This Summer KCRW has tons of suggestions to get you out and about, enjoying the season. Explore town through the free music events we present at cultural organizations and parks around LA, hit the road to discover nearby treasure, gather recipes from a pie a day along with Evan Kleiman, or curl up with a great book in the sun…. Go Outside! We’ve got Summer covered.
We asked our community to share their favorite routes for cruising in the summer time. Tune in all week during morning edition to hear some road trips for Mars lovers, bike lovers and anyone interested in James Dean.
We start with Doug Ellison’s route to the Lava Tube at Mojave National Preserve & Kelso Dunes. Meet our roadtrippers and take a look at what you’re in for with this day trip, here!
More than 50 years ago, actor James Dean, who loved racing and fast cars, grabbed the keys to his Porsche 550 Spyder and was on his way to a race in Salinas. Follow his fatal route here.
A roundabout journey from Los Angeles to Solvang in the Santa Ynez Valley. Many people go to Solvang for it’s faux Danish architecture and food, but Susan Capenter’s destination is the town’s vintage motorcycle museum, where the bikes are works of art. Check it out here.
The road that’s closest to novelist Jervey Tervalon’s heart is one that is often associated with sun, light and the California Dream. It’s the 101 stretching from Los Angeles, through Ventura to Santa Barbara. See here.
We trade motors for muscles, with this recommendation. It’s a cycling trip for experienced cyclists. Take the PCH up into the Santa Monica Mountains, where the reward for lots of pedaling and sweating are magnificent views and a great workout, and maybe even some fresh fruit.
School’s out, the sun is shining, and you need that perfect book to take to the beach. KCRW talked to indie bookstore owners around Los Angeles about some of their favorites for this summer. If you’re looking for some inspiration, visit one of the stores, which we’ve mapped for you below.
Alison Reede of Diesel Books recommended “A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless & the Hopeful.” We’ll add more recommendations from bookstore owners all week, so stay tuned!
“Within a few short words you get the whole picture, you get …
“Awesome.” That’s how Whitney Ross Gray describes The Art of Fielding (2011), a novel by Chad Harbach about a baseball star and his cohorts at a …
More from KCRW on Summer
- Just how hot could LA get because of climate change?
- Will your favorite state park be open this summer?
- Can private funding save public institutions?
- The LACMA Rock: A view from below
- To the beach or to the mountains?
Good Food asked Los Angeles’ top food writers, critics and bloggers like Jonathan Gold, Elina Shatkin, Lesley Barger Suter, Lesley Balla, Dana Goodyear, Josh Lurie and more where they like to dine outside and what they order.
Summer at KCRW is synonymous with PIE. For the fourth summer in a row Good Food host Evan Kleiman is getting the party started with Pie-A-Day! Check the Good Food Blog regularly for recipes and pictures from chefs and bloggers across the Los Angeles foodie scene, and join in on the Instagram fun by sharing your pie pics and tag them #PieADay.
KCRW comes out of the studio and into communities across L.A. again with a series of free, all-ages, outdoor shows. From Pasadena to the Pacific and beyond, KCRW brings hot bands, live DJ performances and more to stages throughout L.A. ALL-AGES AND ALL FREE! Scope the Schedule here.