Hattie Xu

Hattie Xu is a staff writer at TribeLA Magazine and a student tentatively concentrating in cognitive neuroscience at Brown University. She is curious about the intersection of the mind and the brain, and she aims to use both science and journalism to more thoroughly understand how people think. Outside of class, Hattie enjoys exploring large cities, discovering the diverse cultures that exist within them, and listening to people’s stories.

Photo collage from Mixed and Remixed Festival

Globalization and multiculturalism is not just foreign policy or trendy fusion restaurants; for a growing number of people, it is in their DNA. Reconciling two cultures can be nearly effortless, but for most it takes years of introspection and struggle to find a balance that works. All mixed relationships and individuals are the sum of its parts, and this collective mixed experience of accepting two cultures, learning to connect these puzzle pieces, and creating a cohesive identity is what binds these individuals together. READ MORE

Vroman's CEO Allison Hill

As I walked past “shelf talkers,” which are book recommendation cards handwritten by employees, and “Edgar Allan Poe-ka dot” socks, I re-immersed myself in this familiar, homey culture. The store, decorated in warm browns and deep reds, seemed to draw everyone from senior citizens to parents with their kids in tow to dating teens.

Despite the rise of e-commerce, Allison Hill, president and chief executive officer of Vroman’s, doesn’t think that the store’s role in the community has changed over its 122 years of existence. Wearing a brown bob and an azure blouse that matched her eyes, she animatedly told me about the history of Vroman’s. READ MORE

Erin Hanson

​“I just want people to be happy when they see my paintings” says artist Erin Hanson. In her studio, golden frames surround large panels of dizzying flower fields, jagged red cliffs, rivers trickling over rocky beds, and dense mountain forests. Erin’s art draws inspiration from the great outdoors. Whether she is visiting a new city for a show or touring a national park, she is constantly in search of scenes to paint.

Many of her works are inspired by her experiences rock-climbing and backpacking—she still takes week-long trips once or twice a year for the sheer enjoyment as well as to find more material for her paintings.
​Erin has developed a personal style, called “open impressionism” making oil paint her primary medium because she likes the texture and its resemblance to the great Vincent van Gogh. READ MORE

This Thursday, artists and scientists are coming together to celebrate the Moon at the LA MoonWalk. An evening at the Pasadena Conference Center jointly hosted by  The Planetary Society and Free Arts features an “interactive pop-up art show,” a space-themed art walk, and painting activities for children, according to the event website. There will also be live music from Joe Normal & The Anytowners. Special guests at the event include CEO of The Planetary Society and science educator Bill Nye and John Davis, creator of the children’s show Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Attendees will also have the opportunity to look through Celestron telescopes to observe the night sky. Ticket READ MORE

Looking for something new to do this weekend? The 626 Night Market is hosting its third event this summer from August 5-7 at the Santa Anita Park.  Now entering its fifth year, the night market boasts 76 unique vendors selling everything from ice cream churros to grilled squid to succulents to handmade soap. In addition to food trucks and stall vendors, the night market features an art walk, a cosplay contest, and performances from local musicians. The event is inspired by the large night markets found in Asia, which are popular for the cheap and delicious eats. The 626 Night Market is named for the 626 area READ MORE

There is only a little over a month left to see “Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau” at the The Getty Center. The exhibition runs until September 11, 2016 and is the most extensive feature of Rousseau since the hundredth anniversary of his death, when the Louvre dedicated a show to the artist in 1967. Rousseau’s art contains elements of “neoclassical landscape tradition” as well as “currents of romantic naturalism,” according to a press release. Rousseau’s strengths lies in the diversity of his abilities, painting forests to plains through various seasons and with different lighting. From chalk drawings to oil paintings featuring dark green and READ MORE

The monsters are coming. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has created the exhibition “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” which will be on view from August 1, 2016 to November 27, 2016. Del Toro, an acclaimed filmmaker, said in a press release that “this exhibition presents a small fraction of the things that have moved me, inspired me, and consoled me as I transit through life.” Visitors will have the opportunity to see a variety of objects from del Toro’s work, including sculpture, paintings, notebooks, and costumes. The exhibition will be organized around eight themes: Childhood and Innocence; Victoriana; Magic, Alchemy, and the READ MORE