Traditions are important because they can potentially record history and promote connectivity in a community. They provide a solid foundation for creativity to spring from, just by being there–by being available. I appreciate Bananas in Leimert Park, and Common Ground in Riverside respectively for creating and upholding their own artistic and social traditions.
The different leadership styles of Kyle “VerBS” Guy and Noa James reinforce my belief that tradition is as much repetition as it is customization. Noa, the old soul, leads by storytelling with an emotional and all-encompassing hand. And Kyle–with an open mind and hyper-positive energy–creates an all-inclusive environment for his artists and patrons. Last night was a LOUD, beautiful, heterogeneous haven, and it’s because these men–these leaders–have chosen to start something and stick around long enough to make it a significant part of their communities. But enough of my jawing…here’s some pictures! 🙂
Make Love & Drink Water,