F for Un
Presented by Bob Baker Marionette Theater
June 9th, 2018
Reception: 7pm
Performances: 8pm
Tickets $15

We are excited to announce that F will be performing their first live set of 2018 as "F for Un" at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Echo Park Los Angeles on Saturday June 9nd at 7 PM.

The night will open with a performance by Bob Baker's Marionettes followed by F’s improvisational noise performance. This all ages event will feature marionettes, colorful projections, and special surprises. Also at the theater will be a one-night-only exhibition and reception featuring artworks by the members of F inspired by Bob Baker's legacy. If you've never been to the Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater to see the amazing things they do, this is an incredible chance to see this historical Los Angeles landmark!

F is a Los Angeles art-rock supergroup whose motto is "Simplicity Through Noise" and who have developed a practice rooted in improvisational ensemble playing using electric guitars (played with rubber mallets and other extended as well as traditional techniques), percussion, and vintage synthesizers, in various combinations. F are Marnie Weber, Doug Harvey, Daniel Hawkins, and Kane Lafia.

12" LPs, CDs, and Cassettes are available for purchase at the event. In addition, beer and wine will be available for purchase at the bar.

Marnie Weber’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses performance, film, video, sculpture, collage, music and costuming. Weber’s early years were grounded in performance art, before moving into filmmaking and later large-scale installations, all the while continuing a practice of collage, creating limited edition records as an art form, and performing and recording music. www.marnieweber.com

Doug Harvey is an artist, writer and critic, independent curator, experimental musician, and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles. His activities may be monitored online at www.dougharvey.blogspot.com and www.dougharvey.la.

Daniel Hawkins is a Los Angeles based multi-media artist and experimental musician. Most recently he has built a full-size functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert. For more information visit www.danielhawkins.info and www.desertlighthouse.org

Kane Lafia is a musician, multidisciplinary artist, mobile venue operator, and an occasional organizer of happenings based in Los Angeles. He is taking a break from internet presence right now.


"Schoolhouse Rocks!" is a collaboration program through the Bob Baker Marionette Theater that supports field trips down to our historic theater. A portion of proceeds from each ticket will help to support a bus full of students to rock and roll their way down to the theater for a special puppet show field trip.

You come to dance... we bring the puppets... and the kids get a show!

 gif art by Lauren Scanlon

gif art by Lauren Scanlon


Bob Baker's The Circus: Sideshow Spectaculars is a series of special, one time only events!

Featuring, inspired by, and diving deeper into the carnival of imagination that is Bob Baker’s The Circus. Animal acts, film screenings, clowns, music, discussions and decades dormant puppet numbers will bring to life this magnificent era of enthralling entertainment in Bob Baker's historic marionette theater!


IMAGE: Original poster for Big Top Pee-Wee, 1988, directed by Randal Kleiser.

Big Top Pee-wee

(with a special introduction by Pee-wee's Playhouse designer and voice of Vance the Pig WAYNE WHITE!)

Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm

Join us for the 1988 classic, Big Top Pee-Wee! In this sequel to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Pee-wee Herman is now a small-town farmer with a fiancée, but when a traveling circus comes to town, he finds himself falling for the trapeze artist!

This screening of Big Top Pee-Wee includes an introduction by artist/puppeteer/designer of Pee-wee's Playhouse, Wayne White!


Lawrence Jordan's Three Ring Circus

Friday, May 18 at 8:00pm

Featuring three shorts by the mid-century, Bay Area-based avant-garde filmmaker Lawrence Jordan on 16mm! Plus puppet performances, an alt-clowning act, and more short-form cinematic acts! 

Plus puppet performances, a mime act from Honeybuns (500 Clown, iO, Second City, Redmoon, Chicago Children’s Theater, Collaboraction, the Actor’s Gymnasium), and more short-form cinematic sideshows!

“Select films co-curated by KJ Relth (UCLA Film & TV Archive) and Taylor Rowley (Windmills of Your Mind, KXLU)” 

 IMAGE:  Our Lady of the Sphere , dir. Larry Jordan, 1972.

IMAGE: Our Lady of the Sphere, dir. Larry Jordan, 1972.

