WHAT: During the week leading up to Halloween Sunday, members of LAVA (The Los Angeles Visionaries Association) present 15 eclectic cultural happenings all across Los Angeles.
Events include a Hollywood Forever Cemetery Tour, a multimedia death-themed art and music happening, a Raymond Chandler literary bus tour, a free tour and screening of downtown Skid Row history, a totemic mask making workshop in seaside Malibu, a hands-on disaster scene recreation workshop for budding forensic scientists, and a site-specific breath-themed dance performance in historic Barlow Respiratory Hospital.COST: Varies, free to $199. Details below.MORE INFO: http://lavatransforms.org and the individual links belowLOS ANGELES- Recently honored with a Best Literary Salon award from Los Angeles Magazine, LAVA â The Los Angeles Visionaries Association is fast establishing itself as one of the city's most intriguing arts collectives, with a calendar packed with compelling, offbeat urban events and a growing list of notable Visionary contributors.So it's no surprise that LAVA is pulling out all the stops for Halloween, with a series of incredible, unpredictable events sure to delight and inspire anybody looking for a memorable cultural outing. The Halloween week LAVA events play out in this orderâŠ1) âDead Men Do Tell Tales: A Post-Mortem Affair.â Wednesday, October 24, 7:30pm. Free. Last Bookstore, 453 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013. http://lavatransforms.org/deadmendoMusic, lectures, and films about dead things, featuring: Horror rock music (or horrific rock music, their detractors might say, but it depends on context) from Rosemary's Billygoat, featuring Mike Odd, host of Knott's Berry Farms' Halloween Horror (K)NightsâŠ Films from the Art of BleedingâŠ Sicilian Sex Ghost lecture by Dr. Paul Koudounaris, author of âThe Empire of Deathâ... Clowns and Fetuses present stories about the deaths of famous authors, with a soundtrack of divinely-inspired music from the theremin of Paul Wilkins.2) LAVA exclusive: âUnion Rescue Mission Walking Tour: 121 years on Skid Rowâ and âOf Scrap & Steel: free rooftop screening of rare 1949 color film set on Main Street, Downtown L.A.â Thursday, October 25, 5pm and 7pm. Free. Union Rescue Mission, 545 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90013.http://lavatransforms.org/urmwalk2 and http://lavatransforms.org/scrapsteel3Join Nathan Marsak & Richard Schave of 1947project and Rev. Andy Bales of the Union Rescue Mission (URM) for a 90-minute walking tour along the historic paths that have delineated Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. This tour derives from the ongoing 1947project In SRO Land blog series (www.insroland.org) that uses the archives of the URM (founded 1891) as a tool for exploring the social and architectural history of the forgotten people and places of Downtown Los Angeles.The main themes will be the evolution of public policy on Skid Row, the transformative work of the URM, and the architectural history of the neighborhood. The route will include Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets (for a then/now comparison of the surviving and demolished locations featured in the 1949 URM-financed short film âOf Scrap & Steel,â which will be screened later in the evening). At 3rd and San Pedro Streets we will discuss the Azusa Street Revival, a transformative event in the spiritual history of Los Angeles and the West. During the walk back to the current home of the URM, Rev. Andy Bales will talk about issues and challenges facing the neighborhood and the URM today.Following the walking tour is a free roof-top screening of a newly-discovered circa 1949 short color film of Main Street and other downtown Los Angeles locations, the Union Rescue Mission-produced âOf Scrap & Steel.â The 30-minute film portrays the redemption and good works of Arthur Hawkins, an alcoholic executive who ended up on the streets of Los Angeles and whose life was saved when he turned to the URM for help. Porter Hall (Arthur Hawkins) is one of only two actors in a film otherwise populated by real Los Angeles characters. (You may recall Hall's performance as the pesky guy on the train in âDouble Indemnity.â) âOf Scrap & Steelâ was only shown in screenings organized by the URM or related organizations, and would have been completely lost if Liz Mooradian, URM historian, had not saved a deteriorating 16mm print and had it transferred to video before it was too late. This entertaining and powerful short film is a compelling snapshot of life on Skid Row (Main Street) circa 1949, and a fascinating document of the important work that the URM continues to do with the most needy in the community. Although downtown Los Angeles features in numerous noir films, it is extremely rare to see color images of eastern downtown, and rarer still to see full-color live-action footage of the vibrant street scene that included rescue missions, pawn shops, amusement parlors, bars, restaurants and the ever-patrolling paddy wagon in search of drunkards to haul away to jail or County work crews.Gourmet box dinners: âMeals with a purposeâ will be available for purchase ($7, cash only), with a choice of sandwich (vegetarian, roast beef or chicken), cookie, fruit, chips and beverage. 