Kevin Ferguson Producer/ Reporter, Off-Ramp
Kevin Ferguson produces and reports for KPCC's Off-Ramp.
Born in Long Beach, California, Kevin graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish. Before joining KPCC, Kevin worked for Marketplace and the District Weekly, a Long Beach magazine. He's also covered music, art and news for OC Weekly, LA Record, Arthur Magazine, and Riviera.
Stories by Kevin Ferguson
More than 45 years after it was recorded, the Beach Boys are finally officially releasing "Smile" – one of the band's most notoriously challenging, but influential, records. The album was written by Brian Wilson in collaboration with Van Dyke Parks - a composer whose name you might not have heard, but whose music you certain have. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Parks about "Smile" and his solo career.
You read that right. It's the end of Summer, and while most "adventurous" college students spent it "finding themselves" in Amsterdam lounges or biking down PCH.... U.C.L.A. math major Chris Jeon ended up in Libya, where he joined the anti-Gadhafi resistance, the Emirates-based National reports.
I was cooking dinner last night when I noticed this little critter hanging out on a chair in my dining room:
For most kids, summer means going to camp, taking a vacation or hanging out at the beach. But for 15-year-old Jose Luis Sandoval of Wilmington, summer is for the birds, literally: Jose spends his summers scoping out Los Angeles' top birding destinations, and he does it all using public transit. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson met up with him just outside KPCC headquarters in Pasadena to begin the long hike to Ken Malloy's Regional Harbor Park in Wilmington.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic Freedom Rides: where activists of all stripes took the struggle for civil rights directly to the South. In Culver City, the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum is commemorating the anniversary by bringing a new local focus to the historic rides. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Museum Director Larry Earl about the exhibit, called "Get on Board."
Other than a desire to make bearable the last few hours of your Friday, here's a hungry, but confused seagull:
I just stumbled upon this official White House photo, from July:
Nick Ashford, along with his wife Valerie Simpson, was a Motown legend. Songwriters and singers, they worked with Ray Charles, Tami Terrell and Marvin Gaye. They wrote songs like "Ain't Nothing like the Real Thing" and "Ain't no Mountain High Enough" and had a performing career of their own as Ashford Simpson, scoring a hite with 1984's "Solid.
On the second Thursday of each month, the Art Walk attracts thousands of people to Downtown L.A. Last month during the event, a driver struck a parking meter that then fell over onto a stroller on the sidewalk, killing a two-month old baby inside. That incident sparked a review of Art Walk. Among the many people covering the story was KPCC.org's Eric Richardson, who also runs the popular Blogdowntown website. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Eric Friday about how the incident might impact the massive monthly gathering.
Last month on Off-Ramp, Ilsa Setziol took you inside the Natural History Museum's brand new Dinosaur Hall as they were putting the finishing touches in place. You might also remember when Off-Ramp toured the recently renovated Beaux-Arts Building with two junior reporters and County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas--that was the last time I visited.
Starting Monday, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority will make it easier for its passengers riders to buy weekly and monthly passes.
The Los Angeles Public Library has just revealed an enormous new collection of over 900 color photos – all of Wilshire Boulevard in it's entirety, from downtown to the sea. The photos were taken between 1978 and 1979 by L.A. native Annie Laskey – who was just 15 years old at the time – and her mother. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Annie about the newly unveiled collection.
If you've ever browsed Yelp, you know there are plenty of reviewers who--to put it charitably--tend to shoot from the hip without much regard for substance. Here's a great example: it's a review of Porto's, the Cuban bakery in Glendale:
The Laguna Art museum is currently celebrating the legendary, late artist Isamu Noguchi, who was born in Los Angeles. They're showing two exhibitions at the museum and giving a special focus to California Scenario, a garden in Costa Mesa and one of Noguchi's last public pieces. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson met with curator Grace Kook-Anderson at the site of California Scenario.
This great photograph -- by the late William Reagh -- was stumbled upon by simply searching for "ice cream" on the Los Angeles Public Library's amazing photo archive. If you have a minute, look around for yourself.