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Going Gray in LA travels to the Los Angeles Public Library by Ruxandra Guidi

Following Broadway, an 18-mile avenue that cuts through the working-class heart of Los Angeles, last year we journeyed from Lincoln Heights, into Chinatown, through Downtown, and on to South LA to find out how our city is changing and what makes life worth living — as we grow old in Los Angeles. This photo exhibit will live at the first floor galleries of the LA Public Library downtown from October 6, 2017 until January 25, 2018. Free and open to all ages!

More on the exhibit here.

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Starting Over: An Essay by Bear Guerra

Our new written and photographic essay, part of our "Going Gray in LA" stories done in collaboration with KCRW, is up at The Virginia Quarterly Review: 

"When asked about why he moved to the US well into his fifties, Song says, 'I left China because there were some things I still wanted to do in my life, and I didn't want to admit I was too old for it.' Like so many immigrants before him, he had a vision of American as a magical place, 'almost like a paradise in the West.'"

 

Introducing "Going Gray in LA" by Bear Guerra

Our in-progress, year-long project about aging in Los Angeles is now called “Going Gray in LA: Stories of Aging along Broadway."

The first two radio stories from Lincoln Heights, a couple photo essays, and some additional content is available on our project website here.

Please check back from time to time, as we will be airing stories and adding content to the website regularly through next Spring.

Upcoming: Broadway Stories airing this Fall on KCRW by Bear Guerra

We're excited to finally be able to roll out our collaboration with KCRW's Independent Producer Project this Fall! We'll be telling stories about growing old in the city of youth. Like the story of 85 year-old Mrs. Yeung, who lives in a single room occupancy building above a factory in a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles. She pays $345 a month for the 80 square-foot room where she sleeps, cooks, eats, and watches TV. Mrs. Yeung is not alone: about a third of women over 65 years of age in Los Angeles live by themselves, too.