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Wednesday, February 22, 2011 Bob and the Monster Q&A with Director Keirda Bahruth and Producer Rick Ballard after the screening ATA 7:00PM / $10 / Website Buy Tickets Bob and the Monster is about a guy everybody wanted to be around until he became the guy everybody assumed had died. In the 1980s, Bob Forrest’s band, Thelonious Monster, was at the center of a music scene that included the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction. The band’s raw sound, wild shows and deeply personal lyrics appealed directly to the young Los Angeles punk crowd. So did the drugs. First, booze. Later, heroin. Monsters, both of them. Every time the band was about to make it big, Forrest’s drug-addled mind and ego got in the way. The band broke up, then got back together. It got clean, until it wasn’t. Forrest went to rehab, then left.

But the film shows Forrest’s slow return, one helped by forgiving people, and Forrest’s realization that the charisma that worked to make music could help people struggling with addictions, especially other musicians. The documentary is filled with famous faces: John Frusciante, Courtney Love, Flea, Anthony Kiedis. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Forrest work together on addiction recovery programs. It reveals a different Bob Forrest, one who had a lot of time to think about what makes recovery work.” - CNN.com

Bob and the Monster transcends the stereotype of heroin addicted rock star and reveals a more personal message. Bob’s story is a living testament to the heights of human courage and the ability to shape your own destiny. Directed by Keirda Bahruth, 85 minutes.