100% of proceeds from your meal donation goes to the URM, and the proceeds from each dinner will feed two other people.3) Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre Presents: âCatch Your Breath.â Thursday 10/25, 7pm. (Opening Night Performance & Reception, Drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and dessert buffet, $100) Friday 10/26 7pm and 9pm, $25. Saturday 10/27 7pm and 9pm, $25. Sunday 10/28 7pm and 9pm, $25. Barlow Respiratory Hospital, 2000 Stadium Way, Los Angeles, CA 90026, http://www.lavatransforms.org or http://www.heididuckler.orgInhaleâŠExhaleâŠFor more than a century, Los Angeles' Barlow Respiratory Hospital has guided its patients and California to âbreathe easier.â Opening on October 25th, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's (HDDT) âCatch Your Breathâ will examine the intersection of art and learning through the fundamental act of breathing inspired by Barlow's 110-year heritage. Designed as an artistic journey through the environs of the hospital property, the performance will guide the audience through scenes motivated by the preserved and reinvigorated spaces of the Barlow facility, the history of the hospital, and specific patients' stories to recovery. Inspired by the individuals whose lives have been changed as a result of their time at Barlow, HDDT will highlight the hospital's past, while celebrating its future through captivating live performance.4) Transformative Mask Making in Malibu. Saturday, 10/27 11am-5pm and Sunday 10/28 12pm-5pm. Pre Registration $179 or Regular Registration $199. ART 4 ALL PEOPLE, 19562 PCH, Malibu, CA, 90290. http://lavatransforms.org/maskmaking1012Facilitated by powerful instructors, Ceylan Hulya MA in Transformative Arts and Certified Teacher with Kaleo Ching Methodology and Award-Winning Artist and Performer Eva Montealegre. Through guided meditation, lucid dream work, movement, and mask making you will discover your own personal mythology and totem. This is a perfect workshop to bring a friend to as you and your partner will be making each others mask. In the process you will find that Mask making is a fun, kinesthetic, and creative approach for healing and personal transformation. Also, mask making is a powerful way of giving expression to parts of yourself that don't normally get expressed. Participants: Maximum 14. All Art Supplies will be provided. Please bring a bag lunch to enjoy the amazing vista of Mother Ocean and wear comfortable clothes.5) Esotouric presents âRaymond Chandler's Los Angelesâ literary bus tour. Saturday, 10/27 11:30am-3:30pm. $58. Departs from Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 West 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90014, tour is of Downtown and Hollywood. http://lavatransforms.org/chandler102712Bungalows. Crime. Hollywood. Blondes. Vets. Smog. Death. This was Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, which resonated under deft and melancholy fits from his writer's bow. Join us as we go down the mean streets that shaped his fiction, and that in turn shaped his hard-boiled times, in a four hour tour of downtown, Hollywood and surrounding environs: The Los Angeles Athletic Club, Musso & Frank, the Hotel Van Nuys, Paramount Studio's gates, and much, much more, including a Chandler-themed gelato stop at East Hollywood cult favorite Scoops. Through published work, private correspondence, screenplays and film adaptations, we trace Chandler's search for meaning and his anti-hero Philip Marlowe's struggle to not be pigeonholed or give anything less than all he has, which lead them both down the rabbit hole of isolation, depression, and drink.6) LAVA exclusive: âThe Wisdom of Teeth: A forensic odontology workshop with Dr. Cheri Lewis.â Sunday 10/28 12-4pm. $36.50 with all tickets benefiting the Criminalistics graduate department of CSULA. The Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center (Cal State L.A.), 1800 Paseo Rancho Castilla, Los Angeles, CA, 90032. http://lavatransforms.org/crimelaboct28Join Dr. Cheri Lewis for a half-day crash course in forensic odontology, a branch of forensic medicine that deals with teeth and marks left by teeth (as in identifying criminal suspects or the remains of a dead person) culminating in an intense hand-on disaster scene recreation where attendees, who have just been briefed on Dr. Lewis' signature method of dental fragment identification, will split into groups and race to identify the victims from the limited dental evidence remaining. Sometimes DNA is not enough. Come out and discover The Wisdom of Teeth.7) âHollywood Forever Cemetery Tour.â Sunday 10/28 12pm, Wednesday 12/31 12pm. $15. