August 1, 2012 |
Gusto makes lunch: Chef Vic Casanova, inspired by what he refers to as “free-range Italian,” debuts his lunch menu. Items include red wine-braised baby octopus, figs with whipped sheep's milk ricotta and saba; crostino with duck liver; various house-made pizzas and pastas; and toasted coconut gelato pie, chocolate fonduta and crepes for dessert. Lunch is Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 8432 W. 3rd St., West Hollywood, (323) 782-1778. Thursday night family dinner: Santa Monica cafe and bakery Huckleberry continues its Thursday Night Family Dinner series, offering a three-course menu.
September 13, 2012 |
Los Lobos dropped into the studios of KCRW-FM (89.9) in Santa Monica on Wednesday to revisit the veteran East L.A. roots-rock band's watershed 1992 album, “Kiko,” by playing it nearly in its entirety for a live radio and Web broadcast. The performance will be streamable on the public station's website . The album was recently reissued in expanded form, along with a video release of a 2006 live performance by the band. Speaking with KCRW music director Jason Bentley during his "Morning Becomes Eclectic" show, guitarist, singer, songwriter and accordionist David Hidalgo said the album helped the group reconnect with its central musical vision following the runaway commercial success it experienced from its participation in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba” in 1987.
November 16, 1986
To attack KCRW's decision not to continue one of its 23 regularly scheduled music programmers (Deirdre O'Donoghue) as an effort to stifle free speech and musical diversity on the airwaves is ludicrous (Pop Eye, by Patrick Goldstein, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9; Calendar Letters, Nov. 9). All an unbiased listener has to do is listen to the biting wit of political and media satirist Harry Shearer, the informed opinions of historian Harvey Stromberg, the spectrum of articles chosen daily for "Newsstand," the range of music heard on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and "Evening Becomes Eclectic," the daring dramatic artistry of Joe Frank--all programs produced for KCRW.
November 20, 2012 |
Radio theater is a medium that, while no longer practiced as it was during the golden age of radio, remains rich with potential. Like books, drama over the airwaves requires an active mind's eye for both its creators and its audience. But unlike the written word, sound adds another dimension for artists curious about experimentation. Enter Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, an artist with an oft-glowing mind's eye whose life has been devoted to sonic experimentation. Throughout the Lips' career, the group has commissioned parking garage symphonies, Walkman concerts, boombox orchestras and multi-disc sonic experiments, all in service of sound.
April 3, 2013 |
Radio personality and chef Evan Kleiman closed her beloved Melrose Avenue restaurant, Angeli Caffe, last year after 27 years in business. The Hollywood trattoria opened in 1984 and was a pioneer of stripped-down Italian cuisine. It was a neighborhood fan favorite from the start, even when Kleiman's fans weren't from the neighborhood. Now Kleiman, the host of KCRW's "Good Food," is bringing back some of her hit Angeli dishes at a pop-up this month at Tiago. She's crowd-sourcing the menu and will tally up the requests she has been receiving on Facebook and Twitter.
November 11, 2008 |
Nic Harcourt, the music director of Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9), will step down Nov. 30, the station said Monday. Harcourt has presided over KCRW's nationally known "Morning Becomes Eclectic" music program for 10 years. Harcourt won't be completely splitting from the station: He will continue to host a three-hour music program on Sunday evenings. "As a parent of two young children, I believe it's time for me to explore new career opportunities and expand upon my other activities in movie, television, voice-over work, advertising and the Internet," Harcourt said in a statement.