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Kronos Quartet takes a musical journey through genocide

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Kronos Quartet isn’t your average classical music ensemble. Though you’ll see a cello, viola and violins, the concerts aren’t filled with pieces by Beethoven or Mozart. Instead, they look to the future of music – and they take risks. Sometimes these risks are political or reference charged historical events, like when composer Steve Reich commissioned a piece for them called “Different Trains,” which is …

Issues, News »

Case adds some clarity to murky world of fertility law

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

In a decision with far-reaching implications in the murky world of fertility law, a San Francisco judge has ruled that a Bay Area woman cannot implant frozen embryos that were preserved before she and her husband divorced.
It’s the first court ruling of its kind in California involving embryos from a couple that split up.
Dr. Mimi Lee – a 46-year-old anesthesiologist and musician – gave …

Education, Warren Olney »

UC president says schools nationwide must confront systemic racism

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism. Photo: KOMUnews via Flickr

Protests at the University of Missouri and the resulting resignation of the school’s president have brought national attention to race relations at colleges and universities across the country.
The students demanded, among other things, the school increase the amount of black faculty by 10 percent and compose a 10-year plan to increase retention rates for marginalized students.    
But the events in Missouri are just …

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LA residents mourn lives lost in Paris attacks

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Since Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, well-wishers have been bringing flowers and gestures of sympathy to the French Consulate near Century City, in West Los Angeles. Similar scenes have been taking place at French embassies and consulates around the world in Washington, Tokyo, Istanbul, Moscow and Prague, among many others.


Issues, News, Politics »

Gov. Brown won’t close the door on Syrian refugees

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

More than half of the country’s governors now say they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees into their states because of the Paris terror attacks. But California Gov. Jerry Brown is not among them.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Brown said California will work closely with the Obama Administration to ensure that any refugees coming to California are “fully vetted.”
Like many other governors, …

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Toxic algae bloom grinds crab industry to a halt

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scientists say they’ve discovered one of the largest toxic algae blooms ever recorded. It extends from the Santa Barbara Channel all the way up to Oregon and it is taking a financial toll on the California crab industry.
Down at the Santa Barbara Harbor, it was quiet this week. Crabbing boats are docked in their slips. Crab fisherman Mark Brubaker sat aboard his boat, working …

Sports, Warren Olney »

2 daily fantasy sports sites call audible on opponents   

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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As New York moves to ban daily fantasy sports, the fate of the online practice in California – which ranks second behind the Empire State in the number of players – is still very much in the air.
Two of the industry’s leaders, FanDuel and DraftKings, on Friday sent emails to its players in California urging them to speak out against a push from state …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Melissa Etheridge, solo and personal in Santa Barbara

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

As a singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge took cues from the best. She wore the tapes out of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Rickie Lee Jones and Paul Simon.
“They wrote songs that spoke to the human condition,” said Etheridge. “I always believed that’s what a singer-songwriter’s job was.”
Two Grammy awards and 13 albums later, some might say she’s doing her job well. In addition to making music, …

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Meet at the market: beyond the broth

Posted November 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she tagged along with Barbareño chef Julian Martinez, as he picked up produce for this weekend’s Ramen Fest. The friendly competition invites eight chefs from nine local restaurants to battle it out in the kitchen, serving up their own inventive version of one of today’s trendiest …

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Crossing Borders: Inside L.A.’s Bicultural Bakery Chain

Posted November 12, 2015 by | 9 Comments | ]

In Los Angeles’ immigrant neighborhoods, it’s not uncommon for the grand opening of a store or restaurant to be accompanied by a live mariachi group. That happened recently at the opening of La Monarca bakery and café in L.A.’s Highland Park neighborhood. It was the seventh store to open in a growing Los Angeles-area chain specializing in traditional Mexican baked goods and sweets like pan …

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