LA Author Series

Bernadette Murphy, author of “Harley & Me” wrote a memoir about overcoming fear and learning to drive a Harley, and then drove cross country. Davis MacDonald writes a series of mystery novels based in Southern California about a social conscious Judge and his Golden Retriever. Luis Rodriguez, L.A.’s former poet laureate, has written several books from gang prevention to poetry. Explore the links below to discover their worlds.

Bernadette Murphy

Davis MacDonald

Luis Rodriquez

Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year 2019

By Synthia SAINT JAMES (Year of the Pig)

Sounds and the City

Natalie Durkin's SOUNDS AND THE CITY returns to explore a range of contemporary, classical, and jazz music while we also add recommendations from featured artists and authors.

The language of art is celestial in origin and can be understood only by the chosen –– El Greco


Synthia SAINT JAMES is international award winning artist and designer of the first United States Postal Stamp for the Kwanzaa holiday. She has to date written and or illustrated 13 children’s picture books, 3 poetry and prose books, 4 children’s activity books, a cookbook, and a postcard book. 

She received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC on May 8, 2010 the Historically Black College where her foundation, The Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Arts Institution, is being established.

She is the recipient of the 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards including the a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and an Oppenheim Gold Award all for her books.

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Sandy Bleifer uses paper and figurative imagery to evoke social and political issues. Her work engages the audience via interactions with freestanding and wall hung sculptural installations. Her intention has been to bring about far-reaching social change by further involving the viewer/participant through adjunct programming and contemplation of the artwork. Using photographic documentation, she traversed the world of urban redevelopment to preserve neighborhoods and architectural features of historical and cultural significance.

The artist takes on topics such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Holocaust, mass migration, the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Trump era and the revitalization of historic buildings and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. 

“When I was 45 years old, I was in an car accident on the freeway, the same age my mother was when she died in an automobile accident. A profound wake-up call about my own mortality, it prompted me to capture my physical essence. Using plaster molds of my face and parts of my body, I then formed paper sculptures depicting different aspects of my persona.” 
Sandy Bleifer uses the folding screen as an architectural element in a room, as a pictorial device that provides a linear presentation of a subject through time, various lighting conditions and vistas and as a way to visually express shifts of thematic material in music compositions. Like the scroll, the folding screen format turns the simultaneous experience of viewing a painting into a process of revelation.


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