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OCMA Biennial

The Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach opened a big show last weekend... the 2006 California Biennial. We'll hear those interviews in coming weeks, starting with Tim Sullivan, a native of Green Bay, Wisconsin who now lives in San Francisco.

LA Smog

While many Californians are happy about California's new Global Warming law, it makes LA Weekly music editor Kate Sullivan a little wistful. If the smog disappears, Sullivan fears that kids won't be able to relate to all the great songs that LA-smog has inspired...

Sashimi and Wine

Foods and wine were first paired in Europe where local vintners would craft wines that would go with the local foods. Of course, wine and sashimi don't have that history... so there are no rules... but Stephan Wong, who owns the Pasadena wine bar The Nose, was trying to write a few. He threw a party where he paired wines with sashimi rarities like Flying Fish and Flying Fish Caviar. Off-Ramp producer Queena Kim went on your behalf. Sashimi chef Tatsuya Morikawa works at: Sushi Cocktails 1132 N. Garfield Ave. Alhambra, CA. 91801 323.282.5636
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Tokyo's Ghibli Museum Park

John chats with animation critic Charles Solomon about the newish Ghibli Museum Park in Tokyo.

TV on the Radio

John Rabe asks the Call Sheet gang to explain why critically acclaimed shows like "Studio 60" and "The Shark" aren't catching on.

Reporter's Roundtable

Frank Stolze talks about the future of the LA Times, and news editor Nick Roman on the Dodgers.

Songs featured on Off-Ramp

"It's a New Day" by the Skullcaps "Canciones De Amor" by Julieta Venegas
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"Ad" Attack

I was really struck by the ads promoting Chuck Poochigian over Jerry Brown in the attorney general's race. (Although they don't even mention Poochigian by name.) In the ads, a man and a woman talk about crazy wacko soft-on-crime Jerry Brown. The thing is, the ads they're running are so restrained. Why don't they really go at him? Tune in on Saturday at noon, when we show them how it's really done. -John
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H&M Fever

Southern California finally has an H&M, a European clothing store that's achieved near-cult status. John Rabe goes to the grand opening and explores the allure of the chain.
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Stan's Cafe at the Skirball

The U.S. Census Bureau says that in October 2006, the U.S. population will hit 300 million people. But what does that number mean to you? The Skirball Cultural Center has been presenting a performance piece called "Of All the People in the World" that tries to attack that question with rice. It's put on by a British theater company called Stan's Cafe. Queena Kim talked to the members of Stan's Cafe, and some of the people checking out the exhibit. Note: The show ends on Saturday, September 30