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Head-covering optional: A new mosque aims to bridge gaps and shatter myths about Islam

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There is no dress code at The Women’s Mosque of America, where congregants are encouraged to wear what feels comfortable. The newly-formed mosque, said to be the first of its kind in the United States, is less about a literal place than it is about a state of mind. It isn’t, organizers say, designed to supplant the traditional mosque. The hope is that the all-women’s gathering will  encourage continued dialogue …

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Game of Drones: Can our skies be controlled?

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Tyler Hayden with the Santa Barbara Independent comes face to face with a drone.

KCRW’s Lisa Osborn talks with Tyler Hayden of the Santa Barbara Independent about his cover story on drones, including new FAA rules and how the unmanned aircraft are being used in a variety of industries.

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Web site puts L.A.’s cultural bounty at your fingertips

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Getty Conservation Institute and city officials have collaborated on a new web site that aims to be a one-stop-surfing destination for the culturally curious in Los Angeles.
HistoricPlacesLA.org has borrowed from sources like the National Register of Historic Places and city historic preservation zones to create a database of L.A.’s cultural heritage sites, everything from office towers and museums to delis and individual homes.
Users …

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Eeek Ticket! Disneyland flirting with $100 entry

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’re going to have to dig a little deeper if you want to hang out with Mickey and Minnie.
The Walt Disney Co. has raised ticket prices to Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its theme parks. The new prices went into effect yesterday.
Single-day tickets to Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim are now $99 for anyone 10 or older. The price for …

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Oscars 2015: Full list

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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*It’s okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015

The full list of Oscar nominees and winners is below, with links to relevant KCRW interviews.
The 87th Oscars:

Best Picture:
“American Sniper”
** WINNER “Birdman”
“Boyhood”
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
“The Imitation Game”
“Selma”
“The Theory of Everything”
“Whiplash”
Best Actor:
Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
** WINNER Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Actress:
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones, ‘The Theory …

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Mixer: Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
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This Sunday, hundreds of millions of people around the world will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies.
It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity. In fact, the last time there were this few Oscar nominees of color was in 1998.
The Washington Post even had …

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What it’s like when Oprah calls: One writer’s experience

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The writer Cynthia Bond

We talked to writer Cynthia Bond last year after her debut novel, Ruby, was published.  For years, Bond wrote in stolen moments from her job helping at-risk youth write their own stories.  Like many authors, she was happy just to finally have her book in print.  Then, a few months ago, she got “the call.”  Oprah, maker of best-sellers, was on the line, effusive in her praise for …

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‘Sacred Faces’ finds inspiration in religious imagery

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
"Chuang Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY.  I came back a second day to photograph more of  the figures.  Anruddha Thera sits on the Bohdi pathway leading up to the temples.  His serene face charms everyone who sees him."

Whether it’s a crucified Christ’s downcast eyes, the serene smile of the Buddha, or the quixotic grin of a Hindu god, Jewish photographer Andy Romanoff has a way of capturing the ineffable beauty of religious imagery, and the striking similarities in the iconography of different faiths.
“Why have we all decided to do it this way? Almost from the first moment we know about human …

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A painting with your movie ticket: Hollywood’s digital transition means more space for art

Posted February 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a Thursday night at the Laemmle movie theater on Lankershim. Patrons are streaming in for the evening shows. As they make their way down the corridor to the theaters, they’re greeted with a series of bright, floral paintings by the San Diego collaborative duo Hill and Stump –and art patrons, sipping wine.
Much has been said about the transition to digital movie projection, but …

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Universal Studios greenlights a sequel for tram tour

Posted February 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Okay, parts of the Universal Studios tram tour are pretty hokey. The old shark from “Jaws” is showing its age and the falling bridge hardly counts as a thrill ride by modern standards. But the tour – which first started shuttling guests around the back lot in 1964 – remains as popular as ever. Universal officials say more than 90 percent of visitors take …

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SNL – 40 and loving it!

