Off-Ramp for October 21, 2006

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Kinky in Los Angeles

Laurel Canyon was immortalized in the '60s as the home of legendary musicians like Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa. And now the Mexican band Kinky lives there, too. John Rabe interviews Kinky members Gilbert Cerezo and Ulises Lozano on the back patio of the bungalow where they worked on their newest album, Reina.
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Godzilla Released

No, not from captivity on Monster Island but on DVD, in his original, uncut form, as it was seen in Japan 52 years ago. Gojira, as it was originally called, is a whole other film, and worth another look. John Rabe talked with Godzilla expert Keith Aiken.

Godzilla v. LAPD

L.A. Police Chief Bill Bratton on what he'd do if he came face-to-face with Godzilla.
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George Takei and the voice of Godzilla

Nov. 7, Godzilla Raids Again, the second Godzilla movie, will be released on DVD. The American version features the voice of the very young George Takei who played Sulu on Star Trek. Takei actually did dubbing work on Godzilla Raids Again and Rodan. John Rabe spoke with him in 2004.
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The Thill Ain't Gone

In 1945, drummer Jerrie Thill jumped into her '38 Dodge Coupe and drove from Dubuque, Iowa all the way to the coast. Now, Thill is 89 and she plays the Sunday brunch show at El Cid in LA's Silverlake neighborhood. Off-Ramp producer Queena Kim caught a set on one of those record hot days we had this summer.
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Norman McLaren

Canadian animator and filmmaker Norman McLaren won an Oscar, a Palme d'Or at Cannes, and countless festival prizes. And this week the National Film Board of Canada released a seven-DVD set of his work. Animation critic Charles Solomon gives an appreciation.
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For the last few weeks, we've been featuring artists from the 2006 California Biennial, at the Orange County Museum of Art. This week, John Rabe interviews Hank Willis Thomas, who lives and works in San Francisco.
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The Vision Thing

John Rabe talks with Fred Parker, the original photo curator at the Norton Simon Museum. He started collecting photos for the museum before photography was considered art. The museum is now showing much of the photos he acquired for them.
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Flaming Tri-Tip

Some of you might remember Victorio C., he's the master of the fast-sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli and market in Santa Monica. Victorio has created dozens dishes and sandwiches over the past decades... and one of them is the "Tri-Tipper." Cooking the tri-tip is a spectacle. Victorio fries it in a wok, over an open flame. When he drops the tri-tip into the wok, flames shoot up. Off-Ramp's Queena Kim watched Victorio as he was gearing up to make tri-tip. Bay Cities Deli 1517 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica, CA. 90401 310.395.8279

Reporter's Roundtable

John Rabe talks to editor Nick Roman about Republican House candidate Tan Nguyen, who is accused of falsely warning Latino voters that it's a crime for immigrants to vote. Nguyen denies the charges.

Call Sheet

Call Sheet regulars talk about the World Series.
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