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album artwork for Janiva Magness and her photo
Tina Lerno, February 21, 2018

We are so lucky to kick off our third season of LA Made performances at Central Library this Sunday February 25 with the incomparable Blues Singer, Janiva Magness

group photo of various artists and musicians and LA Made logo
Tina Lerno, January 18, 2018

Get ready, we're preparing to launch Season 3 of the LA Made cultural programming series on February 1, 2018!

lots of ugly sweaters
Tina Lerno, December 06, 2017

It’s December, which means it's ugly sweater weather!

Red ribbon and text that reads World AIDS Day
Rudy Ruiz, December 01, 2017

December 1st is World AIDS Day. Today is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS, to support those living with HIV or AIDS and to commemorate those who have died.

a group of four people standing together in front of the library booth at ciclavia.  Two librarians are in the middle
Amanda Charles, October 16, 2017

Inspired by the city of Bogotá, Colombia’s venerable and beloved Ciclovía program, which closes city streets to automobile traffic and opens them to pedestrians and bicycles for several hours on Sundays and holidays, Los Angeles’ CicLAvia program has helped more than 1 million people exp

The University of California at Los Angeles after trailing California at Berkeley through the first quarter, finally came into its own at the Memorial Coliseum. In this photo, Kenny Washington, brilliant Bruin halfback, is away to a smashing gain as his teammate, Woody Strode, effectively blocks out the California secondary defense. Dated November 4, 1939
Bob Timmermann, February 03, 2017

In 1995, after playing in Southern California for nearly 50 years, the Los Angeles Rams left the West Coast for the Midwest, to become the St. Louis Rams. They would stay there for 21 years, winning one Super Bowl title and losing in a second, before coming back to the Southland last year.

Galina Stoyanova , December 01, 2015

“Animals are popular because they are aspirational. They live for the moment, are true to their affections and they don’t worry about having a bad hair day. Difficult standard for us people to live up to.”    -- Luke Tipping, advertiser.

Alma B., March 06, 2014

I can’t quite put my finger on it.  Maybe it’s because of my love for all things 1960’s or because I treasured my family’s Friday nights at Lamppost Pizza as a kid.  It might be the simultaneous bombardment of lights and sounds, compounded with the tactile quality of the flippers and th