Join us this week as dip down to Long Beach where Kerstin Kansteiner shares the inspiration behind her popular establishments Portfolio Coffeehouse and Berlin Bistro.  We’ll also visit with poet Joan Jobe Smith to hear about her mentor Charles Bukowski and how her writer’s voice has evolved since the 1960s.

We’ll also discuss developer Geoff Palmer’s bridge approved for the DaVinci project over Temple Street, less majestic palms planted to replace dying ones in Elysian Park, pending restoration of the Globe Theatre marquee, the evolving mystery of Rufus the Bahooka tiki bar fish and two newspaper editorials call for the Zanja Madre in Chinatown to be preserved in place. All this and more as Kim and Richard usher in the week of May 26th, 2014

Photo: Marx-Engels-Platz and the Palast der Republik in East Berlin in the summer of 1989

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Joan Jobe Smith’s literary magazine, Pearl.

An earlier visit to Bukowski’s Grave.

Joan’s book, Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis: His Art & His Women (& me).

Kerstin Kansteiner’s Porfolio Coffeehouse and Berlin Bistro.

The latest on the mystery of Rufus, the former Bahooka tiki bar fish.

Editorials about the Zanja Madre: Los Angeles Times and Daily News.

Geoff Palmer’s DaVinci bridge approved.

Replacement palms in Elysian Park.

Globe Theatre marquee to be restored.

LAVA event — An Afternoon in Old Monterey Park: El Encanto.

June LAVA Sunday Salon

Kim’s novel, The Kept Girl, is now available