The Malibu Times
I'm a native Angeleno who recently returned home from a year in Berlin, Germany, where I was on a U.S. State Department grant for young professionals. I cover local news, profiles, art and culture across multimedia platforms.
The Malibu Times
Malibu City Council voted unanimously, 5-0, Monday night to approve a $67,000 project to install five water bottle filling stations across the city. The construction of the project will be executed by Zusser Company, Inc.
A project initiated in 2016 that will bring roadway and pedestrian improvements to the .7 mile stretch of Civic Center Way between Malibu Canyon Road and Webb Way is one step closer to breaking ground, following a public hearing during the Monday, Dec. 2, Malibu Planning Commission Meeting.
Lincoln Heights -- The $19-million-dollar project to renovate the North Central Animal Services Center is closer to completion. But the work will be finished almost a year behind schedule in the wake of unforeseen construction delays and complications.
Last week's 30th-anniversary commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall featured a 20,000 square-foot kinetic artwork created in Lincoln Heights. "Visions in Motion," by Los Angeles artist Patrick Shearn, undulated in the air near Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate as part of the events celebrating the Peaceful Revolution.
Eagle Rock -- Eagle Rock Boulevard will be getting a $16.2 million makeover intended to create a safer, sustainable and more attractive destination. But it will be several years before any changes take place.
We sat down with JJ Weihl from Berlin-based band Fenster to talk about their latest album, "The Room," and past projects. https://kcrwberlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/22June-Amplified-Fenster-1-online-audio-converter.com_.mp3 By Flora Adamian We sat down with JJ Weihl, one of the founders of Berlin-based band Fenster, to talk about their latest album, "The Room," and past projects.
CityLab Berlin is a new space for startups, scientists and civil society to create digital projects for the city. We spoke with Nicolas Zimmer from Technologiestiftung Berlin, Carolin Silbernagl from Betterplace Lab, and Berlin's Governing Mayor Michael Müller to learn about the initiative.
For this week's Amplified, we spoke with soprano Christina Harslem to learn more about the rewards and challenges of performing as a street musician. https://kcrwberlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/June8-ChristinaHarslem-online-audio-converter.com-1-1.mp3 By Flora Adamian Berlin street musicians play everywhere, from street corners to public transportation.
On June 6, music collective African Acid Is The Future will feature Tuareg musician Moctar Mdou in a show at Volksbuehne. We talked with founder Maryama Luccioni about the collective's origin stories, plus a glimpse into Moctar's music ahead of the show.
New rules in Görlitzer Park, a less commercialized MyFest and more: How is the city prepping for May Day? We talked to Sara Lühmann, a spokeswoman for the Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, to find out.
https://kcrwberlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/26April-ExpropriationDebate.wav By Flora Adamian Housing activists in Berlin have made headlines around the world with a radical proposal: Expropriation. The Berlin initiative "Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen" (in English, "Expropriate Deutsche Wohnen & Co"), targets large real estate companies that own more than 3,000 apartments in Berlin.
Berlin-based artist and illustrator Christoph Niemann recently unveiled a new mural at the Wannsee train station. The mural depicts all aspects of the suburb, from sunny lakeside swimmers to the house where senior Nazi officials planned the Final Solution in 1942.
Photo features muralist and chairman of the East side Gallery Artists' Initiative, Kani Alavi, Berlin Wall Foundation Director, Axel Klausmeier, and Senator for Culture and Europe in Berlin, Klaus Lederer. Photo by Flora Adamian https://kcrwberlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/22NOV-Profiles-EastSideGallery.wav By Flora Adamian Despite being a popular tourist destination, Berlin's East Side Gallery has long faced an uncertain future.
Milkfarm, Eagle Rock's only artisan cheese shop, is a dangerous place. From the Bandaged Bismark to the Brie de Meaux, one can imagine even the most disciplined vegans struggling to walk in and out without giving the carefully constructed French ham ficelle sandwiches a double-take.
To the Occidental community, The senior leadership of The Occidental Weekly - after months of consideration and discussion - has decided to return to our publication's original name, The Occidental. We are reclaiming our identity as The Occidental to better reflect our expanding newsroom, dissociate ourselves from the alternative-weekly model and align ourselves with the journalism ...
It is no secret that journalism is at a tipping point - financially unstable newsrooms continue to downsize, profit-driven parent companies lay off full-time journalists and popular publications are shutting down at a frightening rate. College publications, such as The Occidental Weekly, are lucky to have a cushion that prevents such downsizing.
