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
Pacific Standard Time reviews art from 1945 to 1980. Towards the end of that period, L.A.-based artist Judy Chicago created "The Dinner Party," a massive installation that honors 1,038 real and mythical women for their contribution to human civilization using symbolic place settings atop a ceremonial banquet table.
If you don't read Passive Aggressive Notes, you should. It's a great place to experience other people's anger and digust via the written word. In fact, our own governor recently made an appearance on the blog after he signed into law a relatively hum-drum taxidermy bill with just a touch of mustard added for ephasis.
Even though I'm not a fan of them up close, Off-Ramp loves to talk a lot about bugs. Last week the Eastsider LA gave us word that the intimidating looking Brown Widow spider (pictured above, courtesy UC Riverside) is popping up in places like Montecito Heights and Debs Park.
Since Pacific Standard Time is all about L.A., we’ve asked some of the artists who were making art in the city from 1945 to 1980 to take us to three places here that are important to them. Anywhere. We’re starting this week with performance artist Barbara T Smith.
The Great Wall of Los Angeles in Van Nuys is one of the longest murals in the country. Stretching for over half a mile, the wall tells the most complete history of Los Angeles it can — from ice age fauna all the way to the baby boom. This project began when Judy Baca, once the director of the City of Los Angeles mural program, saw the greater potential in a stark concrete wall.
This is the story on the power one letter has over local government, when it's written by the right person. Off-Ramp Producer Kevin Ferguson talked with transit advocacy blogger Damien Newton about that letter, and how it threatens to put on hold the Downtown Regional Connector, one of the LA County Transit's most ambitious rail projects.
On a quick family trip to Spokane, Washington earlier this week, I encountered Spokane's beloved Suction Goat. For the many who haven't been to Spokane, the suction goat (officially known as the Garbage Goat) is located inside downtown Spokane's Riverfront Park--a spectacular walk.
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.