Sweet, hot and windy - Off Ramp for 8-27-11

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UPDATE: A Noise Within opened the new theatre October 29 with a joyous performance of Twelfth Night, updated to pre-Castro Cuba. The next play up is O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms," which opens November 19. Here's our sneak preview of the new space, which aired August 2011. After 19 years in a funky but impractical space in Glendale, A Noise Within, the classical rep theatre company, is building a new home in East Pasadena with the help of a $13m capital campaign. The theatre's founders give Off-Ramp host John Rabe an exclusive tour of the beautiful new facility, which opens in late October.
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From September 2 through 5, the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel will host a weekend of "sweet and hot" jazz from the 1920s - 1950s, America's Golden Age of popular music.
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For most kids, summer means going to camp, taking a vacation or hanging out at the beach. But for 15-year-old Jose Luis Sandoval of Wilmington, summer is for the birds, literally: Jose spends his summers scoping out Los Angeles' top birding destinations, and he does it all using public transit. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson met up with him just outside KPCC headquarters in Pasadena to begin the long hike to Ken Malloy's Regional Harbor Park in Wilmington.
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Ashford and Simpson on a lifetime of keeping it real

Over the last few weeks, we've been hearing excerpts from a concert at the Grammy Museum. It was held to break in the new Songwriters Hall of Fame Gallery, and they gathered some of the greatest living songwriters to sing their most famous tunes. The emcee was songwriter Paul Williams, and we now hear from Ashford and Simpson.
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Brian Watt talks with Mark Walters, art director of CSI Miami, while his crew turns a Long Beach parking lot into a tornado-stricken trailer park.
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This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the historic Freedom Rides: where activists of all stripes took the struggle for civil rights directly to the South. In Culver City, the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum is commemorating the anniversary by bringing a new local focus to the historic rides. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Museum Director Larry Earl about the exhibit, called "Get on Board."
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Alfred Adkins on life in a 1985 school bus

Venice and other Westside neighborhoods have grappled for years with people who live in their vehicles – RVs, vans, buses. Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority launched a program to help people move out of their vehicles and into permanent homes. One of the program’s first participants is 65-year-old Alfred Adkins. Last week, he moved into a one-bedroom apartment, settling inside a home for the first time in more than a decade. But first, Adkins gave Off-Ramp's Brian Watt the nickel tour of his old home.
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Summer Night Lights: a youth perspective

Summer Night Lights is an initiative implemented in last year aimed at reducing gang violence in LA. How to do it? Give kids a place to go during Summer nights by keeping city parks open and patrolled late. Los Angeles' Brian Watt talked with South LA's Michael Leslie, a youth coordinator with Summer Night Lights who says the program has had a huge impact on his community.
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Today CyberFrequecies continues its Decade911 series by talking to Fauzia Kasuri to get the Pakistani perspective on the last decade of global change since 9/11. Kazuri's the president of the woman's wing of the Pakistani political party Tehreek-e-Insaf.
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Joe Connolly is serious about graffiti. For the past 20 years he's waged a campaign to wipe out tags, scrawls and pieces of graffiti of all kind, earning him the nickname the Graffiti Guerilla. He's the subject of a new documentary, "Vigilante, Vigilante," which premiered in San Francisco Friday.
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