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Radio Tania. Jump to: STUDIO 360 / WEEKEND AMERICA / WPS1 / KALW / SIGHT UNSEEN / RESONANCE FM IN LONDON / CITY IN EXILE Current issues, events and trends in art are a jumping off point for an exploration of ideas that aren't necessarily "news," yet are provocative and offer a lens on experience that only art can provide.

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Studio 360 presents richly textured and emotionally resonant stories that look at art's creative influence and transformative power in everyday life. Studio 360 is a weekly show that airs nationally through Public Radio International. For times on your local NPR station, visit Studio 360 for station listings. In 1956 Pirkle Jones got a call from Life Magazine for a photo assignment like no other. The artists in the Cuba-based collective Los Carpinteros connect with their country through their abstract multi media art.

Weekend America is a two-hour program service designed to fit the weekend state of mind. SF House Tour: Philip and Tania's Noe Valley Contemporary Victorian. (Welcome again to Sally, one of the finalists in our San Francisco Blogger search.Comment away!)

SF House Tour: Philip and Tania's Noe Valley Contemporary Victorian

The New Human Capital. Parents fret, sweat, and save to pay for their kids' education.

The New Human Capital

But now there's a company called MyRichUncle that -- in an almost refreshing throwback to late-nineties entrepreneurial exuberance -- sees tuition as, yes, something to monetize. The business plan: Help pay for students to go to college or grad school in exchange for a take of their future income. Students usually get between $5,000 and $10,000 per semester, and have to pay back 0.5 to 4 percent of their earnings for ten to fifteen years.

"We're breaking down the social barriers of financing education," proclaims twentysomething co-founder Vishal Garg. Crit> Ace Hotel. Sam Lubell checks in with Downtown Los Angeles' latest dose of youthful energy.

Crit> Ace Hotel

Nothing signals the rebirth of downtown Los Angeles more than the new Ace Hotel, which recently opened on Broadway. Built inside C. Howard Crane’s Spanish Gothic 1927 United Artists Theater and adjacent office building (originally used by Texaco), the project is a lost treasure that’s finally been recovered. And the same can now be said for Broadway. Fea9c8 74665ddf03474813a414fbea2c358359. Arts Bloom in Inglewood, Calif. Over the years restless artists have established new creative districts around Los Angeles, from downtown to Santa Monica to Culver City to Chinatown.

Arts Bloom in Inglewood, Calif.

The latest is in an unlikely place: Inglewood. This working-class city of about 110,000 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles is known for the Great Western Forum, where Magic Johnson’s Lakers took home countless titles; for Hollywood Park thoroughbred racetrack, scheduled to close at the end of the year; for amazing soul-food restaurants; and for the original Randy’s Donuts, a drive-in with a 30-foot-tall replica of, yes, a doughnut on its roof.

But in recent years, this slice of suburbia has become a haven for visual artists hoping to escape the high prices, homogeneity and elitism of more established arts districts. One indication of Inglewood’s rising cultural star is its annual Open Studios, a weekend-long event in November (Nov. 9 and 10 this year) that is drawing art lovers to the city. Photo Ms. Still, Ms. All work and no play? Why I gave up my freelance life for the nine-to-five. Big Names, Tiny Homes. Inside the rain-battered tents of last week’s art fair, there were bears made from feathers, a painting made from shoes and shoelaces, and a stabbing incident involving an X-Acto knife that was not a performance piece.

Big Names, Tiny Homes

Among these and other, expected curiosities were two architectural prototypes: an aluminum and steel dining pavilion designed by with Patrik Schumacher, which sprouted like a kind of Martian flower over a molded timber table and chairs, and a 350-square-foot white box sheathed in laminated plywood designed by Gluckman Tang as an art pavilion. (It would certainly make an appropriate container to house one’s art fair purchases once home.) The structures and other “bespoke, architectural collectibles,” as their developer, Robbie Antonio, called the designs, were for sale through a new company called Revolution Precrafted Properties that aims to deliver limited editions of small houses and pavilions designed by big names within a few months of an order. Mr. Mr. The idea, Mr.

Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR. Anchor © Archinect.

Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR

Allison Arieff is the editorial director of SPUR, an urban planning advocacy non-profit based in San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. Known in full as San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, SPUR is primarily focused on improving urban planning efforts and policy in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are excited and honored to have Allison as a jury member for our Dry Futures competition.Previous to her role at SPUR, Allison served as editor in chief at Dwell magazine, which she helped found back in 2000. She is also a contributing writer to the Atlantic’s CityLab, the New York Times and SPUR’s The Urbanist.Her work with SPUR and Dwell have brought popular attention to sustainable design initiatives and policy, and as a resident of San Francisco, she is well aware of the strains the drought has put on the state.

Learning Through Tinkering. SAN FRANCISCO — My 9-year-old daughter is in the midst of a “pioneer” unit in her third grade class.

Learning Through Tinkering

It’s a great example of a project-based curriculum: The kids are developing math skills by determining what and how much they can pack without overloading wagons for a cross-country trek. They roll a “twist of fate” die that presents (virtual) obstacles they might have faced in the late 19th century — bad weather, loss of livestock, etc. — and then have to problem-solve to get their trek back on track. They’re reading a variety of historical perspectives, such as Louise Erdrich’s “The Birchbark House” and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books. And perhaps most important, they’re learning about self-sufficiency and resilience — and how even the youngest kids needed it in spades.

Before the Industrial Revolution really kicked into high gear, people had to know how to do everything, from navigating routes to preserving food, building homes to sewing clothes. Photo.

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