de la Raza. His work has contributed to the perservation of East Los Angeles history.

Lennie Bluett is an actor, dancer, pianist, and singer whose career spans the classic Hollywood period, with films like Gone With the Wind and A Cabin In the Sky, to the present with annual performances in Casablanca, Morocco and the Studio for Southern California History. Bluett has been profiled by American Movie Classics for his experience on the Culver City set of Gone With the Wind.

Ruben Martinez is a musician, poet, and writer whose work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Village Voice, The Nation, Spin, Sojourners, and Mother Jones. His books include The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City, and Beyond (1993); Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail (2002); and The New Americans (2004).

Luis Rodriguez is a poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist. His best-known work is Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.. Rodriguez co-founded the Tía Chucha Press, which publishes the work of unknown writers and Tía Chucha's Centro Cultural, a San Fernando Valley cultural center.

Silent Auction items include art donated by Leo Limon, Linda Vallejo and other artists; jewelry from Paseo Jewelers in Pasadena; books and films on Southern California history and much, much more!

The Studio for Southern California History
977 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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