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A video meditation on one of life’s big questions

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The artist Jonas N.T. Becker grew up in West Virginia and Michigan, attended college in western Massachusetts, and graduate school in Irvine. She’s lived in Madrid, France, Nicaragua, New Orleans and Pittsburgh. No wonder her work is infused with a sense of exploration and inquiry.
Her show of video art, four pieces under the title Zol Zayn–Yiddish for “What if?–opens this weekend at Shulamit Gallery in Venice. …

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Supervisors vote to put cross back on L.A. County seal

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A divided L.A. Board of Supervisors has voted to put a long absent cross back on the county seal. The move is expected to be met with a legal challenge from civil libertarians, who see it as an unconstitutional mixing of church and state. The cross will be added to a depiction of the San Gabriel Mission on the seal. Backers say it’s a …

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State moving toward computerized student testing; Tsunami threat is real; Council okays new L.A. murals

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School testing. California lawmakers are moving to ditch the state’s standardized exams for public school students and replace them with a new computerized system next spring. Backers say the new tests will help speed the transition to Common Core standards in California, which are designed to develop critical thinking and writing skills.
Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla authored the bill. She says it would let teachers see …

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‘An accident,’ says driver who sped down Ocean Walk; Major win for LAUSD on No Child Left Behind; Medfly

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Promenade protections. The man suspected of running down 17 people on the Venice Boardwalk has pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges, and he insists the mayhem was an accident.
The public defender for Nathan Louis Campbell says his client is despondent and did not intend to hurt anyone.
The attorney’s comments contradict police and witnesses, who say Campbell appeared to be maneuvering his car …

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A call for barriers at Venice boardwalk; Ratliff has advice for teacher’s union, Adios X-Games

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Venice hit-and-run. A vigil is planned this afternoon for those caught up in an apparently intentional hit-and-run rampage that left one woman dead and 11 others injured on the Venice Boardwalk.
The vigil will be held at 5 p.m. at Candle Café and Grill on Ocean Front Walk.
Meanwhile, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin says barriers should be erected to prevent non-emergency vehicles from entering …

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Police arrest a man in connection with deadly hit-and-run on Venice boardwalk

Police arrested Nathan Campbell, 38, on suspicion of murder in connection with Saturday’s deadly hit-and-run on the Venice boardwalk that killed one woman and left another 11 people injured. He’s being held in lieu of $1-million bail.
In a Sunday morning press conference, Los Angeles Police Department officials also identified the woman who died in incident as Alice Gruppioni, 32, of Italy, according to the …

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Silicon Beach: A hub of inspiration

I launched Giant Media from my Brentwood apartment in November of 2009. We’ve come a long way since that time and have moved offices twice since then, but rather than relocate to San Francisco (or for that matter, New York), we’ve chosen to stay in the quickly emerging “Silicon Beach”. We operate out of a gorgeous office on Electric Avenue, just off of world …

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Silicon Beach: New technology and old buildings

“Story of Venice” mural by Edward Biberman

This week we’ve been looking at the growth of Silicon Beach, as tech companies move westward to be closer to the sand, sea – and to each other. Many are looking for creative space to work in. KCRW’s Frances Anderton reports on Venice, and the meeting of new technology and old buildings in Venice.
Many tech companies have taken up residence in reused industrial and …

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Why set up shop in Venice?

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We set up our digital media operations in a sun-lit colorful flat above the Brig on Abbot Kinney over four years ago, and now take residency in Robert Graham’s former studio adjacent to the boardwalk. Many of us had prior successful residency up in Silicon Valley, and with entrepreneur mentality, we were not just looking for the next big idea to create, but the right …

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Silicon Beach: The perils of gentrification

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For a long time, people in Silicon Valley would fly to LA when they had to. Then it occurred to them that people who work in technology and content could actually live in the same place. Now, Google has come to Venice, greeted warmly by the Chamber of Commerce, but regarded by some long-time residents as an unwelcome invader. We look at the changing …

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Photos: The new Rose Avenue

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Venice is now home to 300 new high-tech companies, but that only accounts for half of the new, mainly Westside, phenomenon called “Silicon Beach.” The new companies mean new money, and with that a new row of restaurants on Rose Ave. You can hear more about how this is changing the funky Venice on  Which Way, LA?  Below, check out pictures of the “new” …

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Silicon Beach brings change to Westside

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For a long time, people in Silicon Valley would fly to LA when they had to. Then it occurred to them that people who work in technology and content could actually live in the same place. Now, Google has come to Venice, greeted warmly by the Chamber of Commerce, but regarded by some long-time residents as an unwelcome invader. We look at the changing …

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24 Hour Sleep Out: Understanding homelessness from the inside out

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Sympathy for the plight of the homeless can be abstract. The 24-hour SleepOut this weekend in Venice aims to put a face on the problem of homelessness. A coalition of groups, including Occupy Venice, will gather at Beyond Baroque to explain the hard and complicated facts of being on the street. And then, everyone who brings tents or sleeping bags will spend the night outside …

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Art at the beach: The other Venice Biennale

Arthur Moore's "Funky Pussy"

Get out your SPF and bikini and get ready to stroll Ocean Front Walk in Venice this weekend for the other Venice Bienniale. Not content to have launched the Los Angeles version of the fabled art Biennials that occur in other cities, now the Hammer is extending “Made in LA 2012″ beyond the museum and gallery walls and out to the sand. Well, close …

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Art Talk: A rare view of Alexander Calder, on display in Venice

You don’t have to be an art lover to appreciate Alexander Calder.  His large scale sculptures and mobiles are playful and poetic–and iconic.  In downtown Los Angeles, his Four Arches (left) is permanently displayed outside the Bank of America building.  Other works can be seen at the sculpture garden in UCLA, LACMA, and even Neiman-Marcus.
Now, a rare show of Calder pieces is up at …

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Inside the Ed Kienholz show at Venice’s LA Louver Gallery

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In our weekly chat that airs tomorrow, art critic Hunter Drohojowska-Philp talks about the new Ed Kienholz show at the LA Louver Gallery in Venice.  She calls it a “museum-quality” gallery show.
Kienholz was untrained as an artist but managed to make a name for himself with installations that offered commentary on modern life; he also started one of the most important galleries in Los …

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