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All in the Family: The Show That Changed Television and Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business (In-Person Event)

11/29/2021 - 6:00pm

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29 AT 6 PM ET

Let us entertain you! Come meet Jim Colucci, author of All in the Family: The Show That Changed Television and Frank DeCaro, author of Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business.

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About the Books:

All in the Family creator Norman Lear and author Jim Colucci take fans behind the scenes of the groundbreaking sitcom on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

The face of television was changed forever in 1971 with the premiere of All in the Family. The working-class Bunker family of Queens, New York—lovable bigot Archie (Carroll O'Connor), his long-suffering “dingbat” wife Edith (Jean Stapleton), their liberal daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers), and son-in-law Mike "Meathead" Stivic (Rob Reiner)—instantly became, and half a century later still are, four of the most iconic characters in television.

In All in the Family: The Show that Changed Television, Norman Lear shares his take on fifty essential episodes that exemplify why the show remains as funny and relevant as ever. Its boundary-pushing approach to hot-button topics is examined with commentary from co-stars O’ Connor, Stapleton, Reiner, and Struthers, as well as writers, directors, and guest stars from the show.

With previously unseen notes from Lear, script pages, production designs, and a foreword by super-fan Jimmy Kimmel, this book is the ultimate companion to the seminal series and a must for fans of Lear’s shows and television comedy.

“Norman Lear,” said New Yorker critic Michael Arlen, “has a feel for what people want to see before they know they want to see it.” All in the Family, like all of the Lear shows that followed, was a turning point in television’s handling of taboo subjects such as race relations, feminism, homosexuality, war, religion, gun control, social inequity, and other controversial subjects, all of which remain in the news today.

 

Drag celebrates the fabulous current and historical influence of drag, and its talented and inspiring performers.

Since man first walked the Earth...in heels, no other art form has wielded as unique an influence on pop culture as Drag. Drag artists have now sashayed their way to snatch the crowns as the Queens of mainstream entertainment.

Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag, readers will embark on a Priscilla-like journey through pop culture, from television shows like The Milton Berle Show, Bosom Buddies, and RuPaul's Drag Race, films like Some Like It Hot, To Wong Foo..., and Tootsie, and Broadway shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cage aux Folles, and Kinky Boots.

With stops in cities around the globe, and packed with interviews and commentaries on the dramas, joys, and love that "make-up" a life in wigs and heels, Drag features contributions from today's most groundbreaking and popular artists, including Bianca del Rio, Miss Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka, and Varla Jean Merman, as well as notable performers as Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch. It includes more than 100 photos—many from performers' personal collections, and a comprehensive timeline of drag "herstory."

 

About the Authors:

Veteran television historian Jim Colucci covers television and other entertainment media on his blog Must Hear TV. He is the author of the authorized companion book Will & Grace: Fabulously Uncensored (2004), The Q Guide to the Golden Girls (2006), and the New York Times best-seller Golden Girls Forever (2016).

 

Frank DeCaro hosted his own live national talk show The Frank DeCaro Show every weekday on Sirius Satellite Radio for over 10 years. For nearly seven years, he co-wrote and hosted the popular Out at the Movies segments on the Emmy Award-winning Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A much sought-after pop culture pundit, he has appeared on numerous programs including TV Land's Tickled Pink, Logo's The Evolution Will Be Televised, CNN's Showbiz Tonight, NBC's Dateline, VH1's The List, E! Entertainment Television's The E! True Hollywood Story: The Sopranos, and Bravo's Bravo Profiles: RuPaul. As a journalist and fashion editor, he wrote the funny-but-chic biweekly column "Style Over Substance" for The New York Times. His work has appeared in myriad publications including The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Vogue, USA Weekend, Metropolitan Home, In Style, Time Out New York, and The Advocate.

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