Tag Archives: Jesse Lerner

art in the street review


Hear in the City’s arts editor, Jesse Lerner, breaks down some of the contradictions of MOCA’s ultra-popular Art in the Streets exhibition at the Geffen Temporary Contemporary in downtown Los Angeles.

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the magic lantern and surrealist women poets

This week’s Hear in the City offers you a sonic journey into translations between languages, media, and landscapes as we map an eclectic sampling of Mexican artists whose work is currently featured around Los Angeles.

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the may day show

It’s our May Day show. Studs Terkel, Lenin’s Head by the Gao Brothers, Pete Seeger, The East is Red, and the connections between the immigrant rights movement and the 99%. From Los Angeles as the marches get underway. (photo credit, LA Times).

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land art and radio ambulante

On this episode of Hear in the City we attend the unveiling of a 340 ton rock that crossed 22 cities and 4 counties from a quarry in Hurupah Valley, Riverside, California to land in Los Angeles as the latest object to be added to the list of land art in the world…and we preview Radio Ambulante, a new show that brings the best of radio story-telling to a pan-American audience, en español.

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way down in the mine


We are cruising down a European highway through the wooded hills of Belgium. We are 30 kilometers from the border with the southern tip of Holland. We are on a detour to an abandoned coal-mine-turned-into-art-space-commentary on the state of capitalism.

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a house of gold


On this episode, we visit a humble house on a winding road in the hills of Los Angeles where a group of artists turn one family’s mortgage default and foreclosure story into a lens for looking at a larger problem. With “A Notorious Possession”, artist Olga Koumoundouros squats the abandoned house across the street, paints it gold, and holds economic justice parties. We wrap up the show with a tribute to Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”.

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lola alvarez bravo and the l.a. underground

On this episode of Hear in the City, we enter a collection drawn from old boxes recently found in a house sold after the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. The boxes belonged to the hard-working and versatile photographer, Lola Alvarez Bravo. Inside, was a treasure of documents and unedited photos and correspondence from a half century of travel and changing times. The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California is showing the collection to the public for the first time. Plus, we dive into the underground warehouse electronica scene with music correspondent, Alvaro “el Barbaro” Parra.

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mr. ra / mystery


This episode, we visit with Afro-futurist filmmaker Cauleen Smith as she brings her slide-show performance drawn from archives of and admiration for Sun-Ra to Los Angeles. It’s national poetry month, and we have some choice recordings of Mr. Ra/Mystery, the cosmic polymath, composer, and poet.

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We spend this week’s show at a one-time musical happening that takes space in a motel on Colorado Boulevard where the rooms are converted into experimental music stages and installation spaces for an afternoon. Arts editor Jesse Lerner condenses a 6 hour sound fest by the Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound into our half-hour radio show. If you like Ornette Coleman, Kamou Daaood, and John Cage, you don’t want to miss this episode of Hear in the City!

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It’s our first show of the new year! We’ll go to the Rose Parade to hear the first Occupy Los Angeles march of the year…and we’ll go up above Hollywood Boulevard at the Barnsdall Art Park for “Civic Virtue”, an exhibition that deals with the ambivalent relationship between city government and the arts.

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