Alex Ebert met fellow singer Jade Castrinos outside of a cafe in downtown Los Angeles. In 2009 the 10 member troupe released their debut album Up From Below which featured the universally appealing hit “Home” as well as fan favorite’s “40 Day Dream” and “Janglin”.
past few years have been spent constantly touring the world while
winning over audiences at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo,
Lollapalooza, Leeds, Austin City Limits and more. With their follow up
album Here featuring “Man On Fire” and “That’s What’s Up” recently being
released, the band will tour Europe, North America and Australia this
year while a third album is expected in early 2013.
Opening for Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will be the free form jazz pioneers The Sun Ra Arkestra. The Sun Ra Arkestra’s innovative cosmic vibrations transport us with
infectious free-form grooves. Zimbabwe’s Mtukudzi opens with his
captivating “Tuku” music. Not to be missed!
Artist Deedee Cheriel’s fourth solo show at Merry Karnowsky gallery will open on June 22nd. 'Episodes in the Abundant Oasis' utilizes seemingly disparate influences including Indian temple imagery, punk, feminism and naturalism, set within a landscape inspired by a childhood amidst the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest.
From a previous career playing in seminal girl bands, the LA-based Cheriel has evolved from making album covers and T-shirts into an acclaimed and sought-after street artist and one of the genre’s few female success stories.
Her unique visual narratives convey an unsettled sense of yearning and the complexities inherent in human connection. Describing her work and influences, Cheriel says,“The tedious dramas of everyday life find comedic remedy in my petite narratives. Wanting something that is unattainable, living with a sick boyfriend, trying to connect with girlfriends of different racial and social standings – all these experiences become anthropomorphic characters entangled in folkloric fairytales in my work.“
With nuances of East Indian art, the bold elements in Cheriel’s work – both urban and natural, as well as pop culture – are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these heroic efforts are episodes of both compassion and discomfort. These landscapes suggest an ability to find commonalities and relationships between our selves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our common humanity and our ultimate quest for love. .
Cheriel’s work has recently been featured in Dutch Vogue, and the UK daily Independent Newspaper, and will also be used by Obey, the line of clothing by influential artist Shepard Fairey who describes Cheriel's pieces as “whimsical, but profound in their ability to shift the viewer’s perspective to value all life equally. Her work is idiosyncratic in the most ideal way... it is a reflection of her unique personality.”
Deedee Cheriel’s solo show will appear at Merry Karnowsky Gallery from June 22nd to July 20th.
Young,Bohemian and Gender Bending - Rob Zabrecky will perform at the 20th Anniversary of '5 NIGHTS OUT' on 6.22. @ the Artwork Theater in Hollywood.
1993 cult classic “5 Nights Out” will screen Saturday JUNE 22, 7PM and 9PM at the Artwork Theater in Hollywood, celebrating 20 years since its original release. Following the screening, filmmakers Jean Railla and Jonathon Stearns will participate in a Q&A session led by the author Dan Koeppel. In addition, Rob Zabrecky, from the 90’s band Possum Dixon will play an acoustic set. The screening is open to the public. Tickets are extremely limited, so advance purchase is recommended. Admission is $15. Advanced tickets are available HERE
5 NIGHTS OUT is a forty-seven minute documentary set in the early 90’s Silverlake, Los Angeles music scene. Heavily influenced by ‘zine culture and shot as a video diary, the film follows twenty-three-year-old Jean Railla over the course of five nights as she drinks at dive bars, sees live shows at tiny venues and attends house parties. Live performances by Beck, Possum Dixon, and Ethyl Meatplow are punctuated with interviews with musicians and poets. Released in 1993, it offers an authentic account of what it was like to be young, bohemian and occasionally gender-bending in the City of Quartz.
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FIVE NIGHTS OUT (trailer) from Channel B4 on Vimeo.
