Saturday Apr 6
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Josh Frank & Brazo Bookstore
co-host a film screening combined with a graphic novel release party!
In addition - Brazos Bookstore will have books for sale
Join us for a fun evening as Josh reads from his book, GIRAFFES ON HORSEBACK SALAD followed by a screening of the Marx Brothers movie "A Night At The Opera." Books will be provided by Brazos Bookstore for sale on site. Come laugh, drink, and be surreal with us on this special night!
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA --The Marx Brothers run amuck in the world of opera when Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx) meets aspiring singer Ricardo (Allan Jones), who is determined to win the love of fellow performer Rosa (Kitty Carlisle). Aided by Fiorello (Chico Marx) and Tomasso (Harpo Marx), Otis attempts to unite the young couple, but faces opposition from the preening star Lassparri (Walter Woolf King), who also has his sights on Rosa. Traveling from Italy to New York, Otis and friends rally to try and win the day.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE GRAPHIC NOVEL:
Surrealism meets Hollywood meets film history in this graphic novel, which turns an unproduced script by Salvador Dali into a fantastic comedy starring Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx. The back story to this amazing graphic novel is -- Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who’d befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. But author Josh Frank found it, and with comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he’s re-created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory. In the story, a businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world—but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance. Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real-world story behind the historic collaboration.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR
Josh Frank is a writer, producer, director and composer. He's the author of Fool the World: The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies; In Heaven Everything Is Fine; and co-author of the illustrated novel The Good Inn. He built, owns, and operates the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Manuela Pertega was born in Badalona, Spain, a short distance from Figueres, birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Her comics and illustrations have appeared in publications such as Fanzine Hey, and she has done scientific illustration for the National Encyclopedia of Health of Spain. She teaches art at Badalona VII, a public art institute, and at La Taca, an art school in Montcada, Spain.