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Skip the cliche candy bar and roses this year and instead wow your Valentine (or yourself) with chocolate souffle 😋
02/05/2023
Making luxurious chocolate soufflé is well within your reach

Skip the cliche candy bar and roses this year and instead wow your Valentine (or yourself) with chocolate souffle 😋

Making chocolate soufflé is not difficult. There are just a few techniques that are easy to master. Even if yours doesn’t rise, it will still have all the attributes that make you swoon.

"We are this hyper social species, what will be most moving to us and be our moral compass is the goodness of other peop...
02/04/2023
Why a daily dose of awe is good for us — and how to get it

"We are this hyper social species, what will be most moving to us and be our moral compass is the goodness of other people. And that helps us through this emotion of awe, and what it brings about like cooperation. It helps us form strong societies and awe is a glue in that effort," says The Greater Good Science Center Founder Dacher Keltner

Life Examined talks the miracle and mystery of awe:

Psychologist and author Dacher Keltner shares the science and mysteries surrounding awe, and suggests we make finding awe part of our daily lives.

Shows of the Night - Wednesday, February 1st:Hooveriii w/ L.A. Takedown & DJ Tyler Boudreaux (of KCRW) at The EchoForest...
02/02/2023
Shows of the Night: Wednesday, February 1st

Shows of the Night - Wednesday, February 1st:

Hooveriii w/ L.A. Takedown & DJ Tyler Boudreaux (of KCRW) at The Echo

Forest Blakk w/ Peter Raffoul at the Moroccan Lounge (6:30pm)

The Bots w/ Natalie Staples & Chandon at The Silverlake Lounge (FREE w/ RSVP - 9:30pm)

Harry Styles w/ Madi Diaz at Acrisure Arena at Greater Palm Springs

Reverend Horton Heat w/ The Surfrajettes at Pappy + Harriet's Pioneertown Palace

Check out tonight's concerts here:

BUY TICKETS: Hooveriii w/ LA Takedown at The Echo Welcome to February, Scenestar readers. Time is flying, so make sure to take advantage of our local concert options that include our pick for Show of the Night: Hooveriii! The local...

In one of LA’s fanciest neighborhoods, homeless military veterans built a big tent city and refused to leave. “City of T...
02/01/2023
City of Tents: Veterans Row trailer

In one of LA’s fanciest neighborhoods, homeless military veterans built a big tent city and refused to leave. “City of Tents: Veterans Row” tells the story of the men who built the camp as a protest, and how it became both a refuge and a battlefield.

First episode drops on February 15.
Check out the trailer here:

As the pandemic raged, dozens of homeless veterans built a military-style encampment on a sidewalk in one of LA’s toniest neighborhoods. It was a party, a protest, and a scene of tragedy, before it all came to an end.

"As we're looking to sort of feel happier in our days and about our lives, it's crucial to understand how we invest this...
01/29/2023
The secrets and science behind leading a happy life | Life Examined

"As we're looking to sort of feel happier in our days and about our lives, it's crucial to understand how we invest this resource of time, and to make the most of the time that we have,” says Cassie Moligner Holmes.

Life Examined talks the secrets and science behind leading a good life:

Dr. Robert Waldinger, director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, unlocks some of the secrets discovered via 80 years of research on happiness. Later, UCLA Professor of Marketing and Behavioral Decision Making Cassie Mogilner Holmes reflects on how those who make the most of their time can b...

LA doesn’t always get the credit it deserves as a book town. But from local joints like Skylight Books and The Last Book...
01/27/2023
‘LA is a book city’: 2 new additions come to literary landscape

LA doesn’t always get the credit it deserves as a book town. But from local joints like Skylight Books and The Last Bookstore to global events like the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the city has a strong tradition of readers and writers 📖

From a bookstore in a microvan to a pink brick-and-mortar selling young adult literature, LA’s book market is on the move.

No plans this Valentine's Day? KCRW Members are invited to join us for VALENTINES + VINYL at Boomtown Brewery — an anti-...
01/25/2023

No plans this Valentine's Day? KCRW Members are invited to join us for VALENTINES + VINYL at Boomtown Brewery — an anti-Valentine's Day soiree for lovers of music and just plain lovers! 🎶

Greater LA host Steve Chiotakis, along with KCRW Music Director + DJ Anne Litt invite you to bring one vinyl record, and we’ll take turns putting you all behind the turntables to show off your song of choice — will this soundtrack to your soul find you a match? Let’s mingle over music and find out!

❤️ This is an event for KCRW Members only. Not a member? It’s a great time to become one at kcrw.com/join. RSVPs open on February 2.

