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Needlepoint artist draws inspiration from around the globe

Posted November 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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A gallery in downtown Los Angeles is paying tribute to a textile artist who created her own unique form of needlepoint art. The artist being honored is 80-year-old Jan Haag.
Haag grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but lived in Los Angeles for more than two decades. She developed her needlepoint technique during a period of extensive travel for her day job.
As the founder of …

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Movie sequels you’ve always wanted to see

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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While studio executives around LA hammer out the next big series, artists at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park are envisioning some sequels that never actually made it to the silver screen.
The show is called Sequel and it plays perfectly on the imagination. Movies from “Barbarella” to Pixar’s “Up” get full treatment.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis took a tour of the show with iam8bit co-owners Jon …

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Where feminist art began: Revisiting ‘Womanhouse’

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Doesn't look historic, but the grounds on which this building sits played an important role in art history

533 N. Mariposa Avenue is an ordinary looking apartment building on a hilltop in the nether land between Koreatown and Los Feliz.  The most remarkable thing about this quiet street is its view of the Griffith Park Observatory.  But the ground on which it sits turns out to be a hallowed bit of contemporary art history.
Back in 1972, pioneering artists Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, along with 21 …

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Coming of age: Lena Dunham interviews Judy Blume

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 6 Comments | ]
Lena Dunham and Judy Blume in New York.

Lena Dunham, best-known as the creator and star of HBO’s “Girls” has a new book out. It’s called “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” and tells the story of a young women’s self-empowering journey of self-discovery.
Dunham was inspired by Judy Blume, the well-known author whose books like “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” and “Forever” have been must-reads for girls …

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Women cross the border with a universal language: Art

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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A new show up at a gallery in San Diego aims to illustrate how women navigate borders, literal and figurative. Spearheaded by artists Anna Stump, Jill Holslin and the art collective known as FIG (Feminist Image Group), colleagues associated with Mexico’s Distrito Diez Gallery were invited to collaborate.
A fence bisects the space. On one side is work by the Mexican artists; on the other is work by the …

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Skid Row artists display their work at MOCA

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Downtown LA’s Skid Row hosts the largest concentration of homeless people in the country.
KCRW’s Press Play  covered the city’s latest efforts to address the growing number of people affected by homeless.  The recent Department of Veterans Affairs scandal has motivated many, including First Lady Michelle Obama, to scrutinize how we care for our country’s homeless veterans.
Local officials are trying to change their approach to homeless …

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Art in space! Echo Park gallery designs satellite art

Posted July 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Here in Los Angeles, art is by no means confined to the walls of galleries and museums.  There are murals and billboards, parks and oceanfront boardwalks.
But one LA couple is sending their artwork to the final frontier – space.
They designed the exterior of a satellite that’s scheduled to launch from Kazakhstan at 8:58 a.m. PST on Tuesday.
Jon Gibson and Amanda White are the owners …

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An olfactory guide to Los Angeles

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
KCRW's Steve Chiotakis, left, takes a big whiff of East LA from a scent strip held by artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter.

What does your neighborhood smell like?
It’s not a question we ask ourselves often, and yet it’s something we notice every day. Is it the smell of sea air, freshly-cut grass, car exhaust, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, urine, or something else?
Los Angeles artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter posted a survey online and received dozens of responses. He used that information to create 11 scents that correspond to different …

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L.A. graffiti artists inspired by 400-year-old books (Photos)

Posted June 6, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
Foreground: wall at ESMoA’s “Scratch” exhibit curated by Defer, featuring Cryptik, Patrick Martinez, Saber, Prime, Big Sleepz, and Gajin Fujita. Background: wall curated by Eyeone, featuring Gorgs, Tanner, Kozem, and Swank
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When Johnny Cash covered Nine Inch Nails, he revealed the beautiful dissonance of kindred spirits from two different worlds interpreting a single piece of art. “Scratch,” a new exhibition opening tomorrow at the ESMoA art laboratory in El Segundo, puts that same sensibility on display through the work of street artists inspired by rare books from the 15th to 18th centuries.
In 2012, art collector …

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Chronicling the demise of Hollywood Park, one frame at a time

