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Car Talk: The Parlance of Cars

Posted January 29, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

In the aftermath of the Second World War, California’s population grew by roughly 500,000 people a year.
By 1963 it passed New York as the country’s most populous state.
And no place had higher levels of growth than Los Angeles. The city added 500,000 between 1940 and 1950. By 1960, the population was almost 2.5 million. By 1980 nearly 3 million.

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L.A. hones its bid for the 2024 Olympics

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

We’re still 18 months away from a decision on the 2024 Olympics, but there’s no time to spare for the local officials trying to secure the summer sports extravaganza for L.A. for a third time.
Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
This week, the local organizing committee – LA-24 – announced plans to house athletes on the UCLA campus instead of building …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

Going underground to dine on rich, illegal cheese

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Javier Cabral, of

Even if you haven’t tried them yourself, chances are you know someone who has.  We’re talking pop-up dinners—when you shell out cash to go to a stranger’s house and have them cook a meal for you, usually a really expensive meal.
Pop-up dinners are nothing new for Javier Cabral, a food blogger for VICE.  But recently he went to a rather unusual one in the hills …

Environment, Food, Santa Barbara »

Meet at the market: mussels made simple

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 spoke with Chris Shemet, who sells Hope Ranch Mussels caught by fisherman Bernard Friedman, about the best, and simplest ways to cook local mussels.

Mussels on the stove (for two):

“De-beard” the mussel – grasp the byssal thread (the hairy bit that …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, News »

BACKSTAGE: “The Room” that might not exist . . .

Posted January 28, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
If you don’t already have plans or tickets to see the Wooster Group’s latest show in Los Angeles next week, you might want to act quickly. It’s turning out to be a hot ticket surrounded by scandal (or maybe just incompetence, but more on that in a bit).
The New York-based Wooster Group has …

Environment, News »

California, on cutting edge, gets an official state lichen

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
Lace lichen. (Photo by Shelly Benson)

Among new state laws taking effect at the beginning of 2016 was one designating lace lichen as the official lichen of California. The organism joins a list of more 30 officially designated state symbols, including the redwood tree, California poppy, purple needlegrass and of course, the California dog-faced butterfly.
State Assemblyman Marc Levine, who sponsored the lace lichen legislation, said, “They are biological indicators of both air …

Health Care, Issues, News »

Zika virus makes its first appearance in L.A. County

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]

A teenage girl who traveled to Central America is the first confirmed case of Zika virus infection in Los Angeles County.
The mosquito-borne virus has been raising alarms among health officials, who say it appears to be linked to serious birth defects in Brazil.
Confirmation of the infection in L.A. County came one day after the World Health Organization warned that Zika cases will likely soon …

Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »

What happened to Spanish-language films in Santa Barbara?

Posted January 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater isn’t known for playing movies. Most of its audience comes to see operas, ballets and symphony orchestras.
But, on occasional Sunday afternoons Latino families and friends sprinkle into the foyer to watch classic Mexican films, as part of the Granada’s new Epoca de Oro Mexican Film Series.

On one such Sunday in December, Raul Gill grabs popcorn for himself and his five friends. They’re excited to …

Interviews, News, Politics »

If at first you don’t secede, Yes California you try again

Posted January 25, 2016 by | 2 Comments | ]

Here in California, we never seem to be completely happy with the status quo. Almost 170 years after joining the union, there are still debates about the form the state should take. There have been all kinds of campaigns over the years to split up California. And now an ESL teacher near San Diego,  Louis Marinelli, is taking it even further. He is head of …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News, The Mixer »

Mixer: Goodbyes to Bowie, Frey and more

Posted January 22, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

In the past few weeks, the world of music has lost some gentlemen and geniuses, and a lot of melodic eloquence.
We’re still reeling from the death this week of Glenn Frey the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based band “The Eagles”, who gave us so many hits to remember. He was 67.
Frey passed away this week from complications of colitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
We also recently lost …

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