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Thanks For The Head Trip: James Franco’s Riff on James Dean

Posted May 17, 2012 by | 10 Comments
Blow-up doll

Joel Chen’s hideaway showroom on Highland Avenue has been appropriated for a few weeks by MOCA and recast as the Chateau Marmont by James Franco and a gang of artists for their show, Rebel, organized by MOCA’s Lyn Winter. Bennett Stein, aka The Good4Nothing Connoisseur, went to the opening and found himself seduced by the exhibit.
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California Dreamin’ With Chris Nichols and Jim Heimann, at The Hollywood Riviera

Posted May 16, 2012 by | 8 Comments

What could be better than lounging by the pool at Edward Fickett’s classic mid-fifties Hollywood Riviera, listening to two of LA’s wittiest design connoisseurs discuss a topic (with yours truly) that intoxicated many of us raised in colder climes: LA’s Pool Culture? Well, that’s what is in store next Tuesday, May 22nd, when the City of West Hollywood hosts its  2012 Historic Preservation Celebration, from 6 …

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From a Home in Culver City to a Warehouse in Atwater Village: New Venues for Old Music

Posted May 15, 2012 by | 4 Comments

On today’s DnA, Thomas Aujero Small talked about the upcoming production of Don Giovanni (with sets by Frank Gehry, costumes by Rodarte, the subject of this DnA). We taped our conversation in his back yard at his home in Culver City, while awaiting the start of a performance by players from The Nimbus Ensemble (Garik Terzian plays cello in photo, right, by Jean-Claude Demirdjian). They …

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Sonic Trace: A KCRW Design Challenge

Posted May 15, 2012 by | 13 Comments
Anayansi in production mode

Are You a Designer? A Builder? An Architect? A Visionary?
Sonic Trace Wants Your Ideas
Sonic Trace? It is a new media project and radio series, produced in partnership with AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio. A direct result of KCRW’s Indpendent Producer Project, Sonic Trace , brings you stories that explore the three age-old questions about community and immigration — ¿Por qué te fuiste? …

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Hats and High Culture, Reconsidered

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From opera to hats, a fresh twist on old traditions? Hear about Frank Gehry and Rodarte’s Don Giovanni from Thomas Aujero Small and Victoria Newhouse.  Philip Treacy and Frank Strauss discuss America’s renewed interest in hats. Plus, Hunter Drohojowska-Philpremembers Vidal Sassoon, and Anayansi Diaz-Cortez and Eric Pearse-Chavez tell us about the Sonic Trace design challenge to KCRW listeners.

Banner image: Hat by milliner Philip Treacy, shown at Christopher Guy Showroom during Britweek. Courtesy of Rex Gelert Photography

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Around the World in Three Days: Legends of Design

Posted May 9, 2012 by | 1 Comment

It is so easy to spend hours peering through virtual windows onto design in blogs and web sites. So why not get out of your office chair and take a walk this week around the “La Cienega Design Quarter?” Shops and showrooms, located around the intersection of La Cienega and Melrose,  will host the now annual Legends of Design, a three-day smorgasbord of events, exhibits and panels …

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Form, Fantasy and the Expo Line

Posted May 9, 2012 by | Comments Off

When Reyner Banham wrote Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies in the early 1970s he observed then that if the car-loving Angelenos were ever to embrace to public transportation they would have to heed the advice of science fiction writer Ray Bradbury and hire Walt Disney to design it, the thesis being that the trip would have to be a fantasy-ride if it were to lure …

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“Real Chicago:” Jeanne Gang Revealed at LACMA Tuesday

Posted May 7, 2012 by | 3 Comments

“She’s talented, she’s very intelligent and she’s real Chicago, which means it’s about structure and construction.  It’s not about just the arbitrariness of design.” That was Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, quoted in this profile of  Jeanne Gang, the Macarthur-prize winning architect alumnus of OMA, the office of Rem Koolhaas, who broke a record — tallest tower designed by a female architect — when her …

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The Rodney King Riots, “Which Way, LA?” and the Start of A Conversation

Posted May 1, 2012 by | 1 Comment
Warren Olney and Cecil 'Chip' Murray

Last week we aired special programming on Which Way, LA? about the the causes and the aftermath of the Rodney King Riots that devastated Los Angeles twenty years ago. The shows also marked the anniversary of Which Way, LA? itself, begun shortly after the uprising as a temporary program driven by a sense of urgency. But Warren’s dialogue with and about Los Angeles, became …

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Tea and Britweek

Posted May 1, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Ask any Brit in LA what they miss most about the UK and there’s a strong likelihood that high on their list will be: a proper cup of tea. This means boiling water poured onto tea leaves in a pre-warmed teapot, served with a jug of milk and a side of hot water for extra cups — nothing at all like the sad teabag …

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