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ABR LIVE!: Artbeat for Humanity Gala VI "Soy Fuerte. My Story"
August 23, 2018 07:55 AM PDT
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This year, Able ARTS Work hosts the sixth ArtBeat for Humanity Gala, and our theme “Soy Fuerte! My Story” highlighted the stories of our community of artists in Able ARTS Work. The Artbeat for Humanity Gala VI was held on Saturday, May 5th at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. This event is a multi-sensory celebration that encapsulates Able ARTS Work’s commitment to inclusion, community support and orchestration. During the gala, Able ARTS Work will honor the former chair of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute C. Terry Lewis with the Ami & Remo Belli Humanitarian Award, which recognizes community leaders supporting wellness and inclusion.

To see and hear more, check out the following links!
YouTube: https://youtu.be/vHYOb6JuZvE
Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskASkDa3

Around the World Adventure
August 03, 2018 03:34 PM PDT
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Hello! Bonjour! Konichiwa! Kamusta! All Aboard! Travel all the world with us as we go to TAP II, France, CECA and EPI. You will hear some originals songs and covers, including "Happy World Travel" (TAP II), "Champs Elysee" (TAP II), "All Around the World" (CECA), and "Around the World” (EPI). We also interview some of our friends at TAP II. This podcast was produced by Able ARTS Work's ArtBeat Radio and in collaboration Los Angeles County Arts Commission intern, Courtney Takahashi. We hope you enjoy!

ABR LIVE!: 2018 ARTifact Forum & Gallery Annual Hawthorne Community Arts Exhibit
May 02, 2018 09:24 AM PDT
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ARTifact Forum & Gallery hosted its fourth annual Hawthorne Community Arts Exhibit. This annual event is dedicated to celebrating the visual arts, music and dance and is created to provide a spotlight on local talent from Hawthorne and the South Bay area. This year featured Arts Alive, Jazz Hands For Autism, Estrellas Brillantes Grupo De Baile Folklorico, Sam Smith, and Able ARTS Work’s very own Jess and Chris.
The exhibition runs through May 30, 2018, so check it out!

Arts Alive provides fundamental arts education and performance opportunities for young people in music and the performing arts. This program provides a creative educational platform through specific arts subjects to teach lifelong music and arts skills. The administration and volunteer Board of Directors and ensure that each child has access to quality arts education through in-school and after-school programs throughout Los Angeles County. To learn more, please visit www.artsalivela.org

Jazz Hands For Autism is a talent advocacy group that is empowering musicians on the autism spectrum to make valued social, cultural and economic contributions in their community. They provide music-based job development, job training and job placement for musicians on the autism spectrum. For more information about what they do, visit their website: www.jazzhandsforautism.org

"What Are You Doing Valentine's Day?"
February 20, 2018 03:56 PM PST
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Did you grab more than your share of discount candy? Well, we want to know what you did this Valentine’s Day. Our friends from ART Center have created a song to the tune of “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” to find out just that!
With the song, the group wanted to write a holiday song for Valentine's Day since there's not one they knew of for that particular holiday. Our Long Beach composers decided to brainstorm ideas for what makes Valentine's Day such a great holiday. For the past couple of weeks, the group voted on which lyrics to use, what instruments everyone wanted to play, and whether we wanted an original melody or an interpretation of a classic. So without further ado, please enjoy a new classic: “What Are You Doing Valentine’s Day?”

"I bought you flowers that grew from the sun
To show I care and that you’re the one
What are we doing Valentine’s, Valentine’s Day?

I got you chocolate kisses to enjoy
Seeing you happy gets me overjoyed
What are we doing Valentine’s, Valentine’s Day?

It might be a long shot, but I need to know
Give me a yes or give me a no
Will you be my one and only Valentine?

I went ahead and bought you a card
To try and show you the feelings of my heart
What are we doing Valentine’s, Valentine’s Day?"

DJ PJ Flashlight Playlist 03: Valentine's Day Dance
February 12, 2018 07:15 PM PST
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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and love is in the air at Able ARTS Work. What’s the best way to celebrate this holiday? You guessed it: DANCE (or maybe some candy)! Here are some picks from our friend, DJ PJ, that are sure to get the crowd grooving!

"La Bicicleta" by Shakira and Carlos Vives
"Love on The Brain" by Rihanna (Radio Edit)
"Let’s Marvin Gaye and Get It On" by Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor 
"Finesse" Remix by Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B 
"Bonita" by Jowell y Randy ft. J.Balvin

To finish, we slow things down a bit with duet with our friend, Jesse Cantlay, singing Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Digital Discoveries!
January 31, 2018 01:23 PM PST
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Hello everybody! You are in for a treat. Our friends from CECA have created an awesome composition. The song came out of the class named “Digital Discoveries” which uses technology to record. We were memorizing and learning to spell the class name, and the song gradually came to existence as we were continuously repeating the phrase "Di-gi-tal Dis-co-ve-ries." We just hit “record” and rest is history! All the sounds that the artists made were on the spot without any prompting or rehearsal. The song was recorded in one take, and artists helped to choose the filter for the sound. Enjoy!

DJ PJ Flashlight Playlist 02: Christmas Party Playlist
December 22, 2017 03:17 PM PST
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It’s that time of year again. Are you going to host an EXUBERANT holiday party and need some tunes to get everybody groovin’? Well, DJ PJ has got the playlist for you!

1. Jingle Bells (Stevie Wonder & Keanu Trap Remix)
2. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
3. Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
4. 8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child
5. Jingle Bell Rock (Trap Remix)

For your listening pleasure, TAP II’s EComposition crew has made some festive holiday collaborations with our friends Jay Levan and Devyn Rush. The covers of “Blue Christmas” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You” are also featured in our short film, “Pop-Eye Sails the Seas” (you can view it here at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=po73TuSGMRI).

Happy Holidays!

ARTBEAT 3017: Sweet Victory (Part 2)
August 31, 2017 01:06 PM PDT
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The continuation of last week's episode of The Adventures of Rob AL Ean. A story that follows 2 robots and their human alter egos who fight evil to save humanity. In last week's episode Rob Al Ean and Pops are distressed by the long lines for junk food when they receive a call from Rob's mother that there is trouble on Planet Glaze. Will they get to the bottom of this mystery? Tonight, we find out.

ART BEAT 3017
August 15, 2017 04:09 PM PDT
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A podcast coming from the year 3017 giving us a glimpse of the music and culture from that time. Hosted by Able Arts Work's Art Beat Radio.

DJ PJ Flashlight Playlist 01: Summer Backyard BBQ
July 10, 2017 03:09 PM PDT
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Summer's here and it's time for that backyard cookout. Do you need some help getting your party goers up and grooving? Our very own DJ PJ describes these must-have songs as "old-school music for your backyard BBQ on the 4th of July."

"I Feel Good" by James Brown
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston
"Kiss" by Prince
"Tootsie Roll" by 69 Boyz
"This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan

And for a little taste of summer songs, our friends, Christina and PJ, recorded a mash-up cover of "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston and "Somebody" by Natalie La rose ft. Jeremih. Enjoy!

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