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!
Director Ava DuVernay on her new documentary about the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned slavery ... Backstage with La Santa Cecilia, a Grammy-winning L.A. band that tells modern stories with traditional music ... Frank Romero — interviewed by Cheech Marin — finally has his first major museum retrospective ... Another date that "lives in infamy:” when FDR ordered the imprisonment of 120-thousand Japanese-Americans 75 years ago this weekend ... Girl at the White Horse, a brand new cocktail bar at Sunset and Western, owned by the son of the Shah of Iran’s social secretary.
We spend a day with the California Wildlife Center in Malibu, which rescues all kinds of animals, but this time of year helps the growing number of sea lions that strand themselves on the beach ... Marc Haefele applauds a new program that has LACMA putting on exhibits in other museums around the Southland ... The Blue Whale, now one of Southern California’s hippest spots for live jazz ... How to celebrate Valentine’s Day without paying a fortune for a fixed-price meal.
The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta (RIGHT), is also a serious writer and his new play explores the inner life of one of the last century’s most intriguing talents: Oscar Levant. ... Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody has finally -- FINALLY -- sold one of his comedy specials. ... And we’ll take you to a tiny thrift store that’s been supporting the work of the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic for almost 20 years.
You want an Only-in-LA story? Try this: a 78-year old Japanese-Brazilian-American artist (right) who works in Compton, was Marlon Brando's gardener, and got his first big break at the Hammer Museum last year. ... How would you feel about living in a murder house? It's in Silver Lake, and we talk to the tenants. ... We ride the elevator 71 floors to talk with the owner and chef of the tallest restaurant in the West. Take a virtual tour inside Elizabeth Taylor’s home with photographer Catherine Opie, who got exclusive access to 700 Nimes Road.
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