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Do you remember California’s last measles outbreak?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When it comes to diseases, we never seem to worry until they capture the attention of the media or affect us personally. Today, as new cases of measles turn up in California, I feel a sense of dread—and déjà vu.
Between January 1988 and December 1990, Southern California saw 12,434 cases of measles. Los Angeles County was the first to report its problem in what …

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Can you eat healthfully on food stamps?

Posted March 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Could you eat healthfully on $6.46 a day? That’s what a person receives on the government food stamps program called CalFresh in California. And last month, Santa Barbara County Food Bank CEO Erik Talkin tried it. KCRW’s Kathryn Barnes caught up with Eric while he was grocery shopping in Santa Barbara a couple weeks ago, halfway through his challenge.

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The web reacts to the FCC’s vote for net neutrality

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Blaise Alleyne/CC/Flickr

This morning the FCC voted to uphold net neutrality rules, ensuring that Internet service providers will treat all websites and web traffic neutrally. Basically, you can rest assured that you will be able to watch your HBO shows just as seamlessly as your favorite Netflix shows.
The FCC determined that Internet service providers will now be classified under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which regulates services like …

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Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. at Temple Israel of Hollywood

Posted February 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Los Angeles, holding a sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood just a few weeks before the marches in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery. Last month, the congregation celebrated the anniversary of this historic moment.

During the commemoration, Martin Luther King’s recorded words filled the sanctuary of Temple Israel of Hollywood. He had talked about the Hebrew people’s escape from …

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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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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 | ]
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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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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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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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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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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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Mixer: The Haves and the Have Nots

Posted February 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re just into 2015, and here we are, talking about the presidential candidates for 2016. In speech after speech, Republican and Democratic candidates are weighing in on income inequality and the wealth gap. Or, as Jeb Bush called it this week, the “opportunity gap.”
A new multimedia series for Capital & Main launched this week, in a cross-California analysis of poverty and an increasing income …

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On Route 66, a gas station is history worth saving

Posted February 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Vicente Villamón/CC/ Flickr

In 1964, my parents packed up our old Ford and took my brother and me on a cross-country trip from San Diego to Washington, D.C. and back. Part of our trip was along the famed Route 66. Even though I was only four years old, I still have vivid memories of that trip and watching the ever-changing countryside.
Route 66, dubbed the “Mother Road” by …

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Edgar Allan Poe published “The Raven” 170 years ago today

Posted January 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.” So goes the beloved poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
“The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845 – 170 years ago today.
It tells the story of a talking raven’s midnight visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow descent into madness as he laments the loss of his love, Lenore.
Charles E. May is …

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Updated: Vidiots, the rental store for film lovers, to stay open

Posted January 26, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by: Vidiots Annex

Update:
Vidiots will stay open!
Annapurna Pictures producer Megan Ellison and a longtime customer Leonard Lipman have helped secure the financial future of the store.
A new statement was sent out on Monday, February 2:
YAY!!!!
After the tremendous outpouring of support from the community, Vidiotsis rescued!  It was  overwhelming to read all the testimonials from customers, former employees and film buffs on how Vidiots has impacted their lives.
Major thanks to our …

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Let there be light (again)

Posted January 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When the International Jewelry Center opened on the east side of Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles in 1982, the building’s architecture (by firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) was panned as “inhospitable” and “an overwhelming loser.”
But the 270-foot long, computer-triggered, neon sculpture commissioned to adorn the front of the building got a rave: “All that saves the building from almost total offensiveness is a …

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Why does Wisconsin get all the monsters?

Posted January 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Pine Barrens of New Jersey may reverberate with the fetid screams of the cloven-hooved demon known as the Jersey Devil. The redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest may shake from the footfalls of the 9-foot, fur-covered primate known as Sasquatch, and America’s Southern swamps may teem with scaly, web-fingered lizard men. But my home state of Wisconsin is as well-known for sightings of …

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‘One girl can light a candle:’ Students use music to tell the story of Anne Frank

Posted January 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A tech rehearsal for The Passion of Anne Frank at Grand Arts HS in downtown Los Angeles

For years, the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts downtown, nicknamed by those who know it as “Grand Arts,” has struggled to find and keep a principal and make its place in the community. The imposing futuristic structures that comprise this campus look like dramatic cousins to the Disney Concert Hall up the street.
Now, a new show called “The Passion of Anne Frank” will allow the …

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