The subversive charm of 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' - Off-Ramp for December 15, 2012

'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,' a Hanukkah TV special

Rankin and Bass' 1970 masterwork "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," an origin myth for Santa, is almost as Jewish thematically as the annual Chabad telethon.
Drew and David Haldane, 2004.

Frayed: Mental illness steals David Haldane's son

To be honest, I can't tell you how much Drew understands. Visiting him is like being on a carnival ride; sometimes it's smooth, then the craziness pops up to holler boo. At various times Drew has told us he's a powerful drug dealer and a famous songwriter on TV. Recently he had to be restrained after violently attacking an aide.
The Ascension of Christ from the Laudario of Sant’Agnese, about 1340, Pacino di Bonaguida.  The J. Paul Getty Museum

Haefele says 'Bah, humbug!' to Renaissance skeptics

Florence was a city with a rule of law in which the humble could rise, and where, at least in this era, privilege did not dictate nor tyrants terrorize. Maybe the Renaissance began here just because it was the city with the biggest heart.

Leonard Maltin movie picks: try 'Joyeux Noel' and 'Family Stone' for Christmas

"It's not a perfect family. It's not a perfect Christmas. I think that's why the movie works as well as it does."
Grand Park Christmas trees by artist Mike Sheehan

Mike Sheehan's grand sketches of downtown LA's Grand Park

"Los Angeles finally decided to turn an open space in downtown into something OTHER than a parking lot."

Mantle, Carolla, Rushdie, & Howser do Xmas

Where else will you find Larry Mantle, Salman Rushdie, Huell Howser, Kathleen Turner, and Sylvia Poggioli working together but in rendering Clement Moore's "A Visit from St Nicholas" for your ears? It's our non-denominational holiday card to you!
SHHS Marching Band Clarinet

'You don't understand marching band!'

On a gloomy Saturday morning, the South Hills High School Marching Band practices for the last time before Championships ... and it isn't going smoothly.

Help LADOT make your neighborhood more walking friendly

Earlier this year LADOT launched a pedestrian traffic division. They chose a public health official to lead, but what do transit and health have in common?
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If it weren't for Instagram, Taiyo Watanabe of Silverlake might not be a photographer. Nor would he have a more than 2,100-image body of work.

Silverlake couple makes it official on 12-12-12

Wednesday was 12-12-12, so KPCC's Brian Watt went looking for couples who decided to make that auspicious date their wedding anniversary.
Metro TAP Card

How the cards work: inside Metro's TAP laboratory

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson met with Metro's David Sutton--the head of the agency's TAP program--inside the lab where the transit pass was developed, tested, and reworked.
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