The Last Letter/The DOPE Spot

This weekend I was invited to a live recording of TheLast Letter Podcast. TheLast Letter is actually another local artist that goes by the name Z. (Did you have the “ah-ha” moment yet?) Her podcast was on Sunday morning in Pomona, at The DOPE Spot Studios.

And there on my Sunday morning, armed with coffee and a 7/11 cream cheese pound cake I made my way into the studio to be introduced to so many other fantastic artists, who to my relief was just as sleepy and tired as me.

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The Alley Gallery/ The UNITY PROJECT

In the same JP Group building that holds Fadeaway, a barber shop- and Mi Cafecito, at the end of Main St. in Downtown Pomona there is a little corner art gallery that goes by the name, The Alley Gallery. (Their instagram right, here. Their Yelp, right here)

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Love A Fair: Pomona, California- Home of The Los Angeles County Fair and The dA Center for the Arts.


Taken by Jason LaMotte. Depicting previous vintage Los Angeles County Fair flags which also represent Pomona and its rich agriculture at the time.

The last Saturday of August and it felt like summer was beginning to make its transition into autumn. With my homemade pie in hand I walked into The dA Center for the Arts in downtown Pomona for the Love A Fair show. Just in time before The Los Angeles County Fair takes place just several miles down the road at The Fairplex. The exhibit has been up for a little over two weeks. On August 27th the show had a pie and flower arrangement contest. The dA’s own little fair contest, of which I entered. I had made a custard peach pie which I had topped with a buttery crumble- and named, August Pie. I did not place, but I enjoyed meeting the other competitors, sharing baking stories and ideas alike. The show and its attendees were proof that Pomona is a thriving community, with people who still care and remembers her history.

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Tides, poem by Bokyung June (BEACH AND POOL MEMORIES Poetry and Prose Series) — Silver Birch Press

Tides by Bokyung June Let me find love like the ocean. Foam laced waves folding gently envelope me into a silk embrace. Love, be the waves and I the shore return to me, always. At night the tide stronger forcing me to hold on stronger onto love like the ocean. AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: The first time […]

via Tides, poem by Bokyung June (BEACH AND POOL MEMORIES Poetry and Prose Series) — Silver Birch Press

The Ripple Effect @ The dA, Pomona California.

The Ripple Effect @ The dA

It was Friday night and as soon as I stepped in front of The dA Center for the Arts on 2nd Street, a deep thumping of base beats ripple up from the basement stairs. It only encouraged me to go into the gallery, descended to find a small art gallery. A bit further in the back, a small black box lit with black light and neon live art being created.  It didn’t seem to bother the avid music fans and young artist that the basement had no internal cooling system and was cooled by one industrial fan by the entrance way. In fact, the opposite- the heat only encouraged the 40 something people crowd to move closer towards the middle of the room- while DJs plugged in their gear to perform and share their own music.

The dA Center for the Arts in Pomona caters to a wide range of artists. The dA’s most recent partner, Productive Culture headed by Jordan Maldonado, producer and engineer have created a place for young artists to show case their work. As digitization has become more commonplace, electro music has been on the rise with it – a way of expressing ourselves in a digital age. The music industry has been bustling with new ways in creating music and its sounds. Productive Culture as well as fellow affiliates, The Dope Spot and The Ripple Effect have made to focus the sounds of their community by giving local and up and coming artists to share their work, so that they could grow in their craft.

Maldonado made a point when he so very kindly gave me several minutes of his time during the event. The work he is doing is “to give back.” He also spoke about how spaces like the dA were crucial to the developing artists. “Through the dA, I can take the next step. Having the space like the dA has given us the tools and resources and a community to serve.” Maybe that is why all donations curated during the event goes to The East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless.

I hope to see and follow the works of Productive Culture, The Dope Spot and on going The Ripple Effect events.  Please note the links down below for future events with The dA Center for the Arts, Productive Culture and The Dope Spot.

Thank you.

The dA Center for the Arts July 22, 2016 posted on the 23rd. Live art being made, this particular clip is of me. 


Events for The dA Center For the Arts:

Fringe of the Fringe Dedicated to David Bowie:

July 29- Last Friday Night Performances
July 30- Saturday Night Bands doing Bowie tribute songs
August 6- Saturday Bowie dance party and films screening
August  7- Sunday Community drum circle
August 13- Saturday Fashion, costume, dress-up, drag, parafe.
If you have art, music, or fashion or anything you want to share they encourage you to come and enjoy the event with us in memory of David Bowie.


Future events for Productive Culture:

500 Block Pomona Art Walk August 13th 5PM-10PM
featuring The Ripple Effect
Free, all ages. Art, food court, vendors and music.
Lots to see, hear and taste.

Productive culture . com


IG: @productiveculture
Twitter: @stayproductive
SOUNDCLOUD: Productive Culture


Turner’s Outdoorsman, Sunday Morning After the Orlando Shooting.

note: this are just my observations. the letter i will always be lower cased  due to the informal nature of this entry.


i was nervous to walk in to the nearest Turner’s Outdoorsman with my boy friend on Sunday Morning, an hour after hearing from my roommate- her teary words informing me: