At the end of a Fullerton shopping center, next to DiceHouse Games, a tabletop gaming store that hosts role-playing nights and Magic: The Gathering tournaments, sits a relatively unassuming skate shop. Programme Skate & Sound also happens to sell vinyl records on one side, and on about a dozen nights per month for the past couple of years, it turns into a very different scene.
Josh Chesler Chris Gronowski, one of Programme's owners
Guitar amps, drums and a PA system are brought out to one side of the store. The clothing and skate-gear racks are wheeled out of the way, as dozens of hardcore, punk, indie and/or hip-hop kids cram into the shop--often with more left waiting outside. The young fans own the responsibility to not damage anything that can't be moved. "Obviously, you can't drink here, and there are no security guards or anything, so we just tell the kids to be cool, and they listen," says Chris Gronowski, one of Programme's owners. "Kids protect their own scene. No one wants to be the guy who ruined it for everyone."