Monday, May 23, 2005

Gallery 701 

Last Thursday I went to a great concert featuring Sam Bush and Danielle Howle. The concert was sponsored by Gallery 701, but it was held at Longstreet Theater on the USC campus.

I had never heard of Gallery 701 before I heard about this concert. It turns out that the place has an interesting backstory. The reason they're holding their events all over town right now is that the historic Gallery 701 building needs serious repairs before people will be allowed to go back into it. It's on a piece of land that has become valuable, and the city would like to condemn and demolish it. Many fines have been issued against the Gallery, and the Executive Director has even been threatened with jail time.

Through donations, Gallery 701 has kept going and kept up a regular schedule of shows. They hope to be back in their building soon with a little help from the community.

You can read the whole story, as well as get information on upcoming shows, on their web site, gallery701.org.


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