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Kerouac’s ‘Big Sur’ adapted to film

Posted October 31, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

There’s another movie about the life of Jack Kerouac that opens November 1st.
“Big Sur” looks at the writer’s time along the scenic California coast after his novel ‘On the Road’ was published in 1957 and fame began setting in.
Of course the words – and tempo – of Kerouac, and his compadre in chief, Neal Cassady, helped to identify and validate the Beatnik generation.
A group …

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A guide to homemade haunts in the Southland

Posted October 31, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
DIY Haunt House, designed by Brian Kinsman in North Hollywood

Los Angeles is a prime location for haunted house aficionados. The film industry offers plenty of expertise in special effects, costumes, and set design – all things needed to make a spooky Halloween haunt.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis talked to Gerg MacLaurin, who lives in Arleta and has created many haunted houses over the years.
And then KCRW’s Avishay Artsy went to Northridge for a tour of …

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Photos: Amazon’s massive fulfillment center

Posted October 31, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
The Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino is enormous, 1-million-square-feet in size. To put that another way, that's about the same size as 50 football fields put side by side. When you walk through the distribution center, you're surrounded by assembly lines of workers packaging products quickly and efficiently to send off to customers. It's the closest you can to Santa's workshop without going to the North Pole. (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)

Not so long ago, California and online retail giant Amazon were locked in a bitter conflict over sales tax.  State authorities wanted to implement an online sales tax, but Amazon was bitterly opposed to the idea. That stand-off ended in 2011 when Governor Brown signed a bill that delayed the collection of the taxes for one year in exchange for Amazon dropping an effort …

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Sen. Ron Calderon allegedly took bribes in FBI sting

Posted October 31, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Ronald Calderon’s lawyer is denying a report that the lawmaker accepted $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent posing as a Hollywood producer. Al Jazeera Television says the payments were allegedly in exchange for Calderon’s help expanding tax credits available to the film industry. Some of the money allegedly went to a non-profit that was formed by Ron Calderon’s brother, former Assemblyman Tom …

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Horror classics and other books worth reading

Posted October 30, 2013 by | 27 Comments | ]
Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times shows why hard copies of books are not obsolete

Who better to answer the question, “What to read?” than someone who reads for a living? Carolyn Kellogg of the LA Times joined us in studio this week to talk about some notable titles.
Among them is a collection she says is a perfect example to use when someone asks that tired question, “Who needs hard copies of books?”  Carolyn showed off the artfully designed …

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The saints of Skid Row

Posted October 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

A dozen years or so ago, I set out to find connections between the stories of 100 saints and the streets that bear their names here in Los Angeles, a city which itself is named for a saint. (Nuestra Señora de los Angeles, Our Lady of the Angels – that is, the Virgin Mary).
One thing I was fairly certain of at the outset: Nearly …

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Courts faulted for not keeping guns from mentally ill

Posted October 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Many courts in California fail to report the mentally ill to justice officials, undermining efforts to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners. State law requires that courts tell the Justice Department when they make certain mental health determinations. That can put people on a list prohibiting them from buying firearms .But a new state audit finds that many courts are not aware of …

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Supt. Deasy to reveal if he’ll ditch school district

Posted October 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Today’s the day we’re expected to learn if L.A. School Superintendent John Deasy will stay or go. Deasy is due to meet with the Board of Education to discuss his job performance and his future with LAUSD. In response to a report that he planned to walk away, Deasy said he would reveal more about his plans after his review. He’s sparred frequently with …

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The doctor is out: Conrad Murray gets shortened term

Posted October 28, 2013 by | 6 Comments | ]

The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson walked out of an L.A. jail this morning after serving just about half of his four-year sentence. Conrad Murray managed to elude a crowd of reporters and angry Jackson fans. The 60-year-old caused Jackson’s death by providing the pop star with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. Murray says he wants to work as a doctor …

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Mixer: LAUSD Sup. Deasy looking for the exit

Posted October 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
friday mixer square

As the week draws to a close, Howard Blume and Dave Zanhiser — both from the LA Times — help us tie a ribbon on it.
The bell reportedly may be ringing for John Deasy.
The LAUSD superintendent may be about to resign. That story reported by Howard and the LA Times, who say Deasy could be leaving in the next few months.
Deasy has neither confirmed nor denied the …

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Deasy may walk away from LAUSD early next year

Posted October 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Will he stay or will he go? L.A. School Superintendent won’t confirm an L.A. Times report that he plans to leave his job in February – but he’s not denying it either. Deasy promises he’ll have more to say after his job evaluation, which is scheduled for Tuesday. Deasy was hired to head the nation’s second largest school district in 2011. He had threatened …

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Oh, the horror! LA filmmakers turn to ‘mumblegore’

Posted October 24, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
A still from the home-invasion horror film "You’re Next."

