Next up at the New Short Fiction Series at The Federal Bar: Kurt Taylor
We met Kurt Taylor during the days of the NoHo Theatre & Arts Festival. Those were happy days when our neighborhood was young and just beginning to blossom. Kurt was a great ally of the NoHo Arts District and produced interviews on the festival and all the talented participants. Kurt is coming back to NoHo but this time not behind the camera but on stage. The New Short Fiction Series at The Federal Bar presents “Horsepower And Other Stories,” by Kurt Taylor, on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 7PM. He and guests will perform exerpts from some of his short stories. Performing words? Yes. This is what the New Short Fiction Series is all about.
Did you know that the New Short Fiction Series is L.A.’s longest running spoken word series? It just so happens that it’s presented at The Federal Bar every second Sunday of the month in cooperation with Barnes & Noble, and is a recognized standout in the Southland’s artistic landscape. Each performance features carefully selected excerpts from new works of short fiction by a West Coast writer. The New Short Fiction Series is directly responsible for placing six newly released books on the Los Angeles Times’ bestseller list, and has been the “jump off” for many collections and novels from unpublished stories featured in the series. Spoken word artist Sally Shore hosts and produces this live, monthly program, performing with a rotating guest cast of some of L.A.’s most talented working actors.
Kurt survived 24 years as an executive in the cable television industry and also worked as a sports journalist and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside, low-residency program, and has written a novel about a Vietnam veteran who goes in search of a missing pro boxer. Taylor, while considering writing a tell-all of the dark days of the broadband industry where he will name names and point fingers, currently blogs at indian-hill.blogspot.com and kurttaylor.blogspot.com.
WHAT: “Horsepower And Other Stories”
WHEN: Sunday, August 9
Performances begin at 7:00 p.m.
Doors open 6:00 p.m. for your dining pleasure
WHERE: The Federal Bar NoHo
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
TICKETS: Advance Tickets Recommended!
$12.00 advance purchase
$15.00 at the door, cash only
Here’s a short description of the stories that will be performed:
– Lane and Mia (Excerpted, Fiction); Lane sees a strange apparition while driving in the desert, and seeks to confirm that he’s not still suffering the effects of a previous psychological breakdown. He enlists a friend to go on a quest to confirm what he’s seen, while trying to conceal his true reason for his road trip from his wife, Mia.
Background; I’m fascinated by desert culture and the folks who live on the edge of Southern California, far from the vortex of the media culture and entertainment overload. I wanted to combine the mystical, magical elements of the desert with a man’s attempt at rehabilitation who really wants to know, ‘Am I still crazy?’
– The Flags At Fenway (Fiction); A sports writer attempts to get a major league baseball player to reveal why he left the game.
Background; As a writer, I’m as much interested in the reasons why pro athletes fail, as in their successes. For me there is drama in the failure and athletes ability to deal with it.
– Two Land Broadband (Excerpted, Narrative non-fiction); A first person account of the Adelphia Communications bankruptcy, while I was a general manager in their Los Angeles operations. What it was like, on the ground, during the near-shutdown of financial support during the beginning of the then-largest bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. history.
Background; I lived through a harrowing and unusual time in the telecommunication industry, which ultimately led to the two founding members of the Adelphia Communications company going to federal prison. It was a striking failure of leadership. The opening scene in the story kept resonating in my mind, and I felt it would be a good place to start a sort of ‘one man’s journey through darkness’ type of story.
– Horsepower (Narrative non-fiction); Seeing vintage race cars at the Auto Club Speedway sparked memories of my own, of the cars I’ve owned, and one in particular that helped me lead-foot my way through a personally heartbreaking time.
Background; I spent two days photographing beautiful race cars at the Auto Club Speedway, and I started to write some thoughts about the cars and the men who now own them and drive them. When I kept writing, it moved on to my childhood memories of car shows, and some of my first cars. After a personally difficult time, I bought a car and drove wild through the Rocky Mountains trying to distance myself from heartbreak. After moving to California, the car sat idle for years, until I found a new owner worthy of all that the car meant.
Here’s what Southern California writers are saying:
“Like the people he writes about, Kurt Taylor has heart and gets inside on you. And with…Horsepower, he provides an intimate look at the world of male heartbreak, connecting fast cars, women, and life-shattering decisions in a way that I have not seen before. Thanks for the ride, Kurt, and I hope it doesn’t end.” – Deanne Stillman
“Kurt Taylor writes about people who don’t mind getting dirty, people who like to sweat; gritty people who are sometimes in desperate situations — but he adds a dose of sweetness and just the right amount of weird to his stories, making them the perfect cocktail for a night on the town.”
– Mark Haskell Smith
“Kurt Taylor’s characters characters could have come out of the mind of Elmore Leonard–wound tight and ready to break open, driving his stories forward, compelling the reader to press on. His characters, coupled with his keen eye for detail and dark sense of humor, left me with a haunting sense of déjà vu, like I’d been there with these characters before, a feeling that stuck with me long after I’d finished reading.” – William Hillyard
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