Friday, March 9, 2009-=—-I will be reading from Shadows and Light/ Journeys With Outlaws In Revolutionary Hollywood at Cafe Caffeine, on 5th street. Festivities (?) starts at 7pm. This will be for the Austin Short Fiction group, a first for me, and, oh, by the way, my book is memoir, not fiction…didn’t seem to dissuade them, though. So I will be there with clothes on if not bells….

Thursday, May 14, 2009

7 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin, Texas.
Dalton Publishing releases Gary Kent’s long-awaited Shadows & Light / Journeys With Outlaws in Revolutionary Hollywood.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

7 p.m. at BookPeople in Austin, Texas.
Dalton Publishing gathers some of us together for the release party for Stricken: The 5,000 Stages of Grief. This is a labor of love, edited by Spike Gillespie and Katherine Tanney. Several of us will read from our particular essays from the collection.

July 15, 2008

Dalton Publishing returns to BookPeople on Tuesday, July 15 for a night of fine-tuned wit and creative word. This second annual event will kick off at 7pm and will showcase none other than seven fearless Austin authors of the Dalton Gang.

The gathering includes: the dangerous yet delicate poetics of W. Joe Hoppe (Galvanized); the poignant and riotous humor of Owen Egerton (How Best to Avoid Dying); Les McGehee’s improvisational genius (Plays Well With Others); and Joe O’Connell’s resilient wisdom of happenstance and finality (Evacuation Plan, a novel from the hospice). As if that weren’t enough—readings ensue from authors of upcoming titles—the fantastical realities of Robert Stikmanz (Entranscing); the through-it-all brilliance of Ric Williams (Woman in the Tower); and the esteemed histories of Gary Kent (Shadows & Light / Journeys with Outlaws in Revolutionary Hollywood).

And, considering the eclectic collection of authors that is the Dalton Gang, it’s hard to say what else the night will bring.

Who: The Dalton Gang
What: Book Reading and Signing
Where: BookPeople (603 N. Lamar)
When: Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm

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April 2008

Make this a do! Thursday, April 10, midnight movie at the Original Alamo on 6th street in Austin, Texas…there will be blood! Me, myself and “eye” am starring in The Forest, a flick about modern day cannibalism and the drinking of latte’s laced with licorice in the Big One—Sequoia National Park. Director Don Jones will be in town, —he and “eye” will attend the “screaming” for some snappy banter, followed by a Q and A. Zach will host, Lars will lurk, and Anne will get it all down on video. I hope to see you there. You are so missed, and so important…I will cry like a lost child if we do not connect.

I am also honored to be asked to speak to the kids at Del Valle High on Friday Morn, the 11 of April. I am going to be discussing theater…drama, to you, bud, and after 40 years in the biz, you can bet I have a bit to share. I can’t wait. So, then, life proceeds, if not normally, at least reasonably active.

P.S Also, I urge you all to check out Gabrielle Faust’s homage to the Vampire, Eternal Vigilance. It hits the stores this month, and is a genuine page turner. Oh, be sure and lock the doors before reading.

Get ready for December 9th.!!!! Taylor, Texas!!! The Movie Theater!!! 1 pm!!! A special screening of Gary’ Kent’s award winning film, Rainy Day Friends!!! Plus, a reading from author Joe O’Connell’s just released novel, EVACUATION PLAN, a novel from the hospice (Dalton Publishing). RDF is the film that helped launch the career of popular heart-throb Esai Morales (NYPD Blue, La Bamba, Fast Food Nation, et al.) Pat Taggert, in his review for The Austin Statesman, called Rainy Day Friends a “winner,” “Kent’s movie has a sunny spirit—a funny film, with excellent performances by Esai Morales and Chuck Bail.” Dogo, in his Cannes’ review for Daily Variety, called the film “the very essence of strong, compelling drama.” Arthur Winsten, in the NY Post: “Rainy Day Friends means what it says…these days of gloom do require steadfast friends, and here they are!” Rainy Day Friends follows the unlikely relationship between two people fighting valiantly against the ravages of cancer. Besides garnering rave reviews and securing world-wide release, RDF won “Best Special Stunt In A Motion Picture” at the International Stuntman Awards.

O’Connell’s Evacuation Plan also takes a sympathetic, often droll look at patients in an Austin Hospice and past events in their lives as examined by a young, idealistic filmmaker. Writer/Director Tim McCanlies (Second Hand Lions), says “reading Evacuation plan is akin to unwrapping a series of small, perfectly chosen presents.” Joe Holley (Washington Post), “Evacuation Plan may be set in a Hospice, but it is, in fact, a rich and compelling book of life.”

Both Joe O’Connell and Gary Kent will be at the Taylor event, along with one of the film’s stars, Chuck Bail. (The Stuntman, Freebie and The Bean, et al). Besides acting and directing, Bail is a member of the Motion Picture Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame. David Zuniga, Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services at Hospice Austin will also attend the screening. There will be some music, some surprises, and an afternoon of pure, new and unusual entertainment. Part of the proceeds from this dynamic happening will be donated to Texas Hospice.

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Starting November 17, Dalton Publishing and many of it’s best authors will be manning a booth at the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market here in Tejas. There will be much promoting and selling of delicious books, right next to the booth with the delicious homemade pies. It’s a great time to get to meet the Dalton Gang and just hang out–or mosey around the grounds, chatting it up with all of the other folks who are showing their crafts-wares. The market, an outdoor event that manages to be both laid back and exciting, will continue on every Saturday throughout the Holidays and into the New Year. And Dalton? We’ll be there!

Fangoria, the most elite magazine of the mystery/horror genre, is holding its’ 2008 Convention in Austin, January 18-20. I have been asked to participate as a “guest star.” This is such an a huge personal honor for me…past guests have included Jack Nicholson, Don Coscarelli, Sam Raimi, Kenneth Branagh, Quentin Tarantino, John Frankenheimer, et al. The January event will include, besides me, Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and others to be announced. I’ll keep it updated…but you can be sure, this is going to be a great one..held in the Austin Renaissance Hotel at the arboretum. I hope to see you there! Remember, “Fangoria–Weekend of Horrors–January 18-20, 2008″

Get ready for the big Cinema Wasteland convention in Cleveland, Ohio this October 6, 7, 8. I will be there with bells on, if not clothes, as a Special Guest Star. This is a great convention! If you haven’t been, get your reservations now! Ken Kish is the host. He is a great guy who goes out of his way to provide a good experience for everybody… guest stars, audience, media, etc. Ken is a damned jewel. He has us all covered. Hope to see you there. This one is the “Best of the Beasts,” so to speak!

Okay, gang, here’s the deal—On Weird Wednesday, August 15th, Lars Nilsen, the eclectic brains behind the Alamo Theater bookings here in Austin, has decided to have a mid-night showing of Girls From Thunder Strip, starring yours truly. What a hoot. This late 60s biker-moonshine flick has something for just about everyone.
Movie history buffs will quickly spot uber Dsic Jockey Casey Kasem in a funny role as an ATF agent; foil to the late, great Jack Starrett’s hometown sherriff. Also catch a glimpse of Lindsey Crosby, Bing’s son; Jody McCrea, Joel McCrea’s boy; world-class cinephile-cameraman, Gary Graver. Me? I play just about the meanest son-of-a-bitch this side of the IFC. Love it!!! Lars has promised a print that is barely held together–but a late night of fun and games, none the less…Please show up, and leave your taste at home unless it has been proven “outlaw.”