Talks

Bruckman Rare Book Friends Talk: Kim Cooper and Richard Schave on "The Kept Girl"

Bruckman Rare Book Friends present Kim Cooper discussing and signing copies of her latest book, The Kept Girl, a 1920s mystery starring the young Raymond Chandler, his devoted secretary and the real-life Philip Marlowe all on the trail of a murderous cult of angel worshippers.

Accompanying Kim is her husband Richard Schave, her partner in Esotouric bus adventures and LAVA - the Los Angeles Visionaries Association, and the designer of this 1940s-inspired paperback, the debut publication of their L.A.-focused press, Esotouric Ink.

Kim's illustrated talk will draw on her years of research into the lost lore of Los Angeles, with a focus on the bizarre Great Eleven cult, which began just above the library on Bunker Hill and ensnared dozens of credulous Angelenos in their mystical rites before one disgruntled ex-believer brought the whole enterprise tumbling down. You'll hear about Raymond Chandler's pre-literary life as a downtown oil company executive, the idealistic L.A. policeman who is a likely model for Philip Marlowe, the real woman who inspired the character of Chandler's secretary Muriel, and the terrible secrets revealed by the fraud investigation in the Great Eleven's activities.

Richard will share insights into how he used cutting edge computing tools to evoke the look and feel of a mid-century book, and Kim will talk abut the deluxe Art Deco wraps created for the Subscribers, whose pre-publication support covered a big chunk of the print cost.  Copies of the paperback and deluxe Art Deco Subscribers' edition will be available for purchase after the talk.  

Read LAPL Librarian Robert Anderson's review of The Kept Girl here. Read Kim Cooper's love letter to Central Library here

Validated parking is just $1.00 with library card at Westlawn Garage, 524 South Flower Street. For ADA accommodations, call (213) 228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

Lecture: Bones, death, and other fun stuff with Paul Koudounaris at the Brand Library

For the past decade, Dr. Paul Koudounaris has been documenting famous macabre sites and researching our cultural relationship with death, producing two books, Empire of Death and Heavenly Bodies, which have found great acclaim and a cult following. Those books were mostly confined to Europe, however. His forthcoming book, Memento Mori, will be his most ambitious, expanding his subject matter to a global level and presenting little known macabre sanctuaries in Asia, Africa, and South America. He will give a peek at the new material tonight in a special lecture for the Brand Library, taking the audience on a world tour, from burial caves in Indonesia to gilded corpses in Taiwan to skull festivals in Bolivia to decorated skeletons in Germany . . . the world's most spectacular macabre sites will be opened up to the audience with a spectacular slideshow of his own photos.

Sisters in Crime discuss Noir Fiction

Dark Deeds...Harboiled Anti-heroes...and REVENGE! - A panel discussion of Noir Fiction with Sisters in Crime. Featuring...

CRAIG FAUSTUS BUCK (Moderator) is an L.A.-based journalist, nonfiction book author, TV writer-producer, screenwriter, short-story writer and novelist.  Among his six nonfiction books, two were #1 NYT bestsellers.  He wrote the Oscar-nominated short film Overnight Sensation.  He was one of the writers on the seminal miniseries V: The Final Battle.  His first noir mystery novel, Go Down Hard, which his agent is currently shopping, was First Runner Up for Killer Nashville's Claymore Award.  His  indie feature, Smuggling for Gandhi, is in preproduction.  Stark Raving Group published his novella, Psycho Logic in May, and the novella's prequel, his short story "Dead End," is a current Anthony Award nominee. 

KIM COOPER is the creator of 1947 project, the crime-a-day blog that spawned Esotouric's popular bus tours, including The Real Black Dahlia and Pasadena Confidential. With husband Richard Schave, Kim curates the cultural and forensic science salons of LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association. Kim's books include Fall in Love For Life, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, Lost in the Grooves and an oral history of the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Her debut novel, the fact-based The Kept Girl ("Commendable" – Kirkus) stars the young Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe sleuthing a murderous cult of angel worshippers. 

CHRISTOPHER J. LYNCH has written for numerous local and national publications. He also is the author of the One Eyed Jack series about a professional blackmailer. The debut novel in the series was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist. He is currently writing an authorized biography of the iconic child actor Ken Osmond, (Eddie Haskell from Leave it to Beaver). Christopher enjoys mountain climbing and once trained and led eleven blind hikers to the summit of 10,000 ft. Mount Baldy, the third highest point in Southern California. A documentary film is being made of the adventure.  

GARY PHILLIPS: Gary Phillips draws on his experiences ranging from teaching incarcerated youth, director of a political action committee to delivering dog cages in writing his tales of chicanery and malfeasance. His latest are the ebook novella The Essex Man: 10 Seconds to Death, a homage to ‘70s era paperback vigilantes; being co-editor and contributor to Black Pulp, an anthology of retro, revisionist pulp goodness; and has co-written episodes of Midnight Mover, a noirish webseries about a PTSD suffering Afghan war vet turned bodyguard-chauffer for an escort service of aging porn stars – what could go wrong?

