This Week on KCET's Award-Winning Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED': Are They Art or Ads? The Controversy Over Murals Containing Company Logos and Ads, and the Gray Area that has Emerged Between Art and Advertising
Sept 5, 2014 -SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning
series explores the debate that has developed since Los Angeles adopted a new
ordinance in 2013 governing public murals. The law states original art murals
must be free of all commercial logos or advertising. However, since the
ordinance went into effect, two murals have been removed. One was a mural that
contained the image of a modified Converse sneaker; the other, which was the
album cover for the band, Foster the People, contained no logo or ad. SOCAL CONNECTED reporter Nic Cha Kim
explores the ambiguous area between art and advertising, and asks whether
L.A.'s murals should be commercial-free.
This story is based on KCET.org's Departures'
coverage of murals in Los Angeles. For more, go to www.kcet.org/murals.
The story airs on Wednesday, September
10, 2014 at 8 p.m.This week's
Scientists Discover New Species of Insects- A Los Feliz family is hoping to name a fly they caught
in their backyard after their son, Brady. That is just one of the perks that comes
with being a "citizen scientist" for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
County. There are thousands of insect species still to be discovered and dozens
of them have already been found on people's property. Science reporter Cara
Santa Maria looks at the program that gets L.A. residents involved in research.
Gardeners- They work
under cover of darkness, without permits or permission. They are guerilla gardeners
who find an ugly and neglected plot of city-owned land and transform it with
succulents and other hearty plants. Anchor Val Zavala meets the people who are surreptitiously
beautifying small sections of Los Angeles.
Strange Desert Homesteads - Today rundown, abandoned shacks dot
the desert landscape of the Morongo Basin. But in another era, they were called
"jackrabbit homesteads"; tiny homes occupied by a hearty few who took up
an offer of cheap land from the U.S. Government in 1938. These skeletons hold
the stories of their long-gone occupants and have inspired some artists
and writers to turn them into creative living spaces today. This segment is based on work from
Broadcast Premiere Date:
Wednesday, September 10
at 8 p.m.
Repeated: Friday, September 12 at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m.
SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 16-time Emmy®-Award
winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include
science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore and Jennifer
Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.
television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val
Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior
SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a Peabody® and two
duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two
Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Awards,including Best News Documentary and
Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs
exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leavecomments, please visit www.socalconnected.org.
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