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June Melby discusses and signs My Family & Other Hazards
Sep 22 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

When June Melby was ten years old, her parents decided on a whim to buy the miniature golf course in the small Wisconsin town where they vacationed every summer. Without any business experience or outside employees, the family sets out to open Tom Thumb Miniature Golf to the public. Naturally, there are bumps along the way. In My Family and Other Hazards, Melby recreates all the squabbling, confusion, and ultimately triumph, of one family's quest to build something together, and brings to life the joys of one of America's favorite pastimes. In sharp, funny prose, we get the hazards that taunted players at each hole, and the dedication and hard work that went into each one's creation. All the familiar delights of summer are here--snowcones and popcorn and long days spent with people you love.  Melby's relationship with the course is love-hate from the beginning, given the summer's freedom it robs her of, but when her parents decide to sell the course years later, her panicked reaction surprises even her. Now an adult living in Hollywood, having flown the Midwest long ago, she flies back to the course to help run it before the sale goes through, wondering if she should try to stop it. As the clock ticks, she reflects on what the course meant to her both as a child and an adult, the simpler era that it represents, and the particular pains of losing your childhood home, even years after you've left it. (Henry Holt & Co.)
http://junemelby.com/home.html
Twitter: @june_melby

 

 

Potluck
Sep 22 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Sep 22 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Jake and Papa , Ella Rogue, Kidd Saturday
Sep 22 2014 - 8:30pm
Viper Room

$10

The Ding Dong Show
Sep 22 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The World's Greatest Tribute Bands A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival by Fortunate Son
Sep 23 2014 - 6:00pm
Church of the 8th Day presents Skeletonwitch, Ghoul, Black Anvil, Doesn't Matter
Sep 23 2014 - 7:00pm

$17

An Evening with David Mitchell in celebration of his latest title, The Bone Clocks
Sep 23 2014 - 8:00pm
Book Soup

Following a scalding row with her mother, fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as “the radio people,” Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

For Holly has caught the attention of a cabal of dangerous mystics—and their enemies. But her lost weekend is merely the prelude to a shocking disappearance that leaves her family irrevocably scarred. This unsolved mystery will echo through every decade of Holly’s life, affecting all the people Holly loves—even the ones who are not yet born.

A Cambridge scholarship boy grooming himself for wealth and influence, a conflicted father who feels alive only while reporting from occupied Iraq, a middle-aged writer mourning his exile from the bestseller list—all have a part to play in this surreal, invisible war on the margins of our world. From the medieval Swiss Alps to the nineteenth-century Australian bush, from a hotel in Shanghai to a Manhattan townhouse in the near future, their stories come together in moments of everyday grace and extraordinary wonder.

Rich with character and realms of possibility, The Bone Clocks is a kaleidoscopic novel that begs to be taken apart and put back together. (Random House)

Event Information:
- Doors open at 7pm, program begins at 8pm.
- David Mitchell will be in conversation with a moderator to be announced soon. There will also be a short Q&A from the audience, followed by a book signing.
Tickets:
- This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $35.00 + tax and include one ticket and one copy of
The Bone Clocks.

We are now accepting paid reservations. You may purchase your tickets through the link below or by calling our Will Call department at 626-449-5320. Tickets and books will be available for pick-up from our main store location beginning the date of the book's release, Tuesday, September 2. Reserved tickets and books may also be picked up at the Will Call tables at the venue the evening of the event.

- Tickets and books may be available for purchase at the venue before the event begins, while supplies last.

Directions:
- This event will be held at the UCLA Freud Playhouse, 245 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, 90095. The Freud Playhouse is located in Macgowan Hall in North East Campus, just off Hilgard Ave.
Twitter: @david_mitchell

 

The Real McKenzies, A. Tom Collins
Sep 23 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Laff Mobb presents
Sep 23 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

As Blood Runs Black, The World Over
Sep 24 2014 - 6:00pm
JUSTIN NOZUKA
Sep 24 2014 - 7:00pm
Pretty, Funny Women
Sep 24 2014 - 8:30pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

LA Music Awards
Sep 25 2014 - 6:00pm
LED ZEPPELIN 2
Sep 25 2014 - 8:00pm
In The Whale, Cadaver Dogs, Fortress Social Club
Sep 25 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