NHM is officially 100 years old! Join them for a day-to-night celebration featuring their new Nature Gardens and Nature Lab. Bring your family to kick off summer with kid-friendly activities, workshops in the gardens, behind-the-scenes collection tours with our scientists and musical entertainment from The Ranger Band and Rhythm Child. Nature after dark is even more fun, so join JPL’s Adam Steltzner for a discussion about Mars curiosity Rover, visit food trucks, and take garden tours, KCRW's very own Raul Campos will be in the Mammal Halls, and see outdoor shows with DEVO and GZA/The Genius Live!
Ticket InfoPre-sale EVENING tickets to the 100th Birthday Bash are now SOLD OUT. A very limited number of EVENING tickets will be available onsite at the door on Sunday, June 9 at 9 am for $25.
The daytime event and activites are NOT sold out yet. Daytime tickets are still available onsite, and are included in the Museum's general admission prices.
Pre-Reserved FREE tickets for Members are no longer available. A very limited number of FREE Member tickets will be available on Sunday, June 9 at 9:00 am. For details on member benefits for the 100th Birthday Bash, please visit the FAQ page.
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"DON'T SHOOT" - DEVO from DEVO Channel on Vimeo.
A Fried Octopus is about an abstract dream that entangles the artistic minds of the present with those of the past within a surreal night of theater. Inspired by the women dancing in the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec and other performers of the time, A Fried Octopus dives into a pool of absinthe to find the divine feminine bubbling up with joy, tears, and fears as the male ideal of art surrenders to the forces that influence us all. An assemblage of text and movement provides the inventive canvas that reminds us all of the beauty that can be found in ugly places. A reminder of love.
Now Through June 8, 2013
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Stanley Kubrick was known for exerting complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he reconceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s. His films are represented through a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. In addition, the exhibition explores Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team. By featuring this legendary film auteur and his oeuvre as the focus of his first retrospective in the context of an art museum, the exhibition reevaluates how we define the artist in the 21st century, and simultaneously expands upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film.
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A. Quincy Jones Building for Better LivingMay 25, 2013 - September 8, 2013
A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living is the first major
museum retrospective of the Los Angeles-based architect’s work and pays
special attention to the unique collaborative nature of his practice.
The exhibition is presented as part of the larger Getty-sponsored
initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. Archibald Quincy Jones
(1913–1979), who was known as Quincy, practiced architecture in Los
Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1979. A quiet modernist and
dedicated architecture professor at the University of Southern
California, Jones worked to bring a high standard of design to the
growing middle class by reconsidering and refining postwar housing and
emphasizing cost-effective, innovative, and sustainable building
methods. In addition, Jones is among the first architects of this period
to view developments as an opportunity to build community through
shared green spaces, varied home models, and non-grid site planning.
Jones is credited with over 5,000 built projects, most of which still
exist today, as the clients and homeowners shared Jones’s compassion for
‘better living.’ Known by architects for designing from the inside out,
Jones’s homes and buildings are celebrated for expansive interior
spaces, thoughtful and efficient building layouts, and a reverence for
the outdoors, which still resonates in contemporary design today. A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living
is organized by guest curator Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, Head of
Department/Associate Curator of Architecture + Design at the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The exhibition and the accompanying publication are significant
additions to the field of architecture history as they illuminate
Jones’s largely under-recognized contributions to late mid-century
modern architecture and planning. To demonstrate Jones’s ability to work
at many scales and across a wide variety of building types, the
exhibition is organized thematically. On view in Gallery 4 of the
Hammer, the exhibition groups similar architectural typologies together
to give a sense of how he designed to enhance the use of a building—the
groupings include community developments, large-scale single family
homes, work spaces, churches, schools, and libraries. In addition, a
central space will be dedicated to mapping Jones’s collaborative
practice, which was often aligned with corporate sponsors, developers,
and design colleagues with a shared goal of improving livable space not
just for economic gain but for societal betterment as well.
The show draws from significant design collections including Jones’s
personal and professional archives, which are housed at UCLA in the
Charles E. Young Research Library’s Department of Special Collections.