A number of young LA filmmakers are producing some low-budget horror films, spawning a new category dubbed “mumblegore.”
LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson wrote about these “micro-budget cerebral chillers that eschew cheap kills and studio interference” in this week’s cover story “The Mumblegore Revolution.” She says these filmmakers are expanding the definition of horror:
L.A.’s indie horror filmmakers are scared of a lot of traditional …

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Two views of Angela Spaccia in Bell corruption trial

Posted October 24, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

It’s Day 2 in the corruption trial of former Bell Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia. She was making more than $500,000 a year and her boss – Robert Rizzo – more than twice that when their salaries came to light in 2010. Prosecutors say the pair had a secret formula to boost their pay. Spaccia’s lawyer says her client was duped by Rizzo, who …

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How disaster connects California

Posted October 24, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Banner image: Edward Vielmetti

When I was a graduate student at Caltech in the 1960s, my boyfriend and I loved to take a spin up the cliff-hanging California Highway 39 that ascends in a 30-mile stretch from Azusa to the crest of the San Gabriel Mountains. Smog was a serious problem back then, but we’d go up on those wonderful days when the air was clear, the sky …

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Lit Crawl LA comes to NoHo Arts District

Posted October 23, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Words and people will take to the streets tonight in North Hollywood, for a 5 hour festival to celebrate books.
Lit Crawl will kick off at 6 in the NoHo Arts District, and organizers promise a rigorous read of hundreds of books and what they call ‘literary mayhem’.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis speaks with Carolyn Kellogg, who writes the blog Jacket Copy for the LA Times.

Carolyn’s picks …

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Touring Skid Row, a place most go out of their way to avoid

Posted October 23, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
At the "gateway" of Skid Row, Rev. Andy of the Union Rescue Mission details the landscape

Just blocks from the trendy gleam of downtown Los Angeles, Skid Row is a place most people go out of their way to avoid. I recently spent a few hours on the streets there with a dozen or so other curious people, immersed in its history.
Each year, self-described “street historian” Richard Schave of Esotouric takes whoever is interested on a free tour to show …

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Tomatoes and traffic: Council mulls vegetable gardens

Posted October 23, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]

The L.A. City Council will consider a proposal today to allow residents to plant vegetable gardens on strips of city-owned land between streets and sidewalks. The gardens would be allowed as long as they don’t keep people from walking on sidewalks. The plants cannot be poisonous, invasive, or controlled substances, like marijuana…L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar says his extramarital affair with a former staffer …

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Do you know enough about your wildlife neighbors?

Posted October 23, 2013 by | 8 Comments | ]
Aphelocoma Californica

The first thing you notice when you step out of your car in the dusty parking lot is that your cell phone has no reception. The second thing you notice is the silence. Or rather, you notice that the city—cars, traffic, concrete—has been replaced with wilderness. It’s Nature with a big N: trees, brush, creeks, waterfalls, wildflowers, and all manner of bird, bug, and …

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Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct with 100 mules

Posted October 22, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

This year marks 100 years since the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the pipeline that carries water from the Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley. It enabled LA to grow into the metropolis it is today, but drained the Owens Valley dry. To recognize that legacy, an LA artist has embarked on a curious adventure: to travel that 240-mile stretch of the …

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TV cartoon producer Lou Scheimer remembered

Posted October 22, 2013 by | 4 Comments | ]

He was the anti-Disney. His company, a fierce rival to Hanna-Barbera.  Lou Scheimer of Filmation was a cartoonist known for his different approach in Hollywood. And he made quite a mark.
The Emmy-award winning animator died a few days ago at his home here in Los Angeles, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84.
Filmation is best known for its series including ‘Fat Albert’ and …

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