Oprah-inspired homeless advocate - Off-Ramp for January 14, 2012

Troy Isaac

Helping the homeless in any way

Last year there were an estimated more than 51,000 homeless in L.A. County. Troy Isaac is 38, and he's trying to change that.

Dodger Clayton Kershaw and wife Ellen help African orphans

Tired of bad news out of Dodger Stadium? You'll forget about Frank McCourt when you listen to Clayton and Ellen Kershaw talk about their experiences helping orphans in Africa.
Acts In Kindness
Troy Erik Isaac is a homeless advocate who travels all over Los Angeles by foot helping any person he meets—he almost never ignores a phone call. But maybe even more compelling is his long, sometimes troubled history.

Pacific Standard Time: Conceptual art at OCMA

Conceptual art is as much, or more, about the process of experiencing (making, looking at, thinking about, documenting) art as the art object itself. And SoCal, not weighed down by the strictures and structures of the art establishment, was a hotbed of conceptual art. It's the focus of the Orange County Museum of Art's Pacific Standard Time entry, State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970. Off-Ramp host John Rabe talked with artist Al Ruppersberg, a surprise guest, and OCMA's co-curator, Karen Moss. (The exhibit closes January 22d, so go see it now!)

Eat LA: RIP Angeli Caffe & Drago Santa Monica, but hello Cafe Livre

Eat:LA's Colleen Bates talks with Evan Kleiman and Jonathan Gold about the death of groundbreaking LA restaurant Angeli Caffe. Colleen and Jonathan also consider the closing of the Drago flagship and Pasadena's Michelin-starred Trez Venizie. Plus, Off-Ramp host John Rabe goes to Culver City to check out Farid Zadi's new bistro, Cafe Livre.

CyberFrequencies dishes the SOPA

CyberFrequencies hosts Queena Kim and Tanya Jo Miller talk about the Stop Online piracy Act with Marketplace Money senior producer Paddy Hirsch.
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Vivian Maier was a nanny for most of her life in Chicago, but now after John Maloof stumbled across her negatives at auction, she's one of the world's biggest art stories.

World War One history lesson in an 18-wheeler

Out of 65-million participants in World War 1, there's one left, a 110-year old British woman who was a waitress in the Women's RAF. That means almost nobody's s left to relate firsthand the war that waged from 1914 to 1918, killed millions of soldiers, redrew the map of Europe, and contributed to the start of World War 2. A traveling exhibit might be the next best thing, and is on its way to Southern California. It's a specially outfitted 18-wheeler that's in the midst of a national tour, which locally starts at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana on January 21st before hitting 8 other cities, including Palm Springs, Long Beach, Riverside, and Pasadena. Off-Ramp host John Rabe spoke with Daralee Barbera, event organizer.
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LA's Mann Bros - Thomas and Heinrich

Off-Ramp Literary Commentator Marc Haefele tells about two Mann's who lived in LA: the famous Thomas Mann (left), and his better angel and brother, Heinrich.

Fighting bullying with jiu-jitsu in East Pasadena

Off-Ramp host John Rabe visits Gracie Barra, a jiu-jitsu center in East Pasadena that teaches kids self-defense skills, but – more importantly – teaches them self-respect.

Cactus County Cowboys exclusive Off-Ramp performance

Will Ryan, leader of the Cactus County Cowboys, calls their brand of music "Cowboy Skiffle." They entertained Mickey Rooney, Margaret O'Brien, Rose Marie, and the rest of the crowd at the Southern California Motion Picture Council's annual holiday banquet, but Off-Ramp host John Rabe got a special preview as they were warming up. In this iteration, Ryan -- the voice of Tigger for 16 years -- is joined by Westy Westenhofer, John "Presto" Reynolds, "Chaparall Katie" Cavera, "Buckaroo Benny" Brydern, and "Cactus Chloe" Feoranzo.
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