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Unheard LA – live in Long Beach (ep.9)

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Carpenter Performing Arts Center 6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815 Map and directions

The season two finale of KPCC's popular storytelling series "Unheard L.A." took place at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. “Unheard L.A.” features stories reflecting the wide range of people, places and perspectives of the Los Angeles area, and brings them to communities all over the region.

There was no better place to end our second season than Long Beach, which has been a home for too many to name, including a naval and aerospace industry, a rich musical history, a large Cambodian American community, and an affinity for the sea, reflected in its aquarium, lighthouses, and the historic Queen Mary.

Long Beach’s unique legacy can even be seen in the venue. The Carpenter Center, located on the California State University, Long Beach campus, is named for alumni and benefactors Richard and Karen Carpenter – yes, those Carpenters.

Audiences joined host Bruce A. Lemon Jr. for the live show and stayed around afterward for a mixer with the participants and their fellow attendees.


October B.L.U.
Jason Barquero
Eugene Hung
Jenny Jacobs
Krissy Kobata
Stanley Poe
Ernesto Rocha
Mike Sonksen
Vickie Wippel
Sheldon Wright

Have a story you’d like to share? Let us know.

As part of this series, we’ll be hearing true stories from people of different walks of life and diverse experiences. While all of our programming is intended to be inclusive and for a broad audience, it’s possible certain themes or language may not be deemed appropriate for all ages. If this were a movie, we’d probably rate it PG. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. KPCC is a non-advocacy, nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization. The views and perspectives presented in our “Unheard L.A.” series do not constitute an endorsement by KPCC.

If you’d like more information or have any questions about the events or series, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us directly at Thank you!

KPCC In Person series "Unheard L.A. — the stories of where you live” is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation. 

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This project was also made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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