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An intersection in Boyle Heights
Lucha's Childhood
Lucha's Quinceañera Song
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
Jameson's Story
Jameson Portrait
The 2nd Street Tunnel, Downtown Los Angeles
The Reunion
A Rehearsal Studio in the Arts District
First Kiss
Hollenbeck Park, East Los Angeles
Angel's Point
Angel's Point, Elysian Park
Love and Fractals
The Floating Nebula
The Corn Fields, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown
City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
The Next Years
The Phone Call, Part 1
Traversing between the Arts District and Boyle Heights
A Fortune
Chinatown Plaza
Orlando's Story
Orlando's Fairwell
Evergreen Cemetery
Interlude (Car Wash)
AirStream Trailer, Elysian Park
The Roadways, Elysian Park
The Experiment
3rd Street and Broadway
230 Center St, Arts District
The Disappearance
The Red Notebook
Utter darkness
The Other Woman
The Bradbury Building, Downtown Los Angeles
Bowtie Parcel, Los Angeles River
Lucha and Orlando in Love
Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles
Lucha Portrait
Alongside the LA River, Interstate 5
Orlando In Love
The Million Dollar Theater
Orlando Portrait
Libros Schmibros Book Store, Boyle Heights
Farewell From the Roof Tops
Rooftops, Toy Factory Lofts, Biscuit Lofts, Ito Building Tower, Arts District
Old Age Like a Dream
The Phone Call, Part 2
Chavez Ravine, Elysian Park
The Central Hub

Lucha and Orlando in Love

Location: Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles
Lucha: Michelle Shocked
Orlando: Paul Berkolds
Music by Michelle Shocked
Text by Jane Stephens Rosenthal
A tender new love blooms between the two reunited friends. They drive to the streets and compare the way Los Angeles looks now to how it was when they were young, struggling artists in the city. Memories of old haunts bring back memories of old loves.

Michelle Shocked and Paul Berkolds

Director’s Notes:

“Orlando returns and is now completely in sync with Lucha. It’s a much more joyous wedding scene than Chapter 12 (also on the Yellow Route); as the two ride through the city, they remember the places that may or may no longer be there. They sing about what they’ve learned, that ‘life is a series of unanswered questions, and as we begin to make our sense of things, time folding and unfolding itself, we find faith – God or not God but a center.’

“Jason had the great idea of putting a magenta gel on all the windows, so that the streetscape took on a nostalgic, reminiscent, and unreal dimension. The streets appeared rose-colored and created a dream-like confusion of memory and reality, another way driving alters our perception of the world around us. The life of the city shaped the drama and tone for each car ride; with this chapter driving through the rapidly changing vista of downtown LA’s ‘historic core,’ the tone was upbeat but wistful. The streets we see in front of us simultaneously present earlier versions of themselves, the form they took in our memories, and colored by our experiences there. Like Virilio’s suggestion that the windshield is a projection screen, the swift current of streetscapes we once knew can feel like an overwhelming retrospective of our life in that city.

“Lucha and Orlando reuniting in this chapter always made me think of the characters in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel Love in the Time of Cholera, who experience love as not exactly working the first time, but coming around to it in a more advanced age.

“Michelle Shocked wrote a haunting and melancholy refrain for this chapter – I loved the sentiment of this chapter not feeling too operatic but instead feeling more direct like a folk song, with Paul accompanying them on accordion. It reminded me of the great ranchero by Jose Alfredo Jimenez, ‘Cuando Vivas Conmigo,’ where an older singer who has suffered so much finds herself wiser in love again. With so many of the other chapters on the Yellow Route – Chapter 31, Chapter 22, and Chapter 12 particularly –so operatic and so heavy, I think the simplicity of this chapter was an important (and welcome) contrast.”

– Yuval Sharon

Michelle Shocked (Lucha) and Paul Berkolds (Orlando) write the music for Chapter 28 in Shocked’s Arts District home.

“And things come back again. One instance braiding itself with the next. The hands taking time over and under and over and then suddenly things align. Sometimes in order, sometimes not. Because life is a series of unanswered questions. And as we begin to make our sense of things-time folding and unfolding itself we find faith. God or no God. But a center. A place to hold on to. In the body. Where all the memories are stored.”

Artistic Director Yuval Sharon stands next to a Hopscotch-inspired mural painted in the Arts District

The LA Arts District

From vineyards to citrus groves to commercial print shops, this neighborhood has been in constant change since the city’s founding. In 1981, the city passed the Artist in Residence ordinance, allowing artist to live in their studios, hence becoming known as the Arts District.