BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art?

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BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art?

On the heels of a successful April Fool’s Day kickoff, Barnsdall Art Park continues its literary arts fundraising series with Summer Reading.  On June 25th from 7:30-10 p.m., the Park’s iconic Gallery Theatre invites guests to participate in its second BAMBOOZLED: Fact. Fiction. Art? event, with an all new lineup for an engaging, interactive evening, exploring the art of deception.

Hosted by radio reporter Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, BAMBOOZLED promises a night to remember with live readings by four notable LA-based authors, J. Ryan Stradal, Jillian Lauren, Gary Phillips and Naomi Hirahara. The audience then gets to decide whether or not each writer’s intricate stories are, in fact, Fact or Fiction? Prizes will be awarded to the winners. During the performance, talented, multi-media artist Aaron Axelrod will be creating a live painting inspired by the stories told, which the audience will have a chance to win in a grand prize drawing at the end of the night.

The event has been brought to the Park by the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and made possible by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Underscoring Barnsdall Art Park’s distinctive year-round programming from famed wine tastings to movie nights, BAMBOOZLED supports the Park unique programming. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Register at  


Bamboozled host, Rico Gagliano has worked in public radio for almost a decade and his pieces have been heard on All Things ConsideredWeekend AmericaThe Savvy Traveler and other series, but he’s best known as a reporter on Marketplace. He co-hosts the Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation, essentially, “public radio’s arts & leisure section.”

Bamboozled curator, Diana Wagman is the author of five novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews including “Life #6,”and “Spontaneous,” which won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. She also wrote the original screenplay for DELIVERING MILO directed by Nick Castle, starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series and her new mystery series, includes “Murder on Bamboo Lane,” and “A Grave on Grand Avenue.”

For more information, go to her website:

Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times memoir, “Everything You Ever Wanted,” as well as “Some Girls: My Life in a Harem,” and “Pretty.” Jillian’s writing has appeared in The Paris ReviewThe New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle and Salon, among others. For more information, go to her website:

Gary Phillips was the editor of the bestselling Orange County Noir, co-editor of the Cocaine Chronicles, and his graphic novel, “The Rinse,” has been optioned for television. For more information, go to his website:

J. Ryan Stradal is the author of “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” and serves as the acquisitions editor at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, Advisory Board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. He also edited the 2014 edition of the California Prose Directory, featuring thirty California fiction and non-fiction writers and their stories about the Golden State. For more information, go to his website:

Aaron Axelrod is an L.A.-based artist, who is interested in the ideas of social interaction, psychedelia, and public space. Known for his unique use of the spectacle & aesthetic choices, Axelrod is inspired by Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, donuts and Wu-tang. A practitioner of vast disciplines including painting, installation, performance, sculpture and video art, his work has been displayed in galleries, museums and public spaces in cities across the country. Collaborations have included projects for Walt Disney, KCRW, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, TOMS, Myspace, PTTOW!, City National Plaza, Coachella, Skee.TV, Vans, LA Sheriffs Dept. and Google to name a few. A CalArts graduate, Axelrod currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, go to his website:

About Barnsdall Art Park Foundation:

Barnsdall Art Park Foundation is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture Barnsdall Park as a dynamic and vibrant artistic, cultural, and recreational destination for Los Angeles and the world. For more information, please visit

About the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA):

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 40 million annual overnight and day visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through: grant-making, marketing, development, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and building partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles. The cultural facilities at Barnsdall Park are managed by DCA. The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation works closely with DCA and other City agencies to provide programming, sustainability efforts, and the realization of capital projects to enhance experiences at the park for visitors.

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