Reading & Listening by Moonrise

Listening by Moonrise x Earth Sessions: Leah Thomas, Mandy Harris Williams & Tonina

$5 Suggested Donation


Reading & Listening by Moonrise

Listening by Moonrise x Earth Sessions: Leah Thomas, Mandy Harris Williams & Tonina

$5 Suggested Donation



February 5, 2023


Los Angeles State Historic Park

1245 N Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Clockshop’s quarterly Listening By Moonrise program, in collaboration with Earth Sessions, returned to LA State Historic Park, featuring performances and immersive sound experiences with leading multi-disciplinary sound artists. On the eve of the full moon (or as close to it), this program offered listeners moments of reflection, connection, and joy while experiencing music and sound collectively within the context of a community-centered green space.

Earth Sessions is a music and environmental education event series that seeks to build community, celebrate the role of art in movements of change, and provide joyful + diverse climate justice education to new audiences. Curated in collaboration with Intersectional Environmentalist and The Eyes and Ears Agency, Clockshop invited Leah Thomas, Mandy Harris Williams, and Tonina for an afternoon of readings and music in honor of Black History Month.

This event was free and open to the public. Clockshop suggests a $5 donation to support our Reading and Listening by Moonrise series at LA State Historic Park.

Leah Thomas (she/her) is an environmentalist writer and creative based in Ventura, CA. She is the founder of eco-lifestyle blog Green Girl Leah and Intersectional Environmentalist, a community and resource hub centering BIPOC and historically excluded voices. Her book, The Intersectional Environmentalist, was released in March of 2022.

Tonina is a Los Angeles-based vocalist, bassist and songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri who performs her original music along with her arrangements of covers in Spanish, English, and Italian. Raised in St. Louis by a family of musicians, Tonina learned various music styles ranging from Funk, Soul, and Jazz to Classical, Folk and Rock. Among her many accomplishments are: opening for Grammy-Award winning artist, Lalah Hathaway, in St. Louis; performing at the Catania Jazz Festival in Sicily; named as one of NPR’s favorite new artists and top 10 artists of 2018; and her interpretation of “Historia de un Amor” landing on former president Barack Obama’s top songs list of 2018. Tonina is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and is signed to record label Empire.

Mandy Harris Williams (she/her/they/them) is a multimedia artist, working in the literary/intellectual, visual, cinematic, performative and musical arts, originally hailing from New York City and now living in Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard, having studied the History of the African Diaspora, as well as contemporary Black issues, including the mass incarceration crisis. She has shown work at the Moving Picture Biennial at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, MOCA Geffen Contemporary, and Paula Cooper Gallery, among many others. Williams received her MA in Urban Education and worked as a classroom teacher for 7 years in low income communities.

Intersectional Environmentalist (501(c)3) is a climate justice community and resource hub centering people of color and historically excluded voices. We merge science, cultural wisdom, and creativity through curricula + interactive learning experiences to connect individuals with their local communities to root their environmental practice in equity and inclusion.

The Eyes & Ears Agency creates sustained positive change by building a bridge between the music industry and impactful nonprofit organizations. Their work leverages the cultural and personal power of music to increase collective awareness, shift behaviors, and spark activism within audiences in support of social and environmental causes.

Los Angeles State Historic Park is located at 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, directly adjacent to Chinatown and the Metro Gold Line. The park is located just 1 mile away from Los Angeles Union Station, making it accessible from several Metro routes. We highly recommend using public transportation, rideshare, biking, or carpooling. Please note that chairs are not provided for this event. 

There is paid parking at 1501 N Spring Street, the main parking lot of the park, at $2/hour, up to $8 daily. For Clockshop events, the park opens some sections of overflow parking on the exterior of the park in front of Spring Street that is free, first come-first served. We will post signs in the sections that are open for parking. There is also free street parking around the park. Please avoid parking near residential homes on the east side of Main Street and give yourself plenty of time to park and walk over!

There are several all-gender public restrooms and portapotties on site.