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Photos: Fishing off the Santa Monica Pier

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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On the lower deck of the Santa Monica Pier—below the Pacific Park solar-powered Ferris wheel, Inkie’s Pirate Ship ride, and oceanfront West Coaster—there’s a quiet community of fishermen and women.
Many tourists from the top deck stare at the anglers with awe. Fishing is these folks’ art. And it looks much easier than it actually is. The Santa Monica Pier fishers don’t make much. One …

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Art meets kitsch: Self-described snob displays mom’s vast collection of turkey platters

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Art dealer Mat Gleason and his mother, Helen

Mat Gleason, a longtime figure in the LA art scene, admits that he long pooh-poohed his mother’s proclivity for scavenging through antique stores and swap meets. “I was always snobby about her collections,” he told me as we stood in a gallery he’s just taken over next to his Coagula Curatorial.
Then his mother, an 80-something year old mother of seven, asked to see a show of …

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Generations come together at the Thanksgiving table

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Ben Franske Wikipedia

I think back to the first Thanksgiving I spent with my infant daughter three years ago, which was also the last one I spent with my grandmother. The multigenerational gathering at my childhood home in Alhambra, mixing Chinese, Vietnamese, and American traditions, is not only etched in my memory, it’s immortalized in a digital photograph.
In the photo, my mom is holding my nearly 4-month-old …

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How Shazam is changing the music industry

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Here’s a question for you: Have you ever been listening to KCRW – or, yes, any radio station in your car – or stood inside a bar or music store and heard a song you wanted to identify, and then whipped out your phone and Shazam’d it?
Shazam is an app – and there are others out there as well – that listens to a …

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Watch: President Obama takes executive action on immigration

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama addresses the White House Forum on Health Reform, Thursday, March 5, 2009  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama will address the nation this evening to announce that he will be taking executive action on immigration reform.  There are currently more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United Staes, and analysts say the new proposal may allow five million immigrants to stay legally and obtain work permits.

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Needlepoint artist draws inspiration from around the globe

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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A gallery in downtown Los Angeles is paying tribute to a textile artist who created her own unique form of needlepoint art. The artist being honored is 80-year-old Jan Haag.
Haag grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but lived in Los Angeles for more than two decades. She developed her needlepoint technique during a period of extensive travel for her day job.
As the founder of …

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Movie sequels you’ve always wanted to see

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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While studio executives around LA hammer out the next big series, artists at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park are envisioning some sequels that never actually made it to the silver screen.
The show is called Sequel and it plays perfectly on the imagination. Movies from “Barbarella” to Pixar’s “Up” get full treatment.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis took a tour of the show with iam8bit co-owners Jon …

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The true-life (insect) cannibals and murderers of LA

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Pseudacteon amuletum. Photo credit: Phyllis Sun/ Natural History Museum of LA

As you get into your car in the parking lot of the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, you might just be within arm’s reach of cannibals. Not the human kind – but the insect variety.
Inside a wasp that is buzzing around a nearby bush dwells a bug known as the twisted wing parasite. These tiny insects are genetically close to flies and resemble nothing …

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When AM radio ruled Los Angeles and made musical stars

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Influential DJ Dave Diamond passed away this spring

When was the last time you listened to AM radio in search of some great new music?  Harvey Kubernik’s latest book, “Turn Up the Radio! Rock Pop and Roll in Los Angeles, 1956-1972″ is an homage to the time when people toted around transistor radios with great devotion–when AM deejays discovered acts you hadn’t heard before.
Few personified the power and charm of that medium more …

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Mexicans stand by their missing students

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Elías Nahmías, a filmmaker based in Mexico City.

Forty three students from a small rural teachers’ college in Mexico’s mountainous southern backwater have jolted this nation out of its decade-long immunity to a proper outrage to mass violence, and threatened to hijack President Enrique Peña Nieto’s triumphant narrative that Mexico was back on track, destined for First Worldliness. These poor students did this, tragically, by disappearing, at the hands of local security …

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You’re listening to Serial, right?

