Downtown LA has had a vibrant arts scene since at least the mid-1970s, but it’s changed a lot in those years. In the late 70s and early 80s, it was the Wild West, with informal shows and events and a close-knit group of artists living rough in old buildings. Now, with museums, galleries and a monthly art walk, it’s very civilized.
Starting Friday, February 8, the Downtown Independent Theatre is screening a documentary called Young Turks, which tells the story of the old arts scene. KPCC’s John Rabe met the filmmakers, Stephen Seemayer and Pamela Wilson, at the epicenter, the former Al’s Bar.
John Rabe, host of KPCC's Off-ramp
Stephen Seemayer, director and producer of "Young Turks"
Pamela Wilson, editor and producer of "Young Turks"
Young Turks has a one-week run at the Downtown Independent Theatre, starting Friday, February 8th.