It’s been 20 years since River Phoenix died on October 31, 1993 at the Viper Room, where the 23-year-old Oscar nominee drank a “speedball” of heroin and cocaine dissolved into a drink before chasing it with Valium. But leading up to that night, friends and movie colleagues saw Phoenix’s descent—the graying of his complexion, the changes in his sweetly hippie-ish disposition—and warned him about addiction. In a selection from Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind, journalist Gavin Edwards traces his final days.
Richard Colman opens “Gone Tomorrow” at New Image Art in Los Angeles, Tiffany Bozic is at FFDG in San Francisco with “Sense of Wonder,” and a trifecta of solo exhibitions by Adam Wallacavage, Masakatsu Sashie, and Tara McPherson debut at Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC.
For this installment of “Artist Eats,” we asked Justin Krietemeyer to share his favorite place to eat. Justin is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is a manifestation of his passion for connectivity and communication. He also co-owns and operates the design agency National Forest and the apparel brand The Times.
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