Skip to Content (Press Enter)

Free Live Performance / It Happened To Me – Sat. Apr. 27

A vinyl record and a CD cover over a white background.
*Original album cover artwork by Ed Ruscha

David Greenberger and Prime Lens

It Happened To Me
Live Performance  

Saturday, April 27 @ 6PM
doors will open @ 5:30PM  

Bill Medley Auditorium
Santa Ana High School
520 W Walnut St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Note: The event and audience are being filmed for  Beth Harrington’s upcoming  documentary on Greenberger’s life work titled  “Beyond the Duplex Planet.” –

Artist  David Greenberger  is best known for creating the long-running periodical,  The Duplex Planet, which started in 1979 and continued to 2010.   Through his conversations with the residents of a Boston nursing home, the series developed into  Duplex Planet Illustrated, a comic book adaptation of the material drawn by a variety of alternative artists and illustrators, including  Peter Bagge,  Drew Friedman,  Dan Clowes,  Jim Woodring,  Chris Ware, and  James Kochalka, published by Fantagraphics.   The project developed further through differing approaches, including  The Duplex Planet Radio Hour  with  New York Public Radio, a series of CDs, and books of the collective conversations.    

David Greenberger was a natural fit as a  GCAC artist-in-residence, invited by GCAC to create a new work drawn from Santa Ana’s richly diverse elderly population. Greenberger spent his time in residence visiting senior community centers, a museum, and senior living apartments. Through the support of GCAC, he developed text based on his dozens of recorded conversations that took place at the  Santa Ana Senior Center,  Tustin Senior Center,  Heninger Village,  Flower Terrace Apartments, and Bowers Museum.   Individuals who participated in conversations include Andra Aguirre,  Chinda Ayanaputra,  Ron Bianco,  Charles,  Rose Hendley,  Winnie Hsie,  Susan Johnson,  Chong Kim,  Paul Kohn,  Dorothy Korte,  Tish Leon,  Jose Magana,  Mary Mitchell,  Tomoko Mizusawa,  Sam,John A. Spiak,  Vera Toner,  Chanida Trueblood, and  Brenda White. Working with Prime Lens, the Chattanooga-based ensemble he assembled four years earlier, they went into the studio in the spring of 2018, collaborating to create  It Happened to Me.
David Greenberger  and  Prime Lens  will present a live performance with selections from  It Happened To Me  on the evening of  Saturday, April 27, 2019.  Filmmaker  Beth Harrington  and her crew will be filming the live Santa Ana performance for her upcoming documentary film on David and his work to be titled  Beyond the Duplex Planet.
Prime Lens Keyboardist  Tyson Rogers  is the trio’s primary composer.   He has led his jazz quartet, toured extensively with Tony Joe White and country legend Don Williams, records regularly in Nashville, and has his work featured on many soundtracks.   Drummer  Bob Stagner  has worked with everyone from Derek Bailey to Bob Dorough, John Zorn to Rev. Howard Finster; as well he is a co-founder of The Shaking Ray Levis. Bassist  Evan Lipson  tours regularly with saxophonist Jack Wright and has worked with a diverse list including Pauline Oliveros, David Grubbs, Col. Bruce Hampton, Davey Williams, and Susan Alcorn.

Additional info at