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Clock ticks down for stalled Grand Avenue remake

Posted September 30, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

An ambitious and long-delayed plan to remake downtown’s Grand Ave. with luxury condo towers, high-end shops and a tony hotel faces a critical deadline at midnight tonight. That’s when an agreement is set to expire between a panel made up of city and county representatives and developer Related Cos. The Grand Ave. Authority rejected The New York company’s latest proposal earlier this month. The …

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Mixer: iPads and union contracts – can’t we have nice things?

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

Jack Dolan reports for the LA Times. Hillel Aron for LA Weekly. They both joined us for this week’s Friday Mixer.
LAUSD is spending hundreds of millions of dollars for iPads for every one of its students. Some kids who’ve been lucky enough to get early iPads have reportedly already got around restrictions and downloaded some unapproved apps. We also found out more recently that some people are allegedly stealing them.
Can’t we have nice things? …

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Wilshire Boulevard Temple gets a facelift

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 10 Comments | ]

After several years of heavy duty restoration, the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple in LA’s Koreatown neighborhood is once again open. Earlier this month it offered services during the High Holy days, and this Sunday the synagogue is putting on an interfaith concert for the public.
The concert on Sunday is sold out, but you can stream it online here.

The renovation of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple …

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California braces for possible government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

According to Mapquest, it’s roughly 2,670 miles from L.A. to Washington, D.C. And 2,730 from Sacramento to D.C. You’d think that kind of distance would help buffer California from the political ups and downs in the nation’s capitol. But that probably won’t be the case if the federal government shuts down next week because Congress can’t agree on funding for Uncle Sam.
How big a …

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Meet LA’s new film czar, Tom Sherak

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
Tom Sherak, the head of the Los Angeles Entertainment Industry and Production Office. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Los Angeles has a new film czar.
Today L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the appointment of Tom Sherak as head of the city’s Entertainment Industry and Production Office.
He’s a longtime Hollywood insider, and the former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Sherak will work on helping LA compete with other states and countries that offer generous tax incentives to lure away film, …

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Wild Records brings modern-day rockabilly to LA

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]
wild records

There’s a tiny little record label in Los Angeles. You probably haven’t heard of it. That is, unless you’re really into 1950s-style rockabilly music. It’s called Wild Records.
Omar Romero wears a suit onstage, his hair carefully coiffed into a pompadour, and he shakes his hips like Elvis Presley. He has full sleeves of tattoos on both arms, and when he’s not playing music, he …

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‘Station to Station': Riding the art train from Barstow to Los Angeles

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 15 Comments | ]
The Station to Station train at the platform in Barstow.(Photo: Carolina Miranda)

For the last twenty days, a group of writers, singers, artists and photographers have been making their way across the country in an old Amtrak train — staging rock concerts and performance art in cities from New York to Barstow. “Station to Station,” as the project is called, was the brain child of Doug Aitken, a prominent installation and video artist based in Los …

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What happened to the grand vision for Grand Avenue?

Posted September 26, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Walt Disney Concert Hall on Grand Ave. Photo via Flickr by dibaer/ Creative Commons

For decades, local leaders have dreamed of transforming downtown L.A.’s Grand Avenue into a cultural mecca. Plans for the street have included a park, fancy condos, hotels and a shopping district. While some of it has come to fruition like the Civic Park between the Music Center and City Hall, most remains unrealized. Why?
On October 2nd, KCRW’s Warren Olney and Frances Anderton will host …

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Selling whiskey with Charles Bukowski

Posted September 25, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
Charles Bukowski, 1981. Photo by Mark Hanauer.

The whiskey company Dewar’s has released a new TV ad featuring an actor reading a poem by the late writer Charles Bukowski.
The poem, “So, You Want to Be a Writer,” was published in a posthumous Bukowski collection.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talked to Carolyn Kellogg, a book critic for the LA Times, about other companies that have used the work of literary heroes to sell their …

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Are you still wondering what Obamacare means for you?

Posted September 25, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The Affordable Care Act –AKA Obamacare — takes effect on October 1st. For many, it is still unclear how they will be affected. On KCRW next week, we’ll be trying to get your questions answered, but first we need to know what they are. Please take a few minutes to tell us what questions you still have about Obamacare. Thanks!

