Unheard LA - the stories of where you live

Unheard LA - the stories of where you live


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Unheard LA show image Photo credit: Louis Felix

Check out a live storytelling show

Discover more about Los Angeles and the folks who call it home with Unheard LA as your guide. This live, community-driven storytelling series takes place at theaters around the greater Los Angeles area. Each show is free, unique, and features a curated lineup of real people sharing true stories of life here in Southern California.

You won’t be going on this journey alone. Theater artist and Watts native Bruce A. Lemon, Jr. will be your Unheard LA host, helping to connect each story, storyteller, and show venue along the way.

Stick around afterward for a postshow mixer to meet the storytellers, mingle with others, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and be inspired by your fellow Angelenos. 


Ernesto Rocha Photo credit: Louis Felix

Share your story

When we say Unheard LA is community driven, we mean that the stories come from community members like you. In fact, we want to specifically hear from YOU. Some Unheard LA folks are seasoned storytellers. Many aren’t. Some have never done any kind of public speaking before. Not to worry, we’re here to work with you; we’ll help you develop your story so that you can sound your best.

Your story doesn’t have to be a Hollywood epic; we want to hear them all. Past stories have ranged from favorite neighborhood dive bars and helping someone to finish a marathon, to arm wrestling celebrities and celebrating birthdays on “Gilligan’s Island.” We just ask that it be genuine and something you personally experienced in Southern California.

Regardless of your experience, we need YOUR stories and personal narratives to make Unheard LA happen! Share yours.


Unheard LA salon Photo credit: Isaura Aceves

Not sure yet?

Let’s figure it out together by joining us for an Unheard LA salon, where you can meet Unheard LA producers and past storytellers to help you develop your story idea. We’ll soon announce 2019 dates and venues for salons. In the meantime, you can watch (or binge through) stories from of our past shows.

And if you still have questions, you can email us at events@kpcc.org

 

Past Shows

Long Beach
23 Sep 2018

Live in Long Beach

Don't miss the season two finale of KPCC's popular storytelling series "Unheard L.A." at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. There was no better place to end our second season than Long Beach, which has been a home for too many to name, including a naval and aerospace industry, a rich musical history, a large Cambodian American community, and an affinity for the sea, reflected in its aquarium, lighthouses, and the historic Queen Mary. More details here.

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Lawndale
25 Aug 2018

Live in Lawndale

The “Unheard L.A.” season continued at Centinela Valley Center for the Arts in Lawndale. “Unheard L.A.” features a diverse set of stories and storytellers reflecting a range of Southern California experiences, and this August show brought those stories to the South Bay. More details here.

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Monterey Park
21 July 2018

Live in Monterey Park

The second season of “Unheard L.A. — the stories of where you live” picked back up this July at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). “Unheard L.A.” brings experiences and voices from all over the region to your communities. With this show, we were right where East L.A. meets the San Gabriel Valley. More details here.

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 Baldwin Park
7 Apr 2018

Live in Baldwin Park

It was KPCC In Person’s first-ever live event in Baldwin Park, and we were excited to bring “Unheard L.A.” to this growing town, which has come a long way since its days as a cattle grazing land for the San Gabriel Mission. 

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 Downey
11 Mar 2018

Live in Downey

We continued in March at the Downey Theatre in Downey, home of the oldest-operating McDonald’s and birthplace of Taco Bell, the Carpenters and the NASA space shuttle program. 

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Mid-city
18 Feb 2018

Live in Mid-City

Located along the Washington Boulevard corridor, the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center is operated by – and home to – the Ebony Repertory Theatre, a professional arts organization committed to bringing diverse, high-quality performing arts to the Mid-City community and the greater Los Angeles.

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Hollywood
13 May 2017

Live in Hollywood

Tucked away in a nondescript building on a nondescript corner in Hollywood is a striking theater that will house KPCC In Person’s third “Unheard LA,” which features Young Storytellers and community storytellers from across Southern California. Lose yourself in personal pieces ranging from a 14-year-old’s unyielding stand on screen time to a desperate search for Zumba in K-Town and the day TSA changed one person’s understanding of identity. More details and the full lineup here.

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Downtown LA
30 Apr 2017

Live in DTLA

KPCC In Person’s “Unheard LA” heads to the heart of downtown L.A. for its second show, which is at times hilarious and heartbreaking – and captivating throughout. Storytellers from across Southern California present true tales of hacking into comedy school, the magic and mania of songwriting, the unexpected charm of a dive bar and more. The comedy variety group Asian AF will join us for a special performance. More details and the full lineup here.

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Whittier
23 Apr 2017

Live in Whittier

Uptown Whittier provides the backdrop for KPCC In Person’s first “Unheard LA” show. Immerse yourself in the lives of our storytellers as they sing songs of immigration, ponder in verse, honor beloved hometowns and celebrate the rich diversity of Southern California. This show features a performance by Cornerstone Theater Company. More details and the full lineup here.

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Past Salons

Carson
25 July 2018

Unheard LA salon: Carson Library

On July 25, our second salon brought us to Carson Library. We shared some favorite stories from our first two seasons, discussed the “Unheard L.A.” submission and editing process, answered your questions, and listened to your ideas about what you’d share if selected for our upcoming shows. More details here.

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Willowbrook
26 July 2018

Unheard LA salon: AC Bilbrew Library

On July 26, our third salon brought us to AC Bilbrew Library in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles. We shared some favorite stories from our first two seasons, discussed the “Unheard L.A.” submission and editing process, answered your questions, and listened to your ideas about what you’d share if selected for our upcoming shows. More details here.

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East LA
9 July 2018

Unheard LA salon: East LA Library

We partnered with LA County Library to bring “Unheard L.A.” producers and past participants to the East LA Library on July 9. We shared some favorite stories from our first two seasons and discussed the “Unheard L.A.” submission and editing process. More details here.

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KPCC In Person

KPCC In Person series "Unheard LA — the stories of where you live” is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.

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This project was also made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

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