Since 2009, The How I Learned Series has featured writers, storytellers, comedians, and other raconteurs holding forth on lessons learned, unlearned, relearned or in progress. The How I Learned Series happens once a month, and sometimes more than that, which basically means you will have the best night of your life on those nights, repeatedly.



Showing posts with label dave hill. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

GO!

Guys! Amazing news that you've probably heard me announce at least 10 times already! DAVE HILL's band VALLEY LODGE (known in my household simply as "the heartthrobs") will be playing at our 5-year anniversary show, "How I Learned The Hard Way," on February 26th at Bowery Electric! 

It kind of feels like the British Invasion all over again, but with Dave and the other guys in his band who are all American, I think. Anyway, start thinking about what you might want to wear. I hope the heartthrobs bring the naked furniture from the video. Bowery Electric is really big, but you never know when you might need something extra to sit on.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW! "HOW I LEARNED THE HARD WAY" ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH

















HOW I LEARNED IS BACK WITH A 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW. This show will be in a rock venue, with a rock band, because we are adults now and we can do what we want. Also, I don't care if you feel weird about hugs. I will be coming in for one anyway. (The "Best In Show" Show also returns!)

Here's the event on Facebook for your RSVPing pleasure.

The How I Learned Series 5-Year Anniversary Show
"How I Learned The Hard Way"


Featuring:
DAVE HILL
Author, Tasteful Nudes / WFMU's The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
HALLIE HAGLUND
Writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
BETH LISICK
Author, Everybody Into The Pool / Yokohama Threeway

Special Musical Guest:
Dave Hill's band
 VALLEY LODGE

Producer / Host:
Blaise Allysen Kearsley

Wednesday, February 26th
8:00 PM / Doors at 7:00
DOWNSTAIRS AT
BOWERY ELECTRIC
327 Bowery NYC
B, D, F, M to Broadway-Lafayette
6 to Bleecker
$5 at the door


DAVE HILL is a writer, musician, comedian, and man-about-town. He is the author of Tasteful Nudes, and he recently slid into Tom Scharplings's weekly Best Show slot on WFMU with The Goddamn Dave Hill Show. It's okay because they are friends. Dave's writing has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney's, and VICE, among countless others. He is also a regular contributor to This American Life with Ira Glass, and has appeared on BBC-America, VH1, Sundance Channel, and Comedy Central. Dave is also the lead singer and guitar player for Valley Lodge.

BETH LISICK is a writer and performer and the one who every girl wants to be when they grow up. She is the author of four books including Everyone Into The Pool and Yokohama Threeway. She has told stories at Lollapalooza and SXSW. She is also the co-founder of the celebrated Porchlight Storytelling Series in San Francisco.

HALLIE HAGLUND is an Emmy Award winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has also written for The Hairpin, among many others, and she was featured on RISK! live at The PIT and on the RISK! podcast. Hallie was also a member of the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles, but she moved here to New York which works out really well for all of us.

VALLEY LODGE is a rock / power pop band heavily influenced by Cheap Trick, Thin Lizzy, Big Star, and T. Rex. The band is comprised of Dave Hill (lead vocals, guitar), Rob Pfeiffer (drums), Phil Costello (guitar), and Eddie Eyeball (bass). They recently released their third full-length album called Use Your Weapons. They frequently play at the Bonaroo Music Festival and will be touring New York City and beyond in 2014, mostly for the sex, but also for the money.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PODCAST EPISODE #11: Dave Hill Meets a Sleeping Giant

August 14th, 2012


In this week's podcast episode, Mr. Dave Hill (Tasteful Nudes) delivers a story about a gyro, a hobo, and restored faith in an edgier, seedier New York City for the theme How I Learned It's Complicated.

Listen Here:
Dave Hill - "The Gyro Story"
(Music: "Boys Don't Cry," The Cure)



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Monday, June 25, 2012

WEDNESDAY!

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Guys, don't miss How I Learned this Wednesday. It's kind of a little bit of a to-die-for lineup, is all I'm saying.

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The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED IT'S COMPLICATED

Featuring:
DAVE HILL
(Tasteful Nudes)
SUSAN PIVER
(The Hard Questions)
JULIE KLAM
(Please Excuse My Daughter)
ISAAC OLIVER
(He Who Laughs: Or, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Intimacy)
BRIDGET O'NEILL
(Moth StorySLAM)

Wednesday, June 27th8pm
HAPPY ENDING
302 Broome Street
Between Forsyth + Eldridge
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand
FREE


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Look, I Can't Explain

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

It's just stories about things that are, you know, complex. You understand.