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‘Breaking Bad’ won at the Emmys but Netflix still scored

Posted September 23, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]

One of the big stories going into last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards was that Netflix had crashed the party. It was the first year a a series produced and distributed by an online digital company received recognition from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “House of Cards” — the Netflix original series– received 14 nominations including Outstanding Drama Series. It’s star Kevin Spacey was nominated for Outstanding Actor …

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Photos: LA’s ‘garbage land’

Posted September 23, 2013 by | 9 Comments | ]

For more than 50 years, the communities of Los Angeles County have sent their household and commercial refuse to the Puente Hills Landfill in Whittier, one of the largest public dumps in the country. But after decades of service, the dump is nearly full and will close for good on Halloween Day.
When Puente Hills closes, it will complicate where dozens of cities in L.A. County send …

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Where does your trash go?

Posted September 23, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]

View Where your trash gets dumped in a larger map
Some fun facts on your trash:
The average American generates seven pounds of trash per day.
Depending on where you live, between 40 and 75 percent of that material is recycled. The rest? It’s trucked to a landfill, dumped and buried.
Some fun facts on your trash:

Garbage as Economic Indicator: When Puente Hills Landfill closes next month, it …

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McCartney and Timberlake play gigs in Hollywood

Posted September 23, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2009 - Paul McCartney

A stretch of Hollywood Boulevard is going to be shut down for the next couple of days to make way for a pair of concerts planned for “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Today’s gig features a guy you may have heard of – one Sir Paul McCartney. He’s scheduled to perform this afternoon around 4:30. Tomorrow, it’s Justin Timberlake.
We asked Mikael Wood – who covers pop …

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What’s the most iconic building in Los Angeles

Posted September 22, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

As part of our LA Grows Up series, we asked KCRW listeners to tell us what building they thought was the most iconic in LA. Here’s what they said.

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Mixer: Sheriff’s parachute, rideshare apps, and the mayor of Portlandia

Posted September 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

The end of the week means we have analysis of LA stories and politics. Welcome to the Mixer.
Gene Maddaus reports for LA Weekly, Seema Mehta reports for the Los Angeles Times. They joined us to dissect the big stories of the week.
If someone points a finger at you, go ahead and retire. A new report finds that none of the top managers at the LA …

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To re-envision Pershing Square, look to the past

Posted September 20, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]
From left: Richard Schave, Kim Cooper and Steve Chiotakis in Pershing Square. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

If you’ve only spent a little time in downtown Los Angeles, you could be forgiven for missing Pershing Square entirely.
Even though it’s right in the heart of LA, it’s built above a parking garage and elevated from the street level, making it hard to see inside. That’s just one of the many criticisms surrounding the design of the five-acre park.
Now Councilman José Huizar is …

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Ninety years of The Hollywood Sign

Posted September 19, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo of The Hollywood Sign by Eugene Wei via Flickr/CC.

Ninety years ago this year, the Hollywood Sign, those venerable boxy letters that designate an area of LA, were placed near the summit of Mt. Lee. And later this evening, there’s a big celebration to mark nine decades of tinsel-treasure.
Marc Wanamaker is a film historian and Hollywood expert, and spoke with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about those letters that spell fabulous.

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Go behind the scenes at the L.A. Opera

Posted September 19, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
Placido Domingo leads the Los Angeles Opera orchestra in this rehearsal of "Carmen" while performers are on stage. Domingo, one of the world's great tenors, is the L.A. Opera's general director.

This week, the Los Angeles Opera opens its 27th season with an epic, big budget production of “Carmen,” that bold and bawdy 19th Century tale of love and temptation by Georges Bizet.
Behind the scenes at L.A.’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, hundreds of cast and crew members have been working to put the finishing touches on the production before this Saturday’s opening night. All of the …

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Do e-cigarettes hook us or help us?

Posted September 19, 2013 by | 20 Comments | ]
Vaping. Photo via by planetc1/ Flickr/Creative Commons

This week I inhaled Unicorn Blood for the first time. That’s not some Satanic drug ritual or a Harry Potter-themed beverage — it’s one flavor of nicotine liquid, or “e-juice” among the hundreds you can buy for an e-cigarette. What’s it taste like? Skittles and black tea. I also tried Nightwatch (coffee and doughnuts), Nice Melons, Harvest Berries, and Papa’s Cough Medicine.
If that sounds …

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