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Revisiting Truman Capote’s Tipsy High Times Cover

The arrival of a new book about the colorful 40-year-history of High Times magazine is refocusing attention on some of the publication’s most memorable covers.

Tommy Chong, who holds the record for most High Times cover appearances over the years (by a human) at eight, started that run in April 1980 with partner Cheech Marin. The pair were shown reading copies of Fortune and Money.


Then there’s the December 1978 cover featuring Truman Capote and Andy Warhol, to go along with some crazy, pot-rewritten Christmas carols. As the Warhol Museum recently reminded, the plan was initially for something a little different:

Their photo shoot took place on September 26, 1978, and is detailed in Warhol’s entry that day in his book The Andy Warhol Diaries. As he recounted later that day: “[Toni, from High Times] had a Santa costume for me and a little girl outfit for Truman. But Truman wasn’t in the mood to go into drag, he said that he was already dressed like a little boy. Truman was really drunk, hugging around.”

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NYC Celebrity Dentist Fundraises More Art

DrGauseCharitableDentistryAs Princess Gabbara reminds in a recent item, the idea of Dr. Lee Gause selling curated art to underwrite dental care for the uninsured makes perfect sense:

Gause’s dental office was once an art gallery so it’s only natural, he says, that it’d be converted back to one from time to time, where works from the legendary Andy Warhol to local, up-and-coming street artists are displayed for sale. Ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $120,000 per piece, 100 percent of the art sales go toward treating people, who might not otherwise be able to afford the highest quality of dental care.

Gause labels these efforts the Smile Design Gallery. In addition to the in-office for-sale displays, he also stages monthly related art exhibits.

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Blogger Examines History of Warhol’s Most Famous Quote

ShutterstockAndyWarholTussaudsPer a Warholiana blog post by Blake Gopnik, the stateside popularization of Andy Warhol‘s “In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” pronouncement went like this: Time in 1967; the Museum of Modern Art in 1970; the New York Times and the Boston Globe in 1971; the LA Times in 1973; and many outlets in 1974, in connection with a young woman’s suicide.

But what if Warhol in fact never came up with this famous saying? Gopnik seems to think that’s the case, although he is unable to provide conclusive, undeniable proof:

By the late 1970s, Warhol himself was mentioning the line (not always clearly as his) at various times and in various places and in various weird versions, even saying that he’s grown bored with it. But that doesn’t tell us much about whether he came up with it in the first place: Warhol, the world’s greatest sponge, would hardly have proclaimed that he hadn’t coined his trademark aphorism. Warhol’s art and persona were all about the rewards of his sponging.

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Iranian American Artist Revisits Hedonistic D.C. HQ

Shuttered since the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979, this U.S. embassy sits vacant in Washington D.C. at 3005 Massachusetts Ave NW. But thanks to a new exhibit of photographs taken by New York-based Iranian American artist Eric Parnes, the building’s raucous, anything-goes heyday is being remembered.


Parnes’ collection of photographs, shot during a rare, recent visit to the vacant embassy building, are being exhibited at the Ayyam Gallery in Dubai through January 14. The opening night party for the show was last night.

From 1959 to 1961 and again from 1973 through 1979, the man at the center of the embassy’s swirling social activities was Ardeshir Zahedi, now 85 and living in Montreux, Swtizerland. At one point, he dated WaPo columnist Sally Quinn. From a recent Washington Post article by Tahrah Bahrampour:

According to a biography of Elizabeth Taylor, one of many women linked romantically with Zahedi in the 1970s, embassy guests “were afforded their every desire, from champagne and caviar to sexual favors and recreational drugs.”

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Would Andy Warhol Have Approved? Live Feed Shows His Gravesite

At press time, a gentle breeze is blowing, a pair of supermarket balloons are fluttering, there are various Campbell’s Soup cans and sounds of traffic from an unseen nearby thoroughfare. These are some of the things that FishbowlNY gleaned this morning from Figment.

The live feed from St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh was turned on overnight and marks not the death of Andy Warhol (February 22, 1987) but rather his birth on this day in 1928. The artist would have likely approved.

There is a link on the Warhol Museum feed page to the work of artist Madelyn Roehrig, who for the past five years has been documenting from the same locale and elsewhere her posthumous conversations with the pop art icon. That project is called “Figments” and, by all Facebook indications, she will be at the gravesite sometime today to mark her conversation partner’s birthday.

