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John Malpede, FF Alumn, presents "Is There History on Skid Row, June 28 & 29th, 2002.

LA Poverty Department presents:


In a timely challenge to conventional wisdom concerning a misunderstood, often shunned, community, The Los Angeles Poverty Department, one of the most incisive theater companies in America, presents "Is There History on Skid Row?" on Saturday, June 22; Friday, June 28; and Saturday, June 29 at112 Winston Street (between 4th & 5th Streets, off of Main - Metro Stop:Pershing Square). Performances: 1 - 5 PM. Free. For information call LAPD: 213 413 1077.

At the intersection of the Toy District, Skid Row and Gentrification with a capital G, LAPD presents three full days of interrelated performances installations, and interviews, that reveal the hidden (and not so hidden) societal forces shaping the community. Embracing the contradictions of the area, the events present diverse issues and viewpoints from the ridiculous to the deadly serious including satirical cartoons by Dutch artist Cowboy Hank; "The Adventures of Captain Savahoe" described by LAPD member, and author, Rickey Mantley as a street version of "Waiting for Godot"; video installations; LAPD founder John Malpede's wry monologues; and a Skid Row soundscape.

Guest participants, include sociologist Geoffrey Gilbert-Hammerling, of Polis
Consulting and formerly of SRO Housing, and Jeff Dietrich of the LA Catholic Worker, on skid row history and prospects; arts consultant Caron Atlas and Claire Peeps, executive director of the Durfee Foundation, on funding arts projects; and Von Gregory of Gigi's Boutique about entrepreneurship in the downtown area. Performances of texts and other events cross each other in time and space, creating a vivid and lively tribute to the contradictory forces that coexist in downtown. Continuous and changing daily, audiences are encouraged to drop by and sample this dynamic culture stew.