WVTC and Watts/Century Latino Organization Present MEET ME @METRO II, 7/2-10

Building upon the success of last year’s Metro Me @Metro, Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) in association with Watts/Century Latino Organization presents Meet Me @Metro II, a theatrical journey on Los Angeles’ Metro Rail featuring daring, site-specific performances curated by WVTC Artistic Director Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez and Associate Curator Rita Cofield from Obie Award winner Rick Burkhardt, eight innovative Long Beach and Los Angeles-based theater companies and a myriad of solo performers. Meet Me @Metro II will take place July 2-10, 2011 with performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am beginning and ending at the Watts Towers Arts Center.
Originally inspired by interactions with the youth of Watts who had never traveled outside a 10 mile radius of their community, the inaugural Meet Me @Metro attracted over 5,000 ticketed and incidental audience members and employed over 100 local artists and staff. Now, with the continued support of Los Angeles County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and endorsements from Mayor Villaraigosa and the Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, Second District Supervisor, Meet Me @Metro II has expanded its route, performance schedule and artistic vision.

With a “Traveling Circus” theme, Meet Me @Metro II features performances from eight cutting-edge, professional Long Beach and Los Angeles-based theater companies as well as a dazzling array of solo performers who will join the sideshow caravan. The theatrical journey begins at the Watts Towers Arts Center and runs along the Blue Line, south to Long Beach and back. With colorful and inspiring performances happening all along the way, audiences will be immersed in theater, dance, puppetry, music and spectacle-all highlighting the historical, cultural and artistic significance of South Los Angeles and Long Beach.

“Meet Me @Metro II represents a synergy between art and transit, art and sustainability,” remarks Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez, Artistic Director of WVTC. “It’s a way to get people both out of their cars and to the theater, or better still, a way to bring the theater to them.”

Check out last year’s Meet Me @Metro on YouTube:

Meet Me @Metro II is made possible by the generous support of the James Irvine Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America, United Latino Fund, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, California Community Foundation, Transit TV, Metro Art Docent Council and California Green Press.



What: Meet Me @Metro II

Location: The Watts Towers Arts Center
1727 East 107th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

When: July 2-10, 2011. Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m.

Tickets: $11; Available online at www.wattsvillagetheatercompany.org

Read more: http://losangeles.broadwayworld.com/article/WVTC-and-WattsCentury-Latino-Organization-Present-MEET-ME-METRO-II-72-10-20110606#ixzz1OZTqqpUf

Leimert Park Village Community Speaks Out

Los Angeles voices support for Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ motion featuring letters from Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Senator Curren Price, Assemblymember Steven Bradford, Assemblymember Warren Furutani, Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Bernard Parks, Councilmember Jan Perry, Councilmember Herb Wesson, City Controller Wendy Gruel, & LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte.

The Struggle in Pictures


[pullquote_right] This letter is to express my strong support… In conjunction with the concerned community members of my District, I strongly urge the Board to support Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ motion today.
– Karen Bass, US House of Representatives, California 33rd District [/pullquote_right]
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • Congresswoman Laura Richardson
  • Congresswoman Maxine Waters
  • Senator Curren Price
  • Assemblymember Steven Bradford
  • Assemblymember Warren Furutani
  • Assemblymember Holly Mitchell
  • Councilmember Eric Garcetti
  • Councilmembers Bernard Parks & Jan Perry
  • Councilmember Herb Wesson
  • City Controller Wendy Gruel
  • LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte
  • [pullquote_right] I write in strong support of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ motion to underground the segment of the Crenshaw-LAX Line in Park Mesa Heights and return the Leimert Park Village station to the project.
    – Marguerite P. LaMotteLos Angeles Unified School District Board of Education [/pullquote_right] [pullquote_left] I would like to convey my support for the proposed alternative that includes the Leimert Park / Vermont Station and placing below ground the segment of the alignment from 48th to 59th streets within the City of Los Angeles.
    Eric Garcetti, President Los Angeles City Council [/pullquote_left]

    The Struggle For a Better Crenshaw/LAX Line Continues

    The Struggle in Pictures



    While hundreds of supporters looked on, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas urged the Metro Board to locate a train station in historic Leimert Park Village. He also called for the Board to run the future light rail line underground through Park Mesa Heights

    Supervisor Ridley-Thomas


    In a blunt debate, Board members and the Metro staff give their input—for and against the station and the proposed Park Mesa Heights tunnel.

    Supervisor Yaroslavsky and Supervisor Molina


    Backing a substitute motion by Director Richard Katz, the Board gives lukewarm support to a  Leimert Park Village station. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas objects, calling for a strong affirmative stand, not a “tentative” gesture.

    Vote for the substitute motion


    Click HERE to see Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas’ statement on Metro’s Vote


    Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, Tavis Smiley, Cornel West and Community leaders Call for Metro Board to Back a First-Rate Crenshaw/LAX Rail Line


    Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

    Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, entrepreneur and broadcaster Tavis Smiley and renowned Princeton scholar Cornel West joined a group of community leaders at a news conference Wednesday morning calling on Metro to make vital improvements to the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Corridor. A Metro Board motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas calls for a station at Leimert Park Village and a tunnel through the Park Mesa Heights section of Crenshaw Boulevard, where the train is now planned to run at street level.

    Professor Cornel West

    The news conference was held at Tavis Smiley’s Leimert Park studios. Also speaking were Blair Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, Tunua Thrash, executive director of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation, Jackie Ryan of the Leimert Park Merchants Association and community activist Damien Goodmon.


    Tavis Smiley


    Blair Taylor, Tunua Thrash, Jackie Ryan and Damien Goodmon




    MLK Medical Center Project Labor Agreement Authorized by the Board of Supervisors

    After six months of negotiations, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approved a project labor agreement for the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Ambulatory Care Center, the first such agreement for a County construction project.

    This agreement ensures that local residents have first priority when contractors select workers for construction of the ambulatory care center. Residents who live within a five – mile radius will be given priority at the time of hiring, and County residents in zip codes where unemployment exceeds 150% of the county average also will now have special access to jobs. Another component of the local worker project is job opportunities for low-income disadvantaged workers, such as those who are homeless, are high school drop-outs or single custodial parents.

    Click HERE for more information