10/27: Celebrate Downtown L.A. women's history, from burlesque to missionary work, with LAVA's free Sunday Salon

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Kim Cooper

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WHO: Presented by LAVA - The Los Angeles Visionaries Association.
WHAT: The LAVA Sunday Salon cultural speaker's series offers a Downtown women's history program featuring Professor Paul Rood (Biola) on "'Bible Women' and Urban Gospel Welfare Work in Los Angeles, 1890-1925" and Leslie Zemeckis presenting on her new book of burlesque lore, "Behind the Burly Q."
WHEN: Sunday, October 27, 12pm-2pm followed by Richard Schave's free Broadway architectural walking tour on the history of Bullocks department store at 2:30pm. Salons fall on the last Sunday of the month.  
WHERE: Mezzanine level, Les Noces du Figaro restaurant, 618 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90014.
COST: Free, no reservations required for Salon attendance. Walking tour is also free, with reservations required.
NOVEMBER 24 SALON INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/salon1113
STREET CLOSURE ALERT: The Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon is scheduled from 7am-1pm in downtown Los Angeles on 10/27. For maps and recommended routes, see http://lavatransforms.org/salon1013

LOS ANGELES- Launched in 2010 by Richard Schave and Kim Cooper, the proprietors of Esotouric bus adventures, the creative consortium LAVA (The Los Angeles Visionaries Association) has established itself as one of the city's most intriguing arts collectives, with a calendar packed with compelling, offbeat urban events and an ever-growing list of notable Visionary contributors. 

Once a month, on the last Sunday, LAVA hosts a free curated series of cultural presentations, the LAVA Sunday Salon. The popular program feature talks and performances from a remarkable collection of writers, musicians, visual artists, historians, clowns, archivists, collectors, fashion designers, curators, theater companies, fortune tellers, film directors, educators, preservationists and scientists. Formerly held at Clifton's Cafeteria, , the LAVA Sunday Salon remains on Broadway in the mezzanine of the restaurant Les Noces du Figaro, the former site of Schaber's Cafeteria. 

LAVA's Sunday Salon is one of the hottest (free) tickets for urban explorers seeking intelligent conversation, connection and inspiration—it is an incubator for the most exciting ideas and research celebrating Los Angeles history and culture. 

The LAVA Sunday Salon returns on Sunday, October 27 from noon-2pm, and all are welcome to dine together and socialize, or attend compelling presentations by LAVA Visionaries, followed by a free Broadway architecture tour on the history of Bullocks department store, hosted by LAVA co-founder Richard Schave. 


1) Join LESLIE ZEMECKIS as she talks about her new book, "Behind the Burly Q."  Based on her hit documentary, Zemeckis has culled from over a 100 hours of interviews with musicians, strippers, comedians and novelty acts going beyond the g-strings and the tassels. Yes, the mob had a hand in clubs. Stage Door Johnnies sent jewels. Some of the biggest names walked across the burly stages; Abbott and Costello, Gypsy Rose Lee, Bert Lahr, Sophie Tucker and on and on. But there were hundreds of men and women who worked week after week, year after year. Who were they? Where did they come from? And what became of them when burlesque died? "Behind the Burly Q" takes you on the road with Alan Alda whose father Robert was a "tit" singer. With an emphasis on the star strippers like Lili St. Cyr, Blaze Starr, Tempest Storm, and Dixie Evans, the Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque, women who enjoyed the heights of stardom despite a grueling schedule of 6 shows a day –- and if you worked the carnival circuit, 30 shows a day!

2) PROFESSOR PAUL ROOD of Biola University presents "'Bible Women' and Urban Gospel Welfare Work in Los Angeles, 1890-1925." At the Salon, Prof. Rood will introduce us to some of the colorful "Bible Women" of early Los Angeles. These "Bible Women" were an eclectic group of ladies who lived and served in some of the toughest and neediest neighborhoods of Los Angeles, providing a blend of Gospel witness and humanitarian welfare assistance. Christian businessmen such as Lyman Stewart (the oilman and philanthropist who is the subject of Prof. Rood's forthcoming biography), Samuel Merrill and Frederick Rindge supported and advocated for the "Bible Women" as the strongest and most effective force for good in late Victorian and early progressive era Los Angeles.

Photos and video from some past LAVA Sunday Salons are here: 



"Old Bunker Hill: One Family's Perspective" (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EloQciq6SbI

CACOPHONY SOCIETY / GENE SCULATTI / IAN WHITCOMB (video): http://lavatransforms.org/salonvideo311

MESMERELDA, THE SKID ROW MISFORTUNE TELLER (video): http://lavatransforms.org/hauntsandhorrors



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 COOPER—proprietors of Esotouric bus adventures and the 1947project time travel blog series (including On Bunker Hill and In SRO Land)—LAVA 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, 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, educator and historic cemetery board member DWAIN CARLO CRUM, 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, cultural curator and writer KIM OHANNESON, "Kristin's List" 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/apply

To learn more about LAVA, please visit http://www.lavatransforms.org 

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