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Route 66

Route 66

Also known as the “The Main Street of America,” Route 66 was established in 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois, in a south-westerly direction to Los Angeles, California, for a total of 2,448 miles (3,939 km). It was a major path of the migrants who went west, especially during the 1930s, and it supported the economies of the communities through which it passed. More direct routes and increasingly sophisticated engineering techniques led to its being decommissioned in what year? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Zoot Suit Riots Come to an End (1943)

Zoot Suit Riots Come to an End (1943)

Named for the style of clothing favored by the mainly Mexican-American victims of these clashes, the Zoot Suit Riots erupted between American servicemen stationed in Los Angeles, California, during World War II and the city’s minority residents. While the local press lauded the attacks by the servicemen and described them as having a “cleansing effect,” First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt denounced them as “race riots” rooted in discrimination. What happened to the nine sailors arrested in the riots? More… Discuss

historic musical bits: Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin – Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21/ London Symphony Orchestra André Previn, conductor Classical Vault 2 Classical Vault 2

Arthur Rubinstein – Chopin – Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor, Op 21

Hash tag: #TurnbulCynHikingTrail

Hash tag: #TurnbulCynHikingTrail

One of the best hiking trails in Los Angeles, Turnbul Canyon is now practically beyond access due to extensive parking restriction on Beverly Blvd. Both Greenleaf St. and Turnbull Cyn, (off Beverly) are now, together with the side streets restricted for Parking (without a Permit) These streets are Public roads, so the area is not a residential zoning. In addition, there are no bike lines, and no oppotyyunity to use the Stste funded Recreation area, to maintain health, and fitness, for a population that spends life behind the wheel of a car, everyday.

Instead of creating a real parking facility at Turnbull, For those of us who choose to workout, the city of Whittier decided that not using these parks and recreation facilities is more important!

From The Hill: Peppergrass trail 360 VIEW (Puente Hills (Whittier) Nature Preserve Authority): Let’s Go Hiking!

Peppergrass trail 360 VIEW (Puente Hills (Whittier) Nature Preserve Authority): Let’s Go Hiking!

this day in the yesteryear: Haymarket Riot (1886)

English: Placard protesting police brutality a...

English: Placard protesting police brutality at a Shell to Sea protest, Bellanaboy, September 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Haymarket Riot (1886)

This violent confrontation between Chicago police and labor protesters, which dramatized the labor movement’s struggle for recognition, began when a bomb was thrown into the police ranks at a gathering of radical unionists protesting police brutality against strikers. With seven officers dead and 60 wounded, the police opened fire on the crowd. Seven anarchist leaders were later sentenced to death. Why is their trial regarded as one of the most serious miscarriages of justice in US history? More… Discuss

*Breathing Techniques* (Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Stress, Cancer, Blood Pressure) Kapalbhati

*Breathing Techniques* (Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation, Stress, Cancer, Blood Pressure) Kapalbhati

CÉSAR FRANCK: Symphonic Variations

CÉSAR FRANCK: Symphonic Variations

Mozart: The Marriage Of Figaro, K 492 – 1. Overture great compositions

Mozart: The Marriage Of Figaro, K 492 – 1. Overture

California missions – Los Angeles Times

California’s famed 21 missions were all built to be exactly a day’s journey apart.  

via California missions – Los Angeles Times.


***Additional images (not from The LA Times), from internet research (Yahoo)

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California Mission Monterey (click to enlarge)



this pressed for your health: Latest measles outbreak highlights a growing problem in California – LA Times

California’s problems of measles and whooping cough

There were more than 9,900 cases of whooping cough in California in 2014 through Nov. 26. Above, Tyree Harper, 12, receives the whooping cough vaccine during a school readiness event at Jesse Owens Park in Los Angeles in August. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
By Rong-Gong Lin II contact the reporter

There were more than 9,900 cases of whooping cough in California in 2014 through Nov. 26. Above, Tyree Harper, 12, receives the whooping cough vaccine during a school readiness event at Jesse Owens Park in Los Angeles in August. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

via Latest measles outbreak highlights a growing problem in California – LA Times.

Appalachian Trail, poetic thought by George-B (The sludge and other poems page)

Appalachian Trail,  poetic thought by George-B
(The sludge and other poems page)

Appalachian Trail:

…At its best…
the trail where you get to meet and get to know…You.
  – George-B


the-appalachian-trail (click!)


