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!
“No blue skies and no green grass” is animator Genndy Tartakovsky’s rule for "Samurai Jack." He tells us about bringing back the wandering samurai (right) for Adult Swim. ... Meet jazz singer Donna Fuller, a sultry contralto who made two albums that are now eBay gold. ... It would be enough if we went to the shop where they make custom limousines and hearses, but they also make custom hunting trucks Middle East potentates use when they hunt with their falcons.
The remarkable George Takei gets the whole hour. We get an exclusive preview of JANM's new George Takei exhibit, talk with George himself about his life and times and his new role in the Sondheim musical “Pacific Overtures,” hear from "To Be Takei's" director that George is NOT a performer at heart (WTF?!), and hear George and John Rabe sing. Maybe. If there's time.
Angels Flight to be back by Labor Day ... Back when cops weren’t supposed to smoke in uniform, and when a stolen car might be traced by the make of its battery or speedometer ... A Hammer show on an artist overshadowed by Pollack, De Kooning, and Rothko. (Photo: LA Public Library's Security Pacific National Bank Collection)
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