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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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Lucy Jones live-tweets and fact-checks “San Andreas”

Posted May 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A still from the film "San Andreas"

Hollywood is hoping its latest disaster flick will shake things up at the box office.
“San Andreas” stars Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Paul Giamatti, about a series of giant western earthquakes.
Los Angeles and other areas in the state are decimated. Buildings topple, fires are everywhere, and the destruction is massive. And the quake is so big that it triggers other quakes across the country.
We know Hollywood loves …

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Faith, food, color-blind equality: A photographer turns her lens on a dwindling 20th century religious movement

Posted May 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Devotees of the early twentieth century spiritual leader known as Father Divine don’t go to church.  They practice what they believe by living together, communally, and preparing an enormous banquet each day.  During their feast, they listen to tapes of the man they called God, who died back in 1965 and who at one time had tens of thousands of followers.
Besides his claim of divinity, …

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In light of IV: “A light in everyone’s window…”

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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In light of the one year anniversary of the tragedy in Isla Vista, our 5-part series captures the pulse of the community one year later.
To end our series, we headed back to Isla Vista to see how students are using art and light to both reconnect with the past and to move forward.

Most UCSB classes take place on campus, in classrooms. IV Open Labs does not. Art …

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Photographer Tyler Shields tackles race and media in “Historical Fiction”

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Photographer Tyler Shields doesn’t claim to be making big political statements, but his recent series Historical Fiction puts America’s Civil Rights era in bright bold color.
The photos explore dark moments in history, including the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Martin Luther King Jr., with many of them honing in on moments that confront the country’s racist past.
Shields has taken heat in the past for some provocative photos of Hollywood starlets. His …

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The rock ‘n’ roll legacy of a Sunset Strip hotel

Posted May 18, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Robert Plant at the "Riot Hyatt."

The debauchery and nihilism of the 1970s rock scene is perfectly captured in the Andaz West Hollywood, a hotel on the Sunset Strip that was then called the Continental Hyatt House and later the Hyatt on Sunset.
Bands like The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin all spent time at the “Riot House,” trashing their hotel rooms, starting fires and convincing their …

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RuPaul on a career in drag, self-expression and having fun

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s ComicCon, and AdultCon, FilmCon and James Caan. This weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center, there’s DragCon – that’s drag as in drag shows.
The two day convention that starts Saturday is being billed as the “art of drag, queer culture and self-expression for all.”
Men dressing as women is nothing new. But it’s not the taboo that it once was, as it’s gained a …

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A star-studded birthday: Griffith Observatory turns 80

Posted May 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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One of LA’s most beloved and iconic landmarks turns 80 years old today.
Griffith Observatory sits atop Mount Hollywood, gleaming white and visible from miles around.
It’s a true LA tourist attraction, away from the glitz of Hollywood, but very much a part of it as well.
Films such as “Rebel Without a Cause,” “The Terminator” and others have had scenes filmed there.
The graphic designer and documentary …

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How women were the unsung heroes of the Mexican Revolution

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Soldadera: Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, the year before her death at age 127

The artist Nao Bustamante was already working on a show about soldaderas, the women who fought with and ably assisted the troops in the Mexican Revolution, when she learned about Leandra Becerra Lumbreras–said to be the oldest survivor of the conflict that began in 1910.
She arranged to take her crew to Mexico to interview this woman who said she had fought the war “with her tortillas,” …

Arts & Culture, Environment, Food, News »

How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Citrus packing companies used intricate labels like this one to
distinguish their products. They were placed on sealed crates of
oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

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California’s new production tax program aims to keep and create jobs

Posted May 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A big budget movie called “San Andreas” is coming out just in time for the summer blockbuster season. It’s a film with a very California storyline: Monster earthquakes strike the state, flattening both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
California may play a starring role in San Andreas, but most of the movie wasn’t shot in Golden State. It was shot an ocean away in Queensland, Australia. That’s because the …

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Getting up close and personal with the upfronts

Posted May 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Fox's "Empire" is one of this year's big success stories.

