Is it just us or did July feel like the longest month ever? (Check our "July '09 Month in Photos" slideshow for a recap.) From Comic-Con to unforgettable concerts to Marilyn Manson's death threats to hospital stays, July was one for the books. Fatigue aside, we restocked our instant espresso stash and kicked off August with a heavy dose of socializing, new media business strategy, devastatingly beautiful performance art, and story-time with filmmaker Werner Herzog. Read on for more of what we did and who we saw...
Twiistup creator Mike Macadaan once hailed L.A.'s premier tech event as a nod to the dot-com days of excess. But Macadaan sold Twiistup to an undisclosed party a few months ago, and with new management came changes. Twiistup 6 took place July 30 and 31 at the Universal Hilton and blogger AV Flox was on the scene, armed with pen, paper and a tutu. Read more about L.A.'s iSociety in "Twiistup 6 Mixer: the Producer, the VIPs, and the Stuff No One is Talking About" and "Twiistup 6, Day 2: The Next Generation of L.A. Entrepreneurs #WakeUp, Discuss the Power of the Social Web."
On August 1 filmmaker Werner Herzog made an appearance at Book Soup to promote Conquest of the Useless, a richly entertaining collection of his diaries from the famously harried production of his 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, the sort of epic tale of bravado filmmaking which stands the test of being told time and time again. Read more in Nicole Campos' "Last Night: Werner Herzog Signs His Fitzcarraldo Diaries at Book Soup."
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The second installment of the New Original Works Festival 2009 took place over the weekend at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre (REDCAT), and featured two vastly divergent performance pieces, one by Jennifer the Leopard, a four piece "band" of female artists and musicians. Read more in Randall Roberts' "Jennifer the Leopard, Oguri Offer Darkness and Light at REDCAT."