Event Details: https://kcrw.co/3JhmJVA

Calling all Young Creators! 🔊 The Young Creators Project is back, and we are looking for submissions in visual art, jour...
01/24/2023
KCRW's Young Creators Project welcomes LA's aspiring artists in music, poetry, story telling and visual art

Calling all Young Creators! 🔊 The Young Creators Project is back, and we are looking for submissions in visual art, journalism, and music from young LA creatives (under 21).

More info:

Musicians, poets, storytellers and visual artists! KCRW wants to see what you’ve got and spotlight art that stand out most across our airwaves, socials, website, and at KCRW’s Young Creators Showcase live in June!

Paradise is “right here right now, in the midst of real life,” says travel writer Pico Iyer Life Examined talks with the...
01/22/2023
A traveler’s guide to finding paradise (and why it may be within)

Paradise is “right here right now, in the midst of real life,” says travel writer Pico Iyer

Life Examined talks with the writer and author about his 48 years of travel and his latest book, “The Half Known Life: In Search of Paradise.”

Renowned travel writer and author Pico Iyer reflects on how different cultures and peoples see life and death and find their own versions of happiness and paradise.

Simone Forti has been creating dance “constructions” since the 1950s. Now, at 87, she has her first West Coast museum sh...
01/21/2023
‘Genre-defying’ artist Simone Forti brings dance, drawings, holograms to MOCA

Simone Forti has been creating dance “constructions” since the 1950s. Now, at 87, she has her first West Coast museum show-up at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown LA.

The exhibition features the artist’s drawings, live and recorded performances, holograms that bring her movement to life, and more in a career-spanning retrospective.

Simone Forti, known for her dance “constructions” and multimedia pieces, has her first career-spanning West Coast exhibition up now at MOCA in downtown LA.

KCRW is headed to Exposition Park on February 10! 📣 Join us for a free evening of music, art, and good vibes at the Cali...
01/18/2023
KCRW Open House at The California African American Museum

KCRW is headed to Exposition Park on February 10! 📣 Join us for a free evening of music, art, and good vibes at the California African American Museum (CAAM). Groove to the sounds of Tyler Boudreaux & Francesca Harding, enjoy refreshments and explore CAAM’s special exhibition.
RSVP here: https://www.kcrw.com/culture/shows/special-programming/kcrw-open-house-california-african-american-museum

KCRW Open House series brings together KCRW and partner audiences for free evenings to enjoy the best of the culture spectrum across the Greater Los Angeles area. Join KCRW and CAAM for a free evening of music, art, and good vibes. Come groove to the sounds of KCRW DJs Francesca Harding and Tyler Bo...

Lee Fields — the 71-year-old soul-funk legend — shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Relive the in-studio magic ...
01/18/2023
Lee Fields: KCRW Live from HQ

Lee Fields — the 71-year-old soul-funk legend — shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Relive the in-studio magic he delivered recently as our first direct-to-the-airwaves live performer on Morning Becomes Eclectic since 2020!

Lee Fields — the 71-year-old soul-funk legend and James Brown acolyte (nicknamed “Little JB”) — shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. His 2022 LP Sent...

“Go anyplace in the world and walk for an hour and odds are, you'll find something amazing and true about that place…it'...
01/15/2023
‘Travel is one of the joys of being alive’: Vagabond Rolf Potts’ on how to get the best out of traveling.

“Go anyplace in the world and walk for an hour and odds are, you'll find something amazing and true about that place…it's good for your health, it's good for communities, it's good for your education about how the world is and how the world works,” says travel writer Rolf Potts.

Life Examined talks the merits of travel:

Traveler and author Rolf Potts shares his philosophy on meaningful travel and how embracing the unexpected can change us for the better.

Historian/Author Rutger Bregman argues that human nature is kinder, more trusting, and more cooperative than we’re led t...
01/08/2023
‘We become the stories we tell ourselves’: Why humans are actually wired for good

Historian/Author Rutger Bregman argues that human nature is kinder, more trusting, and more cooperative than we’re led to believe.

Life Examined talks the common misperception that humans are selfish and will always act in their own self-interest:

Historian and author Rutger Bregman examines the science and the history behind human nature and argues that the human mind is wired to be good.

Fruity, grassy, pungent: It’s fresh-pressed olio nuovo season! 🫒
01/05/2023
Better than fresh olive oil? Olio nuovo packs a punch | Press Play

Fruity, grassy, pungent: It’s fresh-pressed olio nuovo season! 🫒

From late fall through January, try olio nuovo, as it is called in Italian, or new oil. The fleeting seasonal product is bottled and sold immediately after pressing in the late fall or early winter.