A Guitar Center & DirecTV Original presented by Gibson & Epiphone Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Sep 25 2014 - 8:00pm

$43

Martin Harris Comedy Night
Sep 25 2014 - 8:30pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Bobby Lee & Pauly Shore
Sep 25 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

Crack 'em Up Thursdays
Sep 25 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

A Guitar Center & DirecTV Original presented by Gibson & Epiphone Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
Sep 26 2014 - 6:00pm
THROUGH THE ROOTS
Sep 26 2014 - 7:00pm
Tom Sturges discusses and signs Every Idea Is a Good Idea
Sep 26 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Access a level of creativity you never thought possible, using techniques Tom Sturges--former head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group--learned in his 25-plus years in the music industry.
Everyone is innately creative. But many of us--especially those trying to develop careers in music and the arts--wish we knew how to better tap into our creative potential. Is there a way to more easily connect with the part of our minds that knows how to complete a song, finish a poem, or solve a problem?
Music industry veteran Tom Sturges argues that there is. Sturges--who, in his 25-plus-year career, has worked with artists from Carole King and the Foo Fighters to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Outkast--has developed dependable techniques to help you recognize and harness your own creative power, whenever and wherever you need it. Every Idea Is a Good Idea invites readers to find the pathway to their own creative endeavors. (Tarcher)
PLUS! Each purchase of Every Idea Is a Good Idea enters you for a chance to win one of two raffle prizes - a cancelled check from the private archive of film legend Preston Sturges!
http://tomsturges.com/
Twitter: @tomsturgesideas

 

 

Crazee Cindy's Comedy Show
Sep 26 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Tammy Jo Dearden's Comedy Store Live!
Sep 26 2014 - 7:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Living Dead Lights , Black Angel Down , Late Performance by Dive (Tribute to Nirvana)
Sep 26 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

LP
Sep 26 2014 - 8:00pm

$15

Best of The Comedy Store
Sep 26 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Monte Pittman, 3 Parts Dead, House Of Whales, The Roadkill, Black Angel Down, Red Light Fever
Sep 27 2014 - 6:00pm
The Dub Steady Tour features Easy Star All-Stars, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Sep 27 2014 - 8:00pm
Goldenvoice and KCRW present Bob Mould, Cymbals Eat Guitars
Sep 27 2014 - 8:00pm

$25

Hillbilly Herald, Blackpool Republic, Bad Romantics, Special Late Night Performance by The Lonely Drunks Club Band
Sep 27 2014 - 8:30pm
Viper Room

$10

Best of The Comedy Store
Sep 27 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Kirk Franklin Presents Gospel Brunch
Sep 28 2014 - 12:00pm
Michael Fallon discusses and signs Creating the Future
Sep 28 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

Conceived as a challenge to long-standing conventional wisdom, Creating the Future is a work of social history/cultural criticism that examines the premise that the progress of art in Los Angeles ceased during the 1970s--after the decline of the Ferus Gallery, the scattering of its stable of artists (Robert Irwin, Ed Kienholz, Ed Moses, Ed Rusha and others), and the economic struggles throughout the decade--and didn't resume until sometime around 1984 when Mark Tansey, Alison Saar, Judy Fiskin, Carrie Mae Weems, David Salle, Manuel Ocampo, among others became stars in an exploding art market. However, this is far from the reality of the L.A. art scene in the 1970s.  The passing of those fashionable 1960s-era icons, in fact, allowed the development of a chaotic array of outlandish and independent voices, marginalized communities, and energetic, sometimes bizarre visions that thrived during the stagnant 1970s. Fallon's narrative describes and celebrates, through twelve thematically arranged chapters, the wide range of intriguing artists and the world--not just the objects--they created. He reveals the deeper, more culturally dynamic truth about a significant moment in American art history, presenting an alternative story of stubborn creativity in the face of widespread ignorance and misapprehension among the art cognoscenti, who dismissed the 1970s in Los Angeles as a time of dissipation and decline.   

