My Car's Arteries Got Clogged! Off-Ramp 5/14/2011

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There’s a big auction of artwork from animated films today at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Off Ramp animation expert Charles Solomon says that's good, and bad. CLICK THROUGH for Charles' script. (Hollywood Auction 44 will take place May 14-15 at the Saban Theatre, 844o Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills. The animation auction is on May 14.)
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Nick Roman's Elegant Dodger Solution

KPCC’s Managing Editor, Nick Roman, has an elegant solution to The Dodger Situation. He writes: Whoever winds up buying the Dodgers might have current owner Frank McCourt … as their landlord. Last Sunday, LA Times sportswriter Bill Shaikin reported that soon after Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers, he broke the Dodger empire into bits and pieces – Dodger Stadium here, parking lots there. So now, according to the Times, the Dodgers pay rent to play in Dodger Stadium, about $14 million a year. That’s more rent than any other team … seven times what the Angels pay to Anaheim to play in Angel Stadium. Shaikin was hinting that the notion of McCourt as landlord will frighten away potential buyers if Major League Baseball tries to sell the team. Maybe McCourt had that in mind all along. But what looks like a clever move by McCourt might not be at all. ... CLICK THROUGH for the whole story.
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The craft beer scene in Los Angeles has been picking up steam in the past few years, but Andrea Domanick has the story of one brewer that’s trying—and succeeding—at changing one of beer’s most ubiquitous and annoying stereotypes: a women-only beer tasting.
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Cinespia celebrates 10 years of cemetery movies

For ten years now, LA residents have been lining up to get into Hollywood Forever Cemetery. They aren't waiting to pay their respects, or visit a famous grave, but to see a classic movie under the moonlight - sometimes just a few feet from where the stars of the film are buried. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked about the 10- year anniversary with John Wyatt. Wyatt founded Cinespia, the group that organizes the cemetery screenings.

Auto Adventures from Marketplace Money

Marketplace Money, the esteemed personal finance program, recently focused on the car culture, doing a whole show out of Los Angeles. Host Tess Vigeland talked with two experts about car buying, Madeleine Brand talked about her boyfriend the car, and Off-Ramp host John Rabe described his travails with a vegetable-oil burning Mercedes. Listen to John's piece above; CLICK THROUGH for the others, plus a link to Marketplace Money's car special, and their special event at the Crawford Family Forum on how to avoid getting ripped off when you buy a car. (Marketplace Money airs Sunday at 2 on 89.3-KPCC.)
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Haskell Wexler is an academy award winning Cinematographer responsible for films like American Graffiti and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. But he was also an underrated director of documentaries touching on topics like sleep deprivation, torture, and the infamous Weather Underground. This past month he discussed his work with a panel of cinematographer at Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theater for a discussion on cinematography put on by the International Documentary Association. Here, he speaks with panel moderator Richard Pearce.
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With former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins in hand, Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano help you win your dinner party.
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