Off-Ramp for January 9, 2010

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Colleen Bates, editor of EatLA, about the latest edition of the huge food guide. Here is the relatively unedited version of their conversation, with exclusive dish on foodie trends, the psychology of dining out, and tips to find good Swiss food and the best vegetable soup in LA County. Come inside for the link to the EatLA website and to find out who this handsome devil is.
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UPDATE 4/3/2010: "The Secret of Kells" is finally in wide release. Go see it soon! "The Secret of Kells" is a magical new animated feature from Europe about the monks who drew the famed Book of Kells, one of the most famous illuminated Bibles. The movie gets a special screening at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday (1/9) at 1pm. The first piece of audio is the lightly edited web version of John Rabe's chat with animation expert and Off-Ramp contributor Charles Solomon about the movie. The second is shorter but includes clips from the movie. Come inside for more info.
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Business reporter Mark Lacter joins Off-Ramp host John Rabe in Mar Vista to talk about the current state of the housing market. There's a long and short version of this interview. (Mark does business for LA Magazine, LAObserved, and KPCC's Morning Edition with Steve Julian.)
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Reyna Grande talks about Dancing with Butterflies

As part of our ongoing series on local writers, Off-Ramp producer Queena Kim brings us this interview with Reyna Grande. Grande came out with her second book “Dancing with Butterflies,” which is centered around the four women who belong to a Folklorico group in East LA. Folklorico is the general term used to describe “folk” dances that originate from Latin America. Reyna Grande says that she's drawn to characters who have flaws. So while the portions about Folklorico offer a romantic portrait of Mexican culture, her narrative and characters are raw and not always unflattering.

Jane Campion and John Keats

Director Jane Campion – best known for her Academy Award winning film "The Piano" – has a new movie out called "Bright Star." It’s a period piece about the Romantic poet John Keats and his love affair with Fanny Brawne. Campion spoke at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica – along with the lead actor Abbie Cornish, supporting actor Paul Schneider and director of photography Greig Fraser. The event was hosted by American Cinematheque and moderated by Jim Hemphill.
KPCC's All Things Considered host Alex Cohen talked with songwriter Ryan Bingham, who had his own experiences with alcoholism -- not to mention bullriding! -- before he was brought on to write music for the Jeff Bridges movie "Crazy Heart." Come inside for a link to Alex's interview.

Dinner Party Download

Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano make you smarter, faster, handsomer with Dinner Party Download, called "the Vergnügungszug of radio shows" by Stern magazine.
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