Beach=Culture: Writ Large Press Panel: "Politics" @ Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica [29 August]

Beach=Culture: Writ Large Press Panel: "Politics"

18:30 - 20:00

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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, California 90402
Tonight's discussion is part of a trio of August panels titled Values Statement (other panels 8/1 «Money» and 8/15 «Community») here at the Beach House.

8/29: A discussion about the arts in the context of politics: what it means make political art, to make art during political turmoil, to address or avoid issues of justice, representation, or persuasion in the work we create and consume. Panelists: D'Lo and Kristina Wong, both performance artists and comedians, theater and television writer Dorothy Fortenberry, chef Stephanie Parra Sabaúd and author and essayist Melissa Chadburn, moderated by poet and Writ Large Press partner Chiwan Choi. Bring your perspective and join in the conversation!

Writ Large Press convenes local authors, thinkers and organizers to investigate the value of art in society and motivate action around art and current issues. These conversations form a hinge point during the Press’ #90x90LA series, a summerlong undertaking with events in Downtown LA, South Central, and the Westside taking place July through September. All who are interested in literature, arts and culture, and community-building are invited to attend.

With an overall directive to Celebrate! Investigate! Activate! #90X90LA invites us all to show up and shed light on the people and cultures thriving locally, and challenges us to hold space for their continued growth at a time when historic neighborhoods are being decimated, displaced, and otherwise erased for a new wave of gentrification.

The first 90x90 series in 2014 was a celebration of the passion and talent in our inspiring, sprawling, interconnected city expressed in a marathon of events in Downtown LA. With another 90 literary, musical, and cultural events over 90 days and nights, the 2017 edition brings the same fiery mix out into three historic neighborhoods of Los Angeles: Little Tokyo, Downtown LA, and South Central, with nearly half of the events occuring in South Central's CIELO Galleries/Studios.

From the opening reception July 5 through open houses, readings, comedy routines, critique sessions, planning workshops, symposia, literary and visual art exhibits, and other events, #90x90LA promises a summer of knowledge sharing and action.

#90X90 was probably the most pure form of literary citizenship I’ve seen...a reminder to exist and to keep going.

— Janice Lee, author of The Sky Isn’t Blue; editor/publisher of Entropy

To this day, #90X90 is the most ambitious reading series I’ve seen attempted in Los Angeles, not to mention one of the most inclusive. In 2014, by presenting 90 events in 90 days, Writ Large Press created this kind of “whole picture” of the city, which is no easy task… As a poet, reader, and citizen, I couldn’t be more excited, and as an arts organization leader, I couldn’t be more grateful.

— Michelle Franke, Executive Director of PEN Center USA

Beach=Culture rounds out August with a reading by Red Hen Press and the third Out of the Blue project, a fifteen-foot rendition of WR Hearst's infamous steam-powered yacht, the Oneida, assembled in cardboard with the help of Beach House visitors August 11-18. For info about this and another Beach House events check the website. — Beach=Culture programs are made possible by the City of Santa Monica, Cultural Affairs Division. #ArtSaMo
— Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email [email protected] We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr — Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov — Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.
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