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.
Dr. Moran Cerf — former Israeli Defense Forces intelligence analyst, filmmaker, pilot, Moth GrandSLAM storytelling winner — is a neuroscientist at UCLA in his latest incarnation. There, he maps the brain’s thoughts, memories, and emotions, working with epilepsy patients who already have their brains exposed for surgery and treatment. Off-Ramp's Raghu Manavalan joins Dr. Cerf during one of his visits to the UCLA Lab, to talk about what Moran had found so far and where he hopes the future of research can go.
It was a scary day in Hollywood Monday, when a fire started at the Magic Castle. The Magic Castle is the hundred-year old Victorian house that in 1963 was turned into a world famous club for magicians and magic enthusiasts. Luckily, damage from the fire was minimal, although a fire closing the Magic Castle on Halloween is like a florist being shut down on Mothers Day. KPCC's Brian Watt went to the scene, and talked with Leo Kostka, the Magic Castle's resident medium for more than thirty years.
Just out, the premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall's magnificent 6,134-pipe pipe organ. It's "First & Grand," from the rock star of the organ world, Christoph Bull. Here's the piece Off-Ramp host John Rabe produced in 2004, when he got a behind-the-pipes tour of the organ as the final touches were still being done.
“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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