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Ex-gang members now hang in South L.A. ‘Kitchen’

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When you think of potential locations for hot, up-and-coming places to eat, South L.A. may not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind. But that’s exactly where you’ll find an underground restaurant called Trap Kitchen LA.  And the location isn’t the only thing that’s unusual about it.
Food writer Javier Cabral checked it out recently for VICE’s food blog, Munchies. He says Trap Kitchen LA is the …

News, Water and the Drought »

Where’s El Niño? Dry January doesn’t fit the forecast

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Have you noticed that the last few weeks have been rather dry in Southern California?
El Niño hasn’t delivered yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming.
Mark Jackson of the National Weather Service says that January has delivered less rain than most meteorologists expected, but he says the months ahead should have plenty of wet weather in store.

Jackson says Jan. 6 and 7 provided a preview …

News »

Los Angeles likely to be a two-team NFL town once again

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Los Angeles may be a Rams town once again, having snatched back the team from St. Louis after a 21-year absence, but that’s not the whole picture of pro football’s future in L.A.
The deal that’s bringing the Rams home gives the San Diego Chargers a one-year window to decide if they want to join the Rams in a new stadium in Inglewood.
If the Chargers …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Finger picking musician stops by Santa Barbara

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel isn’t a stranger to life on tour. He first hit the road when he was 6 years old, playing shows throughout his home country of Australia alongside his family band.
“We were very poor, and we traveled around in two cars with our gear on the roof,” said Emmanuel. “We either slept on the ground under the stars, or in a tent.”
Today’s tours look …

Environment, Food, Santa Barbara, Water and the Drought »

Meet at the market: Singing the Goleta drought blues

Posted January 22, 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 Jack Motter, who started Ellwood Canyon Farms in Goleta in 2009. The drought has hit his farm hard, and the recent decision by the Goleta Water District to raise agricultural water rates has left Motter questioning the …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, Commentary »

BACKSTAGE: Can You Know Too Much?

Posted January 21, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
It’s tricky business when you know how something you love is made.
Years ago, I had a wonderful English teacher, Professor Regan. At the start of his “Comedy and Satire” course, he issued a dire warning: “If you’re in this class because you love comedy – leave. Leave because I’m going to ruin it for …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Documentary dives deep into the wine world

Posted January 20, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

What’s the oldest bottle of wine you’ve ever enjoyed? Did it look like this one?
Most would say no.

In 2012, wine geeks and wine-swirling amateurs alike tuned into director Jason Wise’s Somm, about four disciplined wine enthusiasts studying for the notoriously difficult Master Sommelier exam.
Wise’s new follow-up documentary, Somm: Into the Bottle, takes us into the world of the wine industry, from sun soaked vineyards to dusty bottles in …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, LA Noir, News »

Remembering The Eagles’ Glenn Frey (1948-2016)

Posted January 18, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]

There’s another heartbreaking loss for an entertainment industry that’s lost a few people over the last couple of weeks.
The co-founder of the Los Angeles band, ‘The Eagles’, has died. Glenn Frey had been stricken with rheumatoid arthritis and colitis. He was 67.
The band’s website announced his death today.
The guitarist joined with drummer Don Henley and, in Los Angeles, formed one of history’s most successful songwriting …

Arts & Culture, Santa Barbara »

Guitarist Raul Midón plays outside the jazz box

Posted January 16, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Guitarist Raul Midón pulls from several styles and influences. Although jazz is his number one passion (he stole a Charlie Parker record from his dad as a kid, and has been hooked ever since), he’s also inspired by pop and rock artists, like Jason Mraz and the Who.
“I made a choice when I moved to New York City, that I didn’t want to live like that,” …

Arts & Culture, economy, Politics, The Mixer »

Mixer: Build it, but who will pay?

Posted January 15, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

The National Football League makes a return to the Los Angeles media market with the Rams trekking back west from St. Louis, Mo., to a new behemoth facility in Inglewood.
Owner Stan Kroenke took to the podium today at Inglewood’s Forum to introduce himself to Southland fans. That city will host the team, eventually, when a stadium is finished at the site of the old …

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