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Tree of Testimony at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Mona Golabek Exhibit at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

10/30/2014

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On Nov. 3, 2014, LAMOTH is opening a special exhibit and learning experience based on original artifacts from Mona Golabek’s personal collection of photos and documents related to her book, “The Children of Willesden Lane.” The book chronicles the extraordinary life story of Golabek’s mother Lisa Jura, who as a young teen, was forced to leave her family in Vienna, travel to London in a Kindertransport and live out World War II as a refugee. The Kindertransport (German for “children transport”) was a rescue mission that took place during the nine months prior to the outbreak of World War II. The United Kingdom took in nearly 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and the Free City of Danzig. The children were placed in British foster homes, hostels, schools and farms. In many cases they were the only members of their families who survived the Holocaust.

Mona Golabek is an author, recording artist, radio host and internationally acclaimed concert pianist. A Grammy Award nominee, Golabek has received numerous accolades, including the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the People's Award of the International Chopin Competition. She is the subject of several PBS television documentaries, including "More Than the Music," which won the grand prize in the 1985 Houston Film Festival, and "Concerto for Mona," featuring Golabek and conductor Zubin Mehta. She has appeared in concert at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, Royal Festival Hall and with major orchestras and conductors worldwide.

The work of Mona Golabek and her sister, the late concert pianist Renee Golabek-Kaye, was inspired by the words their grandmother Malka said to her daughter at the Vienna train station, as Lisa boarded the Kindertransport for safety in London. "Hold on to your music," Malka told her. "It will be your best friend."

The exhibition will feature original music, audio guide narration and reflection by Mona Golabek. Admission is free. For more information, visit the LAMOTH website at www.lamoth.org.

Harry Gamboa Jr.

Latino Heritage in Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr.

09/03/2014

Wiebke Schuster

In 1968, Gamboa helped lead the “East L.A. Walkouts” (aka “Chicano Blowouts”) at Garfield Senior High School. Students walked to protest against the substandard treatment of East L.A. public schools and a disproportionate draft of Mexican-American youth to the Vietnam War.

Over time, Garfield High became a place of transformation. Many of the alumni emerged as social leaders, artists, actors and musicians. “People who would probably be considered predetermined to fail became super achievers.” The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Lobos came out of Garfield, and musicians from a neighboring high school formed Cannibal & the Headhunters and went on to tour with The Beatles.

“The social pressure and social heat you encounter has potential to destroy, but it also has the potential to create a diamond. So if one can approach it almost mathematically, you can create yourself in the image of a diamond, you will shine in the distance and can cut through anything. I am a very old diamond now." Gamboa shrugs and laughs.

Exterior of the Museum of Latin American Art

Discover the Museum of Latin American Art

08/19/2014

Wiebke Schuster

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) remains the only cultural institution in the country that is dedicated exclusively to presenting masterpieces by modern and contemporary Latin American artists.

100 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles

06/13/2014

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Here it is, folks! Our list of 100 absolutely free things to do in Los Angeles, the city where arts and culture, attractions, activities, health and beauty, concerts and recreation come free of charge. Why spend anything at all when you can see so much of LA for a whopping $0.

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