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Thursday, June 23, 2011 7:30 PM
Mark Taper Auditorium-Central Library

This is Your Library...



Join us for the third installment of This is Your Library, a new series of late-night talk show style events occurring after-hours at the historic Central Library downtown, featuring well-known and not so well-known Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it and what it means to be doing it in Los Angeles, with dj’s, live music, Pink's Hotdogs and full bar.  Hosted by Justin Veach.  If you can't make the event, stream it live on Yowie

$15 General Admission / $10 Young Literati & Library Associates

$5 Concert Only Admission / FREE for Young Literati & Library Associates (night of, at the door)

Born and raised in Gallatin, Tennessee, Huell Howser’s television career began in the 1960's, not long before graduating from college when he found himself on the six o’clock news. But Huell wanted to hit the road, just like his idol, fellow southerner and journalist for the everyman, Charles Kuralt. Huell soon found himself at WCBS-TV in New York City as a man-on-the-street in the Big Apple.  But when Huell Howser transferred to Los Angeles in 1981 to become a lifestyle reporter for KCBS-TV, he had no idea he’d fall in love…with California.

“We operate on the premise that TV isn’t brain surgery.  The stories are what it’s all about,” says Howser.  “If you have a good story, it doesn’t have to be overproduced.  I want our stories to reveal the wonders of the human spirit and the richness of life in California, including its history, people, culture and natural wonders.” 

And after 17 years in production, California’s Gold is one of the longest running and most beloved series about California ever produced.  The success and popularity of the show helped to launch six additional series about life in California, Visiting with Huell Howser, Road Trip with Huell Howser, California’s Golden Parks, California’s Green, California’s Water and the newest series, Downtown

Chris Kraus is a writer and art critic based in Los Angeles.  Her most recent book, Where Art Belongs, was published this year by Semiotexte Interventions.  Her novels include I Love Dick, Aliens & Anorexia and Torpor, and the forthcoming Summer of Hate.  Her fiction and essays have been published in magazines including Artforum, Bidoun, n+1, the Nation, Art in America, Texte Zur Kunst and Paper Monument.  Future projects include an exhibition, “Radical Localism” that she will organize in New York with Mexicali Rose, a community art and media center in Pueblo Nuevo, and an exhibition of her early film work at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.  She is a co-editor of Semiotexte and Professor of Writing at EGS (European Graduate School).

Diane Rodriguez is an Obie Award winning theatre artist who directs,writes and performs.  She is Associate Producer and Director of New Play Production at the multiple Tony Award winning Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and is an Associate Member of Cornerstone Theater.  She has directed and performed for both companies.  For ten years she was a  Resident Artist and Director of the Mark Taper Forum’s  Latino Theatre Initiative, a comprehensive Latino play and audience development program.

Amanda Jo Williams was born a little white girl in Georgia. She had a lot of outdoor fun, especially with her brother. She quit college very abruptly and moved to New York at 19 after attending a modeling convention in Columbus, Georgia. It was a rip-off but Amanda met an agent. He said, “Come to New York.” After a year on the runway, some lovers and things, Amanda and friends took a bus to Kingston and hitchhiked with a woman to Woodstock. They slept in the woods the first night and Amanda was scared. In town the next day they met a crazy shaman of Woodstock. He took her to artist Paul McMahon’s house, the hippie hangout. Paul would teach her to play guitar when she was pregnant with his twins, Ginger & Hominy. Williams was about to enter nursing school when she came to Los Angeles in August 2008 to play Manimal Vinyl’s Spaceland residency. In December 2008 she would move here to pursue music full force. She’s been here since, writing freak folk songs, a little bit of country rap, and exploring the wonders of video art. She lives on a Topanga hillside, a bit like a gypsy.


Special thanks to Pink's Hotdogs!


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.

Young Literati Cocktails

Young Literati and their guests get the VIP treatment with an all access pass to a private reception following the talk show portion of the evening where they can mingle chat and enjoy themselves with the evening's special guests.

Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. Standard garage rates apply.
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