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February 2, 2011 | James Rainey
A giant hunk of matzo and egg hangs there on the end of the fork. But every time the man wielding the gooey helping brings it toward his mouth, something really important comes to his mind. The fork descends and Joe Frank, still hungry, takes off in another direction. It's been nearly a decade since his last regular program on KCRW-FM, where Frank created a sensation with strange, tragic-comic dramas that sounded like nothing else on radio. Today, Frank still has a lot to say. He's doing it on Facebook, where he has 3,600 friends, and in occasional one-man shows.
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February 2, 2011 | James Rainey
A giant hunk of matzo and egg hangs there on the end of the fork. But every time the man wielding the gooey helping brings it toward his mouth, something really important comes to his mind. The fork descends and Joe Frank, still hungry, takes off in another direction. It's been nearly a decade since his last regular program on KCRW-FM, where Frank created a sensation with strange, tragic-comic dramas that sounded like nothing else on radio. Today, Frank still has a lot to say. He's doing it on Facebook, where he has 3,600 friends, and in occasional one-man shows.
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April 23, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
If you liked Joe Frank on the radio, get ready for Joe Frank--on stage. This weekend, KCRW's popular storyteller ("Work in Progress") opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in the solo piece "Joe Frank: In Performance," written by Frank and directed by film producer Paula Mazur. "I'm going to appear live on stage with props, music, music on tape, and voices that'll come out of speakers--with whom I'll engage in dialogue," said Frank. "There are three basic subjects: sex, power and spirituality . . . or love, work and the need for some kind of meaning.
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October 21, 2010
As host of NPR's "Joe Frank: Work in Progress" and "The Other Side,"Joe Frank has introduced millions of listeners to his eccentric, surreal world of spoken word paired with hypnotic musical arrangements. After a sell-out show at McCabe's earlier this week, the award-winning radio personality has added an encore appearance for Friday. McCabe's, 3101 Pico Blvd. $20. 8 pm. Fri. (310) 828-4497. http://www.mccabes.com.
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December 26, 1988 | KRISTINE McKENNA
The paradox of maverick Joe Frank is that Frank, the most innovative radio dramatist in Los Angeles, has nothing but negatives to heap on the concept of radio drama. "Those programs seem so artificial and the minute one comes on, I can tell I'm listening to a radio play and must suspend my disbelief to enjoy it," says Frank, whose "Work in Progress" airs twice weekly over KCRW-FM (89.9) (Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 11 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1999
Joe Frank, whose dark, weird and funny monologues have won acclaim for showing the dramatic power of radio, is returning to the air Sunday with a new series. "Joe Frank: The Other Side" will be heard Sundays at 11 a.m., with a repeat the following Saturday at 7 p.m., on KCRW-FM (89.9). Each installment will last one hour. His previous series were "Work in Progress," "In the Dark" and "Somewhere Out There."
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April 25, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Joe Frank is on to something. It isn't his half-earnest, half-mocking voice, the perfect radio sound taken just a little too far. Nor is it his sneaky way of lampooning urban paranoia while at the same time celebrating it. It isn't even the anti-narrative thrill Frank shares with his audience, the excitement he quietly conveys of inventing some kind of new fictional form. All these apply to his radio work, titled "Joe Frank: Work in Progress," which has aired on KCRW-FM for the past three years.
NEWS
March 1, 1994 | MICHAEL DORRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Frank, "a radio artist" on KCRW, is better known for performing his stories than for writing them, and indeed these eight tales share the kind of confiding, expository tone that might be enhanced by inflection, dramatic pacing and voice. Oral literature with an urban setting, they recount facts in staccato bursts, intercut narrative with asides, or juxtapose italicized subplots whose connections or relevance are not always at first clear.
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September 14, 1990 | KRISTINE McKENNA
For the past four years, radio dramatist Joe Frank has been mesmerizing listeners with his series of haunting stories on "Work in Progress," which airs twice weekly on KCRW-FM (89.9). Tonight, he can be seen trying his hand at a new medium when CBS' late-night variety show "The Midnight Hour" airs "Memories," a short film produced for television by Propaganda Films.
