Oct. 24: Mashup of Music, Dance, Circus and Art

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PRISM is an interdisciplinary art event the producers describe as “an abundant harvest of entertainment and information…set adrift through the rhapsody of live music, dance, circus and visual art.” Come and go as you please. Enjoy adult beverages, tea or hookah while witnessing live performances and presentations from an eclectic mix of artists. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HomeFront Rising, a cultural revival fueled by veterans and their allies. Click here for tickets/info, and check out the video below for a taste of what you’ll see on October 24.

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Vortex Neighbors

Individuals from nearby homeless shelters who came to The Vortex today were shocked when they were given the opportunity to engage in dialogue with Pope Francis who spoke with them via satellite from the Vatican. The exchange was part of a special edition of ABC’s 20/20 scheduled to air Friday night.

Angelenos Unite To Alleviate Suffering

The Vortex proudly hosted Operation Help The Homeless on July 24. Hundreds of volunteers gathered to assemble essential life kits that were distributed on Skid Row the following day. In the coming weeks and months, The Vortex will serve as a hub for developing and rapidly deploying emergency housing solutions. A robust and diverse cross-section of the community is committed to ending homelessness in partnership with veterans whose military training will be applied in innovative ways to the civilian sector.

This Week at The Vortex

Sam Amato Retrospective

American Idiot – Opening Night!

Here are some photos from American Idiot’s opening night! We were very pleased to have them here at The Vortex. Congratulations on a very successful run! -JD

HomeFront Rising Makes Big Splash With Free Trade Video

Varda croppedAward-winning filmmaker Varda Bar-Kar not only mentors veterans, but creates content with them. Varda was a volunteer at the VA in Los Angeles for many years, and we couldn’t be more excited to find out she’s now working with our friends at HomeFront Rising. Her video amplifying Rep. Alan Grayson’s critical analysis of free trade – shot here at The Vortex – was released on April 29, and so far it’s attracted about half a million views on Facebook and YouTube. The video itself – not just Rep. Grayson’s advocacy – has generated media coverage by Fox News and Thom Hartmann (“Absolutely brilliant!”).

HomeFront Arts is a nonpartisan social enterprise that produces all sorts of entertainment and public affairs content in various formats and genres for all media platforms. Whether or not it reflects their personal political views, veterans who frequent The Vortex have the opportunity to develop their craft and gain valuable experience when they participate in projects such as the Grayson video.

We’re interested!

We’re thrilled to have writer-director-actress Alexa Shackelford in our orbit. This triple threat artist screened her short film “Love Interest” at The Vortex on April 25, and Alexa now has her sights set on the festival circuit.

The Strindberg Laboratory

The Vortex is happy to have The Strindberg Laboratory with us rehearsing for one of their upcoming shows!  -JD


Sustainable Sunshine

Vortex manager Jeff Norman with our state senator, Kevin de León, celebrating Earth Day at Debs Park, Los Angeles.