Articles tagged with Lisa Napoli
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In a culture where a tawdry book like “50 Shades of Grey” makes it to the bestseller list, it’s hard to imagine that there are books that are still banned.
Each year, in the interest of promoting free speech, the literary group PEN Center USA selects books that have been banned over time or censored.
To garner support and momentum for Banned Books Week from Sept. …
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Artist Bettina Hubby woke up a year or so ago to an urban nightmare: That thumping sound of construction, right across the street from her house.
She lives and works on a well-trafficked thoroughfare in Silver Lake called Rowena Avenue, which has been dug up for what seems like forever in the name of upgrading the pipes.
At first she stewed, but then she got inspired. …
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Dave Eggers is one of the most beloved and be-prized writers in America, known not only for his own work, but for his publishing efforts — McSweeney’s is perhaps the best new publisher to arrive during the small-house explosion of recent decades — and for his activist work — the 826 after-school tutoring programs around the country, the Voices of Witness project, and others.
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Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher has been documenting a year in the “life” of the Hammer Museum a by taking snapshots of every single person who comes in. It looks like a yearbook, reads like a yearbook–it is a yearbook! Flip through the entire “Hammer Yearbook” here.
Listen to my interview with Fletcher below.
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You may think of Ansel Adams as a photographer of nature. But in 1940, he was sent on assignment to the “wilds” of Los Angeles, where he documented life in the city for Fortune magazine. Twenty years later, he gifted the pictures to the Los Angeles Public Library.
For the first time, those pictures will be displayed in a gallery, namely, at drkrm on Spring …
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Loved the creative collective Fog and Smog’s lampoon of the absurd surreality of modern yoga-mania so much that I interviewed one of the founders back when it was going viral a few weeks ago about how the videos come together. (And then, behold, the NY Times followed suit and did its own story.)
Tonight Fog and Smog has written with news of a new video, …
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Imagine Los Angeles without cars. Thanks to Cyclavia, you don’t have to. April 15th is the next fabulous car-free day and they announced the route today.
Here’s my interview with Heidi Zeller of Cyclavia, a grassroots movement rooted in Brazil to teach us to re-think our relationship to our bicycles:
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Marina Dundjerski is a graduate of UCLA and she’s had a plum assignment the last few years: researching the history of this amazing institution, sifting through vast stores of photographs and information to create “UCLA: The First Century. Now, I’m not a card-carrying Bruin or anything—I went to school on the east coast, in fact—and even I found it interesting, the roots of UCLA …
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I’m all for finding ways to mark the new year in whatever culture is celebrating. Happy year of the dragon!
Laura Lau now lives in Singapore, but she was raised in Los Angeles; her late mother was the legendary Chinese astrologer, Theodora Lau. Their book is called “The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes“.
Laura joined us via phone to talk about what the year of the dragon …
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Two of the funniest men in the United States stopped by KCRW to talk about their new madcap novel, Lunatics. In the press materials, Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Dave Barry and back-when-the-show-was-genius Saturday Night Live writer Alan Zweibel call their book full of “superior potty jokes.”
As fun and as wild as the book is (it’s already been optioned by Steve Carrell’s team,) as interesting (at …
Rod Merl is the new guy in charge of the iconic landmark also known as the Santa Monica Pier. It’s going through some changes to improve its future.
This is a longer version of the interview we did than the one you might have heard on the radio during All Things Considered yesterday:
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She came in today to talk with me about her new show, Red Hot Patriot, about the legendary journalist Molly Ivins. It opens at the Geffen Playhouse on Wednesday. We’ll air our talk tomorrow at 6:44p during All Things Considered (and post the complete interview here.)