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John Adams Writes a New Opera, and It’s a Western - The New York Times
Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman. His new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.
classicalmusic  opera  johnadams  music  california  nytimes  goldrush 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Five Places to Go in Ojai, Calif. - The New York Times
Long a haven for yogis, spa-goers and anyone with vaguely spiritual inclinations — the Ojai Valley runs east-west rather than north-south, which some say creates an “electromagnetic vortex” of good energy — the city is also drawing fashion types and foodies with new shops, restaurants and cool places to hang out. Many popular spots are located along or just off Ojai Avenue, the main drag that is easily traversable by foot or bike.
ojai  california  travel  travelguide  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Day On The Set Of Fat City, John Huston's Cult Classic - Rolling Stone
Occasionally, as the furious action in the ring prompts them, this mob of six-hundred-odd tank-town lames roars its bloodthirsty approval. And the action going on in the ring is ... wait a second here ... just what in the name of Christ’s sweet body is a nice, classically trained actor like Stacy Keach doing in a creep joint like this?

Making a movie called Fat City, of course—and at this precise instant, that means he’s getting the living firk wailed out of him by one Sixto Rodriguez, an honest-to-god light heavy bruiser who once clobbered Bobo Olson to a viscous pulp and battled both Von Clay and Piro del Pappa to bruising draws
fatcity  rollingstone  staceykeach  johnhuston  jeffbridges  stockton  california  film  cinema  filmmaking 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires - The New York Times
By choice, for less than $2 an hour, the female inmate firefighters of California work their bodies to the breaking point. Sometimes they even risk their lives.
nytimes  nytimesmag  crime  prison  criminaljustice  malibuconservationcamp  fires  firefighting  malibu  losangeles  california 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The House Of Worship The Cheesecake Factory Built | The FADER
A well-funded California religious order announced plans to build a sanctuary. Then the battle lines were drawn.
california  culture  religion  cults  sufism  sufismreoriented  saranap  development  thefader  thecheesecakefactory 
july 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In California, Finding ‘Fat City’ With the Man Who Wrote It - The New York Times
Stockton inspired Leonard Gardner’s acclaimed 1969 novel. On the
streets with him now, it’s clear much has changed. But boxing endures.
leonardgardner  fatcity  stockton  california  boxing  writing  writers  literature  novels  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Banham’s Los Angeles
In the documentary, Banham drives around LA assisted by an imaginary GPS guide called Baeda-Kar. He reflects on the city’s varied architecture and meets up with some of its residents to get a sense of its unique appeal. To compliment this very personal, documentary vision of Los Angeles, my audiovisual essay brings together images and sounds from fiction films made around the time Banham was carrying out his investigations. I draw on work by filmmakers who, like Banham, were outsiders, whether from other parts of the US (Robert Altman, John Cassavetes, Jonathan Kaplan, Ivan Dixon) or Europe (Michelangelo Antonioni, Agnès Varda, Jacques Deray). The attitude of these filmmakers toward LA, whilst by no means uncritical, was generally one of fascination, closely mirroring that of Banham. I use voiceover and musical extracts from the BBC documentary to both comment upon the images and to regulate the piece’s overall rhythm.
losangeles  film  california  reynerbanham  architecture  video  vimeo  pasqualelannone  videoessay 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
When L.A. Was Empty: Wide-Open SoCal Landscapes - KCET
Early photographs of Los Angeles surprise for many reasons, but often what's most striking is how empty the city looks. Open countryside surrounds familiar landmarks. Busy intersections appear as dusty crossroads.
losangeles  california  history 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Joshua Tree Midcentury Home Becomes Writer's Refuge - Curbed
A San Franciscan’s first home offers a sanctuary—and an opportunity to live slower
joshuatree  california  architecture  home 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Star Theatre: Old La Puente porn theater may be demolished for condos - Curbed LA
Preservationists in La Puente are scrambling to save the Star Theatre, an old theater notable for its distinct shape and troubled past.
lapuente  california  movie  preservation  startheatre 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Llano del Rio: The Ruins of LA’s Socialist Colony - Curbed LA
Colonists bought shares in the desert village and built it together by hand a century ago
llanodelrio  california  antelopevalley  socialism  socailistcolonies  architecture  design 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Modern Dumpling Wonderland Gets Rolling in San Francisco - Food & Wine
Dumpling Time, the San Francisco hot spot that Omakase Restaurant Group opened last week, is a “filling-forward” modern Asian restaurant with a glorious dumpling obsession. On the menu, you’ll spot spinach-skin seafood gyoza and har gow filled with shrimp and pork, every piece hand-rolled.
foodandwine  sanfrancisco  california  food  restaurants  dumplings  dumplingtime 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is This Los Angeles’s $600 Million Man? - The New York Times
Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, has a provocative vision for his museum and his adopted city.
lacma  art  museum  losangeles  california  michaelgovan  nytimes 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The People's Cheeseburger
The most important fast food restaurant in America is a radical burger joint in Watts
eater  locol  watts  losangeles  foodeserts  roychoi  danielpatterson  california  fastfood  food  restaurants 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The Quest to Save LA's Century-Old Batchelder Tiles - Curbed
On the ground floor of a run-down, four-story building at 217 West 6th Street in downtown Los Angeles, on the block between South Broadway and South Spring, is one of the city's greatest interior-architecture treasures: an enchanting installation of custom tiles that renowned Pasadena artist and tile innovator Ernest Batchelder created for the Dutch Chocolate Shop one hundred years ago, in 1914.