 IMAGES: (top)  Mister Prokouk, Acroba t, dir. Karel Zeman, 1959. (bottom)  The Little Umbrella , dir. Břetislav Pojar, 1957.

IMAGES: (top) Mister Prokouk, Acrobat, dir. Karel Zeman, 1959.
(bottom) The Little Umbrella, dir. Břetislav Pojar, 1957.

animals and animation night!

featuring Animation Breakdown’s “The Greatest Shorts on Earth!: Animated Circus Films from Eastern Europe” + Live Animal Acts!

Saturday, May 19 at 6:00pm

Come one, come all! Bring the whole family for an evening of furry and feathered derring-do’s, puppet acrobatics, and vintage big top shorts from some of world animation’s greatest ringleaders. Little seen in the US, the films of Eastern Europe’s mid century maestros stand as some of the most inventive, beautiful and charming children’s films of all time, and the 1950s yielded several Czech and Polish shorts celebrating the magic of the three-ring spectacle. Featuring a cast of enchanted toys, clumsy clowns, an ice-skating lion and many more, all rendered in gorgeous stop-motion and cut-out animation and sure to delight children of all ages.

And, ladies and gentleman, that’s not all! The evening’s extravaganza comes complete with both musical interludes from the Bob Baker Marionettes, performances by Madison and Tucker the Terrific Terrier, and Bill Perron and Cookie the Psychic Dog!


Charlie chaplin's the circus

Sunday, May 20 at 5:30pm

The Circus is a 1928 silent film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin. The film stars Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker, George Davis and Henry Bergman. The ringmaster of an impoverished circus hires Chaplin's Little Tramp as a clown, but discovers that he can only be funny unintentionally, not on purpose.....

Join us for this incredible screening, plus some very special Bob Baker Circus numbers!

 IMAGE: Original poster for  The Circus , dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1928.

IMAGE: Original poster for The Circus, dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1928.

 IMAGE: Poster from  Parade , dir. Jacques Tati, 1986.

IMAGE: Poster from Parade, dir. Jacques Tati, 1986.

Jacque Tati's Parade

Saturday, June 2 at 5:30pm

Combining music, circus acts and pantomime, much-loved French comedian and director Jacques Tati entertains a live Swedish audience in his last film. The circus acts range from clowns to magicians, but Tati also returns to his roots with a series of miming sessions, which include imitating a goalie, a tennis player and a fisherman. 

And no screening would be complete without a special performance from the Bob Baker Marionettes and a special act Joe & Asa from Cirque de Loon!

   Poster Artist: Audrey Densmore

Poster Artist: Audrey Densmore


When Puppets Are Your Only Friends
pt. xx
Sunday, May 27, 2018
7:00 pm - Reception
8:00 pm - Showtime
Tickets - $15



Hey!! Its Molly and Jrd! We're back....
(Well sort of..((LONG STORY))) but at what cost!?
Yada yada-- we don't have much time!!
We're actually in puppet Purgatory. Come save us ??
The porthole is located at 1345 W 1st st. 
It opens at 7pm and closes PERMANENTLY at 9:00pm specific standard time

Bring us back for good with guest Priest: David Arquette!!
Assisted by Jeff Speetjens !

Reverse Exorcism by April Hava Shenkman & 
Jared Whitham !

Sermons by Michael Serwich !

Aerial Voodoo by Zay Warfield !

Mr. Frederick Kolouch on the organ ! 

after the show's end, catch live set from Portland native band, SÁVILA


it burns...

This show has some grown-up humor.
Parental discretion advised!


Date: SATURDAY, JUNE 23 2017
Pre-reception: 8:00 p.m.
Show: 9:00 p.m.
Post-reception: 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20.00

Aloha! It's TIKI TIME!

Hosted by Lindsay Benner, world renowned juggler and entertainer, this family friendly evening will highlight females of magnificent talent and echoes of the bygone and golden era of Vaudevillian comedy and performance!

Featuring the Tantalizing Talents of:

• The Gals of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater 

Show followed by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater tradition
of post-show ice cream!

Spend a night out at the theater with the most talented ladies around ...

An Evening not to be missed!