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Thursday, May 7

Friday, May 8

The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

Leon Logothesis presents and signs The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World.

The incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness.
 Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas. Again and again, he's won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life.

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Jessie Baylin

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

8:00pm

Some singers can create a mood far before the first syllables of lyric have been woven into a full story; a tone, mixed to dissolve perfectly into music, can say it all. Such is the case with Jessie Baylin, whose ethereal voice shoots the opening notes of Dark Place, her fourth album, into instant emotive territory – it envelops in a mysterious gauze, setting the stage for what is her most raw, personal work yet and also her most thrilling.
Baylin’s always been adept at capturing the fragile, complex state of human relationships with a hand that understands the middle ground – things aren’t always what they seem, and she isn’t afraid to play in that treacherous territory. She often weaves a forlorn lyric with an optimistic vocal lick, or a cheerier song with a foreboding crunch of guitar, looming like a distant thunderstorm; it sometimes makes it difficult to tell if a track is innately happy or sad, but that’s the point. Dark Place is the epitome of this dichotomy. After giving birth to her first child, she was as aware of both the light and the dark that comes with parenthood, the restless emotion that comes from a deep, nearly panicked love. And she was especially aware that a shifting tide doesn’t completely sweep away the past, either.

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Saturday, May 9

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