9.5

Khalilah Ramirez

The Dance of Peace literally came from searching inside, trying to figure out how I could contribute to my community—then I was kind of…

Liz Ruiz

Back when I was a kid, the rink was the social place where everybody hung out. When Liz Ruiz started her mobile business, Aloha…

Pilar Agüero-Esparza

Staying inside the lines has never been Pilar Agüero-Esparza’s style. Over her 30 years as a practicing artist, she’s evolved from producing traditional two-dimensional…

Apis Floral

Flowers are intertwined with feelings—and Jose Ibarra and Efrain Escalante of Apis Floral get that. Though they never went to school to learn the…

DJ John Beaver

John Beaver has three passions: animals, music, and life itself. As a zookeeper at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, Beaver educates the community about…

Demone Carter

Demone Carter is an emcee with an encyclopedic understanding of hip-hop’s history and cultural influence. His lyrics are punchy, candid bits of verse that…

Day Trip: Livermore

On the eastern edge of the Bay Area, about 20 miles north of San Jose, sits Livermore, an art-loving, cowboy-turned-wine-country town with a Mediterranean…

9.5 Album Picks

Curated for each issue of Content by Universal Grammar, Album Picks are highlights of recent music releases by some of Universal Grammar’s favorite artists….

Aaron De La Cruz

Not long ago, artist Aaron De La Cruz was faced with an ultimatum: take on more work in the education sector to support his…