Robot Flies the Friendly Skies

Robot Flies the Friendly Skies

The next time you take a flight, you may want to check that the passenger next you is human. Last week, Athena, a humanoid robot, took what was hailed as the first flight by a robot as a paying passenger on a commercial airline. Built by an American robotics company, Athena was accompanied on her flight from Los Angeles to Germany by researchers from the Max Planck Society, who are exploring the potential for robots to do life-threatening jobs, such as cleaning up nuclear waste. The flight served no scientific purpose, but Athena’s handlers said buying a seat was cheaper than stowing the robot as cargo. More… Discuss

Electric Moog Orchestra: Music From “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

Electric Moog Orchestra: Music From “Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Los Angeles Times: Tornado touches down in South Los Angeles, damaging 5 homes L.A. Now: Weather

Los Angeles Times: Tornado touches down in South Los Angeles, damaging 5 homes

Los Angeles Times: Tornado touches down in South Los Angeles, damaging 5 homes (click to access story at LATimes!)





The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that a tornado touched down in South Los Angeles during the heavy rain storm. The tornado hopscotched over a 10-block span, ripping off a roof and damaging at least five homes, officials said.
lRelated California storm: 10 houses condemned; mandatory evacuations lifted

L.A. Now
California storm: 10 houses condemned; mandatory evacuations lifted

“We’re going to call it a small tornado,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Boldt, who relied on radar data, video footage from witnesses and reports of property damage to diagnose the rare weather pattern. “The damage was sporadic. That’s typical of a tornado,” Boldt added.

Watch: Waterspout touches down off Newport Beach
A waterspout touches down at Crystal Cove Beach in Newport Beach, Calif., on Dec. 12 after heavy rains. Video provided by Mark Tarzian of Newport Beach, Calif.

About 9:20 a.m., the tornado traveled from at least Vermont and Gage avenues to 57th and Figueroa streets, Boldt said.

this pressed for your right to know: Californian students vent fury at soaring cost of public universities | The FRANCE 24 Observers

20/11/2014 / UNITED STATES

Californian students vent fury at soaring cost of public universities

United States/students

Photo published on Twitter by @Tiffanydloftin.

Hundreds of students from all over California, unhappy with plans to raise tuition for the state’s public university system, held a raucous protest in San Francisco on Wednesday. They clashed with police and tried to stop a regent – a member of the board that governs the university system – from entering the building where the measure was being debated.

The video below shows students blocking the regent’s way. The regent starts to panic, and several police officers arrive to form a circle around him. They attempt to get him past the students, before giving up and ushering him away from the scene.

via Californian students vent fury at soaring cost of public universities | The FRANCE 24 Observers.

J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat BWV 1051, : make music part of your life series

J.S. Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat BWV 1051

today’s birthday: Dennis Wilson (1944)

Dennis Wilson (1944)

In 1961, brothers Dennis, Brian, and Carl Wilson formed The Beach Boys, one of the most influential bands in rock and pop music history. Dennis, the group’s drummer, vocalist, sometime songwriter, and sex symbol, also had a successful solo career. His longtime battle with drug and alcohol abuse had a profound impact on his life, and, at age 39, Dennis died in an alcohol-related drowning. What was the nature of his relationship with cult leader and murderer Charles Manson? More… Discuss

On the 30th anniversary of Bhopal: No one talks much about toxic Superfund sites anymore. But 49 million Americans live close to one.|National Geografic

National Geografic- Waateland - About Toxic Superfund Sites

National Geografic- Waateland – About Toxic Superfund Sites

No one talks much about toxic Superfund sites anymore. But 49 million Americans live close to one.

By Paul Voosen
Photographs by Fritz Hoffmann

For most of his adult life Jun Apostol has lived, willingly, in the shadow of a mountain of waste. An accountant who’s now retired, he planted his family in 1978 in a modest new house in Montebello, an industrial cum bedroom community just east of Los Angeles. Behind the house, in neighboring Monterey Park, sat an active landfill—but don’t worry, the developer said. Soon it would close and become a park or maybe even a golf course.

