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Thought-Provokers in the South Bay

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the South Bay that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kenneth Barlis, Chris Franchise, RJ Pak, Brandon Chavez, and Jordan

Overtime has been friends for as long as we could remember. Some of us have been friends since middle school, and some of us met in high school, but we’ve always been with each other. Read more>>

So Yun Um

I’m a Korean American filmmaker based in Los Angeles. I grew in Koreatown and it’s definitely one place that influences me and my work the most. I studied film in college and I wasn’t sure. Read more>>

Georgia Menides

Starting the story at the end, after many years of struggling to make this happen, a film I co-wrote and produced, “1/2 New Year” sold to Comedy Dynamics and will be released on multiple VOD platforms on September 10th. Read more>>


Chase Petra is an indie rock powerhouse hailing from Long Beach, CA. The project started in 2017 with Hunter Allen (guitar/vocals) and Evan Schaid (drums) in an effort to face the world as honestly and forcefully as possible. Allen and Schaid had played together for about four years prior, searching for the right lineup. Read more>>

Drew Smith

I started playing violin in 4th grade and it all took off from there. My mom always played music for us when we were kids; it was our alarm clock, our soundtrack to the day, and what put us to sleep. We even went to a church that was heavily into music and I sometimes got to sneak up on the drumset after services. Read more>>

Angela Ngo

I am a first-generation, Chinese-Vietnamese American. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I grew up in a predominantly Southeast Asian and Latinx neighborhood in East San Jose and later moved to South San Jose where I lived out the rest of my teenage years until I left to study botany in college. Read more>>

Nathaniel Upshaw

Everything started the summer before my senior year in high school. I was debating whether or not I should be a real estate agent reading all of Robert Kiyosaki’s books during my junior in high school or be an actor as my Dad was before I was born. Read more>>

Marya Stark

I have always been mused by magic. I have been chasing after the threads of song, paradox, romance, nostalgia, and attempting to spell out the shapes of the stars in my heart for as long as I can remember. I am fortunate that this natural devotion to the muse has led me to study voice. Read more>>

Anthony Escoto

Growing up, I knew that the typical career paths you were to choose in life were definitely not for me. So, I would always ask myself, what are you going to be? All those questions stopped when I first discovered at the age of 7 how much I loved. Read more>>

Kalie Johnston

Art has always been a priority in my life for as long as I can remember. From drawing to makeup artistry to my true love of photography. I’ve gone down a few career paths and styles of photography, however, I feel like I’ve finally just started to feel like I’m on the right path with it. Read more>>

Nava Dunkelman

I am a Bay Area-based percussionist and improviser. I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan in a multi-cultural environment by a Jewish-American father and Indonesian mother. My mom is a musician and composer and I grew up listening to her music. Read more>>

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