A KCRW TV Interview Roundup
In the world of network television, this week is a big one. The annual upfront presentations by all the major networks are happening at different locations throughout New York. This is the time when press and advertisers gather to listen to TV executives present their new shows and schedules for the upcoming season and encourage media buyers to make their ad …

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Warren Olney tells his “Only in LA” story at The Moth

Posted May 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This story doesn’t take place in LA, but it appeared on television in LA. And so, here’s Warren’s “Only in LA” story as told as part of the Moth a few years ago. It has to do with some cute ducks, and a TV assignment…
Take a listen and tell us, what’s your “Only in LA” story?

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10 things to tell New Yorkers before they move to LA

Posted May 4, 2015 by | 6 Comments | ]
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As trend pieces go, the latest New York Times style piece “Los Angeles and Its Booming Creative Class Lures New Yorkers” managed to jam all the classic cliches into one column. And even create a few new ones along the way. We’ll let others do the debunking.
What is true, however, is that plenty of New Yorkers move to L.A. every year for myriad reasons. …

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Exploring the wilds of Los Angeles with bird-watcher Scott Logan

Posted April 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Scott Logan from Wild Wings Backyard Nature, watching birds at Franklin Canyon Park. Photo by Avishay Artsy.

This Saturday, May 2nd marks Bird LA Day – a citywide celebration of all things birds, with nature walks, a bird sketching workshop and a picnic along the LA River. I met up with birding enthusiast Scott Logan at Franklin Canyon Park, located in a beautiful canyon above Beverly Hills, in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains.
“All these birds, they just offer clues. You watch …

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Long before Lady Gaga, Sophie Tucker had the corner on outrageous

Posted April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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She wasn’t exactly a looker, and no one would ever accuse her of being slender. That didn’t stop Sophie Tucker from rising to unprecedented superstardom in a career that spanned six decades. In fact, it probably helped.
After running away from her Orthodox Jewish family in Hartford, she stole the show at the Ziegfeld Follies at age 22 and until she died in 1966, was famed as …

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iPhone-wielding gawkers blinded by whiteout on Sunset

Posted April 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Locals have long called the scary-looking dilapidated structure at the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Bates Ave. the Bates Motel, though that’s not really its name. It just reminds people of the iconic motel in Hitchcock’s Psycho.
The former Sunset Pacific Hotel has been long-abandoned. Back when he was a City Councilman, Mayor Eric Garcetti called this one of the most troublesome properties in the city. …

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Listen to KCRW’s Murrow Award winners!

Posted April 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Tristen J. Winger, 27, of South L.A. and Jordan McCovey, 22, of Victorville rehearse their lines.

KCRW won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards today, one for a series on the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and a second for a piece on the casting call for “Straight Outta Compton,” an upcoming film about the founding of NWA.

You can hear the Straight Outta Compton story and see photos, here. 

And you can listen to Cargoland, which tells the stories of life at …

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Actors’ Equity and the minimum wage debate

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Anthony Byrnes, host of "Opening the Curtain" on KCRW

National leaders of Actors’ Equity have rejected a recent vote by rank-and-file union members in Los Angeles’ stage acting community.
They will impose a $9 hourly minimum wage for members who perform in Los Angeles County theaters, unless they perform in theaters of 49 seats or fewer, or if it’s a membership company, or if the show is self-produced.
The issue has pitted the national stage actors’ …

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Will a rebranded neighborhood have room for the poor?

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Every year, filmmaker Drew Bachrach (who earns a living creating content-for-hire) saves up enough money to make his own work in the summertime, to pursue a passion project. When he heard about the planned demolition of a housing project in Watts, built decades ago as temporary barracks for veterans returning from World War II, he knew he’d found his subject. He wondered if what happened …

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Santa Barbara’s new poet laureate shares her words

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Poet and Playwright, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Mayor of Santa Barbara announced the city’s new poet laureate. Sojourner Kincaid Rolle has been a fixture in Santa Barbara for quite some time. She’s written seven books and six plays, and has been leading poetry workshops since 1992. We asked Sojourner to stop by our studio last week and share a poem or two.

A Space Where A Poem …

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