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Lisa Derrick

About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.
 
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About Me:
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

Late Night: Earth Day

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 8:00 pm

t’s Earth Day! I kept the TV off , the lights off, and didn’t drive anywhere. I spent time in the garden, looking at the bees and Gulf fritillary butterflies busy among the passion flower vines. The mockingbirds are back, and the bushtits have several nests in the trees–they are really tiny cute little brown birds, very social, and the single males watch the nests while the mom and dad go looking for seeds and aphids.

FDL Movie Night: Tanzania, A Journey Within

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:59 pm

Tanzania A Journey Within, directed by tonight’s guest, Sylvia Caminer, begins with a simple concept: Venance, whose mother died from HIV, left his home in Tanzania nine years ago to pursue his dreams of a college education. His friend Kristen, who he met while they attended the University of Miami, is a privileged girl from Virginia, and would like to go with him and see the Africa she dreams of–wild animals, mud huts, a peaceful existence with nature.

Down the Rabbit Hole for Easter: Two Conspiracy Books Look at “America’s Secret History”

By: Sunday April 20, 2014 6:45 am

Both these books, Fleshing Out Skull & Bones and Barry & the Boys are fun reads, if you take them such. Otherwise you’ll need to order a case of tin foil and retire from the world.

Maybe-Rapey Street Artist David Choe Admits He Maybe Raped Massage Therapist, Then Says “Only Kidding”

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 10:30 am

Street artist David Choe is an asshole. On a recent podcast, the Los Angeles-born-and-based graffiti artist, who has hobnobbed with Anthony Bourdain and Heidi Fliess and spent time in a Japanese jail for beating up a security guard, boasted that he’d forced a massage therapist.

Dustin Lance Black Shamed by Alma Mater, Canceled as Graduation Speaker

By: Saturday April 19, 2014 7:53 am

Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black has been uninvited to speak at Pasadena City College’s 2014 graduation. Black attended Pasadena City College, part of California’s two year community college program, and received an Associate of the Arts degree from PCC.

Black discovered he was no longer the speaker from a newspaper report.

FDL Late Night: “Taxman” The Beatles Cartoon

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 8:00 pm

The Beatles cartoon TV series was really weird, locking the band down as suited mop-tops, with John as the leader and Paul as the cute one. Ringo is goofy and George is uh…mysterious?

In this episode the Beatles travel back in time and encounter Robin Hood and his hip beatnik sidekick Little John.

FDL Movie Night: HELL With Director Lisa Stock

By: Monday April 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s guest Lisa Stock works in the realm of magical realism, creating fantasy worlds redolent with myth and mystery. In HELL, a series of vignettes take us through dreamlike experiences that expound upon sins, a trip through Dante’s circles of Hell set in modern times, fraught with social anxiety and surreal saturated colors. She shot HELL in locations around the world, and adapts her tightly budgeted shoots to shifts in weather and other forces majeures.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Lisa Stock

By: Monday April 14, 2014 3:45 pm

Monday’s Movie Night guest, filmmaker Lisa Stock, will be discussing her short film HELL, watchable here. She also created an eight-part web series about Persephone, and her work focuses on myths and magical realism, taking the viewers into worlds that are saturated with color, lush, horrifying, surreal and at times challenging

Saturday Art: San Diego’s Chicano Park

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00 pm

Chicano Park in San Diego’s Barrio Logan displays one of the largest assemblages of public murals in North America. The monolithic pillars, the pylons of the Coronado Bay Bridge, have been transformed into an outdoor museum of art and history. These awe inspiring murals are giant mirrors of Chicano Mexicano history, and a tribute to the force of community.

Late Night: She Sells Sanctuary

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 8:00 pm

This weekend I saw The Cult in San Diego. A band I’d written about here, Prayers, was opening for them so I bought a ticket and drove down. I’d never seen The Cult in their heyday, and I thought it was pretty cool that a friend of the lead singer Ian Astbury had shown him one of Prayers’ video, and Astbury tracked them down to open three dates. And I’m kinda proud that they played at the show I curated in January.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power
Chat with Nomi Prins about her new book. Hosted by Bill Black.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game
Chat with Edward Achorn about his new book. Hosted by Richard Taylor (dakine01).

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