The exhibition presents original architectural drawings, a rare Case
Study House model, and vintage photographs by Julius Shulman, Ernest
Braun and other notable photographers of the period. The architectural
drawings include a range of sketches, architectural plans, and exquisite
perspective and axonometric drawings by Jones and associate architects
in Jones and Frederick E. Emmons’s office, including Kaz Nomura. New
photography of many of the projects, which the Hammer commissioned from
the photographer Jason Schmidt, are also included in the exhibition with
a few key images enlarged to close to actual scale in order to give the
visitor a sense of a physical experience of Jones’s architecture.
Jones is equally well-known for the glamorous homes he designed for
clients like the actor Gary Cooper and the art collectors Frances and
Sidney Brody, as he is for his sensitive and modest housing developments
built in the 1950s and 1960s. From 1946 to 1950 Jones worked with a
collaborative team of other architects, engineers, and landscape
architects to design the Mutual Housing Association of Crestwood Hills, a
unique housing cooperative of more than 160 homes in Los Angeles’s
Santa Monica Mountains. Additionally, with his professional partner
Frederick E. Emmons, Jones designed many Eichler Homes developments in
California around San Francisco and Los Angeles. Easy-going and
ambitious, Jones worked closely and often with other designers,
including architects Paul R. Williams, Frederick Emmons, Whitney Smith,
and Edgardo Contini; landscape architects Garrett Eckbo and Thomas
Church; developer Joseph Eichler; and interior designer William Haines,
among others, throughout his career.
In addition to residential architecture, A. Quincy Jones also designed churches, restaurants, libraries, university buildings, schools, and commercial buildings. Jones prioritized the spatial experience of each building’s interior space, used lightweight structural systems, and had an interest in ‘greenbelt planning,’ making him a premier architect for the residential developments and corporate campuses that flourished during the post-war period. He constantly experimented with materials including steel, plywood, and masonry block construction and put particular emphasis on the siting of buildings to ensure access to light, air, ventilation, and views.
Projects include work for John Entenza’s Case Study House program, Sasha
Brastoff ceramics factory, USC’s Annenberg School of Communications,
expanded headquarters for furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, and a
Tiny Naylor’s restaurant and bar. Notable built projects around Los
Angeles, which are still in use, include St. Michael and All Angels
Episcopal Church (Studio City, 1962) and the Northridge Congregational
Church (Northridge, 1962), both of which feature soaring interior spaces
that utilize laminated timber construction, and the headquarters for
Warner Bros Records (Burbank, 1975), which brought the warmth of
materials associated with the domestic scale to a large office building.
John Baldessari: Crowds May 18 -June16, 2013 -
Over the past 18 years Baldessari has utilized the Mixografia printing technique to play with notions of texture, color and subject. Beginning in early 1993 Baldessari utilized the resources and technologies of the workshop, to re-define the relief print, first by ignoring the notion of volume altogether in his 2-dimentional deployment of a common table lamp rendered with its inherent shadow, and later by the embracing the variation in his picture plain by acknowledging a foreground-middle ground-background through the demarcation of relief with his work on Stonehenge (With Two Persons), 2005. Sailboat completed in 2008 emphasizes volume through paper sculpture. Baldessari’s A B C Art (Low Relief): A/Ant, Etc. (Keyboard), 2009 embraced the model of high and low relief generating depictions of food, body-parts, toys and sly popular culture references.
A selection of Baldessari’s 18 years of collaboration with Mixografia will also be on view at ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd.
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A radical experiment in ’70s utopian living, L.A.’s The Source Family was known for their outlandish style, popular health food restaurant, rock band, and beautiful women, all of which made them the darlings of the Sunset Strip — but their outsider ideals, and the unconventional behavior of spiritual leader Father Yod caused controversy with local authorities. Fleeing to Hawaii, the Family met a dramatic demise in 1975 — but decades later, former members have surfaced and the rock band has reformed, revealing how Father Yod shaped their lives in the most unexpected ways. The Source provides an intimate insiders’ view of this incredible group of people through contemporary interviews and a treasure trove of photographs, home movies and audio recordings preserved by Family documentarian/archivist Isis Aquarian.
