Some images from the Spring Fandango, the party we threw to celebrate Latifah Taormina and her new memoir Ha Ha Among the Trumpets. We’re so grateful to David Myers and the Myers Family, not only for the use of their beautiful storefront space (or as Jamie calls it, “pop-up cabaret venue”) in San Francisco’s South Park, but for their help filling the room and prepping the event. Anne Coffelt also helped produce the event and pitched in with a last minute podium and Uncle Sam hat (thanks Pianofight!), and Alex Coffelt poured drinks. We were joined by original Committee bartenders Mike Stepanian and Bill Rempfer, and artist Mari Tepper brought special prints of her original Committee poster art.
“What I knew from having worked with The Committee, and I’ve said this right from the start everywhere every time anybody has ever asked, it was the best training I ever had as an actress. It allowed you to be in the moment. You had to be alive in the scene.”
The actress, activist, and philanthropist Barbara Bosson was an early funder and booster of our work, and granted us one of our first interviews. Our conversation with her was incredibly fruitful, and we return to it again and again.
Thank you, Barbara.
We snapped this up over the holidays. Committee poster by counterculture collage artist and designer Wilfried Satty, dated 1969. It’s in great shape, and we’re framing it up now. It’s the most beautiful thing in our collection. For more on Satty, visit: https://www.sattyart.com/
It’s been said that Maxwell Myers “wore his love beads under his necktie”. Maxwell’s business acumen, local connections, energy and enthusiasm for Alan and Latifah’s vision of a satirical improvisational revue helped make The Committee a reality, and helped keep it afloat, for almost ten years. An antiwar activist whose fervor was born out of his experience during the liberation of Dachau as part of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Division, Maxwell’s generosity and boosterism lifted generations of artists and causes, including the work of Shirley Clarke, Frederick Wiseman, the Alcazar Theater, and, most recently, our documentary. We’re inspired by Maxwell’s example and grateful for his friendship and support. Maxwell A. Myers passed away last week, not long after celebrating his 99th birthday. Link to his obit below. We could only hope to live life as fully.