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Musicians Flea and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers perform onstage during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2013 in Indio, California.
Musicians Flea and Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers perform onstage during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2013 in Indio, California.
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FLEA GETS REAL ABOUT HIS YOUTH

In the early 1980s, while attending Fairfax High School, Michael Peter Balzary — better known as Flea — met Anthony Kiedis, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons. Together they formed the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the rest is history. In addition to his work with the Chili Peppers, Flea is also an actor. He appears in Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas’ new film, “Queen & Slim,” which opens this month. John Horn spoke with Flea about his new memoir, "Acid For The Children," which details his wild days before forming the Chili Peppers.

"Acid For The Children" is in stores now

UNDERCOVER COMEBACK TOUR? 

Comedian Louis C.K. stopped performing stand-up after he admitted to disturbing and unwelcome sexual behavior in front of a number of women. But now C.K. is back on tour which started in some unusual places on the east coast and continues in Israel, Slovakia and other countries. LA Times entertainment columnist Glenn Whipp finds out what the comedian is saying now that he’s back on stage.

BANKING ON WOMEN DIRECTORS

Elizabeth Banks, wrote, directed, produced and co-stars in the new “Charlie’s Angels.” It may not be a box office smash but Banks has known big success as a director for the 2015 film “Pitch Perfect 2,” which was took in nearly 300 million dollars world-wide. Both that movie and Charlie’s Angels involve stories of sisterhood but with Charlie’s Angels there was something more. She tells John Horn that her goal is to up-end Hollywood’s outdated ideas of what kinds of movies women can direct. 

"Charlie's Angeles" is out in theaters now

MR. IGLESIAS'S FIRST CLASSROOM

If you were to watch the Netflix show, “Mr. Iglesias” with comedian Gabriel Iglesias you may not know there’s some true life going on in there. He plays a high school teacher who fights for students who are struggling. The show is set at Wilson High in Long Beach -- which happens to be where Iglesias attended school in the 90s. He dedicated the first episode of “Mr. Iglesias,” to his real-life high school speech teacher, June Garner, writing: “Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.” As part of our ongoing series that reunites creative types with the teachers who changed their lives, KPCC arts education reporter Carla Javier tagged along with Gabriel Iglesias when he recently met up with his High School speech teacher.

The first season of "Mr. Iglesias" is available on Netflix.

UNSUNG COMIC HEROES 

When you watch a sitcom, or a talk show... or anything with a live studio audience really... if the audience is laughing heartily, that’s known as a warm crowd. And that’s because... somebody warmed them up. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving wanted to find out: just who are those people who pump up the crowd?

19-YEAR-OLD "BURNS" DOWN THE HOUSE

In “Burning Cane,” writer and director Phillip Youmans explores the role of the church in the lives of three characters in rural Louisiana: a pastor, a churchgoer, and her son. The film is personal to the 19-year-old director, culled from his life growing up in a religious family, and one that speaks to a specifically black Christian experience. Youmans spoke with John Horn about his family’s reaction, the use of music in the film, and the role of mentorship in his success.

"Burning Cane" is available on Netflix.