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Goodbye to the Pink Lady and The Formosa; hello 8-Bit music and Joshua Tree




KPCC's John Rabe and crime writer Denise Hamilton outside the shuttered Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood.
KPCC's John Rabe and crime writer Denise Hamilton outside the shuttered Formosa Cafe in West Hollywood.
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We pay tribute to Lynne Westmore Bloom, who died last week. In 1966, her giant pink naked lady appeared over the Malibu Canyon tunnel, delighting many, and pissing off local officials. ... Sanden Totten, of the science podcast Brains On, takes us to Joshua Tree and explains how its shrubs, animals, and Joshua Trees survive. ... The Formosa Café just closed, so we'll talk about its role as a creative touchstone, a shorthand when you need to evoke the glamour of Old Hollywood. ... 8-Bit music is the sound of old school video games, and it’s now a genre for musicians who like its simplicity and the era it evokes. We’ll tell you about an 8-bit music festival happening this weekend in LA.