Arts & Culture, Environment, Featured, Headline, News, Politics, Power and Water »

Coastal agency wants to put Venice curfew to bed

VENICEBEACH

A long-running fight over a city-imposed curfew on Venice Beach could heat up again. The California Commission has consistently opposed the midnight to 5 a.m. curfew – arguing that the state’s Coastal Act calls for the public to have access to the ocean 24 hours a day. In a letter earlier this month, commission officials asked the city to reopen talks on the curfew. …

Arts & Culture, Featured, Food, Interviews, News »

Fine dining finds a place at Coachella

LA Thai restaurant Night+Market offers chicken larb and party wings at Coachella. Photo via Food Is The New Rock.

Another several days of music and desert camaraderie continues later this week, as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival hits its second weekend.
Tens of thousands of music fans descended on Indio to enjoy the music with dancing and drinking. All that motion and walking can certainly work up an appetite. And that’s where high-end culinary offerings are trying to fill the void.
As we’ve …

Featured, News, Sonic Trace »

Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Immigration activists say President Obama doesn't understand their fight. (Photo: Eric Pearse-Chavez, Sonic Trace)

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
 Dreamer passes credible fear interview, closer to staying in U.S.
On Monday, Jaren Rodriguez Orellana, who participated in the Bring Them Home 3 border action and is a Honduran …

economy, Featured, News »

What’s in a name? The quest for ‘Beverly Village’

background-the-beverly-center

On yesterday’s Which Way, L.A.? Saul Gonzalez talked to residents of Koreatown that are pushing to designate a slice of the city “Peru Village.”
In a different part of town, another Angeleno is also in the process of naming her neighborhood. Tara Riceberg owns Tweak, a gift store on Beverly Boulevard, in a section of LA that doesn’t quite have a name. She realized there …

Arts & Culture, Featured, Food, Interviews, News »

Inside an Herbalife Training Seminar

herbalife

It’s a Saturday morning at the Long Beach Convention Center, and the mood inside a second-floor ballroom is gleefully anticipatory. Nearly 1,000 people mill around, chattering and dancing to blaring pop music. It feels like we’re waiting for a concert to start, except that it’s not even 10 a.m.
Eventually, a blonde woman and a thin young man walk onto the stage at the front …

Arts & Culture, Featured, News »

Who was Skid Row’s ‘Avant Guardian’?

casey4

In the 1980s, Skid Row was still home to the poorest people in Los Angeles, but it also had a thriving avant garde theater scene. Actors like Tim Robbins, John Cusack, and Jeremy Piven got their start at the Wallenboyd, an experimental theater space at the corner of Wall and Boyd St., in the heart of Skid Row.
Another permanent fixture was Clyde Casey, a …

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Featured, Interviews, News, Politics »

Bill Maher on political satire and Twitter

Bill Maher and the Twitter bird

These days, comedy and satire have few boundaries. And the vast echo-chamber of the internet has made any boundaries left, even blurrier. Where tasteful boundaries do exist, and are crossed, the blowback can be not-so-funny.
Take Stephen Colbert, who made a joke on his satire show – in his conservative persona – praising the owner of the Washington Redskins for creating a foundation about Native …

Arts & Culture, Featured, News »

Exploring the noir halls of LA County’s Hall of Justice

The Hall of justice

For most of the 20th Century, one building was synonymous with crime and punishment in  Los Angeles County, downtown L.A.’s Hall of Justice. The building, which opened in 1925, was where both the county’s D.A. and sheriff had their offices. The mammoth building saw some of Southern California’s most infamous criminals held and put on trial, from 1930′s era gangsters and gunmen to more …

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Featured, News, Summer »

Planning for huge Grand Park concert hits a sour note

grandpark

Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Jose Huizar are clashing over a proposed Labor Day concert in Grand Park that could bring 50,000 people to downtown L.A. Huizar wants the city to withhold approval of permits for the two-day event until more details are provided. Huizar, who represents downtown, says he was left out of discussions for the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival, …

Arts & Culture, Featured, Interviews, News »

Making art through sickness and health

IMG_2065

31-year old Dominic Quagliozzi is like other young artists who move to Los Angeles in search of community, inspiration, and better weather than can be had on the east coast. He arrived here from Massachusetts 7 years ago with his wife, who herself is a painter; each earned MFAs.
But most young artists don’t have the struggles Quagliozzi faces each day. He was born with …

Arts & Culture, Education, Featured, Interviews »

