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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

Ron Artest visits Jefferson High in LA with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas & Dr. Southard

Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers’ visit Jefferson High School in Los Angeles with Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Dr. Marvin Southard to bring awareness to issues of mental health.

Hike With Your Elected Official

At dusk on Sunday, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined over sixty neighbors, students and Sierra Club members for a “Hike With Your Elected Official” at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in Baldwin Hills. As the group assented from the Japanese Garden to Janice’s Green Valley, they were awed by magnificent views of the Los Angeles skyline. Brief rest stops along the trail created an opportunity for Sierra Club leader Bill Vanderberg to enlighten the hikers with facts about the local biodiversity and history of the park.

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