Yeah, so I was going to let the Hamilton High/Octavia Butler sit here at the top of the blog for a while while I'm busy elsewhere, but you amazing people I don't actually know who read this site took care of that in less than a day. Wow. You rule and I have always deeply loved you always for realz no baby I mean it.
So here's info & eye candy originally set to run next week to hold down the fort for a bit!
Since the Geffen's website is actually made of ass, you're not going to be able to tell that Saul Williams and Douglas Kearney are going to do some sort of show there next month. What you're going to have to do is call the box office at 310.280.5454, and after waiting on hold for a bit - how long perhaps depends upon the phases of the moon - you might have a conversation similar to this slightly reconstructed exchange from earlier in the week:
BGF: I would like to purchase a ticket to the Nov. 3 Williams & Kearney performance.
Box Office Lady: Those are also available on our website for your convenience. <note: this said after being on hold for 23 minutes. - the editors>
Box Office Lady: It's part of the Readings & Conversations series.
BGF: There's nothing on your website that says readings and conversations.
Box Office Lady: ... Really? Did you look at the entry for Red Hen Press?
BGF: There's nothing on your website, that I can find, that says Red Hen Press. Or Saul Williams. Or Douglas Kearney.
Box Office Lady: ... Did you try the search function?
BGF: There is no search function on the Geffen website. That is immediately obvious, anyway. Not even in the teeny links at the bottom of the page.
Box Office Lady: ... Really?
BGF: <with obviously clenched teeth and a tone implying bitchihavehadjustaboutenoughoftalkingtoyou> I have not been on hold for 23 minutes waiting to lie to whoever got around to picking up the phone.
With that, she finally stopped asking me fucking questions about the website of the place where she fucking works and took my goddamned money.
Later, at home, with a comforting mug of Whaler's, I decided to wander more on the site, trying to figure out if it was just Me because the Box Office Lady sounded so very Certain that Everything's On The Website For Your Convenience. After I don't know how long of Type-A ocd clicking, I discovered that if you click 'purchase tickets' up comes a vast Ticketmaster list. Scroll through those, the only entry for Nov. 3 is called "Language Uncoiled." Click on that, and you get a phenomenally unhelpful entry void of the names 'Saul Williams' or 'Douglas Kearney' let alone 'Red Hen Press' or, need it be said, 'Readings & Conversations'.
What makes it all even funnier is that the chatter under 'purchase tickets' reads "Know which play you'd like to see? Click below for quick purchase." So you have to know that you're looking for something that's *not* a play, that's part of a series *not* mentioned in any way on the main website, that it is called "Language Uncoiled," a title *not* mentioned at all on the main website, and you have to know the date. Because the ONLY WAY to purchase tickets for this event on the website is by knowing the date of the show, and letting Process Of Elimination take it from there.
Should I mention that, according to Ticketmaster, these tickets have been on sale since AUGUST?!!! Two months of onsale and the Geffen website hasn't bothered to mention it? The only reason I started calling at the end of last month was because it hit me that it's September, the show is in November and that means tickets must be available by now. Maybe the Geffen is the kind of theater set up for subscribers, and not really for folks who just want to pop in for a while every now and then...
So what I'm saying is that there is zero on the Geffen's site to tell you that SAUL WILLIAMS IS PERFORMING LIVE IN LOS ANGELES AT AN INTIMATE AND LOVELY SPACE ALONG WITH DOUGLAS KEARNEY. So if you happened to find out about it by accident over the summer and thus have been monitoring the Geffen's site waiting for word of tix? That's not going to help you.
What other helpful advice can I give? Oh! Do not trust the 'call back' option that will be pushed upon you while on hold. Because the REASON I waited it out on the phone is because the first TWO TIMES I called to get through the result was nada. Once, I got no call back. The other time they responded not with a call, but with an email. Two days later. On a Sunday. Which I pulled in the wee hours of Monday morning.
Meanwhile, I did go to the Joe Frank "Just An Ordinary Man" experience at the new Largo/old Coronet. I can't possibly write it up like the almost but not quite write-up of his last show, but here's an article about it. I'll just share that at the end I was in tears and also there was a hottie seven-piece band, a hottie & very flexible dancer and smokin' hot Julie Christensen w/vocals live onstage!!! And also that bald guy who mans the gate will possibly physically remove you from the premises and stomp on your ass in the alley if you don't turn off your cell before the show starts, a mindset of which I highly approve. One more show on Oct. 8 is scheduled...dunno if it's sold out. Also don't know if they'll extend the run as was done last time out. But if you have a chance to go see this, GO.
It is amazing what those Largo people have done to redecorate the Coronet. I was walking around with my jaw hanging open. There was a bar! But I didn't have any money, so I went home right after and collapsed.
Which is what I'm off to do now. Wotta week it's been.
Also? I think I have figured out the New Muppets thing. More on that later.