Invitation-Only Reception and Event Presented by and Lexus

Tracey Ullman, Roger Ebert, Ben Stein and Other Celebrities to Debate The Fusion of Arts, Entertainment and Technology at Unique Event, September 28, in San Francisco

By Salon Staff
September 7, 2000 2:28AM (UTC)
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On Thursday, September 28, 2000, some of today's most creative luminaries -- Tracey Ullman, Roger Ebert, Stan Lee, Mike Figgis, Brenda Laurel and Jerry Harrison -- will participate in a provocative roundtable on the fusion of arts, entertainment and technology. The event will be emceed by Ben Stein, host of Comedy Central's "Win Ben Stein's Money" and the interview series "Turn Ben Stein On." (Nasdaq: SALN), a leading Internet media company and Lexus, a premier luxury automotive company, will host this private event -- "From Degas to" -- at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in downtown San Francisco. Invited guests will be treated to a cocktail party in the Yerba Buena's East Garden followed by a freewheeling discussion with some of today's most admired artists and performers -- among them a seven-time Emmy Award-winning actress, the co-creator of the X-men and Spiderman comics and a Pulitzer Prize recipient.


"From Degas to Dot-com" is the second annual celebration of the Lexus-sponsored weekly profile series "Brilliant Careers" which appears exclusively on Since November 1998, Salon and Lexus have offered readers intelligent and in-depth essays on the lives of the most influential figures of our time. Today, the archive of Brilliant Careers profiles is a rich cross section of cultural, political and international luminaries from Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Altman to Richard Pryor and Joni Mitchell.

About the honorary panelists:
Tracey Ullman, seven-time Emmy Award-winning actress and co-founder of Purple Skirt (, a Web site featuring eclectic fashion for women.

Roger Ebert, Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and host of "Ebert & Roeper & the Movies."


Stan Lee, co-creator of the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and the X-Men and co-founder of Stan Lee Media (, an Internet-based multimedia company.

Mike Figgis, director of the Academy Award-winning film "Leaving Las Vegas" and the experimental digital video feature film "Time Code."

Jerry Harrison, keyboarist and guitarist for Talking Heads, producer of numerous pop bands and co-founder of, Web site where up and coming, undiscovered bands compete for $250,000 recording contracts.


Brenda Laurel, author, professor of media design at the Art Center College of Design and founder of the girl-games company Purple Moon.

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About Lexus:
Lexus, the luxury vehicle division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., markets and sells luxury cars and sports utility vehicles through 187 dealers in the United States. Lexus prides itself on providing the best in vehicle quality, service and customer satisfaction. The company's dealers have achieved the highest honors in customer satisfaction from the independent research firm J.D. Powers and Associates. Additionally, with record-setting sales in 1999, Lexus is one of the top luxury nameplates in the industry.


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