The greens never came. It turned out that the landfill, a former gravel pit that had welcomed so much ordinary trash it had filled to ground level and then kept on rising, had also accepted some 300 million gallons of liquid industrial waste—and it hadn’t been selective. Was your waste laced with arsenic, 1,4-dioxane, or mercury? No problem. The nodding pump jacks nearby, left from the oil boom, wouldn’t care. Some of the waste might have come from drilling those oil wells.

Los Angeles had buried the hazardous waste, but it was far from gone. A few years after Apostol’s development was built, his neighbors began complaining of nausea. Gas had intruded into six homes. Property values plummeted. In 1986 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency marched in and listed the landfill as a Superfund site, part of its new program to contain the nation’s hazardous waste crisis.

La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea Tar Pits

This famous fossil field is located in Los Angeles, California. Once used by local Native Americans as a source of tar for waterproofing, the tar pits are now a protected archeological site, as they contain a vast quantity of fossils from the last ice age. Indeed, more than one million prehistoric specimens have already been exhumed from the pits, among them mammoth, mastodon, and saber-toothed cat fossils, and are on display at the Page Museum there. What is a tar pit, and how does it form? More… Discuss

La Brea Tar Pits: An Urban Mystery. Winner Bronze Telly Award 2012.

In the first two decades of the twentieth century, hundreds of thousands of fossils were excavated from the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits. Prior to that time, these pits were unknown. When Spanish settlers first arrived in the area of Los Angeles in the eighteenth century, they found a number of tar springs located in the middle of a large plain at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains.

Surrounding the springs was a scattering of animal bones visibly embedded within a layer of asphalt. It was not until the mid 1870s that people began to realize the remote antiquity of these bones. Soon after exploratory excavations began in the early 1900s, scientists were finding tar pits containing large numbers of fossils.

The conventional explanation for the occurrence of these fossils is that thirsty birds and mammals, deceived by water-filled pools of tar, had blundered into these viscous traps and died in them. Although widely accepted, the entrapment theory has failed to give convincing answers to some key evidentiary questions, including the physical characteristics of tar pits, the fragmentation and chaotic intermingling of the bones, and the numerical preponderance of the carnivores. Since these issues cannot be adequately resolved by the entrapment theory. The evidence seems to be pointing toward the possibility of flooding as the agent in part for fossil deposition at the La Brea Tar Pits.


this day in the yesteryear: The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway (1959)

The Sound of Music Opens on Broadway (1959)

The Sound of Music, with a score by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Mary Martin starred as Maria, and Theodore Bikel played the role of Captain Georg von Trapp. The Tony Award-winning production ran for 1,443 performances. Productions in London, Japan, and Australia followed, as did the phenomenally successful 1965 film, starring Julie Andrews. What are some of the differences between the stage and screen versions? More… Discuss

this pressed for your right to know: Number of people being actively monitored for Ebola in New York has tripled to 357 — Los Angeles Times

this pressed For your “Ou sont les neiges d’antan…” Salvador Dali kisses the hand of Raquel Welch after finishing his famous portrait of her, 1965 — Classic Pics (@classicepics)

Gershwin – Promenade (Los Angeles Philharmonic): make music part of your life series

Gershwin – Promenade (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

this pressed for your right to protect your health: @AmDiabetesAssn@US_FDA go shop for healthy rye bread: Try Los Angeles major chain grocery stores! see reference pic.twitter.com/4mBbceFuHU — George Bost

CCI10222014_0001-forest hills rye bread

Rye Bread-1

unfortunately Streit bakery moved 60 miles away! So many older people are left to buy unfit (yet the only one closer to the real stuff! and only at Ralph: the rest of the groceries have nada (or zilch)

Not that the name “Forest Hills” isn’t sensitive enough (most our cemeteries around here are called, yes Forest Hills! But just reading the ingredients on this label makes you may ask both AmDiabetes Assoc and the FDA why don’t they have a real program for managing diabetes, in addition to charts an recognition of an existing problem, and then transferring the full responsibility on the sufferer? Start with recommending the food industry make  dark rye bread with unbleached, enriched wheat four, and dark rye floor: here is an example of what a bread label should read for diabetes sufferers.

