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KCRW Hosts Private Patti Smith Concert

Rock star, punk poet and bestselling author Patti Smith played a private show Wednesday night as part of KCRW’s Berkeley Street Sessions, and FishbowlLA was lucky enough to score an invite. We rocked out with a crowd of approximately 175 public radio supporters including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Ellen Page, Tim Robbins, Amy Madigan and Jason Bentley‘s mom. We sat next to Bookworm‘s Michael Silverblatt, who was getting his groove on, and watched Ed Harris bark like a dog during Smith’s performance of “Banga.” Magical.

Halfway through the show the music stopped and Smith was joined onstage by KCRW DJ Anne Litt for an interview that touched on a number of topics, including music, motherhood and Smith’s award-winning book, Just Kids. When Litt mentioned how much she’d been enjoying the audiobook version, narrated by Smith, the author revealed that publishers had so disliked her South Jersey accent that they told her to re-record parts of the book speaking “normally.” Thankfully, Smith declined, and her drawl remains on the audio version.

The event was recorded for Morning Becomes Eclectic and will air on November 14. The full recording of the event will become available in the station’s archives that same day.

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KCRW Launches Book Club on Facebook

The public radio station is experimenting with the book club formula, moving it out of living rooms, libraries, and church basements, and onto a social networking platform. Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt will lead the invitation-only group, which currently has about 250 members. There are no plans to include the club in Bookworm programming, but depending on how the experiment goes, we may see crossover in the future.

The first book on the roster is Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion, which Silverblatt describes as “perhaps the most dazzling and dissolute Los Angeles novel, a good way to talk about how style can become content. Since Ms. Didion has a new book coming out soon (I’ve read it, it’s amazing), it would be a good way to begin a broader discussion of her work.”

Anyone interested in joining the book club should request membership via Facebook.

Over the Weekend: Joe Frank at The Village Recording Studio

While KPCC was stuck in full pledge drive languor over the weekend, KCRW continued its event-oriented fundraising to great effect. This past Saturday, Peabody Award-winning storyteller Joe Frank performed two shows on the station’s behalf at the stunning Village Recording Studio in West Los Angeles. Housed in a 1922 Masonic Temple, the studio where Frank performed was the same where the Rolling Stones recorded “Angie” years ago. Quite the space.

This Fishie caught the earlier of the two shows, where he was lucky enough to sit next to KCRW Bookworm host Michael Silverblatt. He also somehow managed to snag a better seat than “Big Love” actress Grace Zabriskie, who was staring at the back of his giant noggin for most of the show. No more than 100 people were in the small room for the intimate session.

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Media Events 10.18.07

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THURSDAY 10.18.07
WHAT: Play and Incredibly Intelligent Panel Discussion
WHO: Dark Play: Or Stories For Boys, a play about the Internet and identity by Carlos Murillo.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Main Stage at Boston Court
WHY: This Fishie is one of the incredibly intelligent panelists.

FRIDAY 10.19.07
WHAT: LACMA Movies
WHO: Where Is the Friend’s Home? and And Life Goes On (aka Life and Nothing More)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m and 9 p.m., respectively
WHERE: At LACMA, get tickets and info here
WHY: Learn more about the country we’ll probably soon be bombing.

MONDAY 10.22.07
WHAT: ALOUD series with Edmund White
WHO:n Memoirist Edmund White discussing his book Hotel de Dream: A New York Novel
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Central Public Library
WHY: He’ll be interviewed by Michael Silverblatt. Click for reservations.