KARA KLENK DEBUT COMEDY ALBUM ‘UNDEFEATED’
OUT FRIDAY, MARCH 8 VIA ASPECIALTHING RECORDS
DIGITAL & CD PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE
Comedian KARA KLENK will release her debut comedy album ‘UNDEFEATED’ on FRIDAY, MARCH 8 via ASPECIALTHING RECORDS. Taped live in her old NY stomping grounds with cover illustration by “Sweet Valley Twins” artist James Mathewuse, Kara’s album is perfection inside and out. Her stand-up, which has been praised as “resigned, astute and delightfully bitter” (Time Out New York), shines bright in her stories about her appearance on Dateline, being rich people adjacent, dance schools, lost cats and crazy people in New York, the pop trickery of Christian music, and more.
Kara Klenk is a stand-up comic, writer, and actor based in Los Angeles by way of New York where she was named by Time Out New York as one of the Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC. She has appeared all over television and the Internet and has written for Comedy Central, Netflix, MTV, TVLand, and Nickelodeon. Kara is the co-host of the live comedy show ‘Better Half’ alongside husband Jared Logan. She also produces/hosts a long-running stand-up show ‘If You Build It’ at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theaters in NYC and LA.
ASPECIALTHING RECORDS is a Los Angeles-based independent comedy record label owned and operated by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Stemming from an online message board, aspecialthing (AST) records has taken a D.I.Y. approach to producing and distributing the finest stand-up comedy albums since 2006. AST is home to Patton Oswalt’s Grammy Award-winning album ‘Talking for Clapping’ as well as outstanding releases from Bob Odenkirk, Paul F. Tompkins, Doug Benson, Greg Proops, Jen Kirkman, Wyatt Cenac, Karen Kilgariff, Kyle Kinane, and many more. AST looks forward to expanding their catalog while continuing their dedication to exceptional emerging and established comics.
BIANCA DEL RIO ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW & TOUR
“IT’S JESTER JOKE” NORTH AMERICAN DATES INCLUDING CARNEGIE HALL
AMEX PRE-SALE WEDNESDAY 10AM, GENERAL ON-SALE FRIDAY NOON LOCAL
TICKETS & INFO AT: THEBIANCADELRIO.COM
After global sold out tours, comedy queen and RuPaul’s Drag Race champion, BIANCA DEL RIO announces North American dates for her brand new comedy show, “IT’S JESTER JOKE.” The self-proclaimed “clown in a gown” tells tales of her worldwide adventures and the outrageous circus that is her life in her comical “tell it like it is” voice, covering life from politics to travel, family, and social media. Bianca’s It’s Jester Joke Tour will travel the continent this fall bringing her irreverent, side-splitting comedy to over 40 cities, including the first ever drag queen performance at NYC’s legendary Carnegie Hall, in what will be the biggest ever solo drag show tour in North America.
Tickets for Bianca Del Rio’s “It’s Jester Joke” Tour are on-sale via AmEx pre-sale Wednesday, February 13 at 10am local time and general on sale Friday, February 15 at 12 Noon local time.
GET YOUR TICKETS at: http://thebiancadelrio.com/
Bianca Del Rio is the season six winner of the hit TV series, RuPaul’s Drag Race. The beloved entertainer once known as Roy Haylock emerged on the New Orleans nightclub circuit and has since become a drag superstar earning awards including NewNowNext’s Best New Television Personality, performing sold-out shows around the world, gaining critical acclaim from The New York Times, penning a book, Blame it on Bianca Del Rio, and amassing over 1.7M followers on Instagram.
From her homebase in Los Angeles, Bianca Del Rio continues to tour the world captivating fans with her sharp wit, dismembering humor, and perceptive commentary in a brash, metro kick to the ego—everything and everyone is her target. Don’t miss your chance to see Bianca Del Rio in her fiercely funny new show in 2019.
Watch Bianca’s Tour Video:
RISK! LIVE AT BOOTLEG THEATER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 7PM
TRUE TALES BOLDLY TOLD WITH DAVID CRABB & L.A. STORYTELLERS
The long-running, award-winning storytelling show, “RISK!” is live at The Bootleg Theater next Saturday, February 16. The night will feature host David Crabb and L.A. storytellers Danielle Perez, Jonathan Bradley Welch, Kai Choyce, and Liz Glazer who will tell true, personal tales “they never thought they’d dare to share.” Not your average storyslam, RISK! has been hailed as “always entertaining” (The New York Times), “consistently unforgettable” (The AV Club), “The Moth’s scrappier, freakier little sibling” (Rolling Stone) and one of the Best Podcasts To See (Entertainment Weekly). The show will be recorded for the popular RISK! podcast which gets a million downloads every month.