Coming into being right before their eyes was an ardent local feminist art movement, which had lasting influence on the direction of art across the nation; an emerging Chicano Art movement, spreading Chicano murals across Los Angeles and to other major cities; a new and more modern vision for the role and look of public art; a slow consolidation of local street sensibilities, car fetishism, gang and punk aesthetics into the earliest version of what would later become the "Lowbrow" art movement; the subversive co-opting, in full view of Pop Art, of the values, aesthetics, and imagery of Tinseltown by a number of young and innovative local artists who would go on to greater national renown; and a number of independent voices who, lacking the support structures of an art movement or artist cohort, pursued their brilliant artistic visions in near-isolation.   Despite the lack of attention, these artists would later reemerge as visionary signposts to many later trends in art. Their work would prove more interesting, more lastingly influential, and vastly more important than ever imagined or expected by those who saw it or even by those who created it in 1970's Los Angeles. Creating the Future is a visionary work that seeks to recapture this important decade and its influence on today's generation of artists. (Counterpoint LLC)
http://www.writermichaelfallon.com/
Twitter: @MichaelSFallon

Burn The Night, Heartwood, Laurie Larson, Grant My Wishes, Stellarcrash, Honey Well, Stacee Guns
Sep 28 2014 - 6:00pm
HEFFRON DRIVE
Sep 28 2014 - 7:00pm

Heffron Drive is an American pop band formed in 2008 by Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt who met by chance, when they realized they lived on the same street, Heffron Drive. They disbanded for a short period when Kendall joined Big Time Rush and Dustin was their touring guitarist but when the Big Time Rush show ended, Heffron Drive was revived. Their debut album, Happy Mistakes was released on September 9th, 2014. Don't miss the chance to hear some of these songs live for the first time!

KELLY MCGARRY PRESENTS : GoodKids, Sean van der Wilt, Rotana Tarabzouni , The Wyldz
Sep 28 2014 - 7:30pm
Viper Room

$12

Camille Solari & Adam Barnhardt's Whores On Sunday
Sep 28 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Goldenvoice and KCSN present Bob Mould, Cymbals Eat Guitars
Sep 28 2014 - 8:00pm

$25

The Show Up Go Up Open Mic
Sep 28 2014 - 11:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The Psycho Realm
Sep 29 2014 - 6:00pm
Potluck
Sep 29 2014 - 7:00pm
Comedy Store

Original Room

SONATA ARCTICA
Sep 29 2014 - 7:00pm

Straight from Finland, Sonata Arctica is a power metal band. Originally a hard rock band named Tricky Beans yet was changed to Tricky Means and finally Sonata Arctica with the change from hard rock to power metal. Sonata Arctica has eight full albums, the most recent released earlier this year, Pariah's Child.

Glen E. Friedman presents and signs Glen E. Friedman: My Rules
Sep 29 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

The definitive monograph of Glen E. Friedman, a pioneer of skate, punk, and hip-hop photography, including much never-before-published work. Glen E. Friedman is best known for his work capturing and promoting rebellion in his portraits of artists such as Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, The Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., and Public Enemy, as well as classic skateboarding originators such as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan "Ollie" Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, and a very young Tony Hawk. Designed in association with celebrated street and graphic artist Shepard Fairey, this monograph captures the most important and influential underground heroes of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. My Rules is an unprecedented window into the three most significant countercultures of the last quarter of the twentieth century, and Friedman's photographs define those important movements that he helped shape. A remarkable chronicle and a primer about the origins of radical street cultures, My Rules is also a statement of artistic inspiration for those influenced by these countercultures. (Rizzoli International Publications)
http://burningflags.com/home/
Twitter: @glenefriedman

 
 

Deathsquad presents Kill Tony
Sep 29 2014 - 8:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The Ding Dong Show
Sep 29 2014 - 10:00pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

The World's Greatest Tribute Bands A Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John by Billy Joel 2 Elton John
Sep 30 2014 - 6:00pm
Naja Marie Aidt discusses and signs Baboon
Sep 30 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

 

Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt's stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common themes of sex, love, desire, and gender, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm. In one, a whore shows up unannounced at a man's apartment, roosts in his living room, and then violently threatens him when he tries to make her leave. In another, a wife takes her husband to a city where it is women, not men, who are the dominant sex--but was it all a hallucination when she finds herself tied to a board and dragged back to his car? And in the unforgettable "Blackcurrant," two young women who have turned away from men and toward lesbianism abscond to a farm, where they discover that their neighbor's son is experimenting with his own kind of sexuality. The first book from the widely lauded Aidt to reach the English language, Baboon delivers audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly truthful, realizations. (Two Lines Press)
 

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS
Sep 30 2014 - 7:30pm

The New Mastersounds are a four-piece jazz fusion and funk band from Leeds, England, formed in 1999. As a band, and as individuals, they have since worked up collaborations with an impressive array of musicians, DJs, and producers, and have performed all around the globe.

