Are YOU ready for the Big One? Off-Ramp 3-19-2011

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Rabe asks: Are you prepared for a natural disaster?

If you live in Southern California, you’ve thought about it this week: “What’s happening in Japan could have happened to us.” Still, most people lack a basic emergency plan and emergency supplies.
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Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane Sings Live March 26

Seth MacFarlane, creator of the animated series "Family Guy," "American Dad!," and "The Cleveland Show," integrates full-on musical numbers into his shows whenever he can. If you've seen him on Conan, you know he's not only handsome and charming, but can sing. Now, MacFarlane has recorded "Music Is Better Than Words," an album of "hidden gems" from the Great American Songbook (due in September), and he'll be at Club Nokia on Saturday, March 26, singing the album with full orchestra. Listen to MacFarlane's interview with Off-Ramp host John Rabe to hear unreleased preview tracks from "Music is Better than Words."
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At the Theodore Payne nursery you won't find any African violets, bamboo, nor Botson Ivy: that's because all of the plants sold at the nursery are California natives, and they look a lot more interesting than you might think. Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson talked with the Theodore Payne Foundation's Lili Singer about the nursery's upcoming annual Poppy Day sale on Saturday, March 26.

The Black Widow of Lomita case comes to a close

This past Wednesday Eric Delacruz and Fernando Romero were given 26 years to life in prison. It was the last chapter 20 plus year story involving murder for hire, betrayal, insurance money and Sonia Rios Risken, a 60 year old hairdresser better known as the Black Widow of Lomita. Larry Altman covered the case for the Daily Breeze in Torrance, and he spoke with Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson.
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"The cutest guy in all of Malibu is visiting the Getty Villa. Just don't mess with him." So says Off-Ramp culture commentator Marc Haefele. He's talking about a life-size drop-dead gorgeous (and anatomically correct) 2-thousand year old bronze statue of Apollo. It comes from the Naples National Museum and is at the Getty Villa through mid-September.
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RIP Owsley Stanley

Owsley Stanley died Sunday in Australia. He designed the Grateful Dead's logo, was their sound man, and was the inspiration for their "dancing bear" logo. He was Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne," with artistic license, because he was the main LSD manufacturer in the drug's early days in San Francisco ("every A-Frame had your number on the wall..."). And he was friend and roommate to Charles Perry, longtime LA Times food writer, who took his first acid trip courtesy Stanley. Perry told us about Stanley in 2008. Listen here and CLICK THROUGH for his remembrance of Stanley for LA Observed.
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Dinner Party Download does Austin

This week: From SXSW in Austin comes our all-Texas show: Music legend Willie Nelson talks Crazy… Judge Roy Bean serves justice on the rocks… And Rico explores tex-next cuisine. Plus laffs and music from two SXSW buzz bands: a thilly joke from Toro y Moi and and a tasty tune from Yuck.
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