Posted November 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’ve heard it, right? The podcast that’s topped iTunes, inspired it’s own Subreddit and has a world of amateur sleuths following its trail? Serial, the podcast from the producers of This American Life is a true crime story and it’s got a lot of people hooked. Press Play’s Madeleine Brand recently talked to Katy Waldman, a staff writer for Slate and one of the commentators on Serial Spoiler Special, Slate’s own …

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Interview with Bill Nye The Science Guy

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Earlier this year, a debate took place between Bill Nye the Science Guy and creationist Ken Ham at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The debate was watched by millions and raised questions about the merits of creationism and whether scientists can still believe in God. (Nye says God, sure, but not creationism). Since then, Nye has written a book in response to that debate called …

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India looks for social progress on TV

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails)

India is a country that’s growing in wealth and economic inequality. Then add to that on-going societal problems of sexual assault, child brides and women being discouraged from pursing their own careers. But could television come to the rescue?
Turn on a TV in India and you’ll see a host of new shows addressing those issues and others. I know what you’re thinking – soap …

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Finding Martin Luther King, Jr. at the thrift store

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
From right to left: G. Homer Durham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, an unidentified participant, Rev. Louis Eaton and Msgr. Robert Donahoe at Goodwin Stadium, Arizona State University. Martin Luther King addressed an audience of 8,000 people on the topic "Religious Witness for Human Dignity."
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Photo by: MRD #2, Monsignor Robert Donahoe Collection, Arizona Collection, Arizona State University Libraries

I have always been a picker. When I was a kid, this meant searching the desert near my home in Douglas, Arizona, for old bottles and interesting rocks. Later in life, after I moved to Phoenix, my collecting interest turned to record albums. My husband had gotten me interested in jazz, and I began haunting local thrift stores in search of old LPs featuring …

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Rethinking the future of Auschwitz

Posted November 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
"Thinking the Future of Auschwitz" | IDEA Office | www.ideaoffice.net

The word “Auschwitz” has come to mean more than just the concentration camp in Poland. It’s shorthand for the horrors of the Holocaust, and proof of man’s capacity for extreme inhumanity to man.
But nearly 70 years after the Second World War ended, there’s an ongoing debate among historians, architects and archaeologists about how to properly preserve the site of the atrocities, specifically the neighboring …

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Mixer: Pulling lever or pulling teeth?

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Exercising is tough. Voting is (relatively) easy. So why don’t Americans work that out?
Judging by meager turnout, Americans aren’t the most engaged people when it comes to voting… especially in off-year elections.
For last year’s mayoral election in Los Angeles, only about 23 percent of voters turned out at the polls.
Americans over 18-years old and registered to vote, and who haven’t had that right taken away, have …

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How to get everyone to vote

Posted October 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I did not receive the warmest welcome from my colleagues four years ago, at my very first meeting of the Falun Election Commission. In fact, most members of the authority in Falun, the Swedish city of 57,000 where I live, were surprised I had called a meeting at all.
“What is this all about?” a colleague asked me. “The next elections are in four years …

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Psychedelic: Pakistani truck artist brightens the LA roads

Posted October 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Truck artist Haider Ali and his finished product

For the last few weeks, Karachi-based artist Haider Ali been working around various spots in southern California, mostly in the parking lot of his hosts at the USC Pacific Asia Museum at Los Robles and Union in Pasadena, spiffing up a Ford cargo van.
In his native Pakistan, Ali is one of a handful of prominent truck artists who do brisk business around the country.  India, he says, …

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Updated with results: The Nov. 4 ballot measures

Posted October 24, 2014 by and | 0 Comments | ]
By seeingimonkey via Flickr

Seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about plans for summer vacation and weekends at the beach.  But now Columbus Day has come and gone; Halloween is a week away; and Election Day is just around the corner.  That means it’s time to take a closer look at some of the issues California voters will be weighing in on next …

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‘Birdman’ soars into theaters

Posted October 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The new movie “Birdman” stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, and it’s getting rave reviews.
Keaton stars a washed-up action movie actor looking to revive his career with a Broadway play – but it gets really, really weird.
Our regular weekly film critic Joe Morgenstern is out this week, so joining us in his place is LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson. She spoke …

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