Occidental, we need to grow up. When controversies or conflicts arise, we cannot resort to cyber-bullying and harassment. Frankly, it's immature. It's no secret that the Occidental community needs to improve the ways in which individuals and groups engage in dialogue, and recent events have shed light on many of our deepest flaws: our draw...
In taking the position of Editor-in-Chief, I expected the stresses of deadlines, dreary late nights and incessant Google Calendar alerts. Less-expected, however, was the continuous challenge of obtaining sources for stories. It's my fourth year on this campus, and if there's one thing I've learned to be certain, it's that every Occidental Tiger has an ...
Lemon Poppy Kitchen is a wonderfully versatile café. It's the perfect brunch spot for groups, but the business' free wifi also makes it a tempting study spot if you'd like to get some work done while you nourish yourself. The "Plachinta Breakfast" is a personal favorite.
Under the hot afternoon sun, vendors touting everything from soap to American Girl doll clothes transformed the JSC quad into a craft market last Thursday. From 4-6 p.m. crowds of excited students, faculty and staff dashed from one booth to another looking at the one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, apparel and crafts that Occidental community members had ...
A string of local robberies, thefts and assaults in the past few months have left some students at Occidental concerned about their safety. According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), while crime in Eagle Rock has decreased over the last 20 years, the number of violent crimes and property crimes in the Northeast Division-which ...
The Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Occidental hosted several events aimed at educating students on the Palestinian perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in honor of "Palestine Awareness Week," for the first time in the campus's history. "We just want students to be more educated on this issue because a lot of the conversation ...
A ceramic eagle flies over a bed of puppies, a floral vase and a miniature watering can. On the next wall, a finely sculpted cupid-like figure in a basket slides off a mountain of ceramic slime. Across the gallery, an enormous, towering wave composed of paintings envelops the room.
Students entering the Green Bean for their daily dose of caffeine this February will immediately notice the vibrant artwork displayed across the walls. Wire chains suspend a trifold board collaged with newspaper articles, and two monochrome portraits of young girls involved in the Civil Rights movement command attention from the back wall.
Former graduate hall coordinator Joel Gutierrez was hired Nov. 25 to replace Dominic Alleto as the new assistant director for Intercultural Affairs (ICA). Gutierrez is the first permanent ICA professional staff member to be hired following the exit of Alleto, Assistant Dean Paula Crisostomo and Program Coordinator Sean Ford.
John O'Neill '14 is looking to join the likes of Jack Kemp '57 and Alphonzo Bell '85 as another Occidental graduate serving in public office. O'Neill is running as a non-partisan candidate for the Los Angeles City Council in District 14, which consists of all or parts of the Downtown, Boyle Heights, Eagle Rock, El ...
For students searching out study spots on Sunday evenings, a peek inside Berkus Hall 243 reveals an unexpected scene: students freestyling and rapping along to artists such as Tupac, Kanye West, MF Doom and 50 Cent. This energetic group is Occidental's Hip-Hop Knowledge and Subculture club, established this semester.
All three permanent staff members of the Intercultural Community Center (ICC)-Assistant Dean for Intercultural Affairs Paula Crisostomo, Assistant Director for Intercultural Affairs Dominic Alleto and Program Coordinator for Intercultural Affairs Sean Ford-have departed since the end of last semester. The current staff is using the departures as an opportunity to make departmental changes that have ...
Jomama Jones walked confidently across the stage with the saxophone blaring, lights shining and crowd screaming. She wore full, natural hair, a blue glitter dress and a killer smile. But all the flamboyance and flashiness was only a part of the spectacular show that is "Radiate," performed to a full audience in Thorne Hall on ...
Students who enter Occidental's Weingart gallery encounter the unexpected combination of former First Lady Nancy Reagan in watercolor to their right and black-and-white photographs of bread-dough sculptures to their left. Even more startling on the white-walled exhibit is a painting of Reagan planting a kiss on '80s television star Mr. T's cheek.
BY FLORA ADAMIAN Special to Asbarez Last month, the Glendale Unified school board named Lisa Kaprielian as Richardson D. White Elementary School's new principal. With more than 20 years of experience in education, Kaprielian has worked diligently to climb the administrative ladder.
BY FLORA ADAMIAN Special to Asbarez GLENDALE-The Armenian National Committee of America-Glendale chapter held a press conference at the Americana at Brand at 11 a.m. Thursday to update the community on the status of the shopping center's refusal to provide space for an advertisement for the upcoming Armenian Genocide documentary, "Architects of Denial."
BY FLORA ADAMIAN As a Glendale native and Armenian-American, I often think of this city as a refuge of sorts - the safe haven that Armenians flock to as a result of decades of global unrest.