For #17, we looked around for examples of creative energy, and brought back quite an eclectic display. From the streets of Baltimore to the bustling capital of Nigeria, the stories in this issue showcase vast forms of expression. We visit Los Angeles' Mariachi Plaza, where dozens of mariachis congregate every day-socializing, playing music and making their living. In "Nollywood Dreaming," we go inside Nigeria's booming film industry, and "Big Rig! Part Two" takes a look at the vibrant subculture of custom trucks through the lens of photographer Roger Snider. We also bring you East L.A.'s obsession with all things Betty Boop; Gary Baseman's menagerie of mask photos; and three artist features: Chaz, Roy Ferdinand and Amanda Visell. We think that this diverse selection of stories has something for everybody, and we hope that you gain as much inspiration from it as we have.