Loving Feliciano, Hating Feliz Navidad - Off-Ramp for Dec. 21, 2013

Want a date? Learn to make classic cocktails!

John Rabe takes the Crawford Family Forum on the road and learns lessons about the classic cocktail trend (it came late to LA) and how to make a really good Martini.
Dee Dee's Dive owner Dee Dee Baca channels The Bucket legend Julio.
The Bucket, the burger joint that graced, or greased, Eagle Rock since 1935, was shuttered this year, but rises again as Dee Dee's Dive.
Dave Van Ronk

Dave Van Ronk, inspiration for Coen Bros' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

R.H. Greene considers unsung folk hero Dave Van Ronk, who passed the torch to countless other musicians and inspired the latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen.

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!
Jay Cohen bugler bugle
Before Sunday's final race at Hollywood Park, fans for one last time will hear the music of Jay Cohen — the 75-year-old track's official bugler.
Feliz Navidad Sheet Music
KPCC news editor Oscar Garza may hate Jose Feliciano’s song, but he's found versions you never knew existed, from metal to reggae to "The Wiggles."

Reconsidering 'A Christmas Carol'

You might think “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ fable of redemption, is just a part the holiday. But in fact, it pretty much started the whole thing.
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