Pacific Standard Time, Off-Ramp (10-1-11) Style

Grand opening for "Pacific Standard Time" at the Getty

This weekend marks the grand opening of the biggest and most ambitious art project Southern California - and maybe the world - has ever seen. For the next six months, 60 cultural institutions and 70 galleries are collaborating on "Pacific Standard Time," which documents art made in LA from 1945 to 1980. The Getty Foundation is footing much of the bill with ten-million dollars in grants, and on Tuesday the Getty hosted the press opening. Off-Ramp's John Rabe was there.
Since Pacific Standard Time is all about L.A., we’ve asked some of the artists who were making art in the city from 1945 to 1980 to take us to three places here that are important to them. Anywhere. We’re starting this week with performance artist Barbara T Smith.
"Andy Rooney" has long been a staple of Off-Ramp. Here, he muses about his 320 years on CBS, and the people who've made a living imitating him.

Jim Meskimen, world's greatest impressionist

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with Jim Meskimen, man of a thousand voices, including Robin Williams, Kirk Douglas, Charleton Heston, Woody Allen, and Droopy Dog.

Remembering Alan Deane, member of KPCC's extended family

Word came last week that Alan Deane, who attended nearly every event at our Crawford Family Forum, died in a bike accident. Deane called himself "homeless by choice," crafting what seemed – for him – to be a satisfying if unconventional life. Off-Ramp host talks with KPCC's Jon Cohn, Jenny Smith and Sharon McNary about their memories of Deane.

Culver City's Wende Museum explores the human side of the Cold War

The Wende Museum in Culver City preserves the history of the Cold War, but not with weapons, letters or treaties. Instead, the Wende shows visitors how everyday citizens lived on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Off-Ramp intern Lainna Fader visited the museum and talked with Justinian Jampol, the museum's founder.
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If the big one were to hit tomorrow, how would you react? KPCC's Crawford Family Forum hosted a discussion to answer that question.

Hard Times, Hard Life, Good Attitude

For our Hard Times series – conversations with people hit hard by the "Great Recession" – Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with 48-year old Peggy Martin in the front yard of her bungalow apartment in Pasadena.
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