Jeanne Darst is a writer and performer whose plays have been performed in her living room in Brooklyn, a barn in Vermont, bars on the lower east side, an eco-resort in Hawaii, a hotel lounge in Vieques, an art gallery in downtown LA, and a Republican’s house in Palm Beach.
Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times magazine and she is a regular contributor to the radio program This American Life.
Her first book, Fiction Ruined My Family, was published by Riverhead Books in October, 2011.
Open Mike Eagle
"One of LA's smartest young voices" says the LA Times...which the artist suspects, may just be a covert way of saying LA is dumb. "Open" Mike Eagle wouldn't terribly mind, being born and raised in Chicago where the painful winters and his uppity grandparents kept him inside as a youth. He spent his formative years watching alternative music happen on MTV and hoping to one day be able to audition for the Native Tongues.
As a young adult after graduating with a degree in Psychology, he did the next best thing and moved to Los Angeles, joining the Project Blowed collective where he made music and toured with Busdriver, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Nocando and more. He's also gained notoriety in the world of comedy by being invited by professional funny people (Paul F. Tompkins, Hannibal Buress, Matt Besser/UCB) to rap at their shows. He'd like to be rap's Kurt Vonnegut but recognizes that he'd first have to create something as iconic as the four-stroke illustration of an anus. He practices by releasing rap albums that delight, entertain, and confuse.