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Karen O is joining Father John Misty, John C. Reilly in a salute to Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton
Photograph: Courtesy Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Let's take a moment to appreciate character actor Harry Dean Stanton's prolific credits, from a Xenomorph-offed engineer in Alien to a coked up repo man in, well, Repo Man, and from Molly Ringwald's father in Pretty in Pink to a megalomaniacal polygamist in Big Love. And he's still going: At the age of 90 years young, he's set to reprise his small Twin Peaks role in next year's revival. So let's not take a moment to appreciate Stanton; let's devote an entire star-studded evening and award to him.

Karen O, the charismatic Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman, is the latest addition to the inaugural Harry Dean Stanton Award show. She joins Kris Kristofferson, Father John Misty, John C. Reilly and more in a musical and cinematic salute and award presentation to the veteran actor, who'll also be in attendance.

The Vidiots-presented evening takes place on October 23 at inside the gorgeously gothic Theatre at Ace Hotel. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now. The event doubles as a fundraiser for the Vidiots Foundation, the kickass Santa Monica video store's recently hatched film library non-profit.

Stanton's longtime friend Ed Begley Jr. hosts, with additional performances, discussions and tributes from singer-songwriter Inara George, actor Jack Huston, musician Harper Simon and more. 

If you're not familiar with Stanton's career, then take the next month to catch up on the 200-plus films that he's appeared in over the past 50 years, including movies like Cool Hand Luke, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Godfather Part II, working alongside directors including Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese.

The Stanton award show will mark the end of Vidiots' upcoming crowdfunding campaign to support a new slate of programming and perks.

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