Posted February 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This past Sunday, Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary in a three and a half hour special. Celebrity actors like Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Alec Baldwin made cameo appearances, musicians like Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Paul Simon, Miley Cyrus and others played songs, and veteran SNL cast members like Jimmy Fallon, Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, …

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Louis “B-Real” Freese of Cypress Hill on his pot shop plans

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Santa Ana held a lottery last week, and rapper Louis “B-Real” Freese of the group Cypress Hill is one of 20 winners hoping to open dispensaries. The luck of the draw will pave the way for Freese and 19 others to open medical marijuana collectives in Santa Ana later this year.
The city received more than 630 applications, and numerous applicants were placed on a …

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Bringing the war home: Inventive photographs tell the stories of veterans

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Captain Elizabeth A. Condon, New York Army National Guard, veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom, with daughter, Kate, and mother Elizabeth; Troy, NY, June 2008, Fujiflex Super Glossy optical c-print, from In Country: Soldier’s Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, © Jennifer Karady

If you’re headed to Palm Springs for modernism week, or any other reason, here’s a possible, if unrelated, detour: an exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum of photographs by the Brooklyn-based artist, Jennifer Karady.
An hour and a world away from the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, where soldiers are trained for ground combat in the middle east, the museum commissioned a piece from Karady, …

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Oscar Goes Outdoors: Hollywood and the Santa Monica Mountains

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On this Valentine’s Day weekend, if you love movies as much as your significant other, you might want to check out some Hollywood history.
“Oscar Goes Outdoors!” is an event this Sunday that’ll give local film fanatics a chance to see some classic Hollywood settings within a short drive of L.A., from “Gone with the Wind” to “American Sniper.”
The event will be at King Gillette Ranch, …

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Sultans of Satire: Finding humor in difficult times

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Mona Shaikh performs during the Sultans of Satire stand-up comedy show. Photo by Megan Sweas.

Last month, French jihadists opened fire at the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and two other locations in the Paris area, killing 17 people.
The incident sparked a debate about the importance of free speech and satire, and how Western society should address radical Islam.
Tonight at Harmony Gold on the Sunset Strip (ticket info here), several Muslim-American, Middle Eastern and Jewish comedians will take …

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Nothing digital about it: LA Zine Fest celebrates printed work

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Much has been said about the demise of printed matter: the newspaper, the magazine, the book. But this weekend in Los Angeles there’s a celebration of print taking place where you can pick up armfuls of publications. No digital device necessary.
This will be the fourth annual LA Zine Fest, said co-founder Rhea Tepp, with more than 200 zine creators showing off their stuff.  “I think …

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Remembering the late retail architect Jon Jerde

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Horton Plaza in San Diego, designed by The Jerde Partnership. Photo by Sandy Huffaker, Jr.

Architect Jon Jerde, responsible for some of LA’s most iconic shopping malls and urban spaces, died today at his home in Brentwood.  He was 75. He’s best known for his work on Universal City Walk, Horton Plaza in San Diego and the design of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
KCRW’s Frances Anderton hosts the show “Design and Architecture” and edited a book about Jerde called …

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Photos: Unearthing L.A.’s improvised past

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Lynell George

For some time now, I’ve been thinking and talking about Los Angeles in the past tense. Not in a nostalgic way—rather, my memory of place had become an overlay, filtering the way I see and move through the here-and-now city.
Vanished landmarks are still active points on my personal map of the city where I was born and raised—touchstones I remember from the ’60s, ’70s …

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Here’s the trailer for ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screen grab from the trailer for 'Straight Outta Compton'

In an introduction to the trailer (above, NSFW), Dr. Dre and Ice Cube ride through their old neighborhood, “We put it all in the music, all our frustration and anger,” they say. “Our music was like our weapon, and that’s the most powerful weapon we’ve got.”
In 1988 NWA released “Straight Outta Compton” and changed hip-hop forever. The controversial album punched through the charts with the …

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No cameras allowed: Artist Bill Robles makes a career drawing courtroom dramas

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Bill Robles has the mellifluous baritone of a broadcaster, but he’s made a living for over 40 years with his eyes — and his hands. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design, back before it was located in Pasadena, Robles found himself sitting in a courtroom for the trial of Charles Manson in 1970, on assignment for a local TV station. He’s been covering, …

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