ernestbatchelder  losangeles  curbed  interiordesign  architecture  california  southerncalifornia 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
California Dreaming: The Homes Where the Spirit of the 60s Lives ON
Nobody ever thought of leaving here unless they were carried out’: why many of the original residents of these elegant Marin County homes still live there
archtiecture  california  homes  theguardian  marincounty  josepheichler  midcentury 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
An Architectural Walking Tour of South LA's Stately and Historic West Adams Boul...
West Adams Boulevard runs through what were the some of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Doctors, successful entrepreneurs, lawyers, and well-off widows commissioned houses here in styles ranging from Italian Gothic to Alpine Craftsman, and though those neighborhoods have, like the rest of the city, seen highs and lows, there are still so many grand homes that have survived along the boulevard.
curbedla  history  architecture  walkingtour  losangeles  california  westadams 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
How L.A. Became A Powerhouse for Chinese Food
When it comes to Chinese food, the conversation in urban centers of America has long moved past chow mein and into more nuanced arguments about variations of xiaolongbao. But even with cooking shows from icons Martin Yan and Ming Tsai—not to mention Julia Child’s confession that she’d “be perfectly happy with only Chinese food”—awareness didn’t reach its smoking point until the 2000s.
food  losangeles  chinesefood  culture  california  southerncalifornia  restaurants 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Downtown LA's 'Polyphonoptic' Triforium Sculpture Could Finally Fulfill Its Fant...
The Triforium sculpture in Fletcher-Bowron Square near the Los Angeles Mall and across from LA City Hall was supposed to be incredibly cool
preservation  losangeles  dtla  art  sculpture  publicart  publicsculpture  polyphonoptictriforium  california 
november 2015 by brendanmcfadden
With No Trademark, Sriracha Name is Showing Up Everywhere
Wander down almost any supermarket aisle and it's easy to spot one of the food industry's hottest fads. Sriracha, the fiery red Asian chili sauce, has catapulted from a cult hit to flavor du jour, infusing burgers, potato chips, candy, vodka and even lip balm. That would seem like a boon for the man who made the sauce a household name. Except for one glaring omission.
sriracha  food  california  latimes 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth
A punishing drought is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been the state’s engine has run against the limits of nature.
nytimes  losangeles  drought  goverment  water  environment  california  southerncalifornia 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
California Fool’s Gold – Exploring Westlake, Garden Spot of the Old Westside
Los Angeles‘s Westlake neighborhood is home to more people than the entire populations of well-known California cities like Berkeley, Inglewood, Burbank, Compton, Santa Monica, and Santa Barbara.
losangeles  neighborhoods  westlake  california  cities  history 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Watts "Manifesto" & the McCone Report
On the anger that led to the Watts Riots of 1965, the mistakes made during those six days in August, and how little changed afterward.
watts  civilrights  commentarymagazine  1965  wattsriots  1960s  losangeles  california 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
At Grand Central Market, a New Wave of Vendors Is Changing Up an L.A. Mainstay
Many years later, as Grand Central Market faced the renovations that would once again shift its fortunes, Filomena Eriman remembered the day when she first arrived here, one of this country's oldest and largest public markets.
losangeles  food  laweekly  california  grandcentralmarket  restaurants  downtown 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Big Water
The California Dream is made possible by old water and big water. Unfortunately, the former doesn’t care about us, and the latter’s running dry. A native reports from the wine country, where fires loom.
history  california  water  themorningnews 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Newly discovered building remains may be linked to old LA Times offices
Construction and development towards the expansion of Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles found a possible link to Los Angeles a century ago.
latimes  losangeles  california  downtown  kpcc  history  architecture 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
When Santa Monica Was Still Oshkosh By the Sea
In 1973, Real Estate and Business Interests Ran the City. My Fellow Activists and I Helped Change That.
neighborhoods  california  losangeles  activism  community  santamonica 
june 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Jerry Brown's Political Reboot
In his reprise as governor, he's been as ruthlessly practical as he's been reflective, embracing his inner politician to restore the California dream.
politics  jerrybrown  jamesfallows  california  theatlantic 
may 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Exploring Victorian Neighborhoods: Pasadena, California
In this series, we’ll explore Victorian neighborhoods across the country and around the world to learn about regional period architecture and local communities’ restoration and preservation efforts. First up is one of Southern California’s oldest communities: Pasadena.
pasadena  home  california  victorian  architecture 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Once and Future Gov
Two years into his second go-round as governor, Jerry Brown has—to the surprise of many—turned California around.
politics  jerrybrown  california  theamericanprospect  government 
march 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Gunkist Oranges
Wonder why Orange County trembles whenever its Mexicans protest? Welcome to the Citrus War of 1936, the most important event in Orange County history youve never heard of
ocweekly  california  orangecounty  oranges  citruswar  labor  history 
july 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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