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Often, the best stories can be found right in your own backyard.
Photographer Michele Asselin has realized this figuratively before, chronicling stories and photos of nannies for the New York Times after she herself became a mother.
This time, she trained her lens on her neighbor in Inglewood, Hollywood Park, the racetrack that was lost to developers late last year. With just two weeks until demolition, Asselin …

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A Socialist colony in Southern California, founded 100 years ago

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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On May 1, 1914, the Socialist colony of Llano Del Rio was founded in the Antelope Valley, about 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in the southern edge of the Mojave Desert.
It lasted about three and half years, and at its peak over a thousand people lived there.
On a recent weekend, a couple dozen Southern California artists paid tribute to the centennial of this …

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Critics blast L.A. County’s planned $2 billion jails fix

Posted May 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A divided L.A. County Board of Supervisors has voted to move forward with a $2 billion plan to replace the dangerous and overcrowded downtown Men’s Central Jail. The County will also undertake an extensive study of how it can keep mentally ill individuals out of the jail system. The plan calls for a new 4,800-bed jail next to the current jail downtown. The facility …

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LA bus videos that inspire you to breathe during your commute

Posted April 10, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Whenever I am swinging my arms — a simple warm-up exercise as part of the practice of qigong, which cultivates energy by aligning mind, breath, and body — I imagine that I look like a repenting soul performing self-flagellation to random passersby.
I’ve mused for a long time about creating an urban opera involving scenes of bus riders spontaneously starting to hurl their arms in …

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Tens of thousands hit the street for Wilshire CicLavia

Posted April 7, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The weather was gorgeous and the riders came out in force for L.A.’s 9th CycLavia event. No one knows for sure how many people hopped on their biked or skates to join to the fun yesterday, but organizers say turnout was higher than the last time the event was held on Wilshire Boulevard a year ago. The event covered six miles of Wilshire between …

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L.A. considers boosting sales tax to fix broken streets

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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L.A. City leaders may ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase to fix thousands of miles of deteriorating streets and sidewalks. But it’s far from clear whether Angelenos will agree to the tax hike. It’s estimated that 35 percent of the city’s roadways – a total of 8,200 miles – is either failing or close to failing. An even higher percentage of …

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Many Dodger fans facing ‘blue-out’ as games begin

Posted February 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Dodgers new Time Warner cable TV station has debuted just in time for the team’s first spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For fans who can’t get enough the boys in blue, it’s a 24-hour network. But as of now, most denizens of Dodger nation are blacked out. That’s because Time Warner has yet to reach deals with many of the …

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100 year old Angeleno trips out on joy, ego with first gallery exhibition

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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It’s been quite a year for Morris Markoff. First, LA Times columnist Steve Lopez paid him a visit and wrote a profile of Markoff’s adjustment from Silver Lake to Downtown LA. A couple months ago, national press swooped in on the occasion of his 75th wedding anniversary to wife, Betty. Now, this just-turned-100-year-old is having his first art show. (t must be a trend! A few weeks …

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Found objects made into art: Timothy Washington’s long-overdue solo show

Posted February 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Washington's sculptures often contain noisemakers and moving pieces. This one, a futuristic animal inspired by Harley Davidson motorcyles, can carry the weight of the artist himself.

Read the news and it can be easy to think that art is all about money and glamor: splashy openings, $142 million paintings and rapper Drake snapping selfies at the L.A. County Museum of Art.
But an exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles is a reminder that art is also about dedication. For decades, one L.A. artist has been quietly …

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No snow? No problem! The art of the snowboard in the concrete jungle of DTLA

Posted February 7, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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This weekend, if you want a taste of winter sports here in the land of drought and far from Sochi, you can head downtown to a new gallery on Mateo Street called CES Contemporary. Snowboarders/artists Mike Parillo and Corey Smith commissioned a series of boards from a dozen artists which they then hand-painted and finished. (Some were even given a test run at Baldface Lodge …

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Remembering folk icon Pete Seeger

Posted January 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Pete Seeger at age 88 photographed on 6-16-07 at the Clearwater Festival 2007 by Anthony Pepitone (Wiki commons)

Below, Warren talks to David King Dunaway, an oral historian and radio producer whose many books include, “How Can I Keep from Singing?”, a biography of Pete Seeger.
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger, who fought for social justice through music and activism has died at age 94. He wrote “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and inspired a …

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