Monday, October 23, 2006

Downtown LA: "Nightingale" and "ALOUD at Central Library"

Last week I was able to enjoy two Downtown LA events - Lynne Redgrave's "Nightingale" on Sunday, October 15th and the ALOUD at Central Library series session featuring Janet Fitch (writer of White Oleander and recently, Paint It Black) in conversation with Rachel Resnick (writer of Go West Young F*cked-Up Chick : A Novel of Separation) on Wednesday, October 18th.

Redgrave's one-woman performance in "Nightingale" was spectacular. I haven't seen too many one-person shows, but this one really brought you into a character and her interactions with other people. The story follows Redgrave's fictionalized account of her grandmother's life story. The show continues at the Mark Taper Forum until November 19th.

Janet Fitch, in conversation with Rachel Resnick, was an enjoyable event that discussed Fitch's latest novel Paint It Black and Fitch's background/process as a writer. Resnick did a great job asking intriguing questions to which Fitch provided amusing answers. The audience all appeared to have as enjoyable a time as I did! The best part of literary events such as these is finding out the writer behind the book and his/her writing process. Check out the ALOUD at Central Library events to come! ALOUD's website also offers video and audio streams of its events.

-Charity Tran, ExperienceLA Web Coordinator

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