Cibo Matto featuring Nels Cline, Talk In Tongues
Sep 30 2014 - 8:00pm

$25

Laff Mobb presents
Sep 30 2014 - 9:00pm
Comedy Store

Main Room

Roast Battle
Sep 30 2014 - 10:30pm
Comedy Store

Belly Room

Caroline Kepnes discusses and signs You
Oct 1 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he's instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.   Beck doesn't know it yet, but she's perfect for him, and soon she can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect facade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences.  A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes's You is a perversely romantic thriller that's more dangerously clever than any you've read before. (Atria Books)
http://books.simonandschuster.com/You/Caroline-Kepnes/9781476785592
Twitter: @CarolineKepnes

Scattered Hamlet , Max Cady, Acid & Pearls , Late Performance by Dive (Tribute to Nirvana)
Oct 1 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

ELUVEITIE
Oct 2 2014 - 7:00pm
Karen Morgan discusses and signs The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free: 125 Savory and Sweet Recipes Using 6 Fail-Proof Flour Blends
Oct 2 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Blackbird Bakery's Karen Morgan unpacks the secrets to re-creating your favorite sweet and savory comfort foods, from cream puffs to old-school spaghetti and meatballs--all sans gluten. (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang)
http://blackbird-bakery.com/
Twitter: @blackbirdbakery

Jenni Dunn Presents : Taped3ck - EP RELEASE PARTY!, Rad!, Devil McCoy , Late Set by Wrongchilde
Oct 2 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KNOUP !!!! Orkestar Meze , Viza, Chameleon Conductor
Oct 3 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$15

THE POLISH AMBASSADOR
Oct 3 2014 - 8:00pm
Lee Wilson discusses and signs Rebel on Pointe: A Memoir of Ballet and Broadway
Oct 4 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

Short, plump, pigeon-toed, and never good enough for mom, Lee Wilson dared to dream she could grow up to be a star. In this uplifting memoir, Wilson describes how she grand jeted from the stifling suburbia of the 1950s, a world of rigid gender roles, to the only domain where women and men were equally paid and equally respected--in grand, historic dance theaters and under the bright lights of the Broadway stage. At the age of sixteen, Wilson made her classical ballet debut in Monte Carlo. Eight months later, she thrilled to the sound of her first bravos--and she never looked back. After touring Europe and dancing with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York, she set her sights on Broadway, where she danced in many Broadway shows, including Hello Dolly! and the record-breaking performance of A Chorus Line. Rebel on Pointe immerses the reader in a remarkable and visionary world. It lifts the veil of myth surrounding legendary dance icons like George Balanchine to reveal the real men and women who have made American dance and dancers an international phenomenon. Wilson expertly depicts how her profession--at times considered so rigid and exacting-- was a leading force in the liberation of women from the prison of post-war society. The hard-won gains and the maddening setbacks of the gender revolution are seen here through the eyes of a young dancer searching for freedom one pas at a time. (University Press of Florida)

Glamour Kills Tour Presents New Found Glory
Oct 4 2014 - 7:30pm
The Iron Maidens, Holy Grail, Diamond Lane, Mad Temple
Oct 4 2014 - 8:30pm
Viper Room

