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

What to Eat While Listening to Dudamel's 9th?

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I've just posted an interview with LA Times classical music critic Mark Swed about managing our Gustavo Dudamel expectations. Not that he won't be great and fun, but he's not going to:

-- Make you into a classical pianist ("Doctor, will I be able to play the piano?").
-- Develop a car that runs on water and/or bring back the Red Cars.
-- Remove embarassing stains from contour sheets.

That said, we could have a great presence here for, oh, say, fifty years.

I plan to be listening to Saturday night's "Bienvenido Gustavo" concert of Beethonven's 9th at a small gathering with friends, al fresco ... the house we hold it at depending on who gets the better radio reception. Where will you be listening (KUSC at 7pm Saturday)? Let me know in the comments below, along with the planned menu and wine selection.

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USC Hit and Run

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Neon Tommy reports on the amount of alcohol Adianna Bachan had in her system when she was killed by hit and run driver March 29, and that defense attorneys may use it to win leniency for their clients.

The police report says Bachan and a friend were crossing the street with a green light very early in the morning on when Claudia Cabrera ran them down, killing Bachan and injuring Marcus Garfinkle.

The story includes a phrase that always rankles me:

Fluids drawn from Bachan's eye showed alcohol levels of .17, said Dan Anderson, the supervising criminalist who conducted the toxicology tests on the victim at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Asked to describe Bachan's level of intoxication, he referred to the state law for drivers: "Double drunk. Not much to it other than that -- .08 is the legal limit."

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RIP Henry Hopkins

I've just posted a long and fascinating unedited interview my colleague Adolfo Guzman Lopez did with Henry T. Hopkins. He was the director of SFMoma and the Hammer, and also owned the gallery that held the notorious War Babies exhibit years ago.

Hopkins died Sunday. Adolfo did the interview -- about race and ethnicity in art -- in 2003. It's really good stuff.

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Dan Savage + John Rabe - Desk Jockeying

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On Sep 29, 2009, at 8:02 AM, Rabe, John wrote:

Dear Dan Savage,

Okay, buster. You have Ann Landers' desk. I bought Ingmar Bergman's desk at auction. Let's have an “Advice Off!”

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Dear John and Dan:

My father beats me. My mother is a drunk. My brother attracts me. I also have seasonal affective disorder. What should I do?

– Suffering in Stockholm

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Dan: Move to a sunny climate, break ties with your family, and get counseling … and do it now before the Santorum hits the fan!

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John: I recommend you stew about it for thirty years, then call a family meeting at your summer house, reminisce for hours, but never address the issues.

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(Okay, Dan, I didn't really buy the desk, etc. It went for $900k with other stuff.)

-- John

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Send Scary Stories Soon

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I don’t know how often it happens, but this year, for the first time, Off-Ramp will air on Halloween, so we’re collecting scary stories, and we want yours.

It could be something weird that happened to you, or a friend, or your grandfather the cemetery caretaker. It could be your favorite campfire story, told with a flashlight under your chin.

You can e-mail us the text at offramp@kpcc.org; make a movie and send it in, or post it and send us a link; or leave it in the comments section below. We might air some, let it live here on the blog, move it over to the website and dramatize it, who knows?

Thanks,

-- John

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