(Postponed) LAVA's 41st Sunday Salon

An important message from LAVA - September 9, 2014

Dear friends,

It is with no small amount of regret that we are putting the monthly LAVA Sunday Salon and Broadway on My Mind walking tour series on hiatus, effective immediately. Both events take place at Les Noces du Figaro restaurant, which is closing down for several months of renovations.

We will be working closely with Jonathan Mgaieth of Figaro to determine a relaunch date as soon as the restaurant reopens, hopefully in early 2015. So stay tuned, and we hope to see you at other LAVA events in the meantime.

Please know that your continued thoughts and good will are the rock upon which LAVA builds its house.

With thanks for your understanding, we remain,
Richard Schave and Kim Cooper
LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association

 

Join LAVA for our revived free monthly Sunday Salon series. We return to South Broadway, to the mezzanine of Les Noces du Figaro, which was recently opened by the family behind Figaro Bistro in Los Feliz. This handsome space was formerly Schaber's Cafeteria (Charles F. Plummer, 1928), and the mezzanine features wonderful views of the Los Angeles Theatre.

On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a structured Salon featuring formal presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you're interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community. We also recommend the eclairs.

Read about the original Sunday Salon at Clifton's Cafeteria.

Presentation One: Jean Harlow Part 2

The name resonates. Blonde Bombshell. Platinum Blonde. The labels applied by press agents during Jean Harlow's seven-year career still carry a charge seventy years later. Harlow created the mold: the first blonde sex symbol who captured the attention of a nation, then touched their hearts with her genuine warmth and candor. At a time when Harlow's star shone its brightest, Los Angeles and the movies gave birth to a district that exists as much in the mind as on the map. Hollywood historian Darrell Rooney is co-author of Harlow In Hollywood. He returns to the LAVA Sunday Salon to pick up where he left off at his January 2014 presentation, with Jean Harlow's story following the mysterious death of her husband Paul Bern.

Presentation Two: Preserving the Legacy of Wurdman & Beckett's Animal Hospital in West Hollywood

West Hollywood residents and area historians Kate Eggert and Krisy Gosney of Dead History Project fell into historic preservation activism when two 110-year-old bungalows on their street were threatened with demolition. Everyone said they wouldn’t win... until they did. Recently, they went to a West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission meeting on a whim. The Commission discussed a 1938 Wurdeman & Becket streamline moderne animal hospital and a 1959 Barry Berkus mid-century modern office building, both slated for demolition and the site for redevelopment. They were told these buildings were a lost cause. But as a little research revealed the significance of the site, they knew they would fight. Their grassroots preservation campaign has garnered significant media attention and the support of the Los Angeles Conservancy, Art Deco Society, the family of architect Welton Becket and hundreds of passionate citizens. Responding to the rising community outcry, the developer has begun suggesting ways in which the Wurdeman & Beckett structure can be integrated into a modern building. This LAVA presentation is about the process through which Kate and Krisy are tackling the biggest preservation fight of their careers, the highs and lows, and the delicate dance of politics, ego, money and information that impacts any community when developers seek to build on an historic site.

Femme Fatales, Hardboiled Dames and Dragon Tattoos: Examining and Expanding the Female Archetype in Noir panel

WeHo Reads' A Day of Noir celebrates National Literacy Month with a panel "Femme Fatales, Hardboiled Dames and Dragon Tattoos: Examining and Expanding the Female Archetype in Noir" moderated by Paula Woods ("Strange Bedfellows") and featuring authors Steph Cha (“Beware Beware”), Kim Cooper (“The Kept Girl”), Christa Faust (“Money Shot”) and Rachel Howzell Hall (“Land of Shadows”). Take a fascinating look at the complexity of female characters in Noir through the eyes of a dynamic and eclectic group of women authors. Authors sign their books following the panel. Panel runs from 5:30pm-6:15pm, with other events from 1pm-7pm). Visit website for full schedule.

Ernest Batchelder & The Roebling Building

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ABOUT THIS EVENT:

Join LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association in The Roebling Building in Downtown LA’s Arts District for an historical discussion of the custom Ernest Batchelder decorative tile — a gift from Mr. Roebling’s employees — in the building’s original corner lobby.

The figural tiles portray the history of the company and its signature product, spun metal rope cable, and its use to solve a wide variety of engineering challenges. Also on view in the lobby is the remarkable curving staircase, partially constructed of the metal rope also used in the suspension of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The talk will be conducted by LAVA Visionary and Southern California tile expert Brian Kaiser, who with LAVA has previously presented on Batchelder’s Dutch Chocolate Shop. Brian will discuss the tile commission in the larger context the development of Batchelder’s work in Los Angeles, and the possible later integration of these custom designs into his commercial catalog.

The Roebling Building is the home of the Angel City Brewery, and we invite you to allow yourself time before or after the presentation to sample their fine brewed beers and ales.

