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Westway Ho! Stewart Home at Performa 11

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 1:32 PM

We begin the night on the Westside highway beside a spectacularly wrecked car, waiting for the strip club to let us in. Stewart Home--provacateur, artist, "content producer" if ever there was one--whose book titles read like (because they are) parodies of the je-m'en-foutiste avant-garde (Blood Rites of the Bourgeoisie,...

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Enjoying Oysters and Saving Sea Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 4:53 PM

Whoever said "it was a brave man who first ate an oyster" was a fool. From the salty suck of the brine to the oceanic tang of the flesh, oysters are a culinary pleasure without equal. Like wine grapes, they take their shape and flavor from the locale--from the flux...

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Green Rehab in Philly and Kansas City

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 5:14 PM

Too often the green movement has been guilty of catering to those who can afford pricey retrofits and other amenities of an eco-friendly lifestyle while ignoring the needs of those whose bank accounts are insufficient--or who may not have bank accounts at all. So it's pleasing to be able to...

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What's Cooking This No Impact Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2009 | 12:16 PM

Following the success of the Huffington Post-hosted No Impact Week, NRDC's Simple Steps is working with the No Impact Project on a second week of low-carbon living. Food is the focus of this fourth day of the eight-day "week" and if you find shopping at the farmer's market no challenge,...

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The Next No Impact Experiment: Colin Beavan on Happiness Through Lighter Living

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2009 | 11:38 AM

Last month, Huffington Post and the No Impact Project hosted a No Impact Week to encourage readers to live better by living lighter. Colin Beavan's No Impact Project has now teamed up with NRDC's Simple Steps to host a second No Impact Week starting on Sunday, November 15. Described as...

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Scary Looks Without Scary Contents

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2009 | 11:02 AM

At last, Halloween is upon us. Now comes the party-going and canvassing for candy, the costume malfunctions and insipid sweets, all capped off by a sugar spike that will send children and adults peaking and crashing for the weekend. Yes, the costume is ready and the dish is full. The...

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Growing Green Jobs

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2009 | 11:48 AM

President Obama is visiting a solar power generation plant today in Arcadia, Fla., to announce a massive smart grid plan that will provide $3.4 billion in stimulus funds to 100 utilities. The payoff for workers? According to his chief economist, Jared Bernstein, this will "save or create tens of...

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Stopping Ocean Sprawl

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2009 | 12:30 PM

The oceans that surround the U.S. create more than 2 million jobs and over $128 billion in gross domestic product annually. And with the continent thoroughly developed, we are being drawn into developing more and more of the oceans, driven by the profits from tourism, recreation, and living resources that...

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Getting Good, Local Food on the iPhone

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2009 | 3:32 PM

When I decided to join the 21st century and picked up a new iPhone, the lure of the App topped my list of reasons (if not excuses) to make the purchase. And among the heap available free or for little money, I was intrigued by those dealing with food--how to...

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Where to Watch TV? LED Monitors vs. LCD TV Screens

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 5:49 PM

TVs have been focus of American living rooms for fity years, but with Hulu, You Tube and other online sources bringing programing to our ever larger computer screens, is it time to bid the TV farewell? And is their any environmental benefit hanging in the balance? To narrow the question,...

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Food, Inc. Film Review: Are We Ready to Fight for a Safe Burger?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2009 | 9:50 AM

With Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser introduced us to the unsettling notion that our hamburgers are composed of the meat from hundreds of cows and with The Omnivore's Dilemma Michael Pollan walked us through the brief life of a single cow ending up at the feedlot and slaughterhouse. To these...

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This World Oceans Day, Watch Out for Beach Runoff

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2009 | 10:40 AM

June 8 is World Oceans Day (so declared by the United Nations) and with the warm days here again you might take the chance to play hooky and go for a swim with the kids. But before you bodysurf on the swells, you'll want to be sure you and your...

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Broadway Survives Pedestrian Onslaught

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 11:11 AM

When you hear that Bloomberg has shut down Broadway, it sounds like the morality police have muscled in to stamp out illicit pleasures. But never fear, a previous administration already took care of that over a decade ago. If anything, the closure to vehicles of chunks of Broadway, which began...

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Live Dangerously, America! And Unholster Your Food Thermometers...

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2009 | 1:22 PM

Your health and safety are in your own hands--it's a truism, but one that some in the packaged food industry are too ready to promote. According to The New York Times, Con Agra, makers of the Banquet pot pies that sickened 15,000 people with salmonella in 2007, have...

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Clearing the Air in LA

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 9:10 PM

Last week's release of the American Lung Association's State of the Air report highlighted how far we still have to go in handling our smog problem. Given that air pollution is one of the longest recognized environmental health hazards--the ancient Greeks fought off miasma from rotting debris--the fact that 186...

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Tip #3 for the 44th Prez: Time Your Showers

(3) Comments | Posted January 9, 2009 | 10:44 AM

The economy needs help, "stimulus" if you will, and Washington is thinking big—just yesterday Obama called for doubling the production of alternative energy in three years, a sorely needed boost to the industry.  But thinking small also has its moments, such as in the shower (more on showers later). ...

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New Years' Resolve: Keep Melamine Out of Kids

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 10:57 AM

It's great to see the back of 2008, but some of the year's nastier aspects keep lingering: On Monday the USDA announced  that Topaz Wafer Rolls containing unhealthy levels of melamine were being recalled from store shelves. No one has gotten sick, which is some relief. But who...

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