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Catherine Opie is an artist specializing in documentary photography. Throughout her work she has investigated aspects of community, making portraits of many groups including the LGBT community, surfers, and most recently high school football players. Opie is interested in how identities are shaped by our surrounding architecture. Her works are displayed in both museums and galleries internationally and catalogues from museum exhibitions which include, Freeways, Skyways and Ice Houses, and 1999/In and Around Home. She is currently a professor of Photography at UCLA.
Patton Oswalt is one of the most creative, insightful, and hysterical voices on the entertainment scene today. Widely known for his roles in the films Big Fan and Ratatouille, as well as the television hit The King of Queens, Patton Oswalt—a staple of Comedy Central—has been amusing audiences for decades. Oswalt has released three TV specials and three critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series. His new book, a collection of essays, is appropriately titled Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.
Wesley Stace is the author of three books: Misfortune (nominated for The Guardian First Book Award and one of Amazon’s Top Ten Novels of the Year), By George, (a New York Public Library Books To Remember of 2007), and most recently Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer. He’s written the introduction for the The Modern Library edition of Charles Dickens’ The Haunted House, and published an essay called Listerine: The Life And Opinions Of Laurence Sterne. He has also published articles on various subjects in Raygun, Creem, Beach Culture, Washington Law and No Depression.
Under the name, John Wesley Harding, he has released 15 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full on pop music. His most recent pop release Adam’s Apple was called “the finest album of his career” (All Music Guide). John Wesley Harding has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Peter Buck, Evan Dando, David Baddiel, Rick Moody, Scott MacCaughey and Robyn Hitchcock and others.
He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister are known for their western tinged folky-bluesy-rock & roll sound with a touch vaudeville glamour. Brother and sister Robert and Rachel Kolar split vocal duties, with Robert on guitar and kick drum. Lauren Brown adds full-body percussion with her fluid tap-dancing, and Satya Bhabha's cello ranges from bass to blues fiddle and back again. This Los Angeles band’s mixture of colorful costumes, alleyway rhythms, and high energy makes the music come alive and crowds erupt in dance. They have performed at the Sundance Film Festival, Manimal Vinyl Festival, Clean Air Clear Stars, The New Los Angeles Folk Festival, The North Park Music Festival and this past summer toured Europe as the official band of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. They recently completed an October 2010 US tour supporting Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero's.
"He’s My Brother She’s My Sister is like a time warp to the golden present" - LA RECORD
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Guests appearing as part of This is Your Library may autograph copies of their books, cd's or other merchandise available for purchase courtesy of the Library Store.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Unless otherwise indicated, ALOUD programs take place at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.