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Publishing Vet Barbara Zawlocki Prepping Pet-Focused Magazine

Although the planned launch of Lick magazine is still six months away, there is already a sizable slate of activity occupying Barbara Zawlocki (pictured) and two colleagues. The trio are working out of her Hancock Park area residence guest house with an eye towards the September debut of their quarterly print (and daily Web) publication targeting the lucrative realm of dog and cat owners.

Zalowcki brings to the enterprise some very impressive magazine publishing and marketing experience. She has worked for ZIFF Davis, Andy Warhol‘s Interview magazine and, since relocating to the west coast, a newsstand full of clients including Detour and Flaunt magazines.

Co-workers Rose Cefalu and William Montalvo are trusted friends she has known for years; together, they represent another four decades of magazine publishing experience. Zawlocki, after working for others and consulting to media companies, felt the time was finally right to venture out on her own.

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Art.Write.Now. Exhibition Coming to Pasadena

Art.Write.Now., a traveling exhibition of the works of winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will make its debut in Pasadena next month. Local students Lachlan Turczan, 17 (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts); Isabel Bennett, 16 (Culver City High School); Juan Correa, 17 (Loyola Academy); and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser, 16 (The Harvard Westlake School) will be honored.

The organization has been giving awards and scholarships to high schoolers for artistic and literary achievement since 1923. And they have a pretty good track record of spotting talent. Past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include John Baldessari, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol.

The show is free and opens May 7 at the Lineage Dance Performing Arts Center.

Filmmaker Recalls Wacky Ways of John Paul Getty III

In the wake of the death this past weekend in England of John Paul Getty III (pictured), West Hollywood filmmaker Phillippe Mora today shares via a wonderful ode to the man’s very well-heeled spirit.

Mora first hired Getty in 1978, as a favor to David Puttnam, to help with a documentary project. Soon enough, Mora was being driven around town by Getty in a Porsche, witnessing the opening of doors that he “never knew existed.” The pair then journeyed to New York to pitch Andy Warhol. That meeting didn’t go particularly well, much like the subsequent conversation Mora had with the manager of the Pierre Hotel, where he and Getty had checked into the Presidential Suite. Recalls Mora:

The manager politely asked how I was going to settle the bill. It was astronomical. “Didn’t Paul handle this?” I asked. “His family owns the hotel.”
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Hearst Heiress Gets Nude For BlackBook‘s Room Shoot

‘I can’t think of anything less fun than running a newspaper’

Looking for a magazine that defines random? Simply stay at any Thompson hotel and pick up the 96-page debut issue of Room 100, a custom publication by Black Book produced for … wait for it … the Thompson Hotel group.

In it, you’ll find Hearst family heiress-cum-model Lydia Hearst completely nude discussing the state of the newspaper industry. Naturally: “I can’t think of anything less fun than running a newspaper. I get my news off the internet.” The rest of the profile, though, is tough to take. See, she’s just like us civilians:

Hearst-Shaw has a hereditary work ethic, in evidence beyond getting up at ungodly hours to be primped and photographed for Heatherette, Louis Vuitton, Clinique and the like.

In his editor’s letter, Steve Garbarino namechecks everyone from Andy Warhol to William S. Burroughs to Hunter Thompson to Hemingway to Mark Twain — because, as you know, writers do love boutique hotels.

Also included in the issue: an Adrien Brody poolside pictorial, a Moby-led jaunt through the Lower East Side, an interview with Warhol photographer Christopher Makos, an errant profile of Siberia Bar owner-outlaw Tracy Westmoreland, and an oral history of the Whisky a Go Go.

Tom Christie Makes Fun of Offshore Typists in LA Weekly


Tom Christie at the LA Weekly interviews LACMA’s Michael Govan, and it’s all art, art, money, and art. The fun starts when the Weekly sends the interview tape to India for transcription (which is insane, as there are perfectly fine local services that are fast, accurate, and well-priced.) Christie writes:

The results were sometimes puzzling and often amusing. The strangely named figure Migetti was, of course, The Getty, while and four halls turned out to be Andy Warhol. Gentler pipe stood in for gentrified. And when Govan used the expression a pig in a poke, it was translated as the rather wonderful A Pagan of Poke.

But my favorite misspelling was for Eli Broad, who, as everyone knows, is no Eli Broke.

Of course, this would be considered racist or at least insensitive if the National Review ran such a piece.

Why isn’t Christie keeping jobs in Southern California?