Please join KCET and Dr. Daniel Walker for a FREE Community screening of the documentary film “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles” from the tenth season of the Original Emmy® Award-winning arts and culture series ARTBOUND. The series examines the lives, works and creative processes of arts and culture innovators making an impact in Southern California and beyond. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Screening begins at 7 p.m. with a brief welcome from Producer Dr. Daniel Walker, who also founded the Gospel Music Archive at USC. A panel discussion with some of the individuals interviewed for the documentary will follow.

This episode explores the history of gospel music in Los Angeles by looking at the 1960’s and 1970’s, when the west coast redefined the sound of gospel and broadcast it to the world. Gospel music would not be what it is today if not for the impact left by Los Angeles in the late 60’s and early 70’s, a time defined by political movements across the country. Notable artists like James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin captured the church experience of South Central in live recordings. Hear the voices and sentiments of the people coming together to give birth to a new gospel sound and to elect LA’s first black mayor, Tom Bradley. The episode was co-produced by Wrong Creative. The episode was produced in conjunction with the Heritage Music Foundation.

ARTBOUND airs Wednesday at 9pm on KCET and full episodes can be streamed at and on the free PBS Video app.

After the screening, Dr. Daniel Walker will be moderating a panel centered in the possibilities of faith, arts, and activism with many of the principal voices in the film. These include: Rev. Calvin B. Rhone, representing the Los Angeles Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Gospel pioneers Margaret Pleasant Douroux and Annette May Thomas, the Rev. Dr. Edward Jenkins, former DJ on KUCR’s Soul on Sunday’s radio show and the current pastor of the historic Victory Baptist Church, Dr. David West, Assistant Professor of History at Pasadena City College, and Dr. Jacqueline Dje Dje, one of the world’s foremost ethnomusicologists and the former Chair of the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA.

Use the link to get tickets. Please only reserve seats if you can make it. There are only about 200 seats in the auditorium. If you reserve and then can’t go please go back to the link and cancel your ticket so someone else can make it. At the time of posting there were about 50 seats left.

Please note: Casual attire. Free public parking in the Cinemark’s Parking Lot. For the safety and security of our guests and employees, bags or packages measuring larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″ are not permitted into the theatre. Exception: Medical equipment bags and diaper bags.