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Keeping cowboy culture alive in Compton

Posted March 5, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Southern California is an industrialized megalopolis, but its agricultural history continues in some unlikely places. One of them is the City of Compton, where a few cowboys still ride their horses — on trails but also through city streets.
For years, the center of cowboy culture was “The Hill,” a stable at Figueroa and 131st streets, until it mysteriously burned down 3 years ago. Since …

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BACKSTAGE: Cultural Infrastructure is Sexy!

Posted February 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
In Tuesday’s on-air commentary, I suggested that the slew of openings in Los Angeles theater this weekend were a symptom of some basic calendar math and a lack of cultural infrastructure.  My argument was that local theaters were not scheduling to maximize their audience and attention by spacing openings out and avoiding direct …

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Three foodie films to check out at the SBIFF

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival kicks off this week. One category within the festival, called “Screen Cuisine,” spotlights films centered on food. According to Matt Kettmann, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast, this year’s food film lineup is particularly strong.

Here are some of his top picks:

City of Gold: A portrait of Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer Jonathan Gold as he eats his …

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Olney in L.A. – ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ mini series

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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KCRW’s Warren Olney has launched Olney in L.A., an ongoing exploration of the people and the forces that are shaping Southern California.
The first episode of Olney in L.A., on Feb. 2, 2016, covered The People v. O.J. Simpson, a mini series that the FX channel’s American Crime Story show premiered that night. Olney discussed the 1995 case that riveted the nation with Linda Deutsch, who covered …

Arts & Culture, News, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Which Way, LA?

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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KCRW’s Warren Olney moderated KCRW’s Which Way LA? for 23 years before wrapping up the program on January 28.
But he’s not going away.
He will continue to host To the Point, weekdays at 1. And, beginning next week, a new, regular segment called Olney in L.A.
And while Warren is staying put, so too are the issues he spent countless hours trying to make sense of on his …

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Going underground to dine on rich, illegal cheese

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Even if you haven’t tried them yourself, chances are you know someone who has.  We’re talking pop-up dinners—when you shell out cash to go to a stranger’s house and have them cook a meal for you, usually a really expensive meal.
Pop-up dinners are nothing new for Javier Cabral, a food blogger for VICE.  But recently he went to a rather unusual one in the hills …

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BACKSTAGE: “The Room” that might not exist . . .

Posted January 28, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
If you don’t already have plans or tickets to see the Wooster Group’s latest show in Los Angeles next week, you might want to act quickly. It’s turning out to be a hot ticket surrounded by scandal (or maybe just incompetence, but more on that in a bit).
Background
The New York-based Wooster Group has …

Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »

What happened to Spanish-language films in Santa Barbara?

Posted January 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater isn’t known for playing movies. Most of its audience comes to see operas, ballets and symphony orchestras.
But, on occasional Sunday afternoons Latino families and friends sprinkle into the foyer to watch classic Mexican films, as part of the Granada’s new Epoca de Oro Mexican Film Series.

On one such Sunday in December, Raul Gill grabs popcorn for himself and his five friends. They’re excited to …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News, The Mixer »

Mixer: Goodbyes to Bowie, Frey and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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In the past few weeks, the world of music has lost some gentlemen and geniuses, and a lot of melodic eloquence.
We’re still reeling from the death this week of Glenn Frey the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based band “The Eagles”, who gave us so many hits to remember. He was 67.
Frey passed away this week from complications of colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We also recently lost …

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Finger picking musician stops by Santa Barbara

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel isn’t a stranger to life on tour. He first hit the road when he was 6 years old, playing shows throughout his home country of Australia alongside his family band.
“We were very poor, and we traveled around in two cars with our gear on the roof,” said Emmanuel. “We either slept on the ground under the stars, or in a tent.”
Today’s tours look …

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BACKSTAGE: Can You Know Too Much?

Posted January 21, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
It’s tricky business when you know how something you love is made.
Years ago, I had a wonderful English teacher, Professor Regan. At the start of his “Comedy and Satire” course, he issued a dire warning: “If you’re in this class because you love comedy – leave. Leave because I’m going to ruin it for …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, LA Noir, News »

Remembering The Eagles’ Glenn Frey (1948-2016)

Posted January 18, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s another heartbreaking loss for an entertainment industry that’s lost a few people over the last couple of weeks.
The co-founder of the Los Angeles band, ‘The Eagles’, has died. Glenn Frey had been stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and colitis. He was 67.
The band’s website announced his death today.
The guitarist joined with drummer Don Henley and, in Los Angeles, formed one of history’s most successful songwriting …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Guitarist Raul Midón plays outside the jazz box

Posted January 16, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Guitarist Raul Midón pulls from several styles and influences. Although jazz is his number one passion (he stole a Charlie Parker record from his dad as a kid, and has been hooked ever since), he’s also inspired by pop and rock artists, like Jason Mraz and the Who.
“I made a choice when I moved to New York City, that I didn’t want to live like that,” …

Arts & Culture, economy, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Build it, but who will pay?

Posted January 15, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The National Football League makes a return to the Los Angeles media market with the Rams trekking back west from St. Louis, Mo., to a new behemoth facility in Inglewood.
Owner Stan Kroenke took to the podium today at Inglewood’s Forum to introduce himself to Southland fans. That city will host the team, eventually, when a stadium is finished at the site of the old …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, Commentary, News »

BACKSTAGE: A friend in the theater

Posted January 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
Last week, I had you check your three favorite intimate theater websites to see what was playing through July. Chances are, you came up mostly empty. Maybe you could find the next play but probably not a season, right?
So why is this a problem?
It’s not nurturing an audience and it’s out of step …

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Home is where the Hef is for Playboy Mansion buyer

Posted January 11, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Playboy Mansion is for sale.
But if you buy it, you’ll have to make room for a certain octogenarian, and perhaps some bunnies as well.
Playboy Enterprises has announced that it’s asking $200 million for the six-acre Holmby Hills estate, grotto and all.
The company says any deal will be  contingent on allowing 89-year-old Hugh Hefner to live in the home until he dies.
The main house …

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Mixer: When Tech trumps the Tach

Posted January 8, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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For decades, automakers have looked to the auto shows of Los Angeles, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and others to unveil their latest luxury vehicle and concept cars of the future.
But more and more, it’s the Consumer Electronic Show – or C.E.S. as it’s called – in Las Vegas where they’re making their big splashes.
So far, at C.E.S. 2016, General Motors …

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Growing up Zorthian: Family business sells nothing

Posted January 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Alan Zorthian and his daughter, Caroline, are the owners and operators of Zorthian Ranch. It’s hard to say what their jobs actually are – other than being Zorthians. They have a family business that sells nothing.
Alan’s father, the artist Jirayr Zorthian, built the ranch more than 70 years ago. It resembles a sprawling village built of out of driftwood and washing machines, perched on the …

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BACKSTAGE: A Vicious Small Theater Cycle

Posted January 7, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
This week on air, I ran a preview of the theater I’m looking forward to in Los Angeles this spring. Now, most of the shows listed are either from our presenting houses (RedCat, The Broad etc.)  or our bigger theaters (Center Theater Group, The Geffen). Underrepresented are our intimate theaters. Why?
There are a …

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One Thing: Music

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Eric J. Lawrence, a DJ and the music librarian for KCRW, says 2015 has been a year of change in the music business, with money at the center of it …

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One Thing: Literature

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
KCRW talked with bookseller Allison Hill for our annual end-of-the-year look at trends in  literature. She says 2015 was a great year for complex female characters in novels whose telling …

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