FROM Garen Wintemute
California Researches Gun Violence California is taking gun violence research into its own hands. In the state budget passed this week, the California legislature included $5 million to create a gun violence research center. That doesn’t sound like much money, but it’s a big deal because for the last 20 years, federal agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have been prevented by Congress from researching gun violence. Three years ago, more than 100 scientists signed a letter asking the CDC to resume studying ways to reduce gun violence. President Obama ordered the agency to do so. But Congress continues to block funds for this research and federal agencies are mostly trying to stay clear of the controversy. What can the Golden State do?
In 'Free Fire,' Ben Wheatley wants to "meet the audience halfway" British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has built up a cult following with his hyper-violent, darkly funny movies. His newest film Free Fire is an action comedy starring Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and a whole lot of guns. The movie has the broadest commercial appeal of any of his work to date, but it's still a Ben Wheatley film, which means, spoiler alert...a lot of people die.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Neutra landmark, Thom Mayne's home, I.M. Pei turns 100 Pioneering architect Richard Neutra's Silver Lake home has been added to the list of national historic landmarks, with an assist from Rep. Adam Schiff. Thom Mayne's new house in Cheviot Hills replaces the former home of writer Ray Bradbury, and the neighbors like it! Paul Revere Williams posthumously gets AIA's top prize, and I.M. Pei turns 100.