Las Chingonas

Women, predominantly separated from the mechanisms of representation, are identified by often pernicious images created by others. In celebration of Women’s History Month, Avenue 50, a female led space, presents a group show representing women by women. Curated by Marissa Magdalena, Las Chingonas explores universal themes of femininity through visual art and personal narrative.

Opening Night: Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 7 PM – 10 PM
Exhibit runs until 4/6/17


Ralph Massey

At Risk!

Ralph Massey

We are proud to present Ralph Massey’s first solo exhibit.

His work confronts the dilemma of second generation migrants in an ever changing environment and the reality of species extinctions happening around the world. The subjects overlap when animal species are used as metaphors. The sometimes harsh imagery is delivered with colorful streams of humor masking an underlying sense of uneasiness or estrangement. Teasing insights to the lives of his subjects alternate with foreboding images of threat. Experimental compositions reflect a restless intellect. Bold colors deliver a sensual visual bouquet. The series revolves around the potent symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.

Massey’s human and animal subjects are treated with empathy and straight forward respect. He delivers food for thought for the thoughtful beneath a veneer of wry humor.

Opening Night: Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 7 PM – 10 PM
Exhibit runs until 4/6/17


Avenue 50 Studio, in partnership with SF Noir Films, is proud to present


screening and panel discussion with filmmakers and anti-gentrification activists at the Highland Theatre


Watch RICHARD MONTOYA as San Fraincisco Housing Inspector Roberto Morales as he investigates the suspicious circumstances of a fatal fire in a residential hotel in S.F.’s Mission District and finds himself face to face with murder in the streets, corruption at City Hall and the mysterious Sofia Nido (Veronica Valencia) a beautiful but dangerous flame from his past. This Indie noir feature, based on a story by San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia, takes viewers deep into neighborhoods and communities seldom seen on film, while addressing issues around gentrification & displacement of low-income communities along the way.

Directed by Dante Betteo
Based on a story by Alejandro Murguia
Adapted for the screen by Dante Betteo & Richard Montoya
Staring Richard Montoya & Veronica Valencia


Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
at the Highland Theatre
5604 N. Figueroa Street, Highland Park, CA 90042

Made possible with the support of SF Noir Films, Avenue 50 Studio, and the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council.