Photo: The carousel in the Looff Hippodrome at the Santa Monica Pier (Avishay Artsy)
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Can you understand your ballot? Tuesday, June 7 is primary election day in California. Besides voting for presidential candidate, there’s also a ballot measure as well as races for Congress, judiciary and a US Senate seat that has 34 candidates competing to succeed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. There are so many candidates that in some counties, the names are spread across two pages -- and user experience researchers say that is a problem. Can better design improve voter participation?
The Looff Hippodrome, home to the iconic carousel on the Santa Monica Pier, will commemorate its centennial exactly 100 years to the day since Charles Looff opened the doors on June 12, 1916. We hear about the history and architecture of the building, which has been a backdrop for many films and some very lively parties, and the movement to save the pier from being torn down in the 1970's.
James Harris, author and historian
Professor James Harris
"Locked loaded and ready to roll." That's how one scientist recently described the San Andreas fault, meaning it is ready to spring a big quake on southern California at any moment. Generally, disaster preparedness is something many of us ignore -- especially newcomers to LA who haven't yet felt the earth move. But Chalk Repertory Theatre is thinking ahead — and over four weekends they are performing In Case of Emergency, a play about earthquake readiness. Is the play any good, and does it get the message out?
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Lucas Museum lifts off in Expo Park Construction broke ground today on the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. The museum is located in LA’s Exposition Park, and will house the art collection of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas. It’s a big arrival for the neighborhood, and it comes in the form of what looks like a giant silver spaceship -- with gardens.
Bridges and Walls: Invisible Walls There are walls that impact the communities they contain, but are naked to the eye. On today’s “Bridges and Walls” episode we explore three examples of invisible walls: the boundaries that mark gang territories; zoning codes that divide communities; and the West LA eruv, a ritualistic fence that allows Orthodox Jews to perform certain tasks on Shabbat, the traditional day of rest.
Dying mall Westside Pavilion to have new life as offices It’s happening all over the US -- a phenomenon known as dead mall syndrome. A mix of overbuilding of malls in recent decades coupled with dramatic changes in retail habits has caused the demise of many malls. Some however are getting a new lease of life, as something else. And that’s what’s happening to the Westside Pavilion on Pico at Overland in West LA.
Bridges and Walls: LA River, part 2 The Los Angeles River in downtown is getting new bridges and parks. But with the greening of the river may come “green gentrification.” DnA tours a disused railyard that will be turned into a park, hears about dreams for changes in the Lower LA River and talks to architect Frank Gehry and other stakeholders about LA County’s updated masterplan for the entire 51 miles of flood channel.
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