Thu, Apr 16 at 7:30pm


Barry Sonnenfeld is neurotic when it comes to making incredible films. The filmmaker and writer, who broke into the industry as the cinematographer on the Coen Brothers' first three films, was also the director of photography on Throw Mamma from the Train, Big, When Harry Met Sally, and Misery. He made his directorial debut with The Addams Family in 1991, and went on to direct a number of films including Addams Family Values, Get Shorty, and the first three Men in Black movies. His television credits include Pushing Daisies, for which he won an Emmy, and Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. His new book, Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother: Memoirs of a Neurotic Filmmaker, is an outrageous and hilarious tale of traveling through life with the motto: Regret the Past. Fear the Present. Dread the Future. You’ve long seen life through Barry Sonnenfeld’s eyes on the screen – now take it in on the page.

Daniel Ortberg is a poetic yeller. As the cofounder of beloved literary humor site The Toast and the current dispenser of advice for Slate’s popular “Dear Prudence” column, Ortberg has been yelling on the internet for over a decade now – and people are listening.Ortberg is back with his new book “Something That Will Shock and Discredit You.” The witty and clever collection of essays and cultural observations spans pop culture – from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure. Ortberg is also the New York Times bestselling author of “Texts from Jane Eyre” and “The Merry Spinster.”

Ruthie Foster has always undeniably marched to the beat of her own drum. From the small rural town of Gause, Texas, her vocal talent was elevated in worship services at her community church as she drew influence from legendary acts like Mavis Staples and Aretha Franklin. Along the way, Foster developed a unique sound unable to be contained within a single genre. She served in the Navy, walked away from a major recording deal when she felt it wouldn’t upload her individuality, and moved back to Texas to immerse herself in the Austin music scene. Described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” and nominated for Best Blues Album at the Grammy three times in a row, Foster is now on her sixth album – Joy Comes Back, which served as musical therapy for her as she split a household and custody of her child. Ruthie Foster’s mix of blues, folk, soul, rock, and gospel is undeniably hers, and she brings a whole lot more than a drum to the party.

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