Learn more about Batchelder's work in Los Angeles, and here at the Roebling Building, in Liz Arnold's recent article.

 

Lowriting: the Photography of Arturo Meza

Art Meza was born and raised in Los Angeles. His photography infuses elements of his daily surroundings—his love for classic car and Lowrider culture, and pride of his Chicano upbringing—to produce images with “Chicano Soul.” Art will share images from his book, Lowriting: Shots, Rides and Stories from the Chicano Soul. The book also includes essays and poetry by contributors including Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lalo Alcaraz, Gustavo Arellano, and Alvaro Rodriguez.

This free program is presented by Photo Friends LAPL and generously sponsored by Christy & Stephen McAvoy. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Turn Up the Radio! Rock, Pop, and Roll in Los Angeles 1956-1972

Turn Up the Radio! digs deep to uncover the studio musicians, background vocalists, songwriters, producers, and engineers who helped propel the Los Angeles rock and pop music scene to such a legendary status. Bones Howe, Barney Kessel, Hal Blaine, B. J. Baker, Merry Clayton, Jack Nitzsche, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Jim Keltner, Bobby Womack, Kim Fowley, Bruce Botnick, Dave Gold, and Stan Ross are just a few of the names recognized for their crucial contributions to the music created and produced in the recording studios of Los Angeles. LA native Harvey Kubernik has been an active music journalist for over 40 years and the author of 5 books, including Turn Up the Radio!

Presented by Photo Friends of the LAPL and generously sponsored by Christy & Stephen McAvoy

(Postponed) LAVA's 40th Sunday Salon - LAVA Visionary of the Year Lecture

An important message from LAVA - September 9, 2014

Dear friends,

It is with no small amount of regret that we are putting the monthly LAVA Sunday Salon and Broadway on My Mind walking tour series on hiatus, effective immediately. Both events take place at Les Noces du Figaro restaurant, which is closing down for several months of renovations.

We will be working closely with Jonathan Mgaieth of Figaro to determine a relaunch date as soon as the restaurant reopens, hopefully in early 2015. So stay tuned, and we hope to see you at other LAVA events in the meantime.

Please know that your continued thoughts and good will are the rock upon which LAVA builds its house.

With thanks for your understanding, we remain,
Richard Schave and Kim Cooper
LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association

 

Join LAVA for our revived free monthly Sunday Salon series. We return to South Broadway, to the mezzanine of Les Noces du Figaro, which was recently opened by the family behind Figaro Bistro in Los Feliz. This handsome space was formerly Schaber's Cafeteria (Charles F. Plummer, 1928), and the mezzanine features wonderful views of the Los Angeles Theatre.

On the last Sunday of each month, LAVA welcomes interested individuals to gather in downtown Los Angeles (noon-2pm), for a structured Salon featuring formal presentations and opportunities to meet and connect with one another. If you're interested in joining LAVA as a creative contributor or an attendee, we recommend Salon attendance as an introduction to this growing community. We also recommend the eclairs.

Read about the original Sunday Salon at Clifton's Cafeteria here.

LAVA Visionary of the Year Lecture: Forgotten Artists: The Master Tailors of Hollywood's Golden Age

Who made Clark Gable look the part of a superstar? Who dressed Humphrey Bogart, the Ice Follies, and an entire generation of Filipino migrant workers? Who led Liberace from traditional white tie and tails towards outfits shimmering with Swarovksi crystals? The long-forgotten master tailors of Hollywood’s golden age, that’s who! While Tinseltown’s great dress designers — Adrian, Irene — remain well-known, the tailors whose genius rendered Fred Astaire and William Powell impossibly suave have faded into obscurity… until now. Join Los Angeles retail historian, and LAVA Visionary of the Year, Marc Chevalier, as he reveals the marvelous, surprising stories of Hollywood’s top three tailors, whose extraordinary careers rose and fell with the movie industry.

Marc's presentation will be divided into two sections, each about 45 minutes in length, with a 15 minute break in between.

The Salon will be followed by a free walking tour, The Flaneur & The City: Broadway on My Mind walking tour #13. Please visit the tour series Landing Page for videos and descriptions of past tours and the goals of the series.

Wiltern Theatre All About Tour and Reception

Please join us for our first All About at the beautiful Art Deco Wiltern Theatre. Opened in 1931, the Wiltern was threatened with demolition and was only saved because of the determination of local preservationists.

Come hear the story of the rescue and restoration, then take docent-guided tours of the entire theatre, including backstage areas not accessible to the public! We’ve been granted FULL ACCESS for this tour; don’t miss this rare opportunity!

This Tour will feature the same presentation and 4 tour loops as the day's earlier tour, and a Reception in the lobby following the tour. Special guests to be announced. Your ticket includes admission and appetizers. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets are $35 ($30 for LAHTF members, click the "Redeem Benefits" button during checkout to apply LAHTF Member Discount).