A new year can be an inspiring fresh start. And also, a little daunting. But KCRW has just the thing - Our New Year’s Gu...
01/03/2023

A new year can be an inspiring fresh start. And also, a little daunting. But KCRW has just the thing - Our New Year’s Guide to Tackling 2023, a member-exclusive series taking on issues big and small.
Not a member? Visit join.kcrw.com

Shows of the Night - Saturday, December 31st:The Roots at Walt Disney Concert Hall (7:00pm)The Roots at Walt Disney Conc...
01/01/2023
Shows of the Night: Saturday, December 31st

Shows of the Night - Saturday, December 31st:

The Roots at Walt Disney Concert Hall (7:00pm)

The Roots at Walt Disney Concert Hall (10:30pm)

Ken Carson w/ Homixide Gang & Lil 88 at The Wiltern

Capital Cities w/ Spencer Ludwig, Moon Cougar, KaDaFi & Kokopelli, & Chris Daniel at The Venice West (8:00pm)

La Santa Cecilia w/ El Selector (from Cumbiatron) at the Knitting Factory NoHo

Grand Park’s NYELA Countdown to 2023 w/ Cimafunk, DJ Raul Campos (of KCRW), Kati Hernandez & Kimbambula Cuban Dance, Mark de Clive-Lowe, San Cha, Marques Wyatt, Gingee, Versa-Style Dance Company, MTooray, & Cumbiatón at Grand Park (FREE)

Check out tonight's concerts here:

BUY TICKETS: The Roots at Walt Disney Concert Hall (7:00pm & 10:30pm) New Year's Eve is finally here, Scenestar readers. It's rainy, but there are plenty of great events out there to entice you to go out including our top...

“What's the conversation I don't want to have? That's one of the best questions you can ask yourself, actually. As soon ...
12/27/2022
Grasping the untouchable and saying the unspeakable, with poet David Whyte

“What's the conversation I don't want to have? That's one of the best questions you can ask yourself, actually. As soon as you ask it sincerely, bodily, fully - the door opens up to the very conversation that is inviting you to risk yourself,” says David Whyte

Life Examined explores grasping the untouchable and saying the unspeakable:

Host Jonathan Bastian talks with David Whyte about the power of the written and spoken word.

Not sure what to get the music lover in your life? 🎁 Gift them a KCRW Membership and they’ll enjoy members-only perks fo...
12/22/2022

Not sure what to get the music lover in your life? 🎁 Gift them a KCRW Membership and they’ll enjoy members-only perks for an entire year — including ticket presales and discounts, invitations to intimate live performances, special events and more! join.kcrw.com

Honoring the tamalada — the tradition of making tamales with friends and family
12/19/2022
'Tis the season…for tamales | Good Food

Honoring the tamalada — the tradition of making tamales with friends and family

From the ancient history of the tamal (which existed before the tortilla), to the variety of fillings, to regional twists, to different methods of preparation, Indigenous culinary anthropologist Claudia Serrato talks tamales, top to bottom.

Life Examined shares the best reads of 2022. From books about joy, heartbreak, and the superpowers of animals – this lis...
12/18/2022
Life Examined’s best reads of 2022

Life Examined shares the best reads of 2022. From books about joy, heartbreak, and the superpowers of animals – this list has something for everyone.

Life Examined shares the best reads of 2022. From books about joy, heartbreak, and the superpowers of animals, this list has something for everyone.

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For an live regarding Henry Rollins Birthday S*x Pistols my way
Hi! What was the track behind Cherry Glazer’s news update at 8:22 am this morning??? Fantastic!!!
A song about losing love and hoping it finds a way back. Appreciate a listen. https://open.spotify.com/album/1wRt6nEliqzm13c3YQXwxT?highlight=spotify:track:1FR12lf0vZctNTz1R4KldW
Celebration of a Hero. Mural artist Randall Williams went by his Kobe mural this morning to honor Kobe today.
Dear California Democrat Party Chair Rusty Hicks:

This is a response to your statement made at the press conference last week, about recalling Newsom.

Democrats liken Newsom recall effort to extremist “coup” | CalMatters

You linked this recall effort to the U.S. Capitol breach on 1/6/2016. This is a false statement since there were at least 2 campaigns to recall Newsom in 2020, both of which were initiated before this breach. I signed the petition for each campaign and passed it to others. (This campaign has the largest volunteer pool in history.)

You applied labels to this recall efforts: “California coup”, “right-wing conspiracy theorists”, “white nationalists”, “anti-vaxxers”, etc. Instead of addressing the concerns in the recall petition like an adult, you resorted to name-calling like an immature juvenile, because you have no substantial arguments against them. The point is CAIFORNIANS ARE HURTING!

