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Sylvia Sukop
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Sylvia Sukop has an essay in the forthcoming anthology LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas (Heyday, 2015). A grateful recipient of PEN Center USA's Emerging Voices Fellowship and grants including Mesa Refuge, Blue Mountain Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany, she has been a contributing writer to Flaunt magazine and the photography journal Exposure. A first-generation American raised in rural Pennsylvania, her second hometowns include Boston, New York and Los Angeles, along with three tiny villages in Germany, Hungary and Greece. Photography has been an integral part of her journey as a visual artist and storyteller. (View projects at SylviaSukop.com and StoryU.org.) Founder of the teen photography project Boulevard Without Borders, she collaborated with fellow artists and with students from 10 Los Angeles high schools to document the diverse communities along Pico Boulevard.

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Confronting Borders Old and New: An Interview With Josef Koudelka

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 1:17 PM

"A great battle lost or won is easily described, understood and appreciated, but the moral growth of a great nation requires reflection, as well as observation, to appreciate it." -- Frederick Douglass, January 13, 1865

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Prague, 1968. Image courtesy of the...

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Why I Am Grateful for Carmageddon

(8) Comments | Posted September 30, 2012 | 3:10 PM

Here in Los Angeles, you never know where the next spiritual epiphany might hit.

As I write this, the second coming of Carmageddon--a weekend-long shut-down of a portion of the 405 as part of a $1 billion freeway improvement project--is proceeding on schedule and without incident.

A major north-south...

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Beating Cancer, One Screening at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 5:34 PM

You know those stickers, "I voted today," "I donated blood today"? I'd like one that proudly proclaims, "I had a colonoscopy today!" I'd wear it everywhere -- on the street, at a restaurant, at a gallery opening. I suppose I'm wearing it right now, at the global soiree that is...

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Germany's First Jewish Cantor Since the Holocaust Finds a New Home in Los Angeles

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 1:18 PM

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On June 18, 2009, in a ceremony marked by solemnity and celebration, Germany ordained its first Jewish cantor since the Holocaust in the soaring sanctuary of the magnificently restored Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin.

One year later to...

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My Rock 'n' Roll Chiropractor: His Aim Was True

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 1:09 PM

I liked to say I had the coolest chiropractor in Los Angeles. A bass guitarist still active in his 60s, John Ciambotti played on hit records with Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, and Huey Lewis, and spent years of his life in the intimate brother- and sisterhood of the touring rock...

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Transamericana: From Folk Roots Up and Out

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2010 | 2:35 PM

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Coyote Grace, the up-and-coming Sonoma County-based acoustic duo, joined their Northampton, MA pal Chris Pureka for both separate and combined sets at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Wednesday night.

Hailing not from our cultural capitals, but from backroad...

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Mama and Paparazzi Converge on LA Awards Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 9:49 AM

Emotional fans streamed toward the stage, their unabashed shout-outs of "I love you!" accompanied by cameras flashing, and no one held them back. What big stars generated all this excitement last Saturday in downtown Los Angeles?

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There were in fact 60 stars...

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How to Make Your Alma Mater Matter in LA

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 9:14 PM

You went to college back East, down South, or in the Midwest and whether you're five or 25 years out, now that you live in Los Angeles your relationship to that institution is virtually nonexistent--tethered by little more than a bullet point on a resume.

I grew up in...

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She Said Yes, but the Government Said No

(6) Comments | Posted May 11, 2009 | 3:42 PM

"She said yes!" read the happy subject header on my email to friends announcing that my girlfriend Bonnie and I had become engaged on May 15, 2008, the same day the California Supreme Court handed down its historic ruling in favor of marriage equality. I'm not known for wasting time...

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Milk Money for School

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2009 | 3:24 PM

Tomorrow is your last chance to bid on clothing worn by Sean Penn in his Oscar-winning performance in Milk, being auctioned off to benefit the Harvey Milk High School in New York and Variety-The Children's Charity of Southern California. Like the nesting shirts in Ennis Del Mar's closet in the...

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