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The grout-bearing stork, or, when your “baby” is your art

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Guests at the shower brought not diapers, but grout

Unless you happen to dwell in the 1% stratosphere of mega-superstars, you know the eternal artistic struggle: how to make enough money to pay the bills, and still leave time for projects of passion. Artist and educator Katrina Alexy came up with a solution: She calls it an art-ernity leave. She got her boss at The Pilgrim School to give her an unpaid year off from her job as an art teacher, figuring …

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Santa Barbara landscape architect offers drought busting tips

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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With water rates climbing along the South Coast and California’s drought in its fourth year, many Californians are considering making landscaping changes at home. Among other cities, Santa Barbara offers cash incentives to make the switch to drought-friendly yards.
Billy Goodnick was the city of Santa Barbara’s landscape architect for more than 20 years. Now he writes and consults on low-water landscaping. He stopped by our …

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How one artist is cleaning up the beach 20 minutes at a time

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 6 Comments | ]
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Artist and writer Sara Bayles didn’t know the act of grabbing a bag before going on a beach walk in March 2009 was going to change her life.
It was mid-week and she had some spare time. Sara had wanted to join Surfrider Foundation for one of their beach clean-ups but she always had scheduling conflicts. “The idea hit me. Why am I waiting for …

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Dealing with the drought in Santa Barbara: are there options beyond desal?

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Only two months before Santa Barbara’s city council decides whether or not to reactivate the desalination plant, some locals think it’s wise to consider other options. One environmental community group, Sweetwater Collaborative, suggests studying Australia’s multi-year drought could provide clues as to what might work in California, which has similar climate conditions. KCRW’s Morning Edition host Lisa Osborn spoke with Brad Smith, a member of …

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A new art scene flourishes in old Tijuana

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tijuana is in the midst of a burst of artistic and entrepreneurial creativity as new surprising riffs are rising out of the Tijuana of old.
Velvet painting was once Tijuana’s only connection to art; the work of velvet painters planted the seeds for what is now a large and experimental modern-art scene. A town once known for cantinas and strip clubs is home to microbreweries …

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Meet the artists changing Tijuana’s Pasaje Rodriguez

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After years of drug violence, Tijuana’s corridors were seedy places, home to drug addicts, and stinking with urine and rotting ceilings.
But after the violence subsided, things started to change. Businesses found a new clientele – not the rowdy American tourists, but locals looking for local culture.
A grassroots effort brought artists and shop-owners together to bring new life to Tijuana’s main drag, Avenida Revolución. Murals were painted, boutiques and book stores were …

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The murals of Pasaje Rodriguez

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In April, 2010, a group of a dozen artists and bohemians arrived at a darkened corridor named Pasaje Rodriguez.
The corridor, running between Avenida Revolucion, the city’s tourist strip, and Avenida Constitucion, a main transportation hub, had years before been packed with souvenir shops catering to American tourists.
The artists instead found the place dark, stinking of urine, littered with trash, windows broken and ceilings crumbling.
Drug …

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Earthquakes, fracking and LA

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Did you feel the earthquake last night? There were actually two of them, a magnitude 3.5 quake, centered two miles north of Inglewood, and that one followed a 2.5 magnitude quake a few hours earlier near Baldwin Hills. The shaking rattled some homes and some nerves. Twitter and Facebook feeds lit up, with some of folks asking if the quake was a result of …

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Moroccan Jews celebrate Mimouna in LA

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Mimouna Festival, marking the end of Passover, is celebrated in a special tent in Jerusalem.  Photo by Albert Nathan via Flickr/CC.

Saturday marks the eighth and final day of Passover, the Jewish holiday that celebrates the Hebrew slaves’ exodus from bondage in Egypt.
There’s a Jewish custom called Mimouna that’s observed in Morocco at the end of Passover, that brings Jews and Muslims together for a unique interfaith festival.
The Levantine Cultural Center in LA is hosting an event for it tomorrow. Its executive director Jordan Elgrably …

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An artist eavesdrops into the world of bees

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Bee Purple by Jessica Rath

Artist Jessica Rath was first inspired to immerse herself in the world of the bee when she witnessed what’s called a “cold huddle” years ago, a swarm of bees churning to create friction for warmth. “The sound stayed in my head,” she said, “and I began talking to composer Bob Hoehn about translating bee behavior into a very large score and making a human …

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Going to Coachella? Here’s where to eat in Palm Springs while you’re there

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Homemade pasta from Birba. Photo via Birba's Facebook page.

