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Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Burroughs's Naked Lunch and FILM FUNDRAISER
Th!nkArt Salon
Chicago, IL
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Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Burroughs's Naked Lunch and FILM FUNDRAISER
Academy Award nominee Peter Weller will host a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking novel The Naked Lunch by legendary Beat author and American icon William S. Burroughs.  

This film fundraiser will feature an art exhibition at Th!nkArt Salon of William S. Burroughs' rare paintings and drawings on paper, as well as  never-before-seen footage of his turbulent life in a trailer of the feature-length documentary: William S. Burroughs: A Man Within by Yony Leyser. The documentary features exclusive interviews with John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Laurie Anderson, Peter Weller, Iggy Pop, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, James Grauerholz, and Sonic Youth.

This star-studded evening catered by Chef David Leigh will feature live music by Anni Rossi and Maya Jensen with readings, happenings, and performances by authors, poets, and Beat scholars, including:

; Peter Weller, star of David Cronenberg's film Naked Lunch (1991)
; Penny Arcade, Andy Warhol Superstar
; Anne Waldman, Poet, Co-Founder of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
; Hal Willner, Musical Director, Saturday Night Live, recorded Burroughs, Dead City Radio (1990)
; James Grauerholz, William S. Burroughs Estate Executor
; John Giorno, Poet, Giorno Poetry Systems
; John Long, author, Drugs and the Beats
; Kurt Hemmer, author, Encyclopedia of Beat Literature
; Tony Trigilio, author, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics
; Dr. Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Available online for only a few more hours.
Donation in support of the film
$60 online or $75 at the door. Includes admission to after-party at STOP SMILING Magazine, 1371 N. Milwaukee, 9:30 p.m.

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Th!nkArt Salon
1530 N. Paulina, Suite F
Chicago, IL
United States



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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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