625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Daniel Jimenez Afanador
Latin, Alternative Rock/Pop
January 31, 2015, 4pm
City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
Daniel Jimenez Afanador, originally from Colombia, mixes the musical influences of his native country with American Alternative Rock to create songs in both Spanish and English that are both intimate and intense. He has performed at venues nationwide and in 2013 won first place at the San Diego County Fair Cantautor Latino contest for best singer/songwriter. In 2014 New Music Charts Magazine called Daniel a "remarkable singer and songwriter" and his song "All the Same" "beautifully executed and exceptionally arranged."
On the dirty outskirts of Paris, Grace restores bric-a-brac and mends teapots. She calls herself Julie, says she's from California, and slips back to a rented room at night. Regularly, she checks her hometown paper on the Internet. Home is Garland, Tennessee, and there, two young men have just been paroled. One she married and the other she's in love with. Both men were jailed for a crime that Grace planned. The heist went bad but not before she was on a plane to Prague with a stolen canvas in her bag. In Paris, a waiting game begins as Grace's web of deception and lies unravel and she becomes another woman entirely. This debut thriller about a daring art heist and a small-town girl's major transformation is sure to attract fans of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt.
Alexandra Fuller discusses and signs Leaving Before the Rains Come. A child of the Rhodesian wars and a daughter of two deeply complicated parents, Alexandra Fuller is no stranger to pain. But the disintegration of Fuller's own marriage leaves her shattered. Looking to pick up the pieces of her life, she finally faces the tough questions about her past, about the American man she married, and about the family she left behind in Africa. Recalling her unusual courtship in Zambia—elephant attacks on the first date, sick with malaria on the wedding day—Fuller struggles to understand her younger self as she overcomes her current misfortunes. Fuller reveals how, after spending a lifetime fearfully waiting for someone to show up and save her, she discovered that, in the end, we all simply have to save ourselves.
Every autumn, Kenny Porpora would watch his heartbroken mother scribble messages on balloons and release them into the sky above Long Island, one for each family member they'd lost to addiction. As the number of balloons grew, his mother fell deeper into alcoholism, drinking away her sorrows every night in front of the television, where her love of Regis Philbin provided a respite from the sadness around her. When their house was foreclosed upon, Kenny's mother absconded with him and his beloved dog and fled for the Arizona desert, joining her heroin-addicted brother on a quixotic search for a better life. What followed was an outlaw adolescence spent in constant upheaval surrounded by bizarre characters and drug-addicted souls. In the wake of unspeakable loss, Kenny convinced a college to take a chance on him, and turned to the mentors, writers, and poets he found to rebuild the family he lost, and eventually graduated from the Ivy League with a new life. Porpora's memoir is the story of a deeply dysfunctional but loving family, and follows his life from the chaos of his youth to his triumphs in the Ivy League. At times darkly comic, at times elegiac, The Autumn Balloon is a beautifully written testament to the irreplaceable bonds of family, even under the most trying circumstances, and one that marks the debut of an exciting new writer. (Grand Central Publishing)
8715 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
5:00pm to 11:00pm
West Hollywood’s iconic rat-pack dining destination, Dominick’s, has partnered with Jameson Black Barrel to bring back their annual patio roast with a Casks & Cracklins Pig Roast on Wednesday, February 4th from 5pm – 11pm. Chef Brandon Boudet will once again dazzle patrons with a delicious menu of dishes featuring the Jameson Black Barrel roasted pig, $9 glasses of Dago wine and Jameson Black Barrel Cocktails.
PIG ROAST MENU:
Gem Lettuces, Smoked Pistachio, Vanilla Bean & Dried Kishu Mandarin $10
Pig Roast Flatbread with Salsa Verde & Au Jus $13
Corzetti with Pig Roast Sugo $17
Roasted Pig with Fennel Pollen, Garlic, w/ Roasted Yams & Yukon Gold Potatoes $19
Roasted Yams & Yukon Gold Potatoes with Rosemary $8
Banana Cream Pie $9
In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune's most murderous locations. The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town's ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove--or prove--the woman's story.
The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won't divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim's memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel's surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying--but who? And why? (Vintage)