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Slake Launch Party Draws Ginormous Crowd

Local literary journal Slake celebrated the publication on its second issue with a bash at the Track 16 art gallery in Santa Monica. Well over 700 partygoers showed for the shindig, which included readings by Slake contributors Rachel Resnick, James Greer, John Albert, Amy Scattergood, and FishbowlLA’s own Matthew Fleischer. We were bursting with pride over our little Matty, who drew laughs and hoots from the crowd with his reading of “Mushrooms to Mecca.” An excerpt:

In some countries they call pigeons squab and eat them as a delicacy. In America, we tend to let them feed on our scraps and then get pissed when they shit on our cars — a resource turned into a filthy, disease-ridden nuisance. You can learn a lot about a place by its birds.

And here’s our editor celebrating a reading well read. More pics after the jump.

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SPIN Mag’s Year In Music Party

FBLA hit the Henry Fonda Music Box theater in Hollywood Tuesday night for SPIN magazine’s “Year In Music” holiday party. SoCal bands Wavves and Warpaint played for the crowd as we stumbled through the darkened venue, trying to make out faces we could recognize. We found a few:

Your FBLA editor Pandora Young with Richie Ramone of The Ramones. THE RAMONES!!!

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Senior Features Editor Tom Christie Celebrates His LA Weekly Departure

Former and current LA Weekly employees gathered at the Red Lion in Silverlake Wednesday night to celebrate Tom Christie and his 15 year tenure at the paper. Christie was let go from the Weekly in mid-November, as FBLA first reported.

Slake editor Joe Donnelly with silver fox and man of the hour Tom Christie.

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The Man Who Makes Journalists Dance

This past Thursday at the Museum of Contemporary Art FBLA caught the dance and art event HEFFINGTON MOVES MOCA. The event kicked off the artistic residency of choreographer Ryan Heffington and his collective The East Siders, some of whom looked awfully familiar. Journalists Anna Scott of the Daily Journal and Dani Katz, who we know from the LA Weekly, were among the dancers performing onstage! No idea if there were more scribes in the show, but there were certainly plenty of us on the dance floor afterward.

Ryan Heffington, far right, with friends.
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The Filing Room at TheWrap’s TheGrill

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Yes, “the wrap” and “the grill” makes us hungry and lunch is late due to an early morning accident on the 10 Freeway. TheGrill is the one day pow wow of movers and shakers in the media and tech industry. “The leaders, the deciders, the disrupters.”

Pictured above TheWrap’s Managing Editor Lew Harris, Brent Lang and the anonymous blogger from Hollywood Temp Diaries.

No Nikki Finke sightings. No shock there.

You can view and read about the speakers here. We’ve been waiting for one of the CEOs, founders or thinkers to get off message. No luck yet. Maybe if they switched the Starbucks for some whiskey.

Mediabistro Cocktail Party Tomorrow in Hollywood

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Let’s all saunter over to the sleaze riddled Walk of Fame to share a joke and maybe some hard liquor with our colleagues and well-wishers. Yes, it’s time for another Mediabistro mixer and this time it’s in Hollywood:

What: Drinks and conversation

Who: Media professionals

Why: To bring about greater community among media professionals, and because it’s fun!

When: Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Where:
Geisha House
6633 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Click here for a map

Food/Drink: Complimentary appetizers and drink specials

Hosted by: Write On! Online creator Debra Eckerling and Kaiser Permanente senior web editor Michelle Thatcher

RSVP here.

Spotted at the Downtown Film Festival

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The premier of American: The Bill Hicks Story was sold out last night. The theater was packed with fans of the late comedian, his family, friends and tons of comics who worked with him.

Pictured above is comedian and actor Rick Overton, who most of his peers would agree is a George Carlin heir apparent. He was friends with Bill Hicks.

After the screening we ran into storyteller/comedian Dylan Brody who featured for Hicks in upstate New York in 1985. “I was so needy and self-absorbed and you never would have known by the way he treated me,” Brody tells FBLA.

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LA Observed’s 3rd Annual Rooftop Party

The rooftop patio of the Formosa was packed Friday night with scribes, all brought together by Kevin Roderick of LA Observed.

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FBLA editors Pandora Young and Tina Dupuy with host Roderick.

More partygoer pics after the jump.

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Slake Throws A Damn Good Party

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In celebration of their premiere issue, the Slake literary journal threw a party at Track 16 on Thursday night, complete with readings, music, an art show, a taco truck, and most importantly – PIE. Beautiful women served up generous slices of apple pie in a vintage 1929 dining car to the literary hordes, which included Jerry Stahl, Luke Davies, John Powers, Iris Berry, John Albert, Joe Donnelly, Deborah Stoll, and Jonathan Gold.

The gallery show of art from Slake will be on display at Track 16 through the end of the week. Track 16 Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. Bldg C-1, Santa Monica, 310-264-4678. We recommend taking a peek.

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Mad Men Unbuttoned, The Book Party

A swank shindig was held last night at the Formosa to celebrate Natasha Vargas-Cooper‘s popular blog ‘Mad Men Unbuttoned’ becoming a book. Period attire was encouraged, and partygoers did as they were told.

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The author signs a copy of her tome.

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