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LAist Interview: Marshall Astor

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Marshall Astor loves San Pedro something fierce. He is a working artist who not only manages programs at Angels Gate Cultural Center but also operates the Walled City art gallery in his spare time. He's organized a group show at the Brewery Project called "Contemplating Apocalypse" that will debut on September 9, 2006 with a reception starting at 7 PM. Custom brewed malt liquor will be on hand and patrons will be encouraged to consume copious amounts so that they can truly understand the project. Marshall also contributes to "Life on the Edge," a blog about San Pedro.

In the meantime, Marshall shares his thoughts in this San Pedro-centric LAist Interview.

How long have you lived in **Los Angeles** county/San Pedro, and which neighborhood do you live in?
I was born in Torrance, but I grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes. I moved to San Pedro when I was seventeen and other than a year over in Redondo Beach and a few months living in San Francisco, I’ve lived here ever since. Now, I live on 1 st Street in San Pedro, between Gaffey and Pacific Streets, in a neighborhood that is mostly Latino.

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Why do you live in San Pedro?
I ended up in Pedro after moving out at seventeen. There was a sofa bed with my name on it in Pedro. I fell in love with the people and the place and I’ve been unable to be away for long since then. I like living in a place that’s essentially an island. People look out for each other here.

Why did you start the Walled City gallery, what do you want to accomplish with it?
I started Walled City because of an unexpected opportunity (insert lame quote about change and opportunity being the same character in Chinese here). I was working for the Angels Gate Cultural Center, and I resigned my position in frustration with my emasculating Executive Director (I’ve since returned to Angels Gate, and am now given tremendous support by the new Director to perform my duties as the Program Manager there).
After going on a several month long road trip, I was bumming around, my days filled with endless games of Grand Theft Auto and other astoundingly productive activities. Some friends of mine had the space and were giving it up and it was too good of a deal not to start my own gallery with a studio for my personal work in back.