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John Rabe is the creator and host of Off-Ramp, KPCC's weekend news and arts magazine program, which has twice been named "best local public affairs show."

Prior to his time on Off-Ramp, Rabe was KPCC's host for "All Things Considered" and the station's housing & healthcare reporter, but Off-Ramp lets him do what he loves best, and emulate one of his heroes, the late Huell Howser.

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, then found his niche as reporter and anchor at WKAR, Michigan State University's public radio station, where he earned his BA in English.

Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, at WHYY in Philadelphia, and Minnesota Public Radio. He came to KPCC in 2000. Off-Ramp debuted in 2006.

He lives with his art curator husband, Julian Bermudez, and Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.

Stories by John Rabe

Frank Romero Selling Frogtown Studio

Frank Romero, the groundbreaking Chicano artist, is selling his studio and gallery in Frogtown. The 29th annual Christmas Sale will be the last in the building, which has been an oasis in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood between Riverside Drive and the LA River.

LAPD Targets Jaywalkers

The LA Downtown News reports the police are cracking down on jaywalkers downtown. According to the paper, the "coal in your stocking" will be a $190 ticket.

Rabe visits This Old House renovation in Silverlake

This Old House, the 30+ year old PBS home renovation show, is working on a home in Silverlake. They're keeping the exact location a secret, but allowed me and my microphone a few days ago.

Creative Talent Network eXpo brings in Moebius

Off-Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon writes us about a cool animation event coming to Burbank NEXT weekend.

I'm just saying

Another (undated, unexplained) gem from the LA Public Library online photo collection.

Infamous "Christmas Carol" Producer Kevin Von Feldt Maims "Mame" in Minnesota

It's really astounding how many people do business without checking references, or at least doing a Google search. A friend just forwarded a link to a story out of Burnsville, Minnesota, dated November 4:

Martin Mull's Off-Kilter Paintings on Off-Ramp

You know the dilittante artists ... people whose paintings sell only because they established themselves as celebrities in some other field first. (We won't name them here.)

Time Change and Dogs

(Eoghan the Irish terrier. Credit: John Rabe.)

Pacific Standard Time -- an unprecedented art collaboration -- is 11 months away

Last night I attended what you could call the kickoff to the buildup of a huge art event coming your way in October 2011. It’s called Pacific Standard Time, and it’s meant to document LA’s role in contemporary art by highlighting the most important artists working here from 1945-1980: furniture by Sam Maloof, painting by Frank Romero and Karl Benjamin, sculpture by Dora de Larios, photography by Oscar Castillo and Julius Shulman, assemblage by Betye Saar, the genius of Simon Rodia.

Name Changer: John Rabe Blog is now Off-Ramp

Hello, everybody.

Legendary songwriter Hal David, almost 90, sings!

These two, Burt Bacharach and Hal David (R), wrote the soundtrack of your life. Songs that are singable yet sophisticated, poppy yet personal:

RH Greene, Dracula Memoirist, Pays Tribute to a Goth Icon with "Vampira and Me," an Off-Ramp Hallowe'en Special

This Halloween weekend on Off-Ramp, we're premiering a new documentary from Off-Ramp contributor, author, and filmmaker R.H. Greene, Vampira and Me.

Paula Deen and the Rose Parade

Paula Dean, the food host, has just been named Grand Marshal of the next Rose Parade.

Off-Ramp's OCMA Biennial Extravaganza

Off-Ramp Producer Kevin Ferguson and I went to the opening of the Orange County Museum of Art's 2010 California Biennial Saturday, and interviewed as many artists as possible ... like Luke Butler:

Pope Names Cardinals, Once Again Misses the Boat

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ Pope Benedict XVI named 24 new cardinals Wednesday, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor and giving a boost to Italian hopes to regain the papacy.