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Arline Klatte 415.571.0998
Beth Lisick 510.593.1077
A very special show with a theme ripped straight from the exhibition by acclaimed artist Jason Lazarus at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. TOO HARD TO KEEP will features stories about times it was too hard to keep it together, too hard to keep a secret, too hard to keep thinking about, and too hard to keep up.
Michael Bunin is an American actor perhaps best known for playing the role of Kenny on the TBS sitcom My Boys. A prolific and highly successful commercial actor during the early part of his career, starring in at least 50 national commercials, the transition to the single camera comedy on TBS was a natural and seamless next step. He has also guest starred on several hit TV shows including Scrubs, C.S.I., Law & Order and Mad Men. Though born in Norfolk, Virginia, most of his youth and young adult life was spent in Las Vegas, where he attended the University of Nevada and studied theater arts. His improvisational skills were honed with studies at The Second City Players Workshop in Chicago and the famed "Groundlings" in Los Angeles. He has been a staple at The Improv Olympic in Los Angeles where he has displayed his improvisational talents with many groups. The most notable of these groups has been "The Red Shirt Freshmen" which he co-founded in the late 1990s.Growing up in Las Vegas and having family involved in the gaming industry provided for a unique education in all things having to do with gambling.
Suzanne Kleid is a bookseller in San Francisco. She has had fiction and nonfiction work published in Bitch Magazine, the Believer, Pindeldyboz, Watchword, and We Still Like.
Brian McMullen is a writer and artist living in Bayview, San Francisco. He is the senior art director and an editor at McSweeney’s, where he directs McSweeney’s McMullens, the company’s children’s book department. A picture book he wrote, Hang Glider & Mud Mask, was recently published to critical acclaim.
Rick Oginz is a visual artist. His work is diverse, consisting mostly of drawing and sculpture. The glue that holds it together is his passion to tell stories about the amazing events that have happened in our lifetimes. Earth from space, organ transplants, 9/11, drones, and The Higgs Boson are a few of his themes. He also has a career teaching Art and Design in many universities and colleges. His work is collected in museums and corporate and private collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Henry Moore Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Nestle Corporation and Michelin. Oginz has an exhibition of his current work now at the Refusalon Gallery at The J. W. Marriott Hotel, 500 Post Street on the 21st floor continuing for the next month.
Moon Zappa is a writer, actor, and comedian. The eldest child of musician Frank Zappa, she collaborated with her father on the Top 40 hit "Valley Girl" in 1982 and worked as an MTV VJ along with her brother Dweezil. Over the years she has appeared in many commercial and independent films, various television shows, has written a novel and numerous magazine articles. She lives in Los Angeles with her daughter Mathilda.
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