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An Interview with Illustrator & Poet Yael Levy
Yael Levy is simultaneously a leather-clad tomboy and a graceful, sweater-knitting tea enthusiast. A poet and illustrator from Northern California, her works are inspired by the changing seasons, her daily commute, and very frequently her taste in music. She has illustrated for many publications in print and online and helped found Berkeley writers group The Audience Collective. Named after the woman who struck a tent-spike into Sisera’s temple in the Book of Judges, Levy would one day like to illustrate a children’s book rather than live up to the revolutionary lifestyle of her namesake.
How long have you been drawing and writing?
I’ve been drawing as long as I could hold a pencil. My mom has a lot of my childhood drawings of misshapen cows and truly unflattering family portraits. Poetry was more difficult. I was a big reader (still am), and so I read plenty of poetry as a child, but I didn’t really write any until I entered my teen angst years. Really really horrible poetry.
Har Mar Superstar: Singer, Songwriter, Connoisseur of Weird
The music scene, especially in Los Angeles, isn’t widely known as an accepting or inclusive community. The stereotypes of fake friends and ladder-climbers all ring true and rear their ugly heads often. Among them, Har Mar Superstar — real name Sean Tillmann — has managed to cooly surf above the gross fumes of LA’s industry gutters. One part singer-songwriter and one part diva, Har Mar, 34 (who takes his name from the Har Mar Mall in Roseville, Minnesota, where he’s from) is an enigmatic, overtly sexual tour de force of erotic stage presence and electronic R&B, and his everyday philosophy can be boiled down to “just be your weird self.”
The man is a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde creative. He has written songs for Jennifer Lopez and Kelly Osbourne, and he’s opened for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Strokes. Onstage, he writhes around sweatily discarding his outfit, rubbing his plump body, and cooing to front rows. But when we meet in Los Feliz, he’s in civilian attire: sneakers, jeans, and a Sade t-shirt. We caught up with the enigmatic singer — now at work on his fifth solo album — on a break from Petty Fest.