The Pico Union Project is dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” It elevates this teaching into practice in a historic building by bringing diverse cultures together through song, story, art, food and prayer. Pico Union Project is a multi-faith cultural arts center and house of worship founded in 2013 by visionary recording artist, composer and musician Craig Taubman. Pico Union Project aims to help invigorate the community of Los Angeles and reflect the Jewish value of being a light to all nations.
Internationally-acclaimed Mediterranean folk band Baladino is coming to Pico Union Project! Its members hail from Berlin and Tel Aviv, offering fresh, deeply authentic interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies. Baladino is unique in its use of extended technique, subtle electronics and improvisation. The band brings their rockin’ style to Pico Union Project November 23rd at 8:00pm. Be there! Tickets are selling fast, so get yours now at baladinopup.eventbrite.com
We are so excited to announce special Mortified event held at the historic Pico Union Project! Now in its 14th year, Mortified showcases adults sharing aloud their most embarrassing childhood writings—old diaries, love letters, poems, home movies—in front of total strangers. In celebration of Hannukah, this special edition of Mortified is themed around the many “miracles” of adolescence, featuring participants of multiple faiths, and is open to ALL. Presented by Mortified in partnership with Nu Roots and the Jewish Federation of LA. December 12th, 2015. Doors at 7pm. Show at 8pm. Tickets here!
IDEPSCA, a local organization that provides safety, programming, and support for LA’s many day-laborers, will hold their annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway here at Pico Union Project on November 24th at 1pm. We are proud to support IDEPSCA and wish all their members a happy Thanksgiving!
Muslim, Jewish and Christian women are gathering at the Pico-Union Project to engage in an interfaith art process. An introductory workshop in October was intended to create a safe space for the dialogue that is to be continued for several months. The participants explored the overlap between significant prayers of faith in the three traditions. The completed art pieces were transformed, in a ritual of light and blessing, into lamps that will illuminate the work these women are setting out to do.
For the next five months the women will convene to create imagery to explore the stories of Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac and Miriam as discussed in the Torah, the Quran and the Scriptures. The project is facilitated by Dr. Debra Linesch from Loyola Marymount University/Temple Israel of Hollywood and Edina Lekovic from the MuslimPublic Affairs Council /NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change.