KPFK Wed. 4/16: Steve Lopez: Homeless in L.A.


Homeless in L.A: one man’s story: STEVE LOPEZ is the indispensable LA Times columnist who writes about life in the city. Now he tells the story of one homeless man on Skid Row who he discovered was a classical violinist, trained at Julliard. Now that story is not only a book but is soon to be a major motion picture: The Soloist.
Steve Lopez will be speaking Thursday, 4/17, 730pm: Town Hall Writer’s Bloc — Writer’s Guild Theatre, 135 S. Doheny Dr.,
Beverly Hills; Friday, 4/18, 8pm: Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Sunday, 4/27, 1130am: LA Times BookFest, UCLA.

Plus: This weekend is the 50th anniversary of the Ash Grove, the legendary music club on Melrose that was burned in 1973 – Sandy Carter will explain–he wrote the music column “Slippin’ and Slidin'” for Z Magazine. This weekend will feature a series of glorious concerts at UCLA: Fri. night, 4/18, Royce Hall: Dave Alvin; Ramblin’ Jack Elliott; Mike Seeger, Roland White and Ry Cooder; plus Culture Clash; Sat. night, 4/19, Royce Hall: The Freedom Singers, John Hammond, Taj Mahal, The Watts Prophets; Sunday 4/20, 11AM, Schoenberg Hall: Gospel Concert, with The Eddie Kendricks Gospel Choir, Bernice Reagon and the Freedom Singers, Michelle Shocked.

Also: Osama Bin Laden is part of a generation of wealthy Saudis full of contradictions in their relationship to American popular culture—and American business. That story is told in The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century by STEVE COLL – he won the Pulitzer Prize for his last book, the bestseller Ghost Wars, on the secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden.
Steve Coll will be speaking at 7pm in the ALOUD Series at the downtown LA Public Library, 5th and Flower streets – the event is officially “Sold out—Standby Only.”