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Locals only compete in El Niño waves this weekend

Posted January 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

This weekend, surfers from the 805 only will duke it out at Rincon Beach, at the 33rd annual Rincon Classic.
Unlike many sports competitions, such as the Super Bowl or March Madness, the Rincon Classic has no scheduled date. Instead, there’s an eight-week “waiting period.” Each Wednesday, contest coordinators decide whether the upcoming weekend will be the one.
This year, for the first time since 2009, they chose the …

Food, Santa Barbara »

Fermenting in clay at Santa Barbara winery

Posted January 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

Zaca Mesa Winery is one of the oldest wineries and vineyards in Santa Barbara County. They planted their first grapes in 1973.
In November 2015, commercial real estate mogul John Cushman announced that his winery, vineyard and surrounding ranch were on the market for $32 million.
Meantime, vineyard workers are still experimenting with different winemaking trends, like fermenting and aging their Syrah in ceramic pots. This Old …

Arts & Culture, Backstage, Commentary, News »

BACKSTAGE: A friend in the theater

Posted January 14, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

[BACKSTAGE is a series of posts focusing on the ‘Inside Baseball’ of the theater.]
Last week, I had you check your three favorite intimate theater websites to see what was playing through July. Chances are, you came up mostly empty. Maybe you could find the next play but probably not a season, right?
So why is this a problem?
It’s not nurturing an audience and it’s out of step …

Interviews, News »

Inglewood Mayor Says City Ready for the NFL

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

The city of Inglewood is celebrating the NFL decision to allow Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move his team from St. Louis, Missouri, to Los Angeles starting this fall.
That will put the Rams in the Coliseum, or perhaps another stadium in greater L.A. for a few years while a new home for the team is built in Inglewood.
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts tells KCRW …

Issues, News, Politics »

LAPD rank-and-file rankled by Chief Beck’s candor

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck is defending his decision to recommend criminal charges against an officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.
Since going public earlier this week, Beck has been taking a lot of heat from the union that represents rank-and-file officers. The Los Angeles Police Protective League says it’s lost confidence in Beck’s ability to run the …

Education, Santa Barbara »

The role of a library in the digital age

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

The newly renovated UCSB Library, which had not undergone any changes in more than 35 years, opened its doors last week. Within the 60,000 square feet of new space lies diverse work spaces, more electrical outlets, group study rooms, a cafe and specialized areas for data-intensive projects and special-collection storage.
“The design of the building is intended to affirm the library’s position as the legitimate crossroads of the campus,” said University Librarian …

Education, SoundsLA »

SoundsLA goes to school to speak and listen

Posted January 11, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
Eric Drachman, SoundsLA producer, speaks to documentary filmmaking students.

[Eric Drachman produces KCRW’s SoundsLA, one-minute audio vignettes that air throughout the day.]
SoundsLA is one of KCRW’s ventures that connects listeners with our community in Los Angeles. The stories are character-driven, start with a sound and leave us with a sense of a fellow Angelino.
It’s easy to work on these pieces in isolation and not have a sense of whether or not they resonate with you. Well, …

Arts & Culture, News »

Home is where the Hef is for Playboy Mansion buyer

Posted January 11, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Playboy Mansion is for sale.
But if you buy it, you’ll have to make room for a certain octogenarian, and perhaps some bunnies as well.
Playboy Enterprises has announced that it’s asking $200 million for the six-acre Holmby Hills estate, grotto and all.
The company says any deal will be  contingent on allowing 89-year-old Hugh Hefner to live in the home until he dies.
The main house …

Arts & Culture, Bad Driving, economy, Interviews, Issues, LA Noir, News, Silicon Beach, The Mixer »

Mixer: When Tech trumps the Tach

Posted January 8, 2016 by and | 0 Comments | ]

For decades, automakers have looked to the auto shows of Los Angeles, the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and others to unveil their latest luxury vehicle and concept cars of the future.
But more and more, it’s the Consumer Electronic Show – or C.E.S. as it’s called – in Las Vegas where they’re making their big splashes.
So far, at C.E.S. 2016, General Motors …

Arts & Culture »

Growing up Zorthian: Family business sells nothing

Posted January 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Jen Rice

Alan Zorthian and his daughter, Caroline, are the owners and operators of Zorthian Ranch. It’s hard to say what their jobs actually are – other than being Zorthians. They have a family business that sells nothing.
Alan’s father, the artist Jirayr Zorthian, built the ranch more than 70 years ago. It resembles a sprawling village built of out of driftwood and washing machines, perched on the …

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