I wonder (no not like in Wonder bread (that makes one wonder) what will these great autocracies Am Diabetes and FDA will have to say about the realities they don’t talk about or address (take smoking for instance as inspiration: demand food industry to redesign bread to its original intended purpose Food not Feed! (Because we’re humans not animals). Help change the culture, so it is healthier for everyone! That may include even some of your employees: you’re no going to tell me that nobody in your great companies are diabetes free!

just in case you forgot where I tweet and wordpress:

George Bost


· https://euzicasa.wordpress.com

Ennio Morricone – Cinema Paradiso (In Concerto – Venezia 10.11.07): great compositions/performances

Ennio MorriconeCinema Paradiso (In Concerto – Venezia 10.11.07)

official trailer of the film “I Build the Tower” the Watts Towers by Simon Rodia: A MUST SEE!

Sam (Simon Rodia) of the watts Towers

Simon Rodia, Architect and sole builder of the Rodia Towers (Watts Towers)

the Watts Towers Arts Center and tours
call (213) 847-4646 fax (323) 564 7030
add +1 when dialing from abroad

e-mail cadwattsctr@earthlink.net

She’s #photographing the Gateway to #DeathValley: Artbound (@KCETArtbound) what I would call “death Valley Green”

today’s Birthday: Charles Bukowski

 Charles Bukowski

Bukowski en su casa de San Pedro en 1990, con ...

Bukowski en su casa de San Pedro en 1990, con los escritores Mary Ann Swissler y Mat Gleason. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bukowski, Charles, 1920–94, American underground poet and fiction writer, b. Andernach, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States in 1922, settling in Los Angeles. A hard-drinking unskilled worker and sometime denizen of skid row, Bukowski published his first short stories in the 1940s and earliest book of poetry in 1959. Ferociously bleak in their portrayal of life in general and Los Angeles in particular, his usually self-referential, often angry poetry and prose typically depicts alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, prostitutes, and other outcasts. During the 1960s he became an outsider hero, lauded by Sartre, Genet, and other literary celebrities. Many of Bukowski’s “dirty realist” works feature as protagonist his alter ego, the womanizing tough-guy Henry Chinaski; they include the novels Post Office (1971) and Ham on Rye (1982). He wrote more than 40 volumes of poetry (some published posthumously), six novels, and several short-story collections as well as the screenplay for the semiautobiographical film Barfly (1987)

See his The Pleasures of the Damned: Poems, 1951–1993 (2007); his selected letters (3 vol., 1993–99); D. Weitzmann, Drinking with Bukowski: Recollections of the Poet Laureate of Skid Row (2000); biographies by N. Cherkovski (rev. ed. 1997), H. Sounes (1999), M. G. Baughan (2004), and B. Miles (2006); studies by H. Fox (1968), J. Sherman (1982), R. Harrison (1994), G. Locklin (1995), J. J. Smith, ed. (1995), G. Brewer and F. Day, ed. (1997), J. Christy (1997), J. Thomas (1997), and B. Pleasants (2004); bibliography by A. Krumhansi (1999).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved

More on Charles Bukowski from Infoplease:

  • Charles Bukowski – Biography of Charles Bukowski, The guy who wrote the movie Barfly
  • Bukowski: Born into This – Starring Charles Bukowski, Bono, John Bryan, Linda Lee Bukowski, Marina Bukowski
  • Factotum – Starring Matt Dillon, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Fisher Stevens, Didier Flamand
  • August 16 Birthdays: Menachem Begin – August 16 birthdays: Menachem Begin, Charles Bukowski, Frank Gifford, Madonna, Angela Bassett, James Cameron, George Meany, Suzanne Farrell
  • Romance & Cigarettes – Starring James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale

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this pressed From LIBERTY VOICE: Los Angeles Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man

PoliceLos Angeles Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man.

Although the LAPD did not identify the deceased man, his family has come forward in local media to say that he was Ezell Ford, 24. They claim that Ford was mentally ill and that the police were aware of his illness. A spokesman for the LAPD, Cmdr. Andrew Smith, said that although he was aware that the man shot had been arrested in the past, he was unaware why he had been detained and did not know if the department had any knowledge that he suffered from a mental illness
Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/08/los-angele-police-shoot-unarmed-man/#b4to72rRAoTE1IjB.99

(Added by Jennifer Pfalz on August 13, 2014.
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this day in the yesteryear: The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

The Watts Riots Begin (1965)

