Episode #38: Secrets of the Watts Towers

Join us this week as we focus on the Watts Towers, a 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

Closely Watched Trains & URLs for Podcast

LACMA’s Watts Towers Conservation Center

LACMA & UCLA seek solutions for stablizing Watts Towers

Contact form for Brian Kaiser.

La Villa Basque’s sign takes a turn for the worst.  

Gershin’s home is gone, gone, gone

New tools for saving the Salton Sea.

The Grand Avenue planners need to try harder.

Mapping community narratives in South El Monte and El Monte.

Will Grand Central Market make it?

Not so fast for Johnie’s landmarking

UCLA’s Bonnie Cashin Lecture on expanding conciousness in the southland. 

Wither the Bucket?

LAVA’s October Monthly Sunday Salon

Broadway On My Mind Walking Tour #4, right after Salon.

Union Recue Mission Skid Row history walking tour and Of Scrap & Steel screening (Thursday, October 10)