Directed by- Jodi Wille & Maria Demopoulos, 2013, digital presentation, 98 min.
Watch the trailer for “The Source Family”!
The Source Family (Trailer) from Eternal Now on Vimeo.
LA Weekly presents ARTOPIA - Their 1st annual party celebrating our Best of LA People Issue while honoring some of their favorite talents in the art and music scene of Los Angeles.
Party on with legendary DJ Keith Morris and a live set of future punk rock classics by FIDLAR. Exclusive, interactive art installations curated by Mastodon Mesa will include local artists visions of utopian Los Angeles including work by Alia Penner, Albert Reyes, Isaiah Frizzell of pHeast, Amy Fortunato, Olive Emanuel, James Rojas, and more.
LA Weekly’s ARTOPIA opens to ticket holders on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. $15 for general admission includes hosted bar, music and art. Starry Kitchen, Ricky’s Tacos, Seoul Sausage Co and Lobos truck will be serving your favorite dishes.
About FIDLAR: Sure, the noisy riffs and shouted lyrics contained within FIDLAR’s short, sonic assaults aren’t the world’s most atonal — many of them even have, brace yourself, melody — but their punk bona fides can’t be questioned. Take their name, an acronym for “Fuck It Dog, Life’s a Risk,” or even better, their intoxicating live shows, from which even those who avoid the pit might emerge with a bloody nose or a black eye. There’s little doubt the Highland Park foursome is headed somewhere, just don’t expect them to be sober when they arrive. - Ben Westhoff
About KEITH MORRIS: Three decades as a punk rock icon — frontman and co-founder of genre legends Black Flag and Circle Jerks and now the voice of super-buzz supergroup Off! — have barely dulled Keith Morris’ signature dreadlocked irreverence and restless revenge-of-the-nerds wrath. Behind the decks, Morris is as likely to spin some Brian Jonestown Massacre or Spacemen 3 as he is a little Stax or Motown (not to mention his beloved hardcore punk) — often in the same set.
About MASTODON MESA: Mastodon Mesa is a nomadic art gallery, founded by Mya Stark in 2009 as part of the Pacific Design Center’s Design Loves Art program and currently operating out of the Melrose Trading Post. Mastodon Mesa, co curated by C.W. Moss, was born out of curiosity, friendliness, and an accident of fate caused by roaming around Los Angeles at random.
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at CINEFAMILY - Rare Theatrical Run of 'The Beaver Trilogy' starring Sean Penn & Crispin Glover 4.18. thru 4.25.
After more than two decades of being out of theatrical circulation, the legendary triptych starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover is back on the silver screen! Plus, director Trent Harris will be here in person for a Q&A after the film! Art. Obsession. Olivia Newton-John. For a far-out glimpse into how all these alchemical elements collide, look no further than Beaver Trilogy. In 1979, a chance meeting between eccentric surfer dude-type “Groovin’ Gary” and Trent Harris (who worked for a local Salt Lake City TV station) resulted in The Beaver Kid, a captivating short doc about Gary’s other life as an awkward, yet impassioned Olivia-styled female impersonator. Obsessively driven to the subject matter as much as Gary was driven to “be” Olivia, Harris years later refashioned the story into two separate fiction shorts — with one crudely shot on video starring a young Sean Penn, and the other starring the inimitable Crispin Glover. Viewed as a whole, Beaver Trilogy is an experience so distinct, layered, and brazenly raw that it eludes an appropriate cinematic analogy.
Dir. Trent Harris, 1979/1981/1985, digital presentation, 83 min.
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Marion Peck. This special project space, which is located within blocks of the Michael Kohn Gallery, features eleven new works that highlight the artist’s talent for meticulously painted narrative imagery. This particular body of work explores solitary animal figures placed in various situations and often anthropomorphized to reflect human emotion and mental states. These luscious paintings play with the kitschy stylization of animals while underscoring Peck’s faithfulness to Northern Renaissance realism in her treatment of landscape, flora, and the particularly stoic expressions of her subject matter.
