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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Join us for Writer-in-Residence Wally Rudolph’s first of three public conversations at the Annenberg Community Beach House. In Creating Art in Times of Strife, Rudolph presents a series of one-on-one conversations with socially conscious artists across disciplines, discussing how the current state of socio-political polarization and environmental crisis affect and inform each artist's respective process and practice.

Christine Yoo's forthcoming documentary 26.2 to Life chronicles a year in the life of San Quentin’s 1000 Mile Club, a prison running group whose incarcerated members train with volunteer coaches for an annual marathon (26.2 mile) race: 105 laps around an uneven dirt and concrete path that loops the prison’s crowded lower yard. As the men prepare for this grueling athletic feat, they also confront the challenges of aging, finding purpose and maintaining family relationships behind bars, all while grappling with the reality that they may never again see life on the outside. Wally and Christine discuss how the making and ongoing production of the documentary has affected her view of prison industrial complex and and the human cost of our justice system. What kind of prison population have our laws created? And what does it mean to be “rehabilitated?”


Christine Yoo is an award-winning director, writer and producer with a background in fine art, music and story-telling. Highlights include her award-winning feature debut Wedding Palace (Gravitas, Warner Bros, Amazon), the docu-news show, Mosaic (KCET) which was recently funded for a series, and her work co-writing the anime series Afro Samurai starring Samuel L. Jackson (Spike/FujiTV). Currently she is working on a year-long project for Blue Shield highlighting domestic violence issues and in production on her second feature film, a documentary, 26.2 to Life: The San Quentin Prison Marathon, to be released in 2019. She is a graduate of University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and currently resides in Venice, California.

Born in Canada to Chinese-Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in Texas, Wally Rudolph has lived throughout North America but now calls Los Angeles home. He is a multidisciplinary artist and diversity advocate. His debut novel, Four Corners (Counterpoint/Soft Skull) published in 2014, garnered praise for its unflinching prose and drew comparisons to Daniel Woodrell, Denis Johnson, and Barry Hannah among others. His second novel, MIGHTY, MIGHTY (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), was published to critical praise in fall 2015.

During his tenure as Beach House Spring 2018 Writer-in-Residence, Rudolph is working on a new novel, entitled The Ox, The Horse, & The Boar. A bold and unconventional account of our country’s fatal covenants with systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and the destruction of our environment, the novel is the first in a planned trilogy. Rudolph is onsite working from an office in the Marion Davies Guest House, January 16 through March 20, 2019.

Office Hours at the Beach House: 11am-2pm: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/03, 2/15, 2/22, 3/03, 3/15.

Public Conversations at the Beach House: 6:30-8pm, 1/29, 2/12 and 3/26 RSVP here.

Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable guest appearance: 10:30am-12:30pm, 2/20 (at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, RSVP here.)

From mid-January 2019 you can follow his progress on the Beach House Artist-in-Residence blog at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.

Camera Obscura Art Lab and Beach=Culture programs are made possible by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. smgov.net/arts #ArtSaMo


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Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email culture@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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