1. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about what the World Cup means to Angelenos.

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  2. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma visited Inner City Arts, an education program based on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. For a few hours, a strange sort of performance ensemble coalesced: a world-renowned classical cellist and his colleagues backing up the best-known practitioner of Memphis Jook. Don't know what that is? Watch.

    Jooking by Charles "Lil' Buck" Riley

    Video by Grant Slater

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  3. The face of mariachi in Los Angeles is changing. From the space where the roving musicians congregate to the backgrounds of the players in the bands, the mariachi scene has undergone a facelift.

    L.A.'s newest light rail line runs through the heart of La Plaza Del Mariachi in Boyle Heights where dozens of the players congregate all week long waiting for gigs across the city.

    At the same time, second-generation mariachis feel a responsibility to uphold the musical traditions brought to the barrio from Mexico.

    A full report on the Boyle Heights neighborhood with pictures and audio can be found here:

    scpr.org/boyleheights/

    Mariachi Sensasional is:

    Juan Rojas - Vihuela
    Violeta Rojas - Violin
    Maria G. Rojas - Violin
    Mike Rojas - Guitarrón
    Edgar Tlapala - Violin
    Felix Toris - Trumpet

    The brothers playing the guitar are Steve and Jonathan Perales.

    Video by Grant Slater
    Additional reporting by Leslie Berestein Rojas

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  4. Southern California is home to the largest concentration of Japanese Americans in the United States and a hub for Japanese businesses with international ambitions. This week, the eyes of Japanese Americans and expatriates have been fixed across the Pacific. Tony Tuskui is one of tens of thousands trying to seek comfort any way he can.

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