The influence and direct citation of Renaissance masters is evident in works such as Wabbit, a play on Albrecht Durer’s iconic watercolor drawing of a young hare. Juxtaposing the scientific exploration of the original German work of 1503 with Disney’s Bugs Bunny, Peck’s Wabbit and other renditions of furry fauna confound our expectations of naïve, innocent wildlife with knowing facial expressions and dark realism.
Marion Peck earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to study at two different MFA programs, Syracuse University in New York and Temple University in Rome. Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide including Sloan Fine Art, Bellwether Gallery and DFN Gallery in New York, Roq la Rue, Davidson Galleries and the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Galerie Magda Danyz in Paris, Galleria Giampiero Biasutti in Turin, The Laguna Art Museum and The Bristol Art Museum. Born in The Philippines while her family was on a trip around the world, she lived in Rome and Seattle before settling in Eagle Rock, California.
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Ever have that moment where you wake up in a small county jail without your shoelaces, belt, or dignity? Yeah, me neither. How about some random bed where you try to remember where your pants are, where the handcuff key is, and why your ass hurts? Me neither. But have you ever wanted to hear stories from people who have, though? Yeah, me too!
This month, Bawdy Storytelling presents ‘The Unlikeliest Places’ — a firm and probing exploration into sexploration, LA style. From hopping a fence to getting drunk in a hospital to good ol’ stickin’ it where it don’t normally fit, come hear stories about boldly going where most men and women just shouldn’t, couldn’t, and in some states dictated by law, MUST NOT go.
This show will be a mix of renowned sex-positive celebrities for the curated portion of our show, followed by BawdySlam (where people just like you take to the Bawdy stage and share personal and intimate adventures for prizes and the title of Dirtiest Storyteller in LA). Bawdy’s award-winning take on sex and storytelling has made it not only a "don't miss" event in the cities we've already conquered, but it serves as a gathering of the bold, the beautiful, and (if our fan mail is to be believed) an awesome first date destination. Each themed evening of true dirty stories features tales of carnal wins and epic fails with no scripts, no nets, and no holds barred. You may even go home with a few new tricks for your boudoir arsenal!
As the great American poet Iggy Pop once said, “You know I’ve had it in the ear before…” Come to the gorgeous El Cid to enjoy tapas, flirting and stories that would make little Jimmy Osterberg blush!
- Sex Educator & Porn Icon Nina Hartley
- Bravo's Miss Advised & Sex with Emily's Emily Morse
- Fleshbot's Senior Erotic Consultant (& the brains behind GramPonante.com) Gram Ponante
- Music by The Turgidaires
Giveaways from Vixen Creations ("The Cadillac of Cock")
After two years of planning and tremendous changes throughout the region, the Black Lips’ tour of the Middle East finally came to fruition in the fall of 2012, but it wasn’t easy: promoters in Jordan and Egypt backed out because the band had just played in Israel, and a show in Iraq had to be changed at the last minute when an explicit band video was viewed by a government official. You Know, For Kids documents this journey through one of the most exciting regions in the world, including three groundbreaking stops in Egypt (the last known American rock band to play in that country being The Grateful Dead in 1978!) Get on the bus with The Black Lips and their friends, Lebanese indie rockers Lazzy Lung. See the people of the Middle East the way they really are: shopkeepers and restaurant owners, skaters, graffiti artists and musicians, revolutionaries and dreamers. Kids like you and us. You’ll never look at the Middle East the same way again.
Director and Black Lips band members in person — plus, Cole Alexander will DJ after the film!
Dir. Bill Cody, 2013, digital presentation, 81 min.
Watch the trailer for “You Know, For Kids”!
The Black Lips: You Know, For Kids (trailer) from Cinefamily on Vimeo.
This St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17th, 2013 at The Satellite in LA’s Silver Lake
burg. Come celebrate the continuing legacy of Irish/Brit acoustic punk pioneers THE POGUES in a spirited and spot on musical performance of their land mark album “Rum, Sodomy and The Lash”.
