Off-Ramp host John Rabe and contributors share thoughts on arts, culture, and life in L.A.

Big Scary Waves off the coast of France

As you can tell by this week's Off-Ramp, which tells the story of Shackleton's "Endurance" expedition, I like big weather. In the right conditions, I even like being in it. But THIS I prefer to view second-hand:

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Still looking for Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas? John Rabe asks the best chefs in LA.

I’ve begun an Off-Ramp web page featuring interviews with foodies like Providence owner/chef Michael Cimarusti and LA Times food editor Russ Parsons. They give us some great Thanksgiving food ideas, and reminisce about their best and worst Thanksgivings. Dinner Party Download also weighs in with memories and mischief.

I've also added a recipe for Pigtails and Sauerkraut, which is apparently big in Baltimore.

Check it out and add your own Thanksgiving thoughts, recipes, and memories.

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There's Something About Mary (Poppins)


Team KPCC had a great time at “Mary Poppins” at the Ahmanson Theatre Sunday night. It’s the national tour production of the classic film.

I brought my recorder along, spoke with co-director and choreographer Matthew Bourne and some of the cast members, and hung out at the after-party long enough to hear the songwriters, new and old, gather around the piano for an English music hall-type rendition of "Jolly Holiday" and "Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious.”

That’s all in this Off-Ramp web-only special, which includes a lot of stuff there just won’t be room for on the air.

KPCC’s Steve Julian interviewed Ashley Brown, who plays Mary, and he tells me that q+a will probably air on this Friday’s Morning Edition.

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(Photo: Ashley Brown as Mary Poppins. Credit: Disney/CML/JOAN MARCUS.)

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Tickets still available for “Los Angeles: Portrait of a City” Taschen book party/LA Conservancy benefit


This photo, taken in 1940, shows an insanely detailed model of downtown Los Angeles, a WPA project that was displayed at the Museum of Natural History. The photo is one of hundreds in a new Taschen book called “Los Angeles: Portrait of a City,” which local historian Chris Nichols calls “without a doubt the most comprehensive visual history of L.A. ever attempted."

There are so many photos, picked with such care, that FOO (Friend of Off-Ramp) Gary Leonard was ecstatic to have just one of his photos chosen for the book.

The photo is also symbolic of the work the LA Conservancy does for the city, hence, the gala fundraiser Thursday for the Conservancy that’s serving as the book’s coming out party. Tickets are still available, and it’ll be worth cramming yourself into your tux and/or gownless evening strap. Diane Keaton, Benedikt Taschen, Gary Leonard (will he wear a bow tie with his photog’s vest?), and I will be there. Why not you?

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