Part studio, part club, part stage, and part screen, Betalevel is located in a basement in Chinatown, Los Angeles, and plays host to various media events such as screenings, performances, classes, lectures, debates, dances, readings, and tournaments. Its members are artists, programmers, writers, musicians, designers, agit-propers, filmmakers, and reverse-engineers.
Since opening in 2005, Betalevel has been host to hundreds of events — all free and open to the public. As one of the members since shortly after its founding, I have organized many of those events, helped handle behind-the-scenes logistics, and often acted as the unofficial documentarian, photographing and, lately, video-recording performances.
It would be difficult to give a full account of all the nights of lectures, readings, screenings, music performances, and so forth in which I’ve been involved. But a couple notable series I’ve co-hosted are our Bollywood film nights and Swap Meet, our long-running celebration of the cultural commons.