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Exploring Reflections of the City -
Subject: Los Angeles LOVERS

hosted by angelyne

...including all the glitz that comes with the Los Angeles Icon:

Photo opportunities with
Angelyne
for $20!

Signed photos
for $25!

Unveiling the LIMITED EDITION picture-vinyl pressing of her latest single:
"Kiss Me L.A."
Live listen with record available for purchase: $150
Graciously pressed by ERCA RECORDS

"I LOVE L.A." CONTEST!
With your audience participation, tell Angelyne why you love Los Angeles
and win an AUTOGRAPHED PHOTO! !
Enter onsite to win a ride with
Angelyne
in her famous pink car!

Date: Friday, May 12th, 2017
Time: 8:00 p. m.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is excited to present Subject: Los Angeles– four nights of L.A. ephemera featuring archival films, guest presenters, music, and puppets that explore hidden threads of L.A. history. 

Legendary LA personality (and unofficial mascot) Angelyne invites all to the third installment, Subject: Los Angeles Lovers, an evening devoted to the highly curious individuals who have surveyed, catalogued, and explored the city in service of making it more intelligible to others.

Focusing on both enthusiastic, visionary visitors and faithful locals with encyclopedic knowledge of architecture and lore, the event will consider different approaches to navigating and sharing the complex geography and culture of Los Angeles. Featuring LA-centric selections from Huell Howser's down-home show California's Gold, the fun-loving postmodernity of Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles, a live bus tour from LA's most erudite tourist outfit, Esotouric, plus much more--and of course, puppets!

Photo: Still from California's Gold of host Huell Howser

Photo: Still from California's Gold of host Huell Howser

Subject: Los Angeles was co-curated by Veggie Cloud's Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive's KJ Relth. Special thanks to the Prelinger Archives, Russell M. Saunders Film Collection, Pat Rocco, and Mark Quigley and Todd Wiener of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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Subject: Los Angeles in the streets

Date: Friday, April 28th, 2017
Time: 8:00 p. m.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is excited to present Subject: Los Angeles– four nights of L.A. ephemera featuring archival films, guest presenters, music, and puppets that explore hidden threads of L.A. history. April 14th kicks off the first of four programs that surface and interrogate mythologies of Los Angeles, starting with the idea of Los Angeles as Eden.

Please join us April 28th for the second installment, Subject: Los Angeles in the Streets–  a night that will examine varying forms of public assembly and artistic intervention in a city so often associated with private lives and drive-thru culture. With an eye towards the history of political demonstrations, group euphoria, and roadside art, this event will look at Los Angeles as both a backdrop and breeding ground for impassioned and irreverent activism, as well as creative spectacles that go far beyond the tourist trade. Featuring archival documentation and newsreels,radical shorts by L.A.-based filmmakers, protest songs sung by folksinger Emily Lacy, and of course, puppets, the night re-envisions the city as a site of collective possibility.

Save the dates for May 12th and May 26th as we roll out our other exciting evening variety spectaculars.

Photo:  Frame from Homosexuals on the March (Pat Rocco)

Subject: Los Angeles was co-curated by Veggie Cloud's Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive's KJ Relth. Special thanks to the Prelinger Archives, Russell M. Saunders Film Collection, Pat Rocco, and Mark Quigley and Todd Wiener of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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Exploring Reflections of the City - 
subject: los angeles as eden

Date:  Friday, April 14th, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is excited to present Subject: Los Angeles– four nights of L.A. ephemera featuring archival films, guest presenters, music, and puppets that explore hidden threads of L.A. history. April 14th kicks off the first of four programs that surface and interrogate mythologies of Los Angeles, starting with the idea of Los Angeles as Eden.

Please join us April 28th for the second installment, Los Angeles in the Streets, which will look at the history of political demonstrations, public art, and other kinds of spectacle in L.A. Save the dates for May 12th and May 26th as we roll out our other exciting evening variety spectaculars.

Subject: Los Angeles was co-curated by Veggie Cloud's Courtney Stephens and Kate Wolf, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive's KJ Relth. Special thanks to the Prelinger Archives, Russell M. Saunders Film Collection, and Mark Quigley of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. 

 

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obscura day 2017:
backstage at the bob baker marionette theater

Date: Saturday May 6th, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $35.00

One of the longest-running puppet theaters in the country, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater has been delighting, charming, and amazing people of all ages with its nearly 3,000 handmade marionettes for five decades. During this exclusive Obscura Day event we'll see Hooray LA—a show that portrays the history of the City Of Angeles through whimsical vignettes—and then go behind the red velvet curtain to explore the magic of marionettes.

Until recently, the future of Bob Baker Marionette Theater was uncertain. Their building was sold to a real estate developer in 2012, with plans for a large apartment building. A recent update reveals that, to our great joy and delight, Bob Baker is in LA to Stay.

For more information about the history of the theater and Bob Baker, check out this fantastic Smithsonian article written by Matt Blitz, Head of the Obscura Society DC.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

All ages welcome!

$5 parking in the Bob Baker lot (cash, exact change only) or free street parking, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.

Photography is encouraged! Tag @atlasobscura #bobbakermarionettes

QUESTIONS?

Email Siegfried Tieber at sigi.tieber@atlasobscura.com.

Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

THE MEMORIES!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!  Co-Presented by Burger Records!  The Memories take over the Bob Baker Theater with their special brand of shoegazy, melodic, garage-pop.  This event will include a live set and puppet show along with a dj and drinks in the party room!

ECSTATIC TRANCE: A Live Cinema Performance of Music Rituals

by Vincent Moon + Priscilla Telmon

Co-Presented by The Cinefamily & Zebulon
with introduction by Steve Holmgren and Franny Alfano

Thursday, March 9th at 7:30pm (doors at 7:15PM)

Vincent Moon reinvented the music video in the mid 2000s by filming dozens of independent musicians in his signature intimate style; including such artists as Beirut, Health, and the Arcade Fire. His “Take Away Shows” lit up the Internet, garnering acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Moon complimented these with bold feature-length films with musicians like R.E.M., Mogwai, and The National. In recent years, Moon has himself undergone a transformation: away from popular and commercial music and towards the sublime.

Under his label Petites Planètes (its title borrowed from the legendary book series edited French cinema giant Chris Marker), Moon’s focus has shifted to ethnographic documentation of sounds and rituals from around the world, with an emphasis on indigenous communities. From Sufi rituals in Chechnya and experimental hip hop in Jakarta to Ethiopian harpists, Moon’s new series has shaken up traditional notions of visual anthropology.

Priscilla Telmon is a French explorer, researching ancient cultures to make films, photographs, books, and articles. Those many adventures around the world, from the Himalayas to the forest of Peru, have pushed her towards the study of the sacred and its spiritual practices. Since 2011, Telmon and Moon have wanted to unite their worlds for a dual creative venture. Their common work moves between the realities of documentary creation, ethno-poetic research, and filmic experimentation.

They have lived for the past couple of years in Brazil, where they are now completing a multi-faceted project called HÍBRIDOS ◊ THE SPIRITS OF BRAZIL. Coinciding with a rare Los Angeles visit, the duo’s presentation will feature the Petites Planètes collection in a special way: via live image manipulation and musical accompaniment.

This cine-performance will highlight some classic material as well as preview Híbridos, sharing moments from some of the roughly 60 films they are completing on various Brazilian regions. In transmitting culture from various shamanistic cults, the evening itself turns in to a ritual all its own.

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