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Tuesday, August 26

Pat O'Brien presents and signs I'll Be Back Right After This: My Memoir

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Pat O'Brien was a skinny South Dakota kid with long hair, a rock and roll band, divorced parents and an alcoholic father. In all the familiar ways, he was on the road to nowhere until a professor, who envisioned his future as the household name he would soon become, dramatically changed his life. From that day forward Pat's life took turns that were both spectacular and destructive: from the Huntley-Brinkley Report and afternoons at Bobby Kennedy's living room with Muhammad Ali to conversations with six Presidents. He did acid with Timothy Leary, drank with Mickey Mantle, and over the course of a remarkable career up close and personal with the Beatles, The Stones, The Kennedy's, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and virtually every star in Hollywood. In I’ll Be Back Right After This, Pat reveals the highs and lows of the life of a radio and TV broadcaster, spent sharing the mic with the world's rich and famous while battling an infamous public scandal and demons that nearly killed him. With laughter, tears and miracles he reveals how he learned to accept his mistakes, find redemption and become the father he never had, proving there really are second and even third acts in life. (St. Martin’s Press)

 

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Wednesday, August 27

Steve McQueen: Drumroll

Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

11:00am

(THROUGH SEPT. 21) Steve McQueen: Drumroll takes as its centerpiece the artist's 1998 video installation Drumroll, a 2004 partial and promised gift from Blake Byrne to MOCA's Permanent Collection. The exhibition also includes a selection of works from Barrage (1998), McQueen's series of fifty-six photographs of gutter "dams" found along the streets of Paris. The exhibition is organized by MOCA curator Bennett Simpson.

"Steve McQueen brought a language of the body and performance to the conversation about self-hood and subjectivity that was going on in the 1990s - a conversation that has not been finished, in part because of the innovative work he has continued to do. Drumroll is a portrait of an experience of the city, and its questions go to how and who we are," said MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson.

McQueen was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize for Drumroll in 1999, an acknowledgment of the artist's important work in video and performance in that decade. Drumroll is a three-channel video projection that forms a triptych image on one wall. To make the work, McQueen placed three video cameras inside of an oil drum, recording (through holes at either end and one in the center of the side) what the oil drum "experienced" while being rolled by the artist down 56th, 57th, and 58th Streets in midtown Manhattan. The three synchronized projected images and accompanying sounds are the record of this journey, a whirl of sky and pavement, parked cars, and occasional glimpses of the artist, complemented by the rhythmic "beat" of the drum rolling over the asphalt. Although it is non-narrative, Drumroll nonetheless echoes any disorienting passage through the city - and through life in general - a meditation on movement, obstacle, displacement and negotiation. "It's like since you've been born, you make a route, and everything is going by you, and along the way you grab what you can, make connections you can, and what you grab makes you," explained McQueen.

Since he completed his first film in 1993, Steve McQueen (b. 1969, London) has produced a remarkable body of projected films, video installations, and, more recently, feature-length films. Trained as a painter, McQueen studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design (1989-90), Goldsmiths College, London (1990-93), and at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (1993-94). In 2009 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and has received numerous other awards and grants for his work as an artist and filmmaker. McQueen's first feature film Hunger (2008) was awarded the Camera d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and in 2011 he received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival for Shame (2011). He has exhibited internationally with a major career retrospective organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Schaulager Basel in 2012-2013. In 2014, the film 12 Years a Slave, directed by McQueen, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Men Without Hats

Whisky A Go Go

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

Men Without Hats have been creating iconic and irresistible pop music for three decades and have soared back with the release of their latest album, Love in the Age of War, to be released this May. It’s no surprise that this band has topped charts across the planet and even picked up a 1983 Grammy nomination for Best group (Culture Club won it). The Hats song catalogue always sounds fresh and relevant and Hats hits have been featured on The Simpsons, Family Guy and Glee and Pop Goes the World now lights up TV screens in a TIDE ad. Men Without Hats have been providing a hit-filled and hooky soundtrack for our lives since the 80s and the band powers magnificently into the 21st Century with a steady stream of jaw dropping live shows and a fantastic new album. 

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Thursday, August 28

Carla Harvey presents and signs Death & Other Dances

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Autumn Franklin is an awkward, biracial girl growing up in a suburb of Detroit. Already disconnected from her peers at an early age because of her background, she becomes even more withdrawn when her young parents divorce. Ever changing but stubbornly tenacious, she survives the cards she's been dealt by playing them against the odds. Hurt her and she will not hesitate to "kill you off," making it easier to walk away.  Transplanting herself from her factory-driven hometown to the alluring City of Angels, she has but one goal: to find herself. Struggling to make solid connections with those around her, Autumn swallows her reservations and pushes limits to the extreme as she transitions between two drastic career changes: from the bowels of the adult entertainment industry to her rebirth as a mortician. There amongst the dead, she learns what it is to live, love, and to allow others inside, finally landing in the most comfortable place of all: her own skin. 

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Friday, August 29

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