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The How I Learned Series Presents
HOW I LEARNED IT'S COMPLICATED

Featuring:
DAVE HILL
(Tasteful Nudes)
SUSAN PIVER
(The Hard Questions)
JULIE KLAM
(Love at First Bark)
ISAAC OLIVER
(He Who Laughs: Or, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Intimacy)
BRIDGET O'NEILL
(Moth StorySLAM)

Wednesday, June 27th8pm
HAPPY ENDING
302 Broome Street
Between Forsyth + Eldridge
J, M, Z, F to Delancey
B, D to Grand
FREE

Creator, Producer + Host
BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Intern
LYRA SMITH

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DAVE HILL is a writer, performer, rock star, actor, comedian, and now author. His book, Tasteful Nudes... and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation,  a collection of personal essays, was published this month. He has written for The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post, and many others. He is a regular contributor to NPR'sThis American Life and has also appeared on Comedy Central, BBC America, and Adult Swim. Dave wrote  Tasteful Nudesmainly to make people laugh and maybe touch a few hearts. And if it ends up leading to sex for him, well that's just a bonus.


SUSAN PIVER is the bestselling author of six books, includingThe Hard Questions and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart. A student of Buddhism since 1995, Susan teaches workshops on meditation, relationships, and creativity and has appeared onThe Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show, among others. In 2011, she launched The Open Heart Project to teach anyone who would like to how to meditate. It has blossomed into a community of 4,500 practitioners.



JULIE KLAM has written for Rolling Stone, Harper's Bazaar, The New York Times Magazine, and for the VH1 television show Pop-Up Video. She is the author of Please Excuse My Daughter, Love at First Bark, and You Had Me at Woof, and the forthcoming Friendkeeping: The Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without. Along with Ann Leary and Laura Zigman, she is a co-host of the weekly NPR radio show Hash Hags.


ISAAC OLIVER's plays includes Electra in a One-Piece, Eddie Goshen is Dead, Long Dirty Jokes, and the short scriptCome Here, a 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Award winner. His poetry has been published in The Full Spectrum: A New Generation of Writing About Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities, a Knopf anthology. Isaac regularly performs a solo storytelling show, Isaac Oliver: Intimacy Idiot at Ars Nova.


BRIDGET O'NEILL is a recovering photographer turned writer, performer, and storyteller. She is the co-producer and correspondent for "Off The Record" for The Soundtrack Series,a Moth StorySLAM winner, and she has performed throughout NYC and beyond, appearing in The Next Chapter, Real Characters, Ask Me Stories, and The Story Collider, among others. 





Also, here's this event on the Facebooks, FYI, if you're into that.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

That Was Super Fun And I'm Not Going To Lie: I Am Fixing To Marry Dave Hill

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dear Everyone,

Hello! The topic of last night's reading was How I Learned To Be Super Successful! and here's what happened:

S.L. Wisenberg came from Chicago with her new book The Adventures of Cancer Bitch. It was a privilege to have her there and I'm pretty sure she brought with her the spirit of Oprah, arguably the most super successful person on the planet.



Patrice Evans
, who you probably know as TAN or The Assimilated Negro, the Gawker commenter and weekend columnist, charmed the crowd with three short pieces, including one about his successes as a blogger, and a fable about race that kind of blew my mind.



Rachel Shukert shared a piece from her forthcoming book The Grand Tour, which no one had ever heard before. It was trial by fire and she totally kicked that fire's ass. Can't wait now for the book. Oprah's Book Club is so in her future.



Finally, the hilarious Dave Hill read about what it means to be super successful and I kind of lost my mind completely. He had me at "pants". Then he really set it off by referencing Bjorn Borg. You can read what he wrote here. Hold on to your heartstrings.



Some other things that happened were: We had an intermission, the audience laughed and applauded, and I was drunk by the end of the first piece so, I would have to say it was pretty successful! I think I have mentioned Oprah way too many times in the last 24 hours.

Love, Blaise

PS. Next month, on May 27th, we present How I Learned About Sex. You knew we'd do a sex one at some point. Stay tuned for more info, but I will tell you now that 1) it will be hilarious, and 2) there will be music and visuals. You're not going to want to miss it!

Photos by Bruno J. Navarro

Monday, April 6, 2009

How I Learned To Be Super Successful!