As Los Angeles, California, became a hub for the production of munitions and supplies during World War II, thousands of African Americans moved to the city to work. Massive suburban growth in Los Angeles after the war, however, created or exacerbated a variety of urban problems. In 1965, the African-American community of Watts was the site of six days of race rioting that left 34 people dead and caused extensive property damage. What happened on the evening of August 11 to trigger the riots? More… Discuss

the doors (according to wikipedia)

The Doors

This article is about the band. For the album, see The Doors (album). For other uses, see Door (disambiguation).
The Doors
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Promotional photo of The Doors in late 1966
(l–r: Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek and Morrison)
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Psychedelic rock, blues rock, acid rock, hard rock, jazz rock[1]
Years active 1965–1973
(Reunions: 1978, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2011)
Labels Elektra, Rhino
Associated acts Rick & the Ravens, The Psychedelic Rangers, The Butts Band, Nite City, Manzarek–Krieger
Website thedoors.com
Past members Jim Morrison
Ray Manzarek
John Densmore
Robby Krieger

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The band took its name from the title of Aldous Huxley‘s book The Doors of Perception,[2] which itself was a reference to a William Blake quotation, from his famous work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: “If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”[3] They were among the most controversial, influential and unique rock acts of the 1960s and beyond, mostly because of Morrison’s wild, poetic lyrics and charismatic but unpredictable stage persona. After Morrison’s death in 1971, the remaining members continued as a trio until finally disbanding in 1973.[4]

They were signed to Elektra Records in 1966. The 1967 release of The Doors was the first in a series of top ten albums in the United States, followed by Strange Days (1967), Waiting for the Sun (1968), The Soft Parade (1969), Morrison Hotel (1970), Absolutely Live (1970) and L.A. Woman (1971), with 21 Gold, 14 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.[5]

Although the Doors’ active career ended in 1973, their popularity has persisted. According to the RIAA, they have sold 36.6 million certified units in the US[6] and over 100 million records worldwide,[7] making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.[8] The Doors has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[9] The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive gold and platinum LPs.[10]

Three of the band’s studio albums, The Doors (1967), L.A. Woman (1971), and Strange Days (1967), were featured in the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, at positions 42, 362 and 407 respectively.

The band, their work, and Morrison’s celebrity continue to be considered inexorably embedded within the larger counterculture of the 1960s.[11][12][13][14][15]

In 1993, The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Morrison’s death

Jim Morrison’s grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Morrison died on July 3, 1971. In the official account of his death, he was found in a Paris apartment bathtub by his girlfriend Pamela Courson. Pursuant to French law, no autopsy was performed because the medical examiner claimed to have found no evidence of foul play. The absence of an official autopsy and the death certificate’s having no reason of death besides heart failure, have left many questions regarding the cause of death. Morrison was buried in the “Poets Corner” of Père Lachaise Cemetery on July 7. The epitaph on his headstone bears the Greek inscription “ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ”, literally meaning “According to his own daimōn” and usually interpreted as “True to his own spirit”.[63][64]

Morrison died at age 27, the same age as several other famous rock stars in the 27 Club. In 1974, Morrison’s girlfriend, Pamela Courson, also died at the age of 27.

this pressed: Punk and the Seamstress | East of East | Departures Columns | KCET

Punk and the Seamstress | East of East | Departures Columns | KCET.

Raymond Chandler (1888)

Chandler was an American novelist who had an immense impact on the detective genre. His well-plotted and brutally realistic novels, among them The Big Sleep, depict the seedy lowlife of Los Angeles and feature Philip Marlowe, a hard-boiled yet honorable private detective who became the prototype for the tough-guy private eye of many subsequent American detective novels. Before beginning his fiction writing career in the 1930s, Chandler held an executive position in what industry? More… Discuss

this pressed: U.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court – Los Angeles Times

Immigrant childrenU.S. sued for not providing attorneys to children in immigration court – Los Angeles Times.

