Mayor Villaraigosa today named an "independent peer review panel" to look into the idea of a Wilshire Boulevard subway west of Western Avenue. He wants a report in November. The mayor will chat about his first hundred days with KCRW's Warren Olney on "Which Way, L.A.?" at 7 pm Monday...Fear and loathing—and high-priced behavioral counselors— at the DWP's outpost in Keeler, Calif., says the LA Weekly...Americans whose HMOs send them to Mexico for low-cost surgeries and other medical care is the top story tonight on California Connected, KCET at 8:30 pm. It repeats again Sunday at 12:30 pm...Bob Hanifen and BoifromTroy are guest-blogging the Los Angeles side of Gridskipper today.
Some other calendar items I've been meaning to mention:
- Tonight at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire, urban scholar Richard Longstreth talks on Los Angeles and the car. 7:30 pm.
- Forum on the future of public TV hosted by the American Cinema Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the L.A. Press Club, at AFI Friday night and Saturday. Info.
- Wilshire Words, "a celebration of words, music and art in conjunction with The Tarfest Art Show 2005," at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire, Sunday at 2 pm.
- LAT books editor David Ulin and author D.J. Waldie at Antioch University in Culver City via PEN Center, Tuesday at 7 pm.
- Author Peter Guralnick in conversation about Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke with Kit Rachlis of Los Angeles magazine at Central Library, Wednesday at 7 pm.
- Jacques Leslie (Deep Water: The Epic Struggle Over Dams, Displaced People, and the Environment) talks with Tom Curwen, editor of the Times' Outdoors section, back at Central Library Thursday at 7 pm.
- The Liberty Film Festival, "Hollywood's only conservative film festival," returns to West Hollywood Oct. 21-23. Info.