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.
Director Ava DuVernay on her new documentary about the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which banned slavery ... Backstage with La Santa Cecilia, a Grammy-winning L.A. band that tells modern stories with traditional music ... Frank Romero — interviewed by Cheech Marin — finally has his first major museum retrospective ... Another date that "lives in infamy:” when FDR ordered the imprisonment of 120-thousand Japanese-Americans 75 years ago this weekend ... Girl at the White Horse, a brand new cocktail bar at Sunset and Western, owned by the son of the Shah of Iran’s social secretary.
We spend a day with the California Wildlife Center in Malibu, which rescues all kinds of animals, but this time of year helps the growing number of sea lions that strand themselves on the beach ... Marc Haefele applauds a new program that has LACMA putting on exhibits in other museums around the Southland ... The Blue Whale, now one of Southern California’s hippest spots for live jazz ... How to celebrate Valentine’s Day without paying a fortune for a fixed-price meal.
The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta (RIGHT), is also a serious writer and his new play explores the inner life of one of the last century’s most intriguing talents: Oscar Levant. ... Off-Ramp commentator Dylan Brody has finally -- FINALLY -- sold one of his comedy specials. ... And we’ll take you to a tiny thrift store that’s been supporting the work of the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic for almost 20 years.
You want an Only-in-LA story? Try this: a 78-year old Japanese-Brazilian-American artist (right) who works in Compton, was Marlon Brando's gardener, and got his first big break at the Hammer Museum last year. ... How would you feel about living in a murder house? It's in Silver Lake, and we talk to the tenants. ... We ride the elevator 71 floors to talk with the owner and chef of the tallest restaurant in the West. Take a virtual tour inside Elizabeth Taylor’s home with photographer Catherine Opie, who got exclusive access to 700 Nimes Road.
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