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07 A monthly magazine devoted to the revival of downtown and the â€œnewâ€? Eastside H photograph by Maura Lanahan
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Features: 18: SILVER SCREEN
Outfest celebrates its 25th anniversary
20: DECEMBERISTS IN JULY The Portland-based indie band teams up with the L.A. Philharmonic
22: SHAKING THINGS UP Brazilian installation artist Renata Lucas alters viewers’ perceptions of space
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8: SNAPSHOTS New Angeles launch party, Bottled Smoke Festival, L.A. Live groundbreaking, Grand Performances
14: INNERVIEW Author Jerry Stahl on his new book, working in Hollywood and his Bosnian liver
16: BLUEPRINT Development firm partnership The South Group settles into Downtown for the long haul
25: WARES Undesigned by Carol Young offers urban style with an eco-friendly edge
27: CALENDAR Selected events for July 2007
★ WHAT DO WE SEE IN THIS MONTH'S COVER PHOTOS OF JERRY STAHL BY MAURA LANAHAN? It's all in the eyes: intelligence, resilience and sensitivity, mixed with a dash of impishness - the perfect Stahlian recipe. Lanahan is a photographer based in Los Angeles. In an e-mail to us after his photo shoot, Stahl said of Lanahan, “It’s like knowing Annie Leibovitz before she was Annie Leibovitz.” Check out her work at www.slidebite.com.
36: FOODSTUFF Q-and-A with Asia Los Feliz co-owner Bobby Owsinski
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t 10 p.m. on July 20, crowds of people are expected to descend on Skylight Books in Los Feliz to attend a late-night party celebrating the release of the last installment of the Harry Potter series, which goes on sale at midnight. But if any Harry Potter fans should show up early, they may catch a stream of more darkly clad, mischievous-looking customers skulking out of the bookstore. These will be the Jerry Stahl fans, coming from the author’s 7:30 p.m. reading of his new collection of short stories, Love Without. Attendees will no doubt encounter the same candid, forthright and irreverently witty person you’ll find in John Stephens’ interview with Stahl in this month’s issue of New Angeles. Stahl has penned several books since, but first became widely known for Permanent Midnight, a drug addiction memoir recounting his trip to hell and back that also spawned a movie starring Ben Stiller as the author and cemented Stahl’s status as an anti-hero. Stahl’s not the only anti-hero to grace these pages. Michael Saltzman’s piece on Portland-based band the Decemberists traces their path from being a small, “geeky and muscular” indie rock outfit to signing with major label Capitol Records to their forthcoming live collaboration with the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on July 7. The band will go on to perform with orchestras in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia, as well. And on the heels of last month’s mighty Los Angeles Film Festival comes the only slightly scrappier Outfest gay and lesbian film festival, which has gone from being a two-day “mom-and-mom” festival to a “corporate-sponsored, week-long extravaganza,” as described by film writer Chuck Wilson in this issue. The festival will include a fully restored version of director Bill Sherwood’s classic Parting Glances (1986), one of the first films to feature actor Steve Buscemi, who’s made a successful career out of playing the anti-hero ever since. As Stephens remarks to Stahl as their interview comes to a close, “the world loves its anti-heroes.”
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NEW ANGELES LAUNCH PARTY Photos by Jim Steinfeldt
Friends and clients of New Angeles gathered to celebrate the magazine’s launch on June 11 at Bordello in Downtown L.A. Guests were treated to an open bar and hors d’oeuvres as well as a special performance by Interscope/Weapons of Mass Entertainment recording artist Carina Round and DJ sets by DJ hoe and Dia Frankel of Hang the DJ’s.
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