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NPR Namesake Cherry Glazerr Rolls On

CherylGlazerPicEarlier this year, Chery Glaser (pictured), the LA-embedded local host of NPR’s Morning Edition on KCRW, interviewed members of a local rock trio that named themselves after her. She began the conversation by throwing to a song from the band with: “I’m Chery Glaser, and believe it or not, this is also Cherry Glazerr…”

Nine months later, per a pair of items by LA Times reporter Todd Martens, things are rolling along for the teenage band consisting of Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe and Sean Redman:

Creevy has been managing the band herself and says the group is self-sufficient enough that she can afford to move out when she turns 18, though she intends to live at home and save money.

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Quentin Tarantino, Movie Theater Owner

It’s the best succession imaginable. After helping Los Angeles repertory house the New Beverly Cinema for years as a silent partner (and owner-landlord since 2007), filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has taken over the operation of the mid-city enterprise and is officially launching himself for the next few months as the joint’s chief programmer.

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He talked to Elvis Mitchell about the first wave of big-screen goodies on the latest episode of weekly KCRW-FM program The Treatment. Columbia Pictures, as a reward for the box office performance of Django Unchained, gifted Tarantino with a remastered print of the late Paul Mazursky‘s classic Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Mazursky even did the color correcting. The new print will be shown tonight and Thursday as part of a special two-day tribute to Mazursky, on a double bill with Blume in Love:

“We played this double feature at the New Beverly about two years ago, and Paul Mazursky showed up,” Tarantino tells Mitchell. “I was there, and we had an impromptu question-and-answer session. It ended up being crazy illuminating, really, really lovely.”

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Film Critic Elvis Mitchell on That Joaquin Phoenix Interview

In the October issue of Interview magazine, Joaquin Phoenix made headlines when he told film curator and journalist Elvis Mitchell that the awards season is “total, utter bullsh*t.”

However, that statement was the least interesting part of the interview according to Mitchell.

“There is a pretty lengthy part of the conversation that is about race, which I thought was as worthy if not more so as to what he was saying about awards season,” Mitchell said in the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do series.

“That he walked away from a movie because he wasn’t happy with the way it was being handled, and he thought there was this inertia that plays on this really antiquated attitude towards people of color in the movies. And so far as I can see, almost nobody picked that up. I thought that would have been the thing that had people really jumping.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Elvis Mitchell, Film Critic and Host of KCRW’s “The Treatment”?

KCRW Hosts Private Patti Smith Concert

Rock star, punk poet and bestselling author Patti Smith played a private show Wednesday night as part of KCRW’s Berkeley Street Sessions, and FishbowlLA was lucky enough to score an invite. We rocked out with a crowd of approximately 175 public radio supporters including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Ellen Page, Tim Robbins, Amy Madigan and Jason Bentley‘s mom. We sat next to Bookworm‘s Michael Silverblatt, who was getting his groove on, and watched Ed Harris bark like a dog during Smith’s performance of “Banga.” Magical.

Halfway through the show the music stopped and Smith was joined onstage by KCRW DJ Anne Litt for an interview that touched on a number of topics, including music, motherhood and Smith’s award-winning book, Just Kids. When Litt mentioned how much she’d been enjoying the audiobook version, narrated by Smith, the author revealed that publishers had so disliked her South Jersey accent that they told her to re-record parts of the book speaking “normally.” Thankfully, Smith declined, and her drawl remains on the audio version.

The event was recorded for Morning Becomes Eclectic and will air on November 14. The full recording of the event will become available in the station’s archives that same day.

Photo by Larry Hirshowitz

KCRW Visits L.A. Youth

KCRW paid a visit to L.A. Youth, the local teen newspaper that needs to raise $500,000 by next Monday in order to remain open.

According to Lisa Napoli’s report, the 24-year-old paper has received $13,000 in donations since the news broke.

If L.A. Youth is unable to raise enough money, the nation’s second-largest independent newspaper written by and about teens will close on June 30.

Good Food Wins Culinary Award for Best Audio Series

KCRW’s Good Food won for best audio series (long format) at the 34th Annual International Association of Culinary Professional (IACP) awards Monday night in New York City.

Host Evan Kleiman wrote a virtual speech since she wasn’t in attendance on behalf of the show:

I would like to thank the IACP for honoring Good Food. It’s the best 15th anniversary present I can imagine. Thanks to Jennifer Ferro, now General Manager of KCRW for her leap of faith 15 years ago. Thanks to Harriet Ells, executive producer of the show for bringing her serious producer cred to Good Food and for taking us into the world of social media. Thanks to Gillian Ferguson, Supervising Producer for her passion and for crafting such wonderful shows each week. And to Laryl Garcia and Candace Moyer for their careful work as segment producers. And like I say at the end of each show. …and thanks to Ronny Mikkleson (for mixing) and Gary Mecija for the music. Go Team!

Congrats to Kleiman and the rest of the Good Food team.

Jonathan Gold Says Goodbye to Angeli Caffe

After 27 years, Evan Kleiman‘s Angeli Caffe closed its doors for good on Jan. 13. LA Weekly columnist and KCRW Good Food regular Jonathan Gold wrote a touching eulogy on Kleiman’s Melrose restaurant:

“The chilly Wednesday evening before Angeli Caffe closed for good, you could grab a bar seat at Pizzeria Mozza without waiting, and there were only two or three dudes in line at Pink’s hot dog stand. If you were ambling down Melrose on your way to a bite or a drink, you could have had your choice of any table at any restaurant on the usually crowded strip.

But Angeli was really crowded, astonishingly crowded, with people there to wish the restaurant well — longtime customers, mostly, some of them with college-age kids who had been going to Angeli since infancy: patting out floury balls of pizza dough as toddlers, graduating to roast chicken as children, perhaps having their first dates there as teens, knowing the mashed-potato croquettes and the gnocchi with brown butter and sage would never let them down.

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Angeli Caffe is Staying Open Five Extra Days

Following a surge of customers in the past week, KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman has decided to keep Angeli Caffe open until Jan. 13 — five days later than planned.

News broke last week that Kleiman was closing her legendary Melrose Italian restaurant after 27 years.

Margy Rochlin of the LA Weekly reports that Angeli has served roughly 200 dinners a night since the announcement was made regarding the closure.

For more information, check out the Angeli Caffe website.

Evan Kleiman’s Restaurant Closing Next Month

Evan Kleiman of KCRW’s Good Food has been the owner and chef of Angeli Caffe since 1984. But after 27 years, the Melrose restaurant is closing for good on Jan. 8.

LA Weekly has the email that Kleiman sent out regarding the closure:

Today I am meeting with my staff to let them know that I will be closing Angeli. Sunday, January 8 will be our last day. If you would like to meet as a group to ask me questions I am open to that. If you want to contact me separately that is fine too. This is a decision that I’ve known I had to make for the last couple of years and I can put it off no longer. I had hoped someone would come forward to buy the brand and carry it forward but up to now, that hasn’t happened.

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KCRW’s Gary Scott Ends Media Blog

KCRW news program director Gary Scott is ending his media blog after four years.

The former reporter at the Claremont Courier, Pasadena Star-News and LA Daily Journal started the blog as a way to keep writing. With his current gig at KCRW taking up a majority of his time, Scott is pulling the plug for good:

Years have passed and I have moved into management at a public radio station. I don’t have time to offer the frequency of updates necessary to keep the blog moving.
Instead, I’m going to take what I learned from in the last few years, including from work on this blog, to do my job better. I’ll continue to write here and would appreciate to hear from people who to discuss what comes next. But I won’t be a reliable repository of job cut updates anymore.
Onward.

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