Three years ago, Brian Palmer, a forty-three-year-old native of Beaumont, California, was a homeless man struggling to overcome heroin addiction. One activity that helped him through the skittish early period of sobriety was singing.
Christopher Mack has been a lead community worker on skid row in downtown Los Angeles for 15 years. He has a unique understanding of community and what it involves and how best to work with individuals, always leaving them with their dignity.
An L.A. Phil reminder that but a mile, and fate, separate Disney Hall from skid row
Friday morning in Disney, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed an unflinchingly ferocious performance of Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony. The moment the concert was over, a number of the players immediately took off their concert dress, donned Street Symphony T-shirts and headed to skid row.
A song of hope is rising on Skid Row, thanks to the musical efforts of the Urban Voices Project. Listen in as current and formerly homeless singers raise their voices in a celebration of art, community and human potential.
'The Messiah' from opposite ends of the economic spectrum
Last week there happened to be something remarkable: two different (and they couldn’t have been more different) performances of Handel’s oratorio oriented around the one percent — the top and bottom one percent, that is.