Remember how fun last month's reading was, you guys? I'm pretty sure this one will be amazingly fun, too. I can feel it. Also, it will be educational! And funny! And DEEP!

I'm excited about this month's lineup particularly because I know very little about the theme. What does success mean? I don't really know! Why did I choose this topic? Good question! I'll just be there to host, listen, laugh, learn, and drink those Mr. Ginger cocktails (which I have actually been really successful at in the past) and I will ogle these special, super successful readers with all of you simultaneously. Nothing else really matters.
Can't wait!

The How I Learned Reading Series presents:
HOW I LEARNED TO BE SUPER SUCCESSFUL!

Featuring:

PATRICE EVANS (AKA TAN)
("The Assimilated Negro," Gawker, New York Times, NPR, several enviable accomplishments)
DAVE HILL
(Dave Hill Explosion, King of Miami, This American Life, basically a renaissance man)
RACHEL SHUKERT
(Have You No Shame? And Other Regrettable Stories, Ars Nova, also gorgeous and crazy-popular)
S.L. WISENBERG
(The Adventures of Cancer Bitch, plus a list of successes that would seriously blow your mind)

Hosted by BLAISE ALLYSEN KEARSLEY

Wednesday, April 22nd, 8PM
FREE
HAPPY ENDING
302 Broome Street, NYC
between Forsyth & Eldridge
Look for the hot pink awning that says "XIE HE Health Club."
(212) 334-9676
Get directions

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PATRICE EVANS is a writer whose blog, The Assimilated Negro (TAN),was cited by MSNBC and The Houston Chronicle as "first in a string of blogs that act as a virtual shrink's sofa for those tackling the tricky topics of race and class." Patrice and his work have sullied the reputations of venerable media institutions such as the New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, and, um, Gawker. His first book NEGROPEDIA, an encyclopedic send-up of the modern black experience in post-racial America, will be published by Crown/Three Rivers. When not tugging at the strings of his fraying sanity on TAN, he blogs for NBC New York, among others.

DAVE HILL is a writer, performer, musician, comedy-type person, artist, thinking man, and thief. Soon he is to steal your heart. He has written for the New York Times, Salon, Blender, Huffington Post, Guitar World,
and a bunch of other people too. Aside from appearances on HBO, MTV, VH1, Spike TV, Court TV, you may also know him as the star of the wildly popular King of Miami program on the MOJO network or as the host of the live chat/variety/donkey show called the Dave Hill Explosion. In addition to having been on public radio's This American Life, Dave has also rocked America (and even parts of Canada) as a member of such critically-acclaimed-but-not-so-popular-as-to-be-considered-a-sellout bands as Uptown Sinclair, Cobra Verde, and Sons of Elvis. Lately, he has been rocking people into submission as the singer and guitar player for Valley Lodge and also the guitar player for Children of the Unicorn. There is talk of stickers. He has the best website on the internet at davehillonline.com

RACHEL SHUKERT
is a playwright, author and sometime performer. Her first book, Have You No Shame? And Other Regrettable Stories, was published in 2008 by Random House/Villard. Rachel's plays, which include Bloody Mary (NYIT Award nominee), Johnny Applefucker, The Worshipped, Sequins for Satan, and Perfection (with Neal Medlyn), have been produced and developed by Ars Nova, Soho Think Tank/Ice Factory, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the EVOLVE Series at Galapagos, the Prelude Festival at CUNY, as well as extensively throughout the Netherlands.
She is also the co-founder of the theater group The Bushwick Hotel. Rachel's writing has appeared in Nerve, Heeb, and McSweeney's and in the anthologies 2033: The Future of Misbehavior and Best Sex Writing 2008, among others. She is currently working on her second book, The Grand Tour, which will be published by Harper Collins in the spring of 2010. Visit her at rachelshukert.com.

S.L. WISENBERG is in town from Chicago with The Adventures of Cancer Bitch, the only nonfiction book she knows of without a subtitle. Kirkus Reviews called her book "deeply personal, often darkly funny....Tart and scary." Her other books are Holocaust Girls: History, Memory & Other Obsessions (essays) and The Sweetheart Is In (stories). She co-directs the MA/MFA in Creative Writing program at Northwestern University. She's received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has learned to be successful at: emptying drains from a fresh mastectomy site, getting friends to decorate her bald head with peace signs and anti-war messages, and living one-breasted (sort of like an Amazon but not quite). Her blog is cancerbitch.blogspot.com.