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July 17, 2011

Buff Monster in LA: Everything Starts Pink

by Accidental Bear

 If you think about it, without getting to graphic, everything starts pink. 

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Arrested Motion caught Buff Monster in the act of preparing a new work on Hollywood BLVD in Los Angeles. His next gallery show opens on August 5, 2011 in New York City.

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May 24, 2011

Turning Tricks at Gas Station with Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy is Hot!

by Accidental Bear

Memoirist claims he turned tricks for stars like Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy
Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

Literary agent David Kuhn confirms exclusively to EW that Grove/Atlantic president Morgan Entrekin has bought the rights to Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars, Bowers’ memoir of his years spent as a bartender, confidante, and gigolo to a laundry list of showbiz icons. A GI who moved to Hollywood after World War II, Bowers describes how he and friends serviced actors and actresses on leave from nearby studios—using an LA gas station as their base. He says he later became an in-demand bartender who developed intimate friendships with stars like Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, and Rock Hudson, among others. Now 88 and living in L.A. with his wife of 27 years, Bowers agreed to tell his stories now that most of the celebrities he claims were friends and clients have passed away.
“The book is a window onto the shadow lives of all these people who entertained us and made popular culture, but who in many ways weren’t what they appeared to be,” says Kuhn. “Scotty helped them to fulfill the desires that they couldn’t fulfill themselves.” READ MORE

Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars is set for release on Feb. 14, 2012.

February 8, 2011

Secret Show: Foo Fighters @ The Roxy LA w/ Bob Mould

by Accidental Bear

Ok this calls for a little cussing out loud, HOLY FUCK! Back in the 1990’s I actually saw a surprise Foo Fighters show at the Filmore in SF. Elated , shock-n- awe is what I described that night. Slammed against the slamming crowd against the stage, taking in every last elbow to the ribs as a gift. Last night it went down again at the Roxy in LA but “OUR” very own and dear friend of mine Bob Mould was thrown into the mix.  I cannot even imagine the response from the crowd. Girls screaming pulling out their hair, straight boys switching team as this monstrosity of ROCK GODS tore it up on stage.




Jena Ardell
Foo Fighters at the Roxy

WHAT: Foo Fighters’ Secret Show
WHERE: The Roxy
WHEN: 2/7/2011

“It was supposed to be a secret!” Dave Grohl announced at the start of a not-so-secret Foo Fighters show held at the Roxy last night where opening acts included Scream and Bob Mould.

Thanks to some tips published by an “anonymous” source (ahem) and deductive reasoning, fans arrived as early as 11 a.m. to secure a spot in line outside the Roxy Theatre.
By 5:30 p.m., minutes after The Foo Fighters posted their second scavenger hunt clue, the line of eager fans wrapped past The Whisky and had already exceeded venue capacity. Only 150 lucky fans were allowed inside. Noteable celeb attendees included Nick Hexum and Pnut of 311 and Kat Von D.

This marked the third secret show where The Foo Fighters played their new album in its entirety from start to finish. At this rate, Southern California fans can expect to learn the lyrics before the album drops.

Jena Ardell
Foo Fighters at the Roxy

Fans have bassist Nate Mendel to thank–since performing the entire album at this recent string of club venues was his idea.

During a break in between songs, Grohl asked the audience what they are doing tomorrow. “Another secret show!” a fan yelled. To which, Grohl responded, “Maybe”.
Grohl was talkative in between hits and paused to dedicate “Big Me” to fans and thank them for their 16 years of support. He also flubbed the lyrics to “I’ll Stick Around”, then called the mishap his “Christina Aguilera moment”.

Fans and insiders are busy spreading word of another secret show scheduled for tonight. The Foo Fighters have yet to confirm said show, but the probability of seeing a white limo parked outside another well-known L.A. venue is high–so plan on calling in sick or leaving work early… again.

Jena Ardell
Dave gets wet

Jena Ardell
Foo Fighters at the Roxy
January 4, 2011

Good Place to Waste a Day Away : LA

by Accidental Bear

If you find yourself in LAs SilverLake area and have some time to spare, check out Secret Headquarters Book Store ( s0 much more than JUST a book store). Your senses will be titillated. The comic geek in you will be satisfied, big picture books will let you look  like your reading as you are actually people watching ( S.H is great for people watching and the occasional boyfriend catcher). Who doesn’t love a guy that can read, right?

Secret Headquarters

Secrethq_1Secret Headquarters is no secret. The boutique comic-book store, located on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, was named one of the world’s 10 best bookstores in 2008 by the British newspaper the Guardian, alongside much bigger bookstores in Argentina, Japan and an 800-year-old converted Dutch church.


The store’s interior, all warm browns with deep-chocolate wooden racks, looks something like a well-stocked home library crossed with a classic men’s club. “We wanted the store to be inviting to anyone, not just people interested in comics,” says co-owner Dave Pifer.

Pifer and David Ritchie, friends since high school in Florida, opened Secret Headquarters in 2005 (they later opened Vacation Vinyl, now located next door). Pifer says Secret Headquarters stocks an equal number of mainstream comics and independents.

Some indie picks he’s currently enthusiastic about: Catch Me if You Can by local artist Martin Cedreda;Spotting Deer by Michael Deforge, a record album-sized comic that reads like a Wikipedia entry for a deer that doesn’t actually exist; and the newly arrived, long-awaited Crickets #3 by Sammy Harkham (who owns the bookstore and gallery Family on Fairfax — but that’s another story).


“We weren’t sure what kind of store we’d end up being,” says Pifer. “Hipster people come in, and I’m expecting them to buy Harkham or more indie, but they’re buying Marvel like they did when they were kids.”

Those early brand allegiances are strong among comics readers — Marvel fans stick to Marvel, DC Comics readers stick to DC, etc. — but getting the younger generation enthusastic about any of them is a challenge. “These days,” Pifer says, “little kids aren’t picking up comics,” he says. “Video games are more intriguing.”

The store is well stocked with many graphic novels and collections, books geared for adult readers. From time to time, it showcases artwork by the people whose books sell in the shop. And it also caters to collectors: More than 100 comics readers who want every installment of a series have subscribed through the store, which gets deliveries and carefully sets the next issue aside.In October, Secret Headquarters presented a limited-edition set of prints designed to promote the AMC TV zombie series “The Walking Dead,” based on the comic book by the same name. Jordan Crane, Lisa Hanawalt, Johnny Ryan and Jon Vermilyea each drew a creature on an imaginary shooting range target practice sheet for Georgia law enforcement. A few are still hanging in the shop; each print is $40. 

Secrethq_6Secret Headquarters isn’t the kind of store that will scoff at browsers who don’t know that Crane, Hanawalt, Ryan and Vermilyea are alternative comics stars. “I want people to be interested in coming to our store,” Pifer says, returning to the importance of the store’s welcoming environment. Secret Headquarters, open seven days a week, packs a lot of comic books, graphic novels and welcome into its 500 square feet.

— Carolyn Kellogg

Photos: Secret Headquarters. Credit: Carolyn Kellogg / Los Angeles Times


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