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November 6, 1993 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two years is a long time to be away from the airwaves, but radio dramatist Joe Frank still gets mail. Letters from strangers across the country arrive at least twice a week, looking for tapes of favorite shows, and for reasons why his weekly series of intimate and surreal drama disappeared from their lives. The other day a Boston high school student called up in search of an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1999
Joe Frank, whose dark, weird and funny monologues have won acclaim for showing the dramatic power of radio, is returning to the air Sunday with a new series. "Joe Frank: The Other Side" will be heard Sundays at 11 a.m., with a repeat the following Saturday at 7 p.m., on KCRW-FM (89.9). Each installment will last one hour. His previous series were "Work in Progress," "In the Dark" and "Somewhere Out There."
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May 4, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Frank's radio performances of his wild and woolly stories are so mesmerizing that a lot of people wonder what he would be like on stage. He satisfied some of that curiosity in two performances Friday at Veterans Wadsworth Theater, backed musically by Brazzaville, occasionally accompanied by dancers from Dance Electric.
NEWS
March 1, 1994 | MICHAEL DORRIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Joe Frank, "a radio artist" on KCRW, is better known for performing his stories than for writing them, and indeed these eight tales share the kind of confiding, expository tone that might be enhanced by inflection, dramatic pacing and voice. Oral literature with an urban setting, they recount facts in staccato bursts, intercut narrative with asides, or juxtapose italicized subplots whose connections or relevance are not always at first clear.
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November 6, 1993 | STEVE APPLEFORD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two years is a long time to be away from the airwaves, but radio dramatist Joe Frank still gets mail. Letters from strangers across the country arrive at least twice a week, looking for tapes of favorite shows, and for reasons why his weekly series of intimate and surreal drama disappeared from their lives. The other day a Boston high school student called up in search of an interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 1990 | KRISTINE McKENNA
For the past four years, radio dramatist Joe Frank has been mesmerizing listeners with his series of haunting stories on "Work in Progress," which airs twice weekly on KCRW-FM (89.9). Tonight, he can be seen trying his hand at a new medium when CBS' late-night variety show "The Midnight Hour" airs "Memories," a short film produced for television by Propaganda Films.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1989 | ROBERT KOEHLER
Joe Frank is on to something. It isn't his half-earnest, half-mocking voice, the perfect radio sound taken just a little too far. Nor is it his sneaky way of lampooning urban paranoia while at the same time celebrating it. It isn't even the anti-narrative thrill Frank shares with his audience, the excitement he quietly conveys of inventing some kind of new fictional form. All these apply to his radio work, titled "Joe Frank: Work in Progress," which has aired on KCRW-FM for the past three years.
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November 22, 1987 | JAMIE DIAMOND, Jamie Diamond is a fiction writer and free-lance journalist.
IT'S RUSH HOUR. You're crawling along the San Diego Freeway, engulfed in exhaust clouds, fiddling with the radio, dialing for diversion, mental transport, transubstantiation, something. When you hear sounds like peaceful ripples across a pool, you stop: A man's voice as rich as chocolate is telling a story in a tone so confidential, so confessional, you're sure it's meant only for you. The story is about a depressed guy named Dave who gets a job playing guitar in a sleazy strippers' bar.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2010
As host of NPR's "Joe Frank: Work in Progress" and "The Other Side,"Joe Frank has introduced millions of listeners to his eccentric, surreal world of spoken word paired with hypnotic musical arrangements. After a sell-out show at McCabe's earlier this week, the award-winning radio personality has added an encore appearance for Friday. McCabe's, 3101 Pico Blvd. $20. 8 pm. Fri. (310) 828-4497. http://www.mccabes.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1989 | JANICE ARKATOV
If you liked Joe Frank on the radio, get ready for Joe Frank--on stage. This weekend, KCRW's popular storyteller ("Work in Progress") opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in the solo piece "Joe Frank: In Performance," written by Frank and directed by film producer Paula Mazur. "I'm going to appear live on stage with props, music, music on tape, and voices that'll come out of speakers--with whom I'll engage in dialogue," said Frank. "There are three basic subjects: sex, power and spirituality . . . or love, work and the need for some kind of meaning.
NEWS
February 11, 1989
Frank Piro, whose dance floor pyrotechnics and seemingly endless endurance earned him the sobriquet "Killer Joe," died Tuesday of kidney disease in a New York City hospital. The frenetic dancer was 68 and for years had taught high society figures everything from the cha-cha to the hully-gully. Piro was a plastics designer when he joined the Coast Guard during World War II. And although he had won several Harvest Moon Ball competitions, he was unknown outside the world of ballroom dances.
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