May 6 – 16, 2021

Atomic Cafe: The Noisiest Corner in J-Town

Synopsis

In the late 1970’s, when L.A.’s punk rock scene was exploding, an unlikely family-owned restaurant in Little Tokyo started by Japanese Americans returning from America’s WWII concentration camps became one of its most popular hangouts. That’s when Sansei “Atomic Nancy”, with her take-no-prisoners punk aesthetic, took the café over from her parents and cranked up the jukebox. Infamous for its eclectic clientele–from Japanese American locals to the biggest rock stars of the day–the Atomic Café became an important part of L.A.’s punk rock history.

This title screens as part of the Documentary Shorts 2 block of films

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