Sunday, October 20, 2013
7:30pm (Reception 6:00-7:00pm)
An Evening with James Franco
discussing new novel, Actors Anonymous
The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
$20 General Admission SOLD OUT
$30 Reserved Seats SOLD OUT
$40 Includes Franco’s book + Reserved seat SOLD OUT
$95 Includes Pre-event reception +Franco’s book + Reserved Seats SOLD OUT
*a book signing follows the talk.
James Franco is an actor, director, author, and visual artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, Howl, and 127 Hours, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He is the author A California Childhood and of the story collection Palo Alto, and his writing has been published in Esquire, Vanity Fair, N+1, The Wall Street Journal, and McSweeney’s. Franco’s art has been exhibited throughout the world including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s PS1 in New York, the Clocktower Gallery in New York, and the Peres Projects in Berlin.
In James Franco’s debut novel, Actors Anonymous, the actors include a McDonald’s drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there’s Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines—before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. “Hollywood has always been a private club,” he writes. “I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside.”
Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous’s Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.