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Mapping LA’s growing dance scene

Posted July 22, 2015 by and | 3 Comments | ]
Dance Map LA

Los Angeles is known as the entertainment capital of the world… for its creative output in film, theater and art.
But, the city’s reputation in dance is starting to grow as well.
At the high end, there’s a lot more programming at the Music Center of L.A. and at universities and art centers. But, there are also smaller companies cropping up all over town.
Now, USC is trying …

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Tom Carroll: Things I’d miss about L.A.

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

For the past two years, Tom Carroll has been following in Huell Howser’s footsteps to create his YouTube series, Tom Explores. An explorer at heart, he has gone everywhere from an abandoned mall in Hawthorne to the nooks and crannies of Griffith Park on his journey to tell the hidden, colorful stories of the Southland.
We wanted to know what he would miss if he left L.A. He emailed us his …

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Web site puts L.A.’s cultural bounty at your fingertips

Posted February 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Getty Conservation Institute and city officials have collaborated on a new web site that aims to be a one-stop-surfing destination for the culturally curious in Los Angeles. has borrowed from sources like the National Register of Historic Places and city historic preservation zones to create a database of L.A.’s cultural heritage sites, everything from office towers and museums to delis and individual homes.
Users …

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‘Breaking Bad’ won at the Emmys but Netflix still scored

Posted September 23, 2013 by | 12 Comments | ]

One of the big stories going into last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards was that Netflix had crashed the party. It was the first year a a series produced and distributed by an online digital company received recognition from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “House of Cards” — the Netflix original series– received 14 nominations including Outstanding Drama Series. It’s star Kevin Spacey was nominated for Outstanding Actor …

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Inter-culturalism is the new melting pot: Mash-up identity explored

Posted August 14, 2013 by | 49 Comments | ]
Artist Bia Gayotto in front of her two-screen installation

Artist Bia Gayotto came to Los Angeles from Brazil nearly 20 years ago to get her MFA.  She stayed for love.   Now, she considers herself Brazilian-American.  This mash-up of identity informs not just her personal existence, but her latest work, “Somewhere in Between: Los Angeles.”
For the two-screen video installation just installed at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Gayotto interviewed residents of 16 …

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Photos: The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Posted December 12, 2012 by | 56 Comments | ]

Today is the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Across Mexico – and the world – devotees flock to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the heart Mexico City to celebrate and pay tribute to the patron saint that Catholics call the Queen of Mexico and the Empress of the Americas.
Los Angeles is the second city with the largest of population of …

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Los Angeles Ballet at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage

Posted May 25, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

The Los Angeles Ballet wraps up its latest show, “NextWave LA,” with three performances at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica this weekend. NextWave includes new pieces by four Southern California choreographers — Kitty McNamee, Sonya Tayeh, Stacey Tookey and Josie Walsh — and the company has posted nifty videos of each choreographer discussing her work. Here’s Tookey:

You can see all the videos on …

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Mah Jongg makes a comeback

Posted May 16, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Vintage mah jongg tiles. Courtesy Museum of Jewish Heritage

Its early origins are unclear (but just may date back to the time of Confucius), but the popularity of Mah Jongg in this country is tied to the twenties and thirties, when ladies convened around colorful game boards to gossip, eat, gamble, and play. Starting this week, you can learn about the “game of sparrows” (so-called because of the click-clack of the tile pieces …

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Cinco de Mayo and other American traditions

Posted May 3, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

On Saturday, millions of Americans will celebrate a holiday that’s not what it seems to be. On Cinco de Mayo, it’ll be all things Mexican from LA to Denver to New York City. But the day will be celebrated in only one small part of Mexico itself. It’s about as Mexican as pastrami burritos. Whatever its history, it’s a lot of fun, and …

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Todd Boyd on the LA Riots, Hip Hop and Cinema

Posted April 26, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]

Warren talks with Professor Todd Boyd about LA culture around the time of the Rodney King riots.

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20 years after the riots, has LA changed?

Posted April 16, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
By Brewbooks via Flickr

It’s been 20 years since the so-called Rodney King Riots, which broke out when four white LA police officers were acquitted of charges stemming from the beating of a drunk-driving suspect, an incident caught by an amateur photographer and televised world-wide. At five year intervals since then, Loyola Marymount’s Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles has polled residents about their city.  The …

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Blowing stuff up at MOCA: Cai Guo-Qiang and the gunpowder drawings

Posted March 9, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

Forget LACMA’s rock. MOCA’s had fireworks all week, courtesy the rock star artist from China,  Cai Guo-Qiang.  A team of volunteers helps prepare with stencils arranged on the enormous canvases before he ignites the flame. They’re then deployed with mitts to extinguish the embers: “When you’re putting out fires,” Cai said through a translator on Wednesday night, “please be careful not to step on …

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Does music make you hungry?

Posted March 2, 2012 by | 10 Comments | ]

Mouth watering music? Well-known cook and food writer Michael Ruhlman was on the bill with the acclaimed musical performance group, the LA Chamber Orchestra. Works by Rossini, Puccini, Schoenfield and de Falla were performed with introductions by Ruhlman about the influence of music on food, and vice versa.  We talked with the “maestro chef” before Thursday’s appearance.  He says cooking is just as much …

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Roy Choi: ‘Home cooking is a beautiful curse’

Posted November 21, 2011 by | 1 Comment | ]

“You’re not judging if something is acceptable or not acceptable, you’re just trying to survive,” says Roy Choi (Kogi Korean Taco mastermind) about his parents: Korean immigrants trying to get by. “We did videotape stores, liquor stores, gas stations… for us, as Asians, we got into a segment of society that a lot of people want to throw a blanket over. ”
But, there was …

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