RISK! LIVE @ THE BOOTLEG THEATER
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16
2200 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
Hosted by David Crabb
Featuring L.A. storytellers Danielle Perez, Jonathan Bradley Welch, Kai Choyce, and Liz Glazer
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
RISK! is an award-winning live show and podcast created by Kevin Allison, member of legendary comedy troupe The State whose MTV show remains a cult classic. Now in its 10th year, RISK! is live every month in L.A. with host David Crabb, and in NYC with Kevin Allison. Kevin also tours the show around the world to feature regional storytellers. RISK! has featured incredible true stories from Trevor Noah, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman — and more (plus plenty of everyday folks!).
Out now, the Amazon Best Seller book, RISK! True Stories People Thought They’d Never Dare To Share featuring the most celebrated stories from the hit podcast and live show — plus six new stories. It’s a diverse collection of uncensored, confessional, and at times, outrageously funny personal stories from Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Aisha Tyler, Dan Savage, AJ Jacobs, and many more.
More at: theRISKbook.com
You can find Kevin’s fearless and funny true story of growing up in 1970s Ohio as a Catholic schoolboy and an awkward coming out, plus three other RISK! curated true stories, on the brand new Amazon Original Stories series “This Can’t Be Happening.”
Read/download it free at: https://amzn.to/2RtrMb1
More at: risk-show.com
On socials @RISKshow
MINNEAPOLIS MUSIC ICON MARK MALLMAN TO RELEASE DEBUT BOOK
“THE HAPPINESS PLAYLIST”
OUT MARCH 19, PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE
BOOK EVENTS & MUSIC SHOWS THIS SPRING
“This brave and masterfully written book is a testament to the power of love and art.
Read it and become obsessed.” – Diablo Cody
Composer, songwriter, performer MARK MALLMAN has spent the last 20 years releasing albums, touring, and becoming a Minneapolis music icon. His expansive catalog of infinitely catchy and masterfully orchestrated songs has rocked the airwaves worldwide from MTV to NPR and he has been written up by critics from USA Today to Wired and NME. Now, Mark reaches a new level of creativity and intimacy with his debut book, “The Happiness Playlist”, a memoir written about the six months he spent listening exclusively to feel-good music as an experiment to make his way through varying bouts of grief brought on by the death of his mother, the end of a relationship, and winter in the frozen city of Minneapolis.
The Happiness Playlist is a true story of a soul beset by grief and healed by music. It’s an uplifting memoir of uncommon grace and compassion, with writing that will connect with anyone who’s ever hung onto a song like a lifeboat. Mark’s actual “Happiness Playlist” of the songs he listened to through his grief and depression is listed in the back of the book. There is also a page for readers to write out their own “Happiness Playlist.”
In the book’s foreword, author Chuck Klosterman describes Mark Mallman as “legitimately original, exclusively motivated by a desire to conquer the strange obstructions he builds inside his mind.”
Of the book, Mark’s longtime friend and sometime collaborator Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) says, “The Happiness Playlist is funny, thought provoking, and just plain helpful. It’s the best book on grief that I’ve ever picked up. This examination of music listening as a method to combat heartbreak is a joy to read. You need it.”
Early reviews find praise for Mark’s book debut calling it, “a life-affirming and thoroughly enjoyable read” (BlueInk Review) and hailing “The Happiness Playlist is a memoir with the potential to inspire others to see music as a comfort, a companion, and a healing balm” (Foreward Reviews, 4/5).
The Happiness Playlist is out March 19 on Think Piece Publishing.
Mark will be performing book readings and music shows this spring. See TOUR DATES or button below.
Pre-order The Happiness Playlist on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0986360732/
Find more info on The Happiness Playlist, dates for book events, music shows, and more at: http://www.thinkpiecepublishing.com/tpp_book/the-happiness-playlist/
More on Mark Mallman at: markmallman.com
@markmallman on Twitter and Facebook
SAN FRANCISCO’S RED ROOM ORCHESTRA MAKE NYC DEBUT PLAYING THE MUSIC OF “TWIN PEAKS” AND MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON
SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: MARGARET CHO, JAMES MARSHALL, JON GLASER & DAVE HILL
AT SYMPHONY SPACE
FEBRUARY 15 & 16
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
San Francisco’s RED ROOM ORCHESTRA make their NYC debut at Symphony Space to play two separate shows. The first show features the music of “Twin Peaks” on February 15. The second show features music from the films of Wes Anderson on February 16.
