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Join us this month as we talk with author Brad Schreiber about his book Revolution’s End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA and the upcoming Esotouric bus tour inspired by his research. We’ll also visit with Linda Jensen and her son Adam Wadlow, multi-year winners of an Arcadia Beautiful Holiday Decoration Award for their astonishing display of vintage, illuminated Blow-Mold plastic figures. (October 2018 update: Hallowe’en decoration photos!)

We’ll also discuss: our 2017 Los Angeles historic preservation survey, design problems emerge with Agence Ter’s proposed Pershing Square revamp, the Los Angeles Conservancy and Zev Yaroslavsky advocate for preservation of William Pereira’s endangered CBS Television City, the mysterious demolition of Lawrence Halprin’s atrium in Wells Fargo Tower, developer seeks to demolish William Kesling’s fine streamline moderne Wallace Beery house, encouraging news about Sheila Klein’s lost public art installation Vermonica and the collapse of the restored Van De Kamp’s windmill sign on the Arcadia Denny’s.


January’s LAVA Sunday Salon featuring Nathan Marsak on the Aesthetics of Bunker Hill (Sunday, January 28)

Two Days in South LA: The 1974 SLA Shootout tour (Saturday, February 10)

Wrongful Convictions: Investigatory Case Studies From The California Innocence Project (Sunday, March)


Brad Schreiber’s author website. Brad’s book Revolution’s End.

Esotouric’s 2017 Los Angeles Historic Preservation Survey

Pershing Square: attempts to give L.A.’s oldest public park a high-tech revamp are stymied by parking garage topography.

An impassioned plea from Zev Yaroslavsky to preserve William Pereira’s endangered CBS Television City.

Why has a public garden on Bunker Hill been mysteriously demolished? The Cranky preservationist objects to the loss of Lawrence Halprin’s only atrium design.

Wallace Beery’s streamline modern house at risk.

Encouraging news about beloved public art piece Vermonica.

After just 18 months of service, the restored Van De Kamp’s windmill fell off its tower. We just saw it in action.