The voice of Bambi is coming to town for Monsterpalooza in Burbank next weekend (at the Marriott Burbank Convention Center, April 9-11). 75-year old Donnie Dunagan gave KPCC's John Rabe a call from his home in Texas and they talked about his work on "Bambi," "Son of Frankenstein," as the Marines' youngest-ever drill sergeant, and about Walt Disney as a leadership model. COME INSIDE for photos and a link to the convention!
Note from John Rabe: It's a real pleasure to work with Larry Mantle, who started hosting Airtalk on April 1, 1985 (when I was 19). We threw a party for Larry this week, with Morning Edition host Steve Julian as the MC, since he's known Larry for 27 years. I was honored to be asked to interview Larry at the party, held in the Crawford Family Forum here at the Mohn Broadcast Center. Here's some of our conversation, which covers Larry's beginnings as a would-be pastor, his love of live radio, and s-e-x.
Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica has an exhibit up right now called "Eye-Gifts from Pedro." It's a collection of photographs by seminal punk bassist Mike Watt, who’s most famous for co-founding the band "The Minutemen." Watt is a longtime resident of San Pedro and the exhibit is a series of photographs he took while kayaking and biking along the harbor. KPCC’s Alex Cohen met Watt at the exhibit.
Southland photographer Sara Anjargolian has a new book out documenting the rise in poverty in Armenia. It's called How We Live: Life on the Margins in Armenia. Since we have the largest Armenian community outside of the homeland right here, Anjargolian hopes her book will bring awareness and a call to action. KPCC's Shirley Jahad went to see images from the book at Casitas Studios in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to a special group of pilots. More than 200 World War Two veterans - surviving members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots - or WASPS - were in Washington, DC for the ceremony. A Los Angeles writer has fictionalized their story. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde caught up with her at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
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.
Caltech, Art Center College of Design, Fuller Theological Seminary, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Pacific Oaks College and Pasadena City College ... Pasadena has a wonderful diversity of educational institutions, and they've never met head-to-head at the Rose Bowl to make cheeseburgers or play monster croquet. They will now, and John Rabe gets to emcee. COME INSIDE FOR DETAILS!
“Dark Shadows” fans, cast, and crew are celebrating its 50th birthday next week in Hollywood. We mark the anniversary by bringing in one of the original stars, and one of the original fans. ... When LAPD officer Jorge Parra isn’t walking the beat in LA, he’s still thinking about the city’s streets and buildings. He’s spent years building a 72-square-foot model of LA, out of Legos, in his kitchen. ... We’ll tell you what researchers discovered about the best way to increase voter turnout: voters need to make a simple plan, tell someone about it, and then think what their neighbors will say if they don’t go to the polls.
John talks with 35-year old Chris Thile, who takes over as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion this weekend and hopes to bring in a younger audience, without scaring off older listeners. ... Anthony Hernandez: taking pictures for almost 50 years: Downtown LA in the ‘70s, Rodeo Drive in the ‘80s, the homeless in the ‘90s. ... For KPCC's Voter Game Plan, Meghan McCarty tells us how she’s helping voters understand the complex Measure R transportation tax. ... Meet an Armenian-Syrian college student from Damascus juggling a full time job, night school, and the torture of knowing what his family is going through back home.
KPCC photog Maya Sugarman lets a king snake slither around her neck, and John lets a reasonably friendly tarantula crawl up his arm ... It’s done by hand, is quite painful, and is very expensive. We'll take you to a Garden Grove shop that is one of the few places in the US approved by one of the ruling Samoan tattoo families ... John brings in pop culture experts to evaluate the new Godzilla reboot, "Shin Godzilla," which sets the Godzilla story in modern-day Japan .... The story of Bobbi Bratt, a punk rocker from Southern California whose life was cut short by cancer almost thirty years ago.
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