This is Your Library...
7:00pm Doors Open - 8:00pm Showtime - 9:30pm Concert
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$20 General Admission / $15 Young Literati & Library Associates
$5 Concert Only Admission / FREE Young Literati & Library Associates (at the door)
Join us for the seventh installment of "This is Your Library", the Library Foundation's series of late-night-style live talk shows. Held after-hours at downtown's historic Central Library, March's edpisode features punk legend Exene Cervenka; actor, writer and producer Mike White of HBO's "Enlightened"; author and Los Angeles Times journalist Héctor Tobar; and City Librarian John Szabo all in conversation with host Justin Veach, the Library Foundation's Director of New Initiatives. DJ's, conversation, live bands, bar, food and librarians, too. It's your library, after-hours . . .
Stick around after the show for a special concert with musical guests Feeding People.
Parking: 524 S. Flower Street Garage - $8 flat rate
Exene Cervenka is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and activist from rural Illinois and St. Petersburg, Florida. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 1977, Exene met John Doe at a poetry workshop at Beyond Baroque. Together with guitarist Billy Zoom, they formed the seminal Los Angeles punk band X. To this day, X continues to play nationally and internationally with all four original members: Cervenka, Doe, Zoom, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake. Exene has covered a lot of artistic territory over the years: publishing poetry, prose, and art books; exhibiting her collages in museums and galleries; recording and touring with her other bands; played solo shows with an acoustic guitar and her songs; and saying “yes” to just about every insane, imaginative, worthwhile project other thinking humans have offered her.
Héctor Tobar has worked as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times for nearly twenty years. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of the 1992 riots, and then served as the national Latino Affairs correspondent, the Buenos Aires bureau chief, and the Mexico City bureau chief. Héctor currently serves as a book critic for the paper, is the author of three books, (Translation Nation, The Tattooed Soldier, and, most recently, The Barbarian Nurseries) and is at work on a fourth book on the subject of the 2010 Chilean mining accident. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of the city of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.
John F. Szabo is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over four million people—the largest population of any library in the United States—through its Central Library, 72 neighborhood branches and website at www.lapl.org. Szabo has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public libraries and is a champion for innovative library services that address critical community needs in areas including health disparities, workforce development, adult literacy, school readiness and emergent literacy for preschoolers. He has a strong commitment to consensus building and outreach to diverse communities.
Mike White is an award-winning writer, director, actor and producer. His writing credits range from the indie black comedies CHUCK AND BUCK, THE GOOD GIRL and YEAR OF THE DOG to main-stream comedy hits SCHOOL OF ROCK, ORANGE COUNTY and NACHO LIBRE. His TV credits include the short-lived but critically praised FREAKS AND GEEKS and PASADENA. The second season of White’s Golden Globe-winning HBO television series "Enlightened" premiered in January 2013, starring Laura Dern and White (also the series co-creator). Along with appearing in many of his films, White is also known for twice competing in the Emmy-winning television show "The Amazing Race" with his father, Mel.
Beyond the real deal is the unreal deal, and therein lies Feeding People, a band of teenagers making some of the heaviest psychedelic around decades after the 13th Floor Elevators declared their hallucinatory sense of purpose. After playing only a couple shows, Feeding People became the second band ever invited to play storied electronic music club Low End Theory, where they shared the stage with Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Their sophomore album, Island Universe, was recorded and produced by Jonny Bell of The Crystal Antlers and Hanni El Khatib. Innovative Leisure will release Island Universe on Feb. 5, 2013.
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.