Author: Martin Wong

Editorial

A couple of Mondays ago, my wife and I accompanied our daughter's fourth-grade class to the Getty Center. You don't get to look at much art during a field trip to the museum; you're too busy ensuring everyone stays with the group, washes hands after using the restroom, and doesn't touch the art or even...

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Sometimes it takes out-of-town visitors to get you to notice stuff in your own backyard. My cousin and his girlfriend came down from Sacramento because they scored beachside cabins at Crystal Cove. Who knew there was a State Park in tony Newport Beach? At the turn of the century, farmers and then campers stayed in the...

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A few weeks ago, my wife and I painted signs, made posters, and helped spread the word about a march in solidarity with the teachers at our daughter's school. We think it's crucial for us to show support for public education and educators as they are being targeted by privatizers and union busters. Equitable schooling is...

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How cool was it to walk down the lantern-illuminated alleys of Chinatown and see original punk legends Phranc (Nervous Gender) and Alice Bag (The Bags) playing as Phag on an unseasonably warm autumn night last Saturday? Their effortless and affable yet razor-toothed set of politically charged songs addressing the unreasonable rule of Trump, Pence, DeVos,...

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It must be great to be in a band that releases albums regularly, tours to support them, and gets invited to play festivals, contribute songs to soundtracks, and even write scores for movies. But what does one do between gigs? Literally, Senon Williams takes watercolors along with him when touring with his band to fill downtime....

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If you even just skim my posts, you know that I have traveled far up the coast to visit tide pools and even further to see my favorite bands. This weekend, we did both just 30 minutes away from Downtown L.A. in San Pedro! How great was it to see our friends in Bomb├│n play a...

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This weekend I got to spend some time in Chicago with my friend Tim Hugh. In my past life as a magazine editor, Tim would get Eric and me speaking gigs that went along with the Asian American Showcase film festival that he oversaw. How did we meet? I don't exactly recall but it was...