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Tina Fey in Conversation with Steve Martin, April 19

People often ask me if Tina Fey is gay.  This is because, I think, and unfortunately for me, I’m the only gay person they know, and they assume that we all know who the others are, like Cylons or something.  The larger takeaway, though, is the implication behind the question: that very few women can have the strength of her talents, defy as many conventions, and not talk incessantly about how she should be defined as a mother first, unless she were a lesbian.  There’s a whole lot wrapped up in that implication, too much to deconstruct here, so I’ll just say: that is a terrible work of fiction that no one wants to read but for some reason keeps getting checked out.

For those of you (gay, straight, boy, girl, in between, on the fringe) looking for a little inspiration a la Fey, Live Talks LA is hosting the writer/producer/actress/comedian at the Nokia Theater on Tuesday, April 19.  Fey will discuss her upcoming memoir, Bossypants, with Steve Martin.  Tickets just went on sale on Friday; get them here.  My guess is that these will sell out, soon, so you better get on it, now.

For those curious about Fey’s essaying abilities (because being head writer at SNL, the creator/writer of 30 Rock, and the writer of Mean Girls isn’t quite enough), check out the last few issues of The New Yorker. An essay  first appears in the same issue as the fantastic article on Scientology, about “juggling” her career and her – blahblah – family (“What is the rudest question you can ask a woman? ‘How old are you?’ ‘What do you weigh?’ ‘When you and your twin sister are alone with Mr. Hefner, do you have to pretend to be lesbians?’  No, the worst question is: ‘How do you juggle it all?’”).

The second essay, in this week’s issue, is on the lessons she learned from Lorne Michaels (“Never tell a crazy person he’s crazy.” – I’m assuming she’s talking about Tracy Morgan here, but I may be projecting).  I hope Tina Fey and Rudy Giuliani do a book exchange, BossyPants for Leadership, just to compare and contrast styles.  If you have nothing going on – and, heck, even if you do – go to the newsstand, flip to page 22, and just read it.  It’s great.  It makes you want to buy the book or e-book.  And, yes, see her live from Los Angeles, on a Tuesday night.

An Evening with Tina Fey in Conversation with Steve Martin, Tuesday, April 19 at 8:00pm at the Nokia Theatre. Tickets are $29 (seat only)/$49 (premier seating plus Fey’s book)/$119 (prime seating plus Fey and Martin’s books). A signing will follow the talk.

Picasso In Hollywood

Picasso At The Lapin Agile at the Complex Theater - East.

A fantastic production of Picasso At The Lapin Agile has come to its final performances at the Complex Theater – East. Class up your weekend with a little culture.

Picasso At The Lapin Agile (written by Steve Martin) is the tale of a chance meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at a Paris pub in 1904, on the eve of Einstein publishing his Special Theory of Relativity and Picasso painting his masterpiece. There is even an appearance by another historical figure, but I’ll let that be a surprise.

I’m no Ben Brantley, but once in a while I do like an evening at the theatah. I can tell you that this cast is packed with stand-out performances, and with a script written by Steve Martin you know there will be quite a few laughs.

What: Picasso At The Lapin Agile
Where: The Complex Theater – East, 6468 Santa Monica Blvd.
When:
Final performances this weekend.
Tickets:
(323) 960-7714 or www.plays411.net/picasso

Want to really impress your Valentine? Forget about dinner at the Olive Garden and a screening of Valentine’s Day (seriously, Ashton Kutcher? That’s a bad idea.) Take your true love (or BFF, friend from work, or that tattooed cutie you met at Intelligentsia) to see some terrific live theater. You’ll be glad you did.

Steve Martin Tickets Have Been Awarded

So many of you entered the contest for tickets to Steve Martin’s “Big Bad Banjo” that it took me a good hour to put all your names into my magic Choose-O-Matic machine. But we have a winner! If you haven’t been contacted, that person is not you. I am terribly sorry, and to all the contestants whom I actually know personally & professionally, I hope you don’t hate me.

BUT you can buy tickets (the money goes to the goddamn LA Library, for crying out loud–buy a ticket!) on Goldstar for very affordable prices. I bought my parents, huge Martin fans, a pair of tickets to the seated section for a very reasonable amount. Go there. Now. (Looks like they also have VIP seats to this weekend’s Derby Dolls bout for half-price as well!)