For their first show, this famed Bay Area ensemble with special guest vocalists will present a stunning recreation of Angelo Badalamenti’s gorgeous and haunting “Twin Peaks” score, along with songs by other songwriters featured on the “Twin Peaks” soundtrack and the David Lynch universe.
Special guests for the “Twin Peaks” show include: comedian, activist and performer Margaret Cho (who will be performing in both shows.); actor James Marshall (who played James Hurley in the original cast of “Twin Peaks”); and comedian and actor Jon Glaser (“Girls,” “Jon Glaser Loves Gear”). Comedian and musician Dave Hill (“Painted Doll”) performs as special guest at the Wes Anderson show.
FIRST SHOW DETAILS
RED ROOM ORCHESTRA PLAY THE MUSIC OF TWIN PEAKS
With special guests Margaret Cho, James Marshall, Jon Glaser
Friday, February 15, 8pm at Symphony Space
Sure to be a sell-out, get your tickets here:
The Red Room Orchestra, under the direction of bandleader Marc Capelle, recreate soundtrack and score selections from David Lynch’s "Twin Peaks" universe. A fully immersive live concert experience featuring the beloved instrumental score and vocal tunes from each season of the show plus selected music from “Fire Walk with Me,” “Blue Velvet” and “Eraserhead” (thrown in for good measure.)
Audience members are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters from the show and participate in the “Audrey Dance Contest.”
Members of the ensemble include Marc Capelle (American Music Club), Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto), Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop), Allyson Baker (Dirty Ghosts), Tom Ayres (Persephone’s Bees), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers), Dina Maccabee (Feist), Robin MacMillan (Aoife O’Donovan), Ben Goldberg (New Klezmer Trio), Scott Larson (Dizzy Gillespie Band) and Eli Crews (Beulah).
Special guest performers have included: “Twin Peaks” cast members including Ray Wise, Sherilyn Fenn, James Marshall, Michael Horse, and Chrysta Bell.
SECOND SHOW DETAILS
RED ROOM ORCHESTRA PLAY MUSIC FROM THE FILMS OF WES ANDERSON
With special guest Dave Hill (Painted Doll)
Saturday, February 16, 8pm at Symphony Space
Sure to be a sell-out, get your tickets here: http://www.symphonyspace.org/events/music-red-room-orchestra-music-of-wes-anderson
The Red Room Orchestra, under the direction of bandleader Marc Capelle, present an evening of the best of Wes Anderson’s soundtracks, from “Bottle Rocket” to “Rushmore,” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” to “Isle of Dogs,” featuring the films’ iconic original score cues combined with rock, pop, jazz, and classical songs featured on the soundtracks — with everything from Zoot Sims and The Clash to Ravel and The Kinks.
Members of this night’s ensemble include: Marc Capelle (American Music Club), Yuka C. Hona (Cibo Matto), Toby Dammit (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Iggy Pop), Hether Fortune (Wax Idols), Bart Davenport (Bart & The Bedazzled), Allyson Baker (Dirty Ghosts), Tom Ayres (Persephone’s Bees), Karina Denike (Dance Hall Crashers), Robin MacMillan (Aoife O’Donovan), Ben Goldberg (New Klezmer Trio), Scott Larson (Dizzy Gillespie Band) and Eli Crews (Beulah). The string quartet will feature the talents of Dina Maccabee, Alisa Rose, Irene Sazer, and Jess Ivry.
Past special guest performers have included: Peter Asher, James Williamson (The Stooges), Andy Cabic, The Flamin’ Groovies, Jon Langford, Thao Nguyen, Prairie Prince, John Roderick, Kelley Stoltz, Pete Straus, Chris Von Sneidern, and Laura Weinbach.
ABOUT THE RED ROOM ORCHESTRA
Formed by San Francisco producer and multi-instrumentalist Marc Capelle in 2017, the Red Room Orchestra is a collective of popular, jazz, classical, and electronic composers and performers who’ve played and recorded alongside the Bad Seeds, the Plastic Ono Band, Cibo Matto, Oingo Boingo, Sonic Youth, CAKE, American Music Club, Lou Harrison, the Steve Reich Ensemble, the Nels Cline Singers, Rodriguez, Iggy Pop, Tune-Yards, Bill Frisell — and more.
They’ve offered live renderings of the music of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks,” reinterpretations of the soundtracks of Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” musical accompaniment for a live read of “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” and for SFFILM they composed and performed original scores for the short films from Stephen Parr’s Oddball Films archive.
The Red Room Orchestra projects are co-curated and produced by SF Sketchfest’s David Owen.