Austin Cultural Exchange with Chris D, Bob Hoffnar
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Chris D. became involved in the Los Angeles punk scene as a writer for Slash magazine in late 1977. He was an A&R rep and in-house producer at Slash Records/Ruby Records from 1980-1984. He is also known as the singer/songwriter of the bands The Flesh Eaters, Divine Horsemen and Stone by Stone. He saw release of his first feature film as director, I PASS FOR HUMAN, in 2004 (and its DVD release in 2006), and worked as a programmer at The American Cinematheque in Hollywood CA from 1999-2009. His anthology A MINUTE TO PRAY, A SECOND TO DIE, a 500-page collection of all of his poetry and song lyrics, plus scores of dream journal entries was published in December, 2009 by New Texture Books. Between 2010-2013, Chris D. published 5 novels and a short story collection, and April 2013 saw the release of his 800-page non-fiction GUN AND SWORD: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980, all from Poison Fang Books. He is also the author of a chapter (“Punk as a Young Adult”) in the UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN book by John Doe & Tom DeSavia from April 2016, published by De Capo Press.
Renowned pedal steel guitarist Bob Hoffnar relocated to Austin from NYC seven years ago and has since become a major contributor to Austin’s cultural landscape. Originally from Silver Springs MD, Hoffnar graduated from Purchase Conservatory of Music in 1998 with a BFA in composition that included private studies with Richard Cameron Wolf. Further private studies included time with such musical luminaries as Lamonte Young, Pandit Pran Nath and Ernest Tubb’s steel player Buddy Charelton.
Hoffnar has recorded widely on prestigious and underground labels around the world including: John Zorn’s Tzadik records, EMI (UK), Capital Records and Netwerk (Canada). Known internationally for his voracious creative appetite, Hoffnar has recorded, toured and performed around the world with an unfathomable array of artists spanning generation and genre including: Nora Jones, Ryan Adams, John Zorn, Cyndi Lauper, Boston Pops Orchestra, Iggy Pop and Hasil Atkins. Hoffnar currently holds down a weekly residency at Stay Gold with his post-experimental lounge band Mood Illusion.
ACE is a monthly collaborative series at the The Museum of Human Achievement with an emphasis on community, learning, eclecticism and fun.