Unheard LA

Unheard LA - the stories of where you live

Unheard LA’s third season kicks off at the El Portal in North Hollywood on March 30. We’re excited to announce the rest of our 2019 season soon. You can see our lineup of shows and salons below. Stay on top of everything we’re bringing you this season by signing up for our newsletter.

Unheard LA show image Photo credit: Louis Felix/KPCC

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. 

Upcoming Shows

North Hollywood
30 March 2019

Unheard LA – North Hollywood

Unheard LA’s third season kicks off at the El Portal in North Hollywood on March 30. We’re excited to announce the rest of our 2019 season soon. You can see our lineup of shows and salons below. Stay on top of everything we’re bringing you this season by signing up for our newsletter.

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Ernesto Rocha Photo credit: Louis Felix/KPCC

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/KPCC

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. Check out available dates and venues for our salons below. You can also watch (or binge through) stories from our past shows.

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

 

Past Salons

Pasadena
5 Mar 2019

Unheard LA salon: KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum

KPCC In Person’s community-centered storytelling series Unheard LA explores the nuances and complexities of Southern California through the first-person experiences of our fellow Angelenos. Spoken word? music? poetry? magic? That’s up to you. More details here.

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Burbank
25 Feb 2019

Unheard LA salon: Burbank Public Library

Before we kick off the third season of Unheard LA later this spring, we invite you to join KPCC In Person producers and past participants as we share some stories from the first two seasons, discuss the Unheard LA submission and editing process, answer your questions, and listen to your story ideas. More details here.

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West Hollywood
13 Feb 2019

Unheard LA salon: West Hollywood Library

Before we kicked off the third season of Unheard LA this spring, we invited you to join KPCC In Person producers and past participants as we shared some stories from the first two seasons, discussed the Unheard LA submission and editing process, answered your questions, and listened to your story ideas. More details here.

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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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KPCC In Person

KPCC In Person series "Unheard LA” is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.

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