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90038. http://www.lavatransforms.org or http://www.cemeterytour.comHollywood Forever Cemetery is one of the most celebrated and intriguing locales in Los Angeles. For the past ten years, historic tour guide Karie Bible has been giving official walking tours of the property. This tour has been one of the city's best kept secretsâuntil now. The two-hour tour evokes the storied past and navigates the labyrinth of the present as it highlights the various historic tales, scandals and mysteries that remain a part of Hollywood lore. Come visit legendary notables such as Cecil B. DeMille, Marion Davies, Tyrone Power, Rudolph Valentino, Vampira, John Huston, Carl âAlfalfaâ Switzer, William Desmond Taylor and more. The tour has been featured on Turner Classic Movies, CNN, The Reelz Channel, Los Angeles Magazine and named âBest of LAâ by the LA Weekly.Interested Angelenos are encouraged to come out and be part of one or more of these LAVA events celebrating the city and encouraging connections.ABOUT LAVA: Through participation in LAVA, a select group of creative professionals come together to promote cultural programming that speaks to the urban experience while promoting positive public space. LAVA's creative partners share a love for L.A. and unique ideas for exploring it in their work. Formed by social historians RICHARD SCHAVE and KIM COOPERâproprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project time travel blog series (including On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land)âLAVA brings together L.A.'s most visionary promoters, artists, writers and thinkers. The first crop of Visionaries in the growing curated community includes cultural chronicler ADRIENNE CREW, artist and Eastside historian AL GUERRERO, Cacophony Society co-founder AL RIDENOUR, avant garde fashion maven A. LAURA BRODY, poet/publisher ALEIDA RODRIGUEZ, back-to-nature pioneer ALICIA BAY LAUREL, filmmaker ALLISON ANDERS, writer/curator ALLON SCHOENER, designer/mom of Chicken Boy AMY INOUYE, custom tours maven ANNE BLOCK, documentarian/radio producer ANTHEA RAYMOND, author/gallerist APRIL DAMMANN, memoirist BARBARA KRAFT, pop culture historian BECKY EBENKAMP, ethnomusicologist BETO GONZALEZ, puppeteer BOB BAKER, writer/musician BRENDA VARDA, tile historian BRIAN KAISER, producer/promoter CHRISTIAN VOLTAIRE MEOLI, cultural events programmer CHRISTINA GALANTE, musician COUNT SMOKULA, performance artist CRIMEBO THE CLOWN, writer/Libros Schmibros proprietor DAVID KIPEN, Novelist DAVID ROCKLIN, forensic educator DEREK PACIFICO, sculptor DONALD GIALANELLA, forensic scientist/educator DONALD JOHNSON, author/educator DOROTHY RANDALL GRAY, artist ELENA MARY SIFF, documentarian ELIJAH DRENNER, conversation curator ERIC VOLLMER, social connector EVONNE HEYNING, musician/performance artist FEATHERBEARD, photographer GARY LEONARD, pop critic/outsider artist GENE SCULATTI, musician/artist GEORGE EARTH, songsmith HARVEY SID FISHER, theater director HOLLY WITHAM, musician/writer IAN WHITCOMB, artist JASON HADLEY, food blogger JAVIER CABRAL, musician JEFF BOYNTON, filmmaker JEREMY KASTEN, musician JIMI CABEZA DE VACA, social historian JOAN RENNER, writer/artist JOE OESTERLE, writer JOHN BUNTIN, filmmaker JON ALLOWAY, documentarian JOHN DULLAGHAN, Musso & Frank co-owner JORDAN JONES, performance artist JULES ROCHIELLE, curator JULIE RICO, âKristin's Listâ cultural chronicler KRISTIN BEDFORD, songstress/prognosticator MADAME PAMITA, esoteric scholar MAJA D'AOUST, author/broadcaster MANNY PACHECO, writer MARGUERITE DARLINGTON, performer McCRISTOL HARRIS, visual artist MELVIN HALE, journalist MICHAEL LINDER, photographic archivist MICHAEL RISNER, poet/dancer MONA JEAN CEDAR, architectural historian NATHAN MARSAK, writer NEAL POLLOCK, theater director NICHOLAS HOSKING, L.A. Historic Theater Foundation rep NICK MATONAK, music producer NO'A WINTER LAZERUS, musician OCTAVIUS, writer /photographer /musician PAUL KOUDOUNARIS, peace activist PAUL NUGENT of the Aetherius Society, 3-D photography expert RAY 3D ZONE, activist and performer RD PLASSCHAERT, historic ghost seeker RICHARD CARRADINE, artist/musician RICH POLYSORBATE 60, filmmaker/preservationist ROSS LIPMAN, singer-songwriter RUTHANN FRIEDMAN, ghost hunter SARAH TROOP, social networking mistress SHAWNA DAWSON, painter/gallerist SUSAN DOBAY, artist/writer/activist SUSANNA DAKIN, Warhol star and writer TERE TEREBA, sculptor TOM WALKER, musical entertainer THE UKULADY, and hat designer YASMIN DIXON.Applications from prospective LAVA members are being taken at http://lavatransforms.org/applyTo learn more about LAVA, please visit http://www.lavatransforms.orgLAVA founders Kim Cooper and Richard Schave and most of LAVA's Visionary members are available for interviews. A limited number of journalists on assignment can be accommodated on ticketed events. Contact Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 323-223-2767.