A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson – Audiobook Full


A Return to LoveMarianne Williamson – Audiobook Full


Dream a Little Dream of Me

Dream a Little Dream of Me

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel 2009.jpg

Deschanel at a premiere for (500) Days of Summer in 2009
Born Zooey Claire Deschanel
January 17, 1980 (age 34)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Crossroads School
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, musician, producer
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Ben Gibbard (m. 2009–12)
Relatives Emily Deschanel (sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop, folk, jazz
Instruments Vocals, piano, ukulele
Years active 2001–present
Associated acts She & Him

Zooey Claire Deschanel (/ˈz. dʃəˈnɛl/; born January 17, 1980) is an American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her breakout role as Anita Miller in Cameron Crowe‘s 2000 semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan and “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” supporting roles in films such as The Good Girl (2002), Elf (2003), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Yes Man (2008), and (500) Days of Summer (2009).[1][2][3] She has portrayed the role of Jessica Day in the Fox comedy series New Girl since 2011.

For a few years starting in 2001, Deschanel performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton.[4] Besides singing, she plays keyboards, percussion, banjo and ukulele.[5] In 2006, Deschanel teamed up with M. Ward to release their debut album Volume One (recorded under the moniker She & Him) which was released in March 2008. Their follow-up album Volume Two was released in the U.S. in March 2010, with their Christmas album A Very She & Him Christmas being released in 2011 and Volume 3 in 2013. She also often sings in her films.

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Larry Walters, Lawn Chair Pilot (1949)

“Lawnchair Larry” was an American adventurer who built a homemade aircraft out of a patio chair and dozens of helium-filled weather balloons and lifted off from his girlfriend’s Los Angeles backyard in July 1982. He quickly shot up to over 15,000 ft (4,572 m) and then drifted toward a nearby airport, where passing pilots reported him to the control tower. When he was ready to return to solid ground, he began shooting out the balloons with a pellet gun, but then he dropped it. What happened next? More… Discuss

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Spring is back…and so I’m on the trail (my photo collection)

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: Morricone. Cinema Paradiso, Main & Love themes. Verona Arena Concerto.

Ennio Morricone: Cinema Paradiso, Main & Love themes
Verona Arena Concerto
28 September 2002
Roma Sinfonietta Orchestra
Ennio Morricone (director)
Gilda Buttà (piano)


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Published on Mar 10, 2014

We asked twenty strangers to kiss for the first time….

Film presented by WREN
Music by Soko “We Might be Dead Tomorrow”


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California drought: Highway signs urge water conservation | 89.3 KPCC

California drought - highway signsCalifornia drought: Highway signs urge water conservation | 89.3 KPCC.


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Granados / Alicia de Larrocha, 1961: Seis Piezas Sobre Cantos Populares Españoles – Zapateado

Alicia de Larrocha (1923 – 2009) performs Zapateado from Seis Piezas Sobre Cantos Populares Españoles, by Enrique Granados. This performance originally was recorded by Hispavox circa 1961, then distributed in 1974 under the Musical Heritage Society label (MHS 1870).

Alicia de Larrocha i de la Calle, (Barcelona, 23 de maio de 1923 – Barcelona, 25 de setembro de 2009) foi uma pianista espanhola, reconhecida como a de maior projecção internacional, e uma das melhores intérpretes de piano do século XX especialmente em obras de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart e no repertório espanhol.

Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (23. maj 1923 – 25. september 2009) var en spansk pianist, der blev regnet som en af de bedste i sin generation.

Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (* 23. Mai 1923 in Barcelona; † 25. September 2009 ebenda) war eine spanische Pianistin.

Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle (23. toukokuuta 1923 25. syyskuuta 2009) oli espanjalainen pianisti.

Alicia de Larrocha de la Calle est une pianiste espagnole, née le 23 mai 1923 à Barcelone où elle est morte le 25 septembre 2009 à l’âge de 86 ans.

Алисия де Ларроча и де ла Калье (исп. Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle; 23 мая 1923(19230523), Барселона — 25 сентября 2009, Барселона) — испанская пианистка. 

Alícia de Larrocha i de la Calle (hiszp. Alicia de Larrocha y de la Calle; ur. 23 maja 1923 w Barcelonie, zm. 25 września 2009 tamże) pianistka katalońska. Uczennica Franka Marshalla. Pierwszy raz wystąpiła publicznie w wieku 6 lat. Zadebiutowała w Wielkiej Brytanii w roku 1953, a w Stanach Zjednoczonych w 1955 (z Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra). Dokonała wielu nagrań, cenione są jej wykonania muzyki kompozytorów hiszpańskich (m.in. Granadosa i Albeniza).

Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña (ur. 27 lipca 1867 w Leridzie, Katalonia, zm. 24 marca 1916) hiszpański pianista i kompozytor, współtwórca narodowego stylu w muzyce hiszpańskiej.

Pantaleón Enrique Joaquín Granados y Campiña (Lleida, Catalonië, 27 juli 1867 – op zee (tussen Folkestone en Dieppe), 24 maart 1916) was een Spaans componist, muziekpedagoog en pianist.

Enrique Granados y Campiña (Enric en catalan) (né le 27 juillet 1867, à Lérida décédé le 24 mars 1916, en mer) est un compositeur et pianiste espagnol.

Enric Granados i Campiña (span. Enrique Granados y Campiña) (* 27. Juli 1867 in Lleida, Katalonien; † 24. März 1916 nach der Torpedierung der Kanalfähre Sussex im Ärmelkanal) war ein spanischer Komponist und Pianist.

Enrique Granados y Campiña (Lérida, 27 de julio de 1867 – Canal de la Mancha, 24 de marzo de 1916), generalmente conocido como Enrique Granados fue un compositor y pianista español.

Энри́ке Грана́дос (полное имя Панталеон Энрике Костанцо Гранадос-и-Кампинья — исп. Pantaléon Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña; 27 июля 1867, Лерида — 24 марта 1916, в проливе Ла-Манш) — испанский композитор и пианист, один из наиболее заметных деятелей испанской музыкальной культуры конца XIX — начала XX веков.

אנריקה גרנדוס (בספרדית: Enrique Granados, ‏ 27 ביולי 1876 – 24 במרץ 1916), מלחין ופסנתרן ספרדי.

Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña (Lleida, 27 luglio 1867 La Manica, 24 marzo 1916) è stato un compositore e pianista spagnolo.


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Rodrigo y Gabriela – Complete CD

01 – Tamacun
02 – Diablo Rojo
03 – Vikingman
04 – Satori
05 – Ixtapa
06 – Stairway To Heaven
07 – Orion
08 – Juan Loco
09 – Ppa


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NEW ALBUM: Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive

‘9 Dead Alive‘ is the new album from Rodrigo y Gabriela. It will be released worldwide on 28th April 2014.


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Ennis Cosby Murdered during Robbery (1997)

In 1997, Ennis Cosby—son of actor Bill Cosby—was driving to visit a friend in Los Angeles, California, when his car got a flat tire on the highway. As Ennis changed the tire, a man with a gun approached him, demanded money, and shot him in the head. The case remained unsolved until the National Enquirer received a tip linking Mikhail Markhasev—an 18-year-old gang member with a history of racist attacks—to the crime. What shocking thing did Markhasev do while serving his life sentenceMore… Discuss


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Fabulous Music: Regina Spektor: Far (Full Album 2009)

Cover of "Far (Special Edition CD/DVD)"

Cover of Far (Special Edition CD/DVD)

Regina Spektor: Far (Full Album 2009)

Blue Lips 0:00
Dance Anthem of the 80’s 3:34
Eet 7:17
Folding Chair 10:18
Genius Next Door 13:53
Human of the Year 19:00
Laughing With 23:08
Machine 26:26
Man of a Thousand Faces 30:21
One More Time With Feeling 33:32
The Calculation 37:33
Two Birds 40:42
Wallet 44:01
“Far” is available on Amazon and iTunes.

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The San Andreas Fault

Formed around 30 million years ago, California’s San Andreas Fault is a major zone of fractures in the Earth’s crust extending from San Francisco to San Diego. The fault causes several thousand earthquakes a year, but few are serious. It was first identified in northern California by geology professor Andrew Lawson in 1895. After the 1906 San Francisco quake, he discovered that the fault continues through southern California. What city along the fault regularly endures magnitude 6.0 temblors? More… Discuss


Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.

Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.


Today’s Birthday: SOPHIA ALEKSEYEVNA (1657)

Sophia Alekseyevna (1657)

Alekseyevna seized power in Russia after the death of her father, Czar Feodor III, and became regent during the minority of her disabled brother, Ivan V, and her half-brother, Peter I. She brutally eliminated her opponents and ruled dictatorially with her lover, Vasily V. Gallitzin. She aspired to be crowned czarina, but lacked support from the nobility and clergy. When it was rumored that she intended to kill Peter to become sole ruler, he overthrew the regency and confined her where? More… Discuss