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When: Sat., March 13 2010

From 1986 to 2002, Joe Frank produced hundreds of hours of radio for NPR affiliate KCRW in Santa Monica, freely intermingling monologues, plays, recorded phone calls (ostensibly taken from Frank's real life), and occasional excerpts from Jack Kornfield's Buddhist lecture series over a baseline of repetitive music or ambient noises. Frank, whose old shows are still being rebroadcast late Sunday nights on WBEZ, used Dolby to create a signature aural effect reminiscent of a horror movie villain calling his victims. His stories range from penetrating personal discussions of love and mortality to outsize tales of outrageous folly, like the one about a businessman attempting to set up a luxury ski resort in the middle of the Sahara desert. But regardless of subject matter, they generate the sort of deeply uneasy, darkly hilarious mood associated with a David Lynch movie. Originally scheduled for November but postponed due to illness, this is an evening of old and new pieces called Joe Frank: Just an Ordinary Man, performed live by Frank. --Alex Yablon

Price: $29


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