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On Arts Alive February 18th

Posted By: Kelsey McConnell · 2/17/2012 11:19:00 AM
Thank you to everyone who supported KUSC by
making a pledge during our Winter Membership Drive!

You'd think it would get old to see the outpouring of support that we see during every membership drive. I mean, we do three of these things a year. But it's always both surprising and heartwarming to hear from so many listeners about why they listen and why they pledge. A most sincere "thank you" to all our listeners and members, we literally could not do this without you!

After taking a break during the Winter Membership Drive (and sending Brian to Venezuela for a few days), Arts Alive is back. On this week's show, Brian tells us just exactly what happened when Gustavo Dudamel took his LA Phil family to Caracas. For more of the sights and sounds of Venezuela, check out Brian's posts on the KUSC blog.

Gary Oldman is so good at disappearing into a role, it can take a moment to notice it's actually him. He's been Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies, Lt. Gordon in the two latest Batman films and Beethoven in Immortal Beloved. But more recently, he's found himself a quieter role, that of George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Oldman talks with Gail Eichenthal about this range of roles.

James Cromwell is another cameleon of the screen. And his latest role is quiet, too. Silent, in fact. Cromwell plays "Clifton," a loyal servant to fading Hollywood star George Valentin in The Artist. Reporter Elaine Dutka recently spoke with the veteran actor.

Film critic Kenneth Turan is joined by his compatriot in film criticism, Anne Thompson, to talk Oscar predictions. And Dean Cutietta answers a question about studio musicians.

We take you Around Town with the arts calendar. And in the Arts News, we tell you about a new exhibit at MOCA being shown in tribute to artist Mike Kelley. Kelley died unexpectedly early this month, leaving a decades-long legacy of innovative art work. He was the subject of this PBS program:

Watch Memory on PBS. See more from ART:21.

Arts Alive airs Saturday at 8AM and is available as a podcast.

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