In its 10th year of life, this endearing tribute to THE POGUES has a uniquely Los Angeles lilt as it’s performed by EAST LA’s Chicano troubadours OLLIN. The stage show masterfully replicates the early days of THE POGUES with historically correct instrumentation (accordion, tin whistle, banjo/mandolin, bass, and stripped down drum kit) and sonic respect to the brilliant production of “El Rey de America” Elvis Costello. The 2 set show also features material from the debut POGUES release, “Red Roses For Me” and selections from later releases, what sprouted as a simple tip of the sombrero to music and multi-cultural LA on St. Patrick’s Day, has bloomed into a tradition. Die hard Pogues fans wait all year to fill the dance floor and sing (and drink) along to their favorite songs.
DOORS open at 8:30, show begins at 9pm. Tickets are $10
Special Guest, DJ Tumors will be spinning his rare collage of vintage LA punk and weird world sounds.
The Satellite 1717 Silver Lake blvd, LA CA 90027
Los Angeles premiere!
BASED ON THE GLENCAIRN PLAYS BY EUGENE O’NEILL
DIRECTED BY RICHARD MAXWELL OF NEW YORK CITY PLAYERS
PRODUCED BY THE WOOSTER GROUP WITH PERFORMERS FROM BOTH COMPANIES.
PRODUCED BY THE WOOSTER GROUP WITH PERFORMERS FROM BOTH COMPANIES.
The Wooster Group's director, Elizabeth LeCompte, invited Richard Maxwell of New York City Players to direct Eugene O’Neill’s early “Glencairn” plays—Bound East for Cardiff (1914), The Long Voyage Home (1917), and The Moon of the Caribbees (1918). The Early Plays takes O’Neill’s tales of sailors as a base to explore themes of longing and eternity. Dark episodes showing the underside of turn-of-the-century maritime life—brawls, dances and carousing—are staged with a quotidian grace, allowing these simple stories to resonate emotionally. The episodes are threaded together with haunting melodies written by Maxwell; the cast features performers from both companies.
At MOCA - The Herbert and Dorothy Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States - Feb 10, - Mar 18, 2013
Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an extraordinary gift of artwork to the country by donating fifty works from their collection to fifty individual institutions across the United States. The Museum of Contemporary Art was chosen as the receiving institution in California and became part of the historic Fifty Works for Fifty States project, which includes significant works by Carl Andre, Lynda Benglis, Dan Graham, Joan Jonas, Edda Renouf, and Richard Tuttle, among others. MOCA will showcase a selection of this gift in its Grand Avenue building as a testament to the commitment of two contemporary art collectors and their wish to share their collection with the public.
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HERB & DOROTHY Trailer from Herb & Dorothy on Vimeo.
JERRY STAHL reads from BAD SEX ON SPEED & THE HEROIN CHRONICLES @ SKYLIGHT BOOKS February 7th, at 7:30p
Bad Sex On Speed is a savage, careening, hyper-real nightmare of a novel, taking us to the depths of Amphetamine America. Told with no concession to traditional narrative, in the voices of those in the grips and on the fringes, the stories that emerge are at once devastating, hysterical, and--perhaps most terrifying of all--going on all around you, all the time. Stahl digs deep into the psyche of the most demented and dispossessed among us, returning with a vision so unsparing that those not prepared to experience the screaming depths of speed psychosis up close and on the page should back slowly away and return to their lives unscathed.
In The Heroin Chronicles, Eric Bogosian, Lydia Lunch, and others join Stahl in mining the hazards of this deadly narcotic via original short fiction.
Jerry Stahl is the author of six books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight, (made into a movie with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson) and the novels I, Fatty and Pain Killers. Formerly "Culture" columnist for Details, Stahl's fiction and journalism have appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, and the Believer, among other places. He has worked extensively in film and television and, most recently, wrote Hemingway & Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman, for HBO.
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