That’s Amazing! The legacy of Huell Howser

huell-show-logo

It’s been more than a year since we lost Huell Howser. The folksy, twangy, host of KCET’s California’s Gold traveled all across our state – to every nook and cranny – looking for the stories of everyday people.
Starting next week, there’ll be an exhibit to celebrate his public TV travelogues and his love for all kinds of out-of-the-way places.
The exhibit will be called — …

Featured, Interviews, News, Politics »

Mixer: Yee and others get the soft Senate boot

friday mixer square

The California Senate today voted to suspend three of its members: Senators Rod Wright, Ron Calderon and Leland Yee.
Wright (D-Inglewood) was convicted of lying about his residency, Calderon (D-Montebello) is accused in a wide-ranging bribery scandal, and Yee (D-San Francisco) was arrested this week in a round-up of characters who federal authorities say were involved in a gun-running-for-money operation.
The suspension doesn’t mean much, because the senators will still get paid …

Arts & Culture, Environment, Featured, Food »

Clara Cakes, a teen-run vegan bakery

Clara Polito, 17, founder of the vegan bakery Clara Cakes

Clara Cakes is a Los Angeles vegan bakery, run by 17-year-old Clara Polito. While most teens are busy studying – or partying – Clara has created something of her own mini-food empire.
She’s thrived with the support of LA’s underground music scene. She started selling her baked goods at The Smell, an all-ages music venue in downtown LA, when she was around 13, so she …

Arts & Culture, Featured, Issues, News, Politics, Sports »

Lawmakers preparing to kick Yee out of State Senate

lelandyee

Senate leaders have called for a vote today to suspend Senator Leland Yee from the Legislature if he does not voluntarily resign. Yee was arrested earlier this week and charged with corruption and arms trafficking in an FBI sting that also netted an infamous San Francisco gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. Yee dropped out of the Secretary of State race yesterday, but …

Arts & Culture, Featured, News, Video »

Who is Raymond ‘Shrimpboy’ Chow?

chow2

Today’s must-watch is this “Gangland” documentary about Raymond Chow, the Chinatown gangster who was arrested yesterday as part of a major FBI operation that also included State Sen. Leland Yee.
Here’s more from the San Jose Mercury News:
The notorious Chinatown criminal known as “Shrimp Boy” spent nearly a decade carefully crafting his “redemption story,” inspiring kids to defy lives of crime and reaping proclamations from …

Education, Featured, Health Care, Issues, News, Politics, Sports »

Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year

LELANDYEE

State Senator Leland Yee has been released from federal custody after posting $500,000 bail. But the troubles are just beginning for the Bay Area lawmaker. Yee was arrested yesterday and charged with public corruption and conspiring to traffic in firearms. The accusations throw into doubt Lee’s campaign for Secretary of State, his legislative career, and his freedom. They also further hamper Democrats’ efforts to …

Arts & Culture, Featured, News »

Need some good karma? Take in this sacred scroll on rare display

-2

How do you display a sacred, 22-foot tall, 16-foot wide scroll commissioned by a revered religious leader 300 years ago? Very carefully, say the people at Norton Simon Museum. They just finished installing a sacred Buddhist scroll known as a thangkha, commissioned by the 8th Dalai Lama, for a new show opening this Friday.
It’s only one of a handful of times that this relic …

California Elections, Commentary, Featured »

Twitter reacts to the arrest of State Senator Leland Yee

Leland_Yee

State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today on corruption charges. He was also a candidate for Secretary of State, but this likely ruins his chances at that office. His arrest was part of a major FBI operation in the Bay Area, which included the arrest of a Chinatown gangster. From the San Jose Mercury News:  
Federal law enforcement officials have been chasing Raymond “Shrimp …

Arts & Culture, Featured, Interviews, News »

The scary-sounding “mor” in evil characters’ names

Harry Potter's nemesis, "The Dark Lord" Voldemort.

Yes, it’s Monday. The dreaded words starts with the letters M-O-N, which also includes the Middle English word for moon – Monen Day.
But how about the syllable M-O-R? There’s an odd similarity among the names of bad guys in movies and books.
Sherlock Holmes had the criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty. Harry Potter had “The Dark Lord” – Voldemort. And there was Morbius the Living Vampire …

Arts & Culture, Featured, Interviews, News »

Trail to Hollywood sign temporarily closes

View from behind the Hollywood sign, reached by Hollyridge Trail. Photo via OrangesandAvocados.com.

This week it’s going to get a little harder to get an up-close view of the Hollywood sign.
The entrance to the Hollyridge Trail near the Hollywood Sign will be closed for about five weeks, starting Tuesday.
The city of Los Angeles is about to erect a heavier and bigger gate that’s harder for people to jump over.
Residents are celebrating. Tourists are grumbling. And it’s all …

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

BROUGHT TO YOU BY