Do you remember the daffy, colorful, sing-along sound of Bubblegum Music–“Yummy Yummy Yummy,” “Green Tambourine” and “Sugar Sugar”? For a few incredible years starting in the late 1960s, top producers and session musicians made some of the most sophisticated, unexpected and downright infectious pop music ever heard for an audience of little kids.
Join Kim Cooper and David Smay, co-editors of the book Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth: The Dark History of Prepubescent Pop from the Banana Splits to Britney Spears, and contributors Becky Ebenkamp and Gene Sculatti, for an audio-visual celebration of the history and mythology of this under-appreciated musical genre, and the Saturday morning cartoons where many of the most memorable songs debuted.
After the presentation, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
The event is free. Arrive on time to ensure you get a seat.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, June’s LAVA Sunday Salon has been canceled. We appreciate your understanding.
Please note that, due to limited room capacity, attendees must register to attend the LAVA Sunday Salon. To sign up for this free event: First register as a user on this site, or login to your existing account and then return to this page. Refresh the page and the signup field will appear just to the left of this text. Enter your email address. No plus-ones; each guest must register individually. If you find you are unable to attend, please return to this page and cancel your reservation. Also, note that the Sunday Salon has a new time slot: 2-4:30pm.
Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Inside the Mind of Professor Donald Johnson
Join us this month as Professor Donald Johnson, Director of the Criminalistics Department at Cal State Los Angeles, shares lighthearted, offbeat and illuminating reminisces of his personal journey from morbid child to journeyman mortician to professional homicide investigator, forensic scientist and educator. From blood spatter evidence to embalming, bone collecting to rappelling down buildings looking for evidence, Professor Johnson always seems to find himself surrounded by the most interesting artifacts of lives interrupted. Share in his adventures, and learn about the shoes he fills at CSULA‘s Criminalistics Department, which was founded by the legendary LAPD criminalist Ray Pinker in 1965 and which continues to explore new frontiers in forensic science under Dr. Johnson’s enlightened direction.
Professor Johnson’s Sunday Salon presentation also serves as an introduction to his ongoing series of LAVA forensic science seminars in his teaching lab at Cal State Los Angeles, including the upcoming Serial Killer Summer Session: The Night Stalker & The 60 Freeway Slayer on August 16. Purchase your ticket for the program now and help support new research into the science of crime detection.
“[This tour is] a poetic journey full of rare insight into the life of a man who’s come to represent the ghettoized contingency of the City of Angels.” – Tanja M. Laden, Flavorpill
“Haunts of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski’s LA” focuses on Bukowski’s great passions: writing, screwing and Los Angeles. We’ll take in the canonical locations of his life and myth: the Postal Annex Terminal where he gathered the material for “Post Office,” the De Longpre apartment where he briefly experimented with marriage and fatherhood, one of his favorite bars and liquor stores, and many other spots. Along the way, we’ll explore the people and ideas that made up the warp and weft of Buk’s rich inner life. This Esotouric bus adventure is hosted by Richard Schave.
The tour spans Bukowski’s personal city, from Skid Row to once-genteel Crown Hill, to Bukowski’s favorite East Hollywood liquor store, the Pink Elephant.
“This bus tour… has established itself as an L.A. classic.” -The Los Angeles Times
The Black Dahlia murder in 1947 is the most compelling unsolved crime Los Angeles has ever known. What Jack the Ripper is to London, the Torso Killer to Cleveland, the Black Dahlia is to L.A. And yet unlike those other cases, the name Black Dahlia refers not to the killer, but to the victim. What was it about Elizabeth Short that keeps her the object of obsessive fascination by writers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, cops and readers, more than sixty years after she was slain?
The Real Black Dahlia Crime Bus Tour seeks to answer this question by intimately exploring the last weeks of Elizabeth Short’s life, asking not “who killed her?” but “who was she?”
The tour takes us from the human hustle of Main Street to the serene lobby of the Biltmore (the second-to-last place she was seen alive), to the newspaper offices and the Greyhound station where she checked her bags, and concludes at the site where her bisected body was found in Leimert Park and with a little known suspect who lived nearby.
From the few personal possessions she left behind to the friends who scarcely knew her, from the mass hysteria of the investigation with its fruitless leads, wacko suspects and false confessions, the tour reveals all that’s known about this enigmatic black-haired girl who reinvented herself at whim, and shows how she came to be the unfortunate symbol of her time and place.
The Crown City masquerades as a calm and refined retreat, where well-bred ladies glide around their perfect bungalows and everyone knows what fork to use first. But don’t be fooled by appearances. Dip into the confidential files of old Pasadena and meet assassins and oddballs, kidnappers and slashers, Satanists and all manner of maniac in a delightful little tour you WON’T find recommended by the better class of people! From celebrated cases like the RFK assassination (with a visit to Sirhan Sirhan’s folks’ house), “Eraserhead” star Jack Nance’s strange end, black magician/rocket scientist Jack Parsons’ death-by-misadventure and the 1926 Rose Parade grand stand collapse, to fascinating obscurities, the tour’s dozens of murders, arsons, kidnappings, robberies, suicides, auto wrecks and oddball happening sites provide a alternate history of Pasadena that’s as fascinating as it is creepy. Passengers will tour the old Millionaire’s Row on Orange Grove, thrill to the shocking Sphinx Murder on the steps of the downtown Masonic Hall and discover why people named Judd should think twice before moving to Pasadena.