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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.

FDL Movie Night: “Stripped”

By: Monday April 7, 2014 4:59 pm

Stripped is a loving and in-depth look at comic strips and the changes they are going through now as more and more newspapers shut down and technology advances. Like so many people, I loved reading the comic strips and cartoons in the papers–it was a huge leap for me as a kid when I went from B.C. and Peanuts to incorporating the Girls in 3-G and Mary Worth in my daily reading. And Doonesbury!! Total eye opener–I learned so much about politics and the world from Doonesbury, about (un)natural history from the Far Side, and about work and romance via Cathy. Not to mention Charles Schultz ruining the ending of Citizen Kane for me in a four panel strip I recall to this day…

Late Night: Goth-a-Go-Go!

By: Tuesday April 1, 2014 8:00 pm

I wish I could find a clever prank video for a-once-in-seven-years April Fools Tuesday FDL Late Night, but this video is so freaking awesome it transcends April Fool’s Day (though since the lyrics are NSFW until 6:30, so you may want to watch it on mute, which is still pretty awesome!).

FDL Movie Night: “Finding Vivian Maier”

By: Monday March 31, 2014 4:55 pm

A box of photographic negatives bought at auction reveals a treasure trove of American street photography and puts John Maloof, one of our guests tonight, on the trail of the mysterious nanny who snapped over 100,000 images. Aided by the internet and social media, as well as dedicated detective work, he uncovered the spotty history of Vivian Maier. Thanks to him this nanny would become a celebrated photographer.

Late Night: Boy George

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 8:00 pm

I love Boy George! Always have. He brought LGBT acceptance right onto MTV and onto college campuses. And his music is soooo awesome! Yes he’s had some troubles, but he came through them and now has a new album with the slow sexy island rhythms and George’s sweet vocals.

Late Night: Willie Nelson Sings America the Beautiful

By: Monday March 24, 2014 8:00 pm

Willie Nelson’s new video highlights the need to protect Appalachian communities from the devastating mining practice of mountaintop removal. The country music legend/land rights activist sings “America the Beautiful” to highlight opposition to giving coal companies free rein to blast the tops off mountains and dump dangerous pollution into surrounding streams and creeks.

FDL Movie Night: “Life After Pi”

By: Monday March 24, 2014 4:59 pm

The Life of Pi was 2012′s pet film. Critically acclaimed, it won a 2013 Golden Globe for Best Picture – Drama and for Best Director. The Ang Lee-directed film, which was driven by visual effects, received eleven Academy Award nominations, winning four: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects.

Visual effects house Rhythm and Hues was behind the astounding VFX which made Life of Pi possible; yet two weeks before the Oscar ceremony, the company declared bankruptcy, firing hundreds of employees.

FDL Movie Night Preview: Life After Pi

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 3:57 pm

Monday night’s movie, Life After Pi is short (and free!) film that looks at Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on “Life of Pi”– just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy.

Late Night: Hey Joe, All Things Being Equal

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 8:00 pm

Tomorrow packs a double whammy: It’s the Feast of St Joseph–patron saint of confectioners, carpenters and cuckolds, along with fathers and real estate sales–and the Spring Equinox. St Joseph’s also the patron of saint of Sicily, and the Feast of St. Joseph’s Day is a big deal in New Orleans which has a large Sicilian/Italian population (muffalettas!). Altars are laid out with lemons for new love. Fava beans represent the drought in Sicily which ended after prayers to St. Joe statues of the Holy Family (plus additional saints if you’re so inclined) candles, flowers and food, with an emphasis on seafood, round out a traditional altar.

Saturday Art: “Made in Los Angeles” Showcases L.A. Urban Style

By: Saturday March 15, 2014 10:33 am

“Made in Los Angeles” showcases poignant and proud art, steeped in SoCal tradition with its roots in Aztec and Olmec mythologies, imbued with loss and love. Featuring over twenty artists from the Greater Los Angeles area, “Made in Los Angeles” runs through March 22 at Smoking Mirrors Gallery in Pomona.

Late Night: Obama “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 8:00 pm

In a push to get young adults to sign up for the Affordable Care Act before the March 31 deadline, President Obama met last month to tape an episode with Zach Galifianakis for “Between Two Ferns,” the comedian’s mock interview webseries on Funny or Die.com.

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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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