You Can't Eat The Sunshine - The Esotouric podcast

Watts Towers circa 1965.  Photo by George Mann
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Join us this week as we focus on the Watts Towers, to reveal all the things you DON'T already know about this unique folk art environment in south Los Angeles. We'll visit with conservator Sylvia Dorsch to learn about the work the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has undertaken to stabilize and strengthen the site. Then we'll talk with tile expert Brian Kaiser about his sleuthing of the sources of the mosaic fragments that decorate the Towers, and why Watts was the ideal place for such an unlikely structure to happen.

We’ll also discuss the tragic alteration of the mid-century signage at Vernon’s La Villa Basque restaurant, a Gershwin home demolished in spite of Beverly Hills’ new historic preservation ordinance, a new plan for restoring the Salton Sea, a provocative community history project for South El Monte and El Monte, the clash of old and new at Grand Central Station, problems with landmarking Johnie’s Coffee Shop, the Grand Avenue plan hits an aesthetic wall, a consciousness expanding Bonnie Cashin lecture at UCLA, and grave concerns about the Bucket, a programmatic burger joint in Eagle Rock. All this and more as Kim and Richard usher in the week of October 7th, 2013.

Photo Credit: George Mann