Spring Fandango with Committee Co-Founder Latifah Taormina

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.

Our program kicked off with the sound of Chris Ross‘s crooner Danny DiMarco singing his uptempo version of Old Man River. Following a greeting from event hosts Sam Shaw and Jamie Wright, Committee Co-Founder Alan Myerson appeared virtually via video from New Zealand. Sam and Jamie then introduced and screened an 11 minute clip from their film, which focuses on The Committee as activists, with rare archival material and interviews with Rob Reiner, Alan Myerson, Latifah Taormina, and more.

Latifah then took the stage for a short reading and storytelling session, where she recounted the founding of The Committee, what brought it to San Francisco, and the mark The Committee made on the city. Following her reading, guests lined up to purchase autographed copies. All in all it was a great time, with a great crowd.

We’re excited to do it again. Stay tuned.

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