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
If he has his way, Lakers Forward Ron Artest (who gave one of the most life-affirming post game interviews in American history, watch it if you don't believe me) won't be Ron Artest anymore.
Come! Celebrate the long and pleasantly egalitarian history of paddleboarding tomorrow morning, bright and early at 8:15am. It's the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival: featuring both paddleboard and dory races, live music and even a pop-up paddleboard museum!
The weekend before last, John talked with Robert Stanton, father of Jordan Stanton, a marine corporal who was killed in Afghanistan at age 20. Robert has been a strong supporter of Fisher House, an organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
When he isn't busy steering things at Ice Cream Man, or running an aggressive, brilliant campaign to get hired as Pabst Blue Ribbon's Social Media Manager, Long Beach's David Gooch is a Hall and Oates fan, like many of us.
And all it took was a click of the "backspace" key! Here:
For more than a decade, the large sign over Highland Park’s only movie theater was hard to see at night. A ceremony recently shed light on the neighborhood’s resurgence.
Ranting here for a sec: Sometimes even great columnists make missteps, and I kind of feel Steve Lopez made a big one in today's Times. In his classic, casual and not at all callous voice, Lopez offered his take on the brewing Schwarzenegger scandal, writing:
For 10 years now, growing numbers of L.A. residents have been lining up around the block to get into Hollywood Forever Cemetery every spring and summer. They aren't waiting to pay their respects, or visit a famous grave, but to see a classic movie under the moonlight - sometimes just a few feet from where the stars of the film are buried. This season is the 10-year anniversary of Cinespia, the group that organizes the cemetery screenings.
James Thomas Buchanan Dickson (better known as just "Jim") died earlier this month, he was 80. Known as the "father of the Byrds" we can thank him not only for getting Roger Mcguinn and Gene Clark into a studio but also for producing albums by Gram Parsons' indispensible Flying Burrito Brothers.
It's no secret that we're fans of Van Dyke Parks -- a local composer and producer responsible for amazing collaborations with the likes of Harry Nilsson, Joanna Newsom, Phil Ochs, the Beach Boys and a criminally underappreciated solo career.
Editorializing for a second here, so bear with me: In the wake of Japan's horrific, seeemingly endless nuclear tragedy, you no doubt remember reading stories about the droves of panicked Californians who--ignoring every authority on the subject--bought up all the potassium iodide they could find for fear that a massive toxic On The Beach style cloud of radiation would come and kill us all.
...but their youtube page says they are:
This is Sharon Mcnary, KPCC's indispensible Public Insight Specialist:
You've seen the Social Network trailer, no doubt:
I was gardening this past weekend and found this. Pretty sure it's a bone. Pretty sure it's from a steak, for that matter. But still, kind of unusual: