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‘Knock on Wood’ Installation Creates Superstitous Vibe



WEST HOLLYWOOD — On October 5, Sean Noyce and Katya Usvitsky presented Knock on Wood, an interdisciplinary show that explored the objects and symbols that influence our behavior in a visceral way. On October 20 they are following up with their Artist Talk at Plummer Park Long Hall from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

The work of variable dimensions includes glass domes, found objects (knife, safety pin, fabric, bread, ceramic plate, salt shaker, salt an d wire), a 3D camera, digital audio and projection. 

While Knock on Wood is relevant to most Americans, persons from the former Soviet Union will find a particular resonance with many of their works. Katya Usvitsky and Lena Wolek carry over many of the traditions from their Soviet upbringing, while participants Ilona Berger and Elizabeth Preger infuse their sensibilities as second-generation Russian-Americans, responding to the stories from the old country.

The work touches on personal superstitions about artifacts and rituals. 

Exhibit hours are Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event and talk are supported by a grant from the City of West Hollywood.

For more information, please visit Knock on Wood or contact Andrew Campbell at (323) 848-6883.

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WeHo Reads at Book Soup: Conversation With Author Sam Wasson Feb 5



WEST HOLLYWOOD — Mark your calendar for February 5 to join WeHo Reads at Book Soup. Sam Wasson will be there to greet fans and discuss his latest book, “The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.”

He will be in conversation with director and screenwriter James Gray (Ad Astra, The Lost City of Z).

Chinatown is one of the best films of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting.

Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson’s telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history.

Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of “The Kid” Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne’s fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written.

Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the ’70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story,

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm
City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069  

Ticket purchase required ($29+tax, includes one copy of the book). There is a limit of 2 tickets per person and tickets may not be resold.

For tickets: Questions about the event? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit

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Academy Award Nominated Noah Baumbach ‘Marriage Story’ Q&A Jan 18



WEST HOLLYWOOD — Filmmaker Noah Baumbach will be discussing and signing Marriage Story at Book Soup.

Marriage Story is filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, co-starring Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta.

The companion book, a box set from Assouline, contains two volumes—one for Nicole, one for Charlie—that allow the reader to see the film’s narrative through each half of the couple’s eyes.

Featuring film stills, set photography, quotes from cast and the filmmakers, and two lyrical introductions, this pair of books takes readers both behind the scenes and straight into the heart of this film.

Saturday, January 18 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Due to the limited capacity of our event space this is a ticketed event.

Primary Ticket Group: Due to the limited capacity of our event area, only the first 50 ticket buyers will be permitted inside for the presentation. This event is mainly standing room with limited seating available first come first served for the Primary Ticket Group once they have checked in and received their copy of Marriage Story (retail price $175).

Before the start of the event we will check in and line up the Primary Ticket Group outside in front of the store. Any ticket holders not checked in by 11:45am may forfeit their spot.

Secondary Ticket Group: Once the tickets for the Primary Group have sold out we will release tickets for the Secondary Ticket Group. These ticketed customers will not be allowed inside during the presentation, and will only be allowed in to get their books signed once the Primary Group has started to exit the store. Line placement, outside, will be first come, first serve once checked in. Tickets include one copy of Marriage Story (retail price $175) to be picked up at check-in.

Additional Event Guidelines:

* Noah Baumbach will sign copies of Marriage Story only. No memorabilia.

* We will not be accepting online orders for this event. Anyone who purchases a ticket to this event must be in attendance to get their copy signed. If a ticket holder is unable to attend an unsigned copy will be held for pick up after the event.

Questions? Please call Book Soup at 310-659-3110 or visit

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‘WeHo Reads’: A Conversation With WeHo Writer Felice Picano



WEST HOLLYWOOD — The City of West celebrates the literary community with its WeHo Reads program, a literary series featuring noteworthy authors at the West Hollywood Library.

The December event will feature a conversation and Q & A with longtime West Hollywood resident and literary icon, Felice Picano.

Picano will present Coming to Hollywood: 1935-2000, in Words and Pictures where he will read from and share his research on LGBTQ Hollywood conducted for his two novellas. He will also share the impact that living in West Hollywood has had on his artistic and literary career. Picano’s newest book is Justify My Sins: A Hollywood Novel in Three Acts.

Felice Picano’s first book was a finalist for the PEN/ Hemingway Award. Since then, he has published twenty volumes of fiction, poetry, and memoirs.

Considered a founding member of modern gay literature along with other members of the Violet Quill Club, he founded two publishing companies: SeaHorse Press and Gay Presses of New York. Among his award-winning books are the novels Like People in History; The Book of Lies; and Onyx. He lives and works in West Hollywood.

The event will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is requested; please RSVP to eventbrite

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