David Sedaris to share spotlight with Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody at Pasadena Civic event

John Rabe

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. 


Video: '12 Years a Slave' screenwriter John Ridley

John Ridley with John Rabe

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 to Perform at Zipper Concert Hall

Jamie Tanaka

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.


Echo Park says 'prosit!' to Bedrocktoberfest

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.


LA as Subject presents the 8th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Hosted by L.A. as Subject (an association of archives and collections hosted by the USC Libraries) the Archives Bazaar is like Disneyland for local history buffs. University libraries from all over SoCal will have exhibits at the bazaar and there's a full day of lectures and panels on L.A. history scheduled too. Be sure to bring down some stuff from the attic, because experts from Los Angeles Preservation Network will be there all day to assess documents and photographs (and digitize them for you too) in the style of Antiques Roadshow.

This Saturday, October 12, 2013; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Doheny Memorial Library; USC University Park Campus. Free to attend. More info here.