Recently on Off-Ramp®
It’s an 8-foot chicken with the head of Big Boy, and it’s on San Fernando Road in Glassell Park … staring at you. We track down the artist. ... LA State Historic Park reopens this weekend; was it worth the 3-year wait? Maybe so ... We'll meet one of the people who brought Southwest Native Bird Singing creation stories back from the brink of extinction.
We’ll talk with Ed Asner about what his autistic son and grandsons have taught him, and with Matt Asner about Aut-Fest, a film festival for and by people with autism ... We to go Disney Hall and sample the sound during an actual concert from all the performers’ perspectives. Surprise: the people with the best seats … are in the audience. ... Meet Carol Downer of Eagle Rock, a pioneering abortion rights activist who championed a less invasive abortion procedure that could be performed at home, by the woman’s friends ... We hear a tribute to a man who had it made, and gave it all up: writer Roy Battocchio.
Local jazz legend Barbara Morrison celebrates the 100th birthday of Ella Fitzgerald, and gives a master class in scatting ... The band That Dog influenced bands like Weezer, so how come you haven't heard of them? That Dog's “Retreat From the Sun” turns 20 this year. ... We’ll ride the elevator with LA’s last elevator operator, Ruben Pardo ... and we’ll visit Wondercon with KPCC’s Mike Roe to talk with one of the guys who did special effects for “Logan.”
The Long Beach Grand Prix is next weekend, so veteran driver Tommy Kendall takes us through the twists and turns, and give us his top five tips and peeves about driving in LA. ... We talk with a first-time film director who says he learned a ton about making films working as a valet car parker at a Sunset Strip hotel. ... Former Mythbuster Adam Savage on his his new stage show, Brain Candy, which comes to the OC Tuesday, which makes learning about science fun and immersive. … We go to Parker Center in downtown LA. It’s a graceful and architecturally significant building, but its connection to the bad old days of the LAPD makes it hard to love.
Here's a sample from the last year, to remind you why Off-Ramp is unparalleled in bringing you the people, places, and ideas that make Southern California a great place to live ... and worth supporting at kpcc.org!
“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.