Thousands are hitting the road for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival this weekend. And the Palm Springs food scene has started to catch up with this hipper, younger clientele.

KCET food editor Katherine Spiers gave Press Play a list of the best of a new crop of Palm Springs restaurants.
 
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340 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Birba
622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Cheeky’s …

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Putting the “n-word” on trial

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In American language, there are few words as controversial and divisive as the “n-word.”
A word that rhymes with trigger, and – how apropos – because that’s indeed what it does. It triggers a response – mostly racial, but also societal.
There’s no good to it outside of historical context. Educated people have learned that the word is awful. And hurtful.
History and context, however, is what TV producer Kyle Bowser has …

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Learning the art of conversation from the Studs Terkel archive

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From 1952 until 1997—over 45 years—Studs Terkel hosted a show on Chicago’s WFMT radio in which he regularly created national conversations about topics ranging from civil rights, labor rights, film, music, history, and philosophy.
Before he became known as a radio host and oral historian, Studs was an early star of television (Check out “Studs’ Place”) and a radio actor. It was through the art of …

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The woman who’s bringing LA to the world’s most influential art fair

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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More evidence of the influence and importance of Los Angeles as far as the fine art world: Meet the Venice (California)-based Elizabeta Betinski, known affectionately to some artists around town as “Boom Boom.”  She’s the force behind an upcoming show, featuring the work of 20 LA-based artists, that’ll hang adjacent to the Venice (Italy) Biennale. This is just one of three exhibitions that have been chosen as …

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Why are California’s gas prices so volatile?

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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State lawmakers today tried to fill-up on knowledge of why gas prices have been all over the place the past few months. And how refinery issues have affected recent spikes.
Prices in January were near four and five year lows. Then they jumped by a dollar in some cases in the course of just a couple of weeks.
Part of that is the recent explosion at …

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Interactive iPhone app debuts at “CicLAvia the Valley”

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
CicLAvia offers cyclists and pedestrians a chance to experience a car-free Los Angeles. Photo by Avishay Artsy

CicLAvia – the festival that lets bicyclists and pedestrians take over city streets – will be held in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
CicLAvia opens up parts of the city for people to experience without cars. Since 2010 it’s been held in downtown LA, South LA, Boyle Heights, along Wilshire Boulevard and other areas, but Sunday will be the first time …

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How your garden tells the story of immigration in Southern California

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 5 Comments | ]
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The buzzing of leaf blowers, weed whackers and lawnmowers are part of Southern California’s sonic landscape. And the people usually holding those machines are Latino immigrant men, who call themselves jardineros, Spanish for gardeners. It’s their labor that gives curb appeal to so many homes, keeping lawns neatly trimmed, hedges pruned and weeds at bay.
The story of the jardineros also reveals the long relationship between immigration and the …

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A living legacy of African-Americans who served in the Civil War

Posted March 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Colonel Franklin J. Henderson and a portrait of a Civil War serviceman

“I always remember the men who came before me. They couldn’t dream of the opportunities,” said retired Colonel Franklin J. Henderson as he stood in the Getty gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library a few Saturdays ago, surrounded by photographs of African-American soldiers from the Civil War. The colonel, who served as a paratrooper in the Korean War and rose through the ranks …

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Mirah Ippolito: ‘L.A. will always be here unless there’s an earthquake’

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Mirah in Baltimore.

Mirah Ippolito
Baltimore, Maryland
“One of my friends, who is struggling, told me you can always come back — you know that’s actually what she says.”
After going to film school at USC, Mirah could simply not find good work in film and television. “Every entry level opportunity is an unpaid internship and most of the people I know now are in their mid to late …

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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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