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Photo: David Hockney (Avishay Artsy)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Avishay Artsy

LA to Revise Its Community Plans 8 MIN, 6 SEC

There are widespread tensions surrounding the runaway construction of large-scale residential developments in Los Angeles, many marketed as luxury projects. Many are built after developers receive zoning variances and planning amendments, a process critics describe as "spot zoning." Now the Mayor's office is vowing to revise the city's 35 community plans in the next decade. Will this be enough to stop a proposed moratorium on some development?

Guests:
Dana Cuff, UCLA / cityLAB (@danacuff)
Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (@Michael_AHF)
Jamarah Harris, Crescent Heights (@Left_Coasting)

More:
Planning for future growth, LA seeks a major update of its neighborhood plans
Battle over development heats up at LA City Hall

Ramiro Gomez Seeks to "Make the Invisible Visible" 10 MIN, 15 SEC

Walk into the Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown and you'll see a large painting of the Paul Smith store on Melrose Avenue. The vivid pink box of a building fills the canvas, except that out front there's an unexpected sight: a leaf blower. His face is not distinct but the figure appears to be a Latino gardener, one of thousands, who dot the landscapes of Los Angeles. The painting is by the 29-year-old artist Ramiro Gomez, whose work strives to bring to the foreground the laborers who make possible the comfortable, manicured lives of more affluent Angelenos.

Guests:
Ramiro Gomez, artist (@ramirogomezjr)
David Hockney, artist
Lawrence Weschler, author

More:
Lawrence Weschler's essay in the New York Times about Ramiro Gomez
The People Behind Your Images of Luxury: A Profile of Ramiro Gomez

Domestic Scenes

Lawrence Weschler

David Hockney, 82 Portraits and a Busy Life 9 MIN, 9 SEC

At 78, David Hockney just keeps on working. We visited him in his studio in the Hollywood Hills and found the walls hung with row after row of portraits -- all part of a project called "82 Portraits And 1 Still Life" that will be a book and an exhibition this summer at the Royal Academy in London. He's also working on another book, A History of Pictures, and he has surveys of his work opening in the next year in London and Melbourne. And, a film about his life, called simply "Hockney," directed by Randall Wright, opens this weekend in LA. We hear about his many passions, including LA, art and art history, and smoking.

Guests:
David Hockney, artist

More:
Barbara Isenberg visits Hockney's studio for the LA Times
Lawrence Weschler's 1984 New Yorker profile of David Hockney

A History of Pictures

David Hockney

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