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Please explain pastrami to me

If recent reports are to be believed, the popularity of the classic American deli is in decline. This is in part because of people like Offramp producer Taylor Orci-- an on again, off again vegetarian overwhelmed by large menus and meat she can't explain.


Song of the Week: K-Syran's first US tour comes to LA

K-Syran's tune "Intimacy" was the official anthem of the UN's International Women’s Day in 2016, and she's making her first US tour, with a stop at The Mint on Monday.

The Getty Center

'Breaking News': Art confronts media failings at Getty

"Breaking News" at the Getty shows, relentlessly, how easily and often newspeople fail in the simple, but immense task of conveying what is actually going on in the world.

John Gilhooley

'Elote is just corn on the cob, you hipster gabacho!' ... and 9 other Mexican foods to stop festishizing

From tacos to avocados, the OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano starts 2017 with ten Mexican dishes that need a moratorium in the hands of hipster chefs.
Homeless Senior Citizen

She's not the only one: seniors are the new face of the homeless

Last week we brought you the story of Elena Mays, a woman turning 77 next month who found herself homeless for the first time. Her move out date into permanent housing was slated for Thanksgiving Day, but as of this writing, Elena is still waiting. The stress of her situation has caused her to be admitted to the hospital two times in five months. And she's not the only one.
Santa Anita Racetrack

Los Angeles Public Library/George Brich

Lucky Baldwin's Arcadia: A 'gambling hell and booze pleasure park'

When Elias "Lucky" Baldwin created Arcadia, he created an American Monte Carlo, with horse racing, slot machines, poker games, and lots of saloons.

Off-Ramp Song of the Week: We (Heart) 'Barracuda'

Next week, you can see Heart tribute band Dog 'n' Butterfly take on Fleetwood Mac cover band Mirage in a 1970s pop rock fan's DREAM. (Get it? "These Dreams" and "Dreams?" Bam!)

Rosalie Atkinson/KPCC

Star Wars superfan will see 'Rogue One,' but still ponders Rey's backstory

Star Wars superfan Robert Colter says he's excited about the newest Star Wars movie, "Rogue One," but he's still thinking about "Episode VII: The Force Awakens."

Photograph by Julius Shulman © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Saving Lytton Savings, a mid-century modern masterpiece

We go to the iconic Lytton Savings building to hear why it shouldn't fall to the wrecking ball for another Frank Gehry project.
Elena Mays

Taylor Orci/KPCC

'I miss my dogs more than I miss my home.' 77 and homeless

Elena Mays was excited Thanksgiving Day to get out of the homeless shelter. "That was my move out date," she explained. But for bureaucratic reasons unknown the day came and went in the shelter she remained.