$15

Dete Meserve discusses and signs Good Sam
Oct 5 2014 - 2:00pm
Book Soup

After years covering murders, disasters, and tragedy for Los Angeles TV news, Kate Bradley knows that violence and cruelty are everywhere and that good is hard to find. When she is assigned to cover a story about ten people who have each found $100,000 in cash on their front porch, Kate is intrigued by the anonymous Good Samaritan, dubbed Good Sam, who is behind it all. As interest in the extraordinary gifts sweeps across the country, Kate finds the elusive Good Sam and her exclusive interview with him thrusts her into the national spotlight. Even as his message captivates viewers and wins ratings, Kate suspects he may not be all he claims to be and that the real Good Sam is still out there. Searching for answers, Kate unravels the powerful and unexpected reason behind the mysterious cash gifts and the true identity of Good Sam becomes the biggest surprise story of her career, turning her personal and professional life upside down.
http://detemeserve.com/
Twitter: @DeteMeserve

Ones to Watch with Skype Presents Moon Taxi - Animal Style Tour
Oct 6 2014 - 7:00pm
Stephin Merritt discusses and signs 101 Two Letter Words
Oct 6 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Rolling Stone has called singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields the Cole Porter of his generation; O, The Oprah Magazine has hailed cartoonist Roz Chast as the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker s. Together they have crafted a wonderfully witty book that is sure to prove useful to Scrabble players and Words With Friends addicts and to delight anyone in thrall to the weirder corners of the English language.   With the mordant wit and clever wordplay of Edward Gorey or Shel Silverstein, Stephin Merritt has written an original four-line rhyming poem for each of the 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Here are poems about familiar words (such as at, go, hi, no, and up) as well as obscure ones (such as aa, ka, oe, qi, xu).  101 Two-Letter Words is perfect for any language lover or Scrabble player (it may even improve your score!)." (WW Norton)
http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/
Twitter: @TheMagFields

 
 

Ron Perlman discusses and signs Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir
Oct 7 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village's Off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman--a Golden Globe winner ("Beauty and the Beast") with starring roles in the "Hellboymovies," "Drive," "Pacific Rim," and "Sons of Anarchy"--has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks. It's a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence.   With a filmography of nearly 200 credits working alongside countless stars during his forty-year career, Perlman knows the ins-and-outs of filmmaking. In Easy Street (the Hard Way), he shares his inspiring story for the next generation of performers. (Da Capo Press)
Twitter: @perlmutations
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A purchase of this title supports the author and your local independent bookstore! We thank you. Don't forget we have free parking in a small lot behind the store. Parking is first come, first serve and free while you are in the store.

 
 

Voices From the Dark Tour
Oct 8 2014 - 7:00pm
Craig Calman discusses and signs 100 Years of Brodies with Hal Roach: The Jaunty Journeys of a Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Pioneer
Oct 8 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Little could the author have imagined, drawing a pencil sketch of The Boys as a mere teenager, that a few years later he'd actually be meeting Laurel & Hardy's boss-that Genial Purveyor of Joy and Laughter-HAL ROACH-and even less could he have imagined all the adventures and Brodies that were yet to unspool. The author, a former comedy-crazed kid from San Diego, made a Laurel & Hardy style comedy on 8mm film at the age of 15. He first met Hal Roach in 1973 as a 20-year-old undergraduate of the UCLA Motion Picture/Television Department and interviewed him extensively for his term paper on American Film Comedy. Years later, Mr. Calman was invited by Mr. Roach to stay in his home and help the 96-year-old prepare the script for his "come back comedy." This book contains personal anecdotes of the author's friendship with this pioneer producer, and presents a complete and detailed overview of Hal Roach's career, from the adventurous youth's arrival in Hollywood in 1912 during the earliest days of movie making, to the creation of a studio dedicated to the production of world-wide popular film comedies, to his pioneering work at the birth of the talkies and his virtual launching of the television industry in Hollywood twenty years after that, and on through the 100th year of his exuberantly productive life. (BearManor Media)
 
 

TRANSFER, State To State, Bones
Oct 8 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

Anberlin - The Final Tour
Oct 9 2014 - 7:00pm
What Books Press Presents Patty Seyburn, Judith Taylor, and Rod Val Moore!
Oct 9 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

Book Soup is happy to host this event featuring the authors of publisher, What Books latest releases by Patty Seyburn, Judith Taylor, and Rod Val Moore.

 
 

John Lahr discusses and signs Tennessee Willliams: Mad Pilgrimage Of the Flesh
Oct 10 2014 - 7:00pm
Book Soup

John Lahr has produced a theater biography like no other. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.

With vivid cameos of the formative influences in Williams's life his fierce, belittling father Cornelius; his puritanical, domineering mother Edwina; his demented sister Rose, who was lobotomized at the age of thirty-three; his beloved grandfather, the Reverend Walter Dakin Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh is as much a biography of the man who created A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as it is a trenchant exploration of Williams s plays and the tortured process of bringing them to stage and screen.

The portrait of Williams himself is unforgettable: a virgin until he was twenty-six, he had serial homosexual affairs thereafter as well as long-time, bruising relationships with Pancho Gonzalez and Frank Merlo. With compassion and verve, Lahr explores how Williams's relationships informed his work and how the resulting success brought turmoil to his personal life.

Lahr captures not just Williams s tempestuous public persona but also his backstage life, where his agent Audrey Wood and the director Elia Kazan play major roles, and Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Bette Davis, Maureen Stapleton, Diana Barrymore, and Tallulah Bankhead have scintillating walk-on parts. This is a biography of the highest order: a book about the major American playwright of his time written by the major American drama critic of his time.

 
 

Live Nation Presents : Turquoise Jeep, Yip Deceiver
Oct 10 2014 - 8:30pm
Viper Room

$15

Billy Idol signs Dancing With Myself
Oct 11 2014 - 4:00pm
Book Soup

In this bold and candid memoir, music legend Billy Idol shares his life story--from his childhood in England to his rise to fame during the height of the punk-pop revolution--revealing intimate details about the sex, drugs, and rock and roll that he is so fabulously famous for--all told in his own utterly indelible voice.
An integral member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into '80s pop mainstream--and one of MTV's first stars--Billy Idol remains an iconic music legend. Now, in his long-awaited "Dancing With Myself," he delivers a lively, candid account of his journey to fame--including intimate and unapologetic details about his life's highs and lows--all rendered with the in-your-face attitude and exuberance his fans have embraced. Idol brings to life the key events that shaped his life, his music, and his career, including his early childhood in England, his year at Sussex University, and his time spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols and as a member of punk bands Chelsea and Generation X.
He shares outtakes from his wildly and unexpectedly successful solo career and stories behind his string of popular hits, including "White Wedding," "Eyes Without a Face," and "Rebel Yell," which involved close collaboration with Steve Stevens and ultimately led to the creation of some of the most groundbreaking music videos ever seen.
Featuring sixteen pages of full-color, behind-the-scenes photos, "Dancing With Myself "is both a tale of survival and a celebration of the heady days when punk was born--a compelling and satisfying insider's tale from a man who made music history firsthand.
Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author's most recent title from Book Soup. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Book Soup events unless otherwise noted. Save your Book Soup receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line. 

A purchase of this title supports the author and your local independent bookstore! We thank you. Don't forget we have free parking in a small lot behind the store. Parking is first come, first serve and free while you are in the store.
Photos form the line are okay.
NO MEMORABILIA

 
 

CEASEFIRE
Oct 11 2014 - 7:30pm
Sad Robot, The Great Escape, Jesse Jo Stark
Oct 11 2014 - 8:00pm
Viper Room

$10

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Celebrate The Whisky's 50th All Month!

It’s not every day that you celebrate a 50th anniversary, especially when the anniversary you are celebrating is for one of the most legendary music venues in the U.S. , the Whisky A Go-Go.

While the official anniversary date is Jan. 16, a one night party isn’t enough to celebrate all of the amazing performances that have taken place at this Sunset Strip mainstay – Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Byrds, Frank Zappa, Johnny Rivers, Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Blondie, Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, just to name a few – so the iconic venue is celebrating all month long.

Stop by and enjoy a variety of performances celebrating rock and roll, metal and soul.  

Picks of the Week: Dec. 30 - Jan. 5

Tonight, kick off your NYE party early when you head to House of Blues Sunset Strip for a sure to sell out show with Common plus special guest Estelle. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets (while they last) are $52.50 GA for this 18 and older show.  www.hob.com/la


New Year's Eve Party List!

Get ready to pop the bubbly and ring in 2014 in style on The Sunset Strip! We've got you covered from vintage-themed parties to DJs, rock shows and multi-course dinners.

 

PARTIES & SHOWS