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A hamburger similar to the ones being sold at an unnamed school in Southern California.
A friend of Off-Ramp, who shall remain nameless, writes:
There's a drug dealer in my daughter's school.
He's not selling pot, crack or meth; he's selling ... hamburgers.
He buys them in bulk in the early morning and has a group of carefully selected minions deal them out to students at a 200% markup. All of his cohorts have to have a GPA of 2.0 or more, because he figures they are less likely to be watched, and he cuts them in on a percentage of their sales. In spite of these transactions being strictly verboten, at the end of the morning there is No Burger Left Behind.
My daughter says some of her teachers know about it, but they turn a blind eye because they find it less harmful than sugary snacks, as well as a creative implementation of supply and demand.
When my daughter told me about this last night I was riveted, not just by the story, but in the way she relayed it: cheerful, ironic voice and a twinkle in her eye, as if she found the whole scenario absurd and admirable at the same time.
Commentator Dylan Brody reading a radio script in the Off-Ramp studio.
Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody giddily sent his followers this note yesterday.
An Invitation That Shocked and Thrilled Me
As some of you may know, I have enjoyed an ongoing correspondence with one of my heroes and idols, David Sedaris, for a few years now. He has, in short, been a good man and a gentle supporter of my work often at times when I desperately needed a sense of gentle support. I do not know if he is aware of just how much his kindness has meant to me.
Yesterday he e-mailed me to invite me to take the stage with him at the Pasadena Civic on November 15th to present a short piece. I will be doing Not Actual Goats, because it's new and it's funny and it's not yet on any of my CDs.
This is a huge honor. I've seen David read live a few times. He has often read from the books of people whose work he likes. I have never seen him share the stage. There are still a few tickets left, I believe. Even if I weren't on the bill, I would tell you to go, because he's wonderful live.
KPCCRadio (via YouTube)
KPCC's John Rabe in conversation with screen-writer/director John Ridley. They discuss Ridley's upcoming film about Jimmy Hendrix, "All is by My Side".
John Ridley's screenwriting spans a gamut from the blaxploitation spoof "Undercover Brother" to the historically-rooted "Red Tails." I talked with him about his muses in Los Angeles — where and how he likes to see a movie, hear some music and find inspiration.
SF Jazz Collective Fall 2013 Lineup.
After years since their last show in LA, the SF Jazz Collective returns to perform at the Zipper Concert Hall. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the Collective will play their own arrangements and original compositions. With members spanning both the country and the globe, the Collective reflects jazz's vast influence and continued innovation. Don't miss your chance to catch this landmark performance by a band that personifies modern jazz.
This Saturday, October 19, 2013; 8:00p.m.; Zipper Concert Hall; The Colburn School; Tickets are $35. More info here.
Hip-hop titan RZA closes out the festival to a packed audience.
All the usual trappings are in place: attendants clad in dirndls and lederhosen, beverages aplenty, and a sprightly German man cajoling festival goers to dance and make merry. But the scene takes a new turn for the surreal when you pair that with magic acts, pinball machines, and a performance by RZA. Then again, maybe that’s just how Echo Park does Oktoberfest.
This past Saturday Bedrock.LA, a recording studio and music rental house in Echo Park, hosted their first annual “Bedrocktoberfest.” Conceived by co-founder KamranV and Shelley Leopold of LA Weekly, the event offered a chance for some of the studio’s resident musicians to perform in front of their community.
Vanaprasta, an indie-rock quintet hailing from Silver Lake, kicked off the event with their psychedelia-infused rock tunes and kept the growing crowd dancing through their entire set. Then Liam Finn, who also found a home at Bedrock, debuted new songs highlighting his penchant for soulful, reflective songwriting.