How Music Heals—and How It Can Help Us Find Solace in the Time of Coronavirus

Musicologists and Brain Scientists Are Exploring Deep Connections Between the Medical and the Musical

Music can improve the academic performance and impulse control of children. It can ease anxiety and depression. And it may even help the rest of us cope with the novel coronavirus pandemic, said a panel of musicians and brain scientists at a Zócalo Public Square event last night.

The event itself represented a novel attempt to cope with the challenges of coronavirus. For the first time in its 16-year history, Zócalo, which has produced more than 600 events to date, presented its first last night without a live audience. Instead, the …

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How Native American Artists Are Claiming the Future

Across the Arts, Indigenous Creators Are Drawing From the Past to Imagine Different Paths Forward

Over the last 50 years, futurity has become an important theme among native people and artists, said Harvard historian Philip J. Deloria during a Zócalo event entitled “How Are Native …

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An Architect of L.A. Government Looks Forward and Back

Zev Yaroslavsky on How Politics Have Changed in Los Angeles in the Last 40 Years

Los Angeles has changed, declared Zev Yaroslavsky, a man who has played a major role in shaping the city’s politics in the last 40 years, during a Zócalo Public Square …

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California’s Cannabis ‘Green Rush’ Has Been a Slow Slog

Cities Like Los Angeles Face Steep Challenges When It Comes to Regulating the Cannabis Market

California has found that it’s far easier to declare cannabis legal than it is to create a well-regulated cannabis market, said panelists at a Zócalo/UCLA Downtown event titled “Will California …

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The Border Should Inspire Us, Not Scare Us

Communities Along the U.S.-Mexico Border Point the Way to a Bicultural, Bilingual, and Binational Future

The U.S.-Mexico border offers an enduring example of binational, bicultural, and bilingual living that could be a positive model for the future—if Americans and Mexicans are willing to look beyond …