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.


Frenemy’s DIY Triumph

Frenemy Clothing celebrated the premier of its new independently-produced skateboard film “RISE” in front of a packed and cheering audience March 28 at The Vortex.


Geza X’s Monday Intern Workshop now has 8 student-volunteers. We are cross-training in all aspects of media. By fall, we will have a media crew that can handle all sorts of production, from stagecraft to video editing to music production. We will be providing a full compliment of media and tech services to Vortex clients. Students are already learning the basics and can run most shows unsupervised. If you are interested in learning multimedia and willing to volunteer some time passing it forward to other students, contact us HERE!


Ground Ops 3_18-19

“Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” is an award-winning documentary film and national tour of audience engagement events featuring the film, farm-fresh food and farmer-veteran speakers. The mission of “Ground Operations” is to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into sustainable farming and ranching, and to build the resources necessary for them to create healthy new lives for themselves, and food security for communities everywhere. America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job!

Come join us for a FREE event featuring a screening of “Ground Operations,” tasty treats and a discussion with DULANIE ELLIS (filmmaker), EDGAR HERCILA (local farmer-veteran) and NADIA McCAFFREY (Gold Star Mom).

Screening at 7, doors open at 6.

The Vortex

2341 E Olympic Blvd

LA, CA 90021

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Same event the next night in Long Beach:

Presented by:

Homefront Rising

Ground Operations

The Vortex

National Veterans Foundation

Patrick McCaffrey Foundation