Recall California Governor Gavin Newsom (2020) (recallgavin2020.com)

The 1 million-plus growing signatures to recall Governor Gavin Newsom include a wide diversity of Californians: Republicans and Democrats, Black and White, Straight and Gay, Women and Men, Young and Old, Poor and Rich, Citizens and Foreigners, Religious and non-Religious, and everyone else in between these demographic groups.

We’re ALL sick and tired of Newsom’s bad policies that are hurting Californians, as stated in the petition. He’s not serving the will of the people, as a public servant should for his constituents. He’s acting more like a dictator pushing his own agenda and lining his pockets, as well as of his rich allies. His mandated COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent hypocrisies were the straws that broke the camel’s back.

Your labels are cheap shots, false, without substance, and/or an intimidation tactic to stop more Californians from signing the petition as it nears the minimum quota. But if you want to play the label game, two can play that game. The main difference is that these labels below are substantiated.

Labels for Governor Newsom, you, his supporters, and other extremist groups:

Far-left Activists
Mostly ignored/condoned anarchist groups who protested violently, rioted, looted, burned properties, vandalized government buildings, attacked/killed citizens and law enforcements in California last year, without condemning them publicly. Condoned/Supported defunding Californian law enforcements, which hurt minority communities the most.

White Socialists
Increased taxes, regulations, government control, and minimum wages which hurt the poor, working class, and small businesses that include many minorities: e.g. nail shops owned by Vietnamese; restaurants owned by Hispanics; my son’s coaching business; etc. But the multi-million/billion dollars companies in California continue to thrive, mostly owned by wealthy Whites who support Newsom.

White Privilege
Newsom dined inside the expensive French Laundry restaurant with several health officials without wearing a mask, after he mandated COVID-19 lockdowns on Californian restaurants. His former “Aunt” Nancy Pelosi got her hair done at a hair salon without wearing a mask, after requiring others to close down. Meanwhile, both of their private businesses (PlumpJack, etc) remained open for wining/dining. They also supported defunding the law enforcement agencies, but kept their security team at taxpayers’ expense for personal protection, while inner cities suffered increased homicides. They are the epitome of the white privileged class getting away with murder!!!

White Elitists
Speaker Nancy Pelosi drafted a “COVID-19” stimulus bills, to pay millions/billions of pork money to her friends in the big corporations, which had nothing to do with the virus. But allocated only crumbs of $600-$2000 to the rest of us. The least that Newsom could have done is work with her to provide better and faster relief to Californians, since his lockdown mandates hurt a lot of us: e.g. increased depressions, suicides, homelessness, unemployment, domestic abuses, etc. Newsom and Pelosi claimed to care for the minorities, but paid only lip services and crumbs to get their votes. We are sick and tired of being used.

Newsom finally announced a big COVID-19 relief bill for small businesses in California, last week. Why did it take him 10 months to provide this much-needed relief? What made him do it now? Was it because the 1 million-plus signatures on this recall petition nearing its minimum quota that scared him? Or was it your failed attempt to link this recall effort to the Capitol breach on 1/1/2021 and to name-calling? Was he was motivated by his “concerns” for his suffering constituents or by a CYA-concern, now that his cushy career is being threatened? I believe it’s the latter reason, which means he’ll continue to be a bad governor when he can get away with it.

Anyone who supports Governor Newsom and his bad policies should also be recalled/impeached. And I can guarantee you that I’m not saying this as a “White Nationalist”.

Sincerely, a Black Independent California voter.
Such a great post Inauguration show, Ann Litt!
Believing the Unbelievable.....

There is a old saying that goes something like this..."The further you can look back the more you can see".

I don't know what the future may bring but I am wiling to step outside of the bounds. If things in the United States should seriously unravel into political chaos where the Rule of Law is flushed down the toilet and mobs are in the street, a military overthrow of the civilian U.S. government can not be ruled out. The military takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution and if the civilian political leaders can not govern effectively, then they (the military) may feel it is their duty of bring order to the country.

I admit the chances of this happening now are remote. But, it can no longer be ruled out.
share this with friends, someone who groomed the dog for the owner, said would do it again, but this time did not bring the dog back.

Hey KCRW can you please stop playing Morrissey...
Yes! Thank you MBE. Pretty sure this is the first time I've heard David Bowie's "Blackstar" on the radio. It's one of my favorite songs from the past decade. The music video is wild, too.
Morning Becomes Eclectic is
Killin' it this morning with the awesome music !
THANK YOU
for helping bring us back to a normal after such a day as yesterday. Peace ! -N
Hello can I please request a song? Could you please play Kayla DiVenere’s song Justin Bieber. She is a local girl amd I’m so proud for her. This would just make her year! Thank you
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