Here are some brief highlights from LAVA's calendar –
visit http://lavatransforms.org for full details and new additions. We hope you can join us for some of these Visionary-hosted events. If you can make just one each month, make it our Sunday Salon (next one is 3/28). This is a regularly scheduled lunchtime gathering held on the last Sunday of each month at Clifton's Cafeteria, and it's where the LAVA will really start flowing, as we get to know each other better over confetti-flecked jello and other delights.
* FRIDAY MARCH 12 *
The Beachwood Canyon Song Circle:
modeled after a typical Nashville "Writers'Night" in which songwriters come together to share original songs and works in process in an informal, creative and communal setting. Hosted by Sara Melson with Simone White, Rob Giles, Jamie Drake and the Keaton Simons. Annie Besant Lodge, Hollywood, 7pm.
Late Night At Musso & Frank:
Each Friday and Saturday night from 10pm until closing, Visionary Jordan Jones transforms his family's venerable Hollywood restaurant into a cool retreat echoing with the strains of classic jazz vocals with the spotlight on the mixological talents of legendary barkeep Rueben Rueda, who poured for Bukowski among other luminaries. Musso and Frank Grill, Hollywood, 10pm.
* SATURDAY MARCH 13 *
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles:
an Esotouric bus adventure spanning thewriter's lost city, from the downtown offices and businessmen's hideaways where he drank himself out of the oil business to the Hollywood dream factory, plus complementary film noir-inspired gelato from Scoops. $58, departs LA Athletic Club, Downtown LA, 12pm.
The Virgin Mary Chainsmoking at the Beach and a Couple Other Really Awful Things I Saw When I Ditched School That Day:
multimedia art opening for emerging Highland Park artist Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta, showing her drawings,piñatas, videos, prints, collages and photographs. Future Studio Gallery, Highland Park, 7pm.
SPIRITS with SPIRITS: GHOULA (Ghost Hunters of Urban Los Angeles)
meets for cocktails in haunted places on the 13th of each month, in a casual gathering of regional ghost hunters. Open to all, from the curious skeptic to the passionate phantom pursuer. This month's meet-up will be at a restaurant in Duarte, formerly a 1909 school house, and said to be haunted by former pupils. Free (separate checks for meals), The Old Spaghetti Factory, Duarte, 8pm.
Late Night At Musso & Frank (see Friday 3/13 listing)
* SUNDAY MARCH 14 *
Standing Up For Haiti:
an earthquake relief benefit with a twist, it's standup comedy in a historic motion picture palace (plus incredible short films from students at the Cine Institute in quake-ravaged Jacmel). $20+, Warner Grand, San Pedro, 6pm.
Maja's Magic School:
debut lecture in the new Second Sundays @ 6 For Sorcery series is on "Synchronicity, Magical Encounters and Carl Jung's Web of Connected Consciousness." $5, Besant Lodge, Hollywood, 6pm.
* TUESDAY MARCH 16 *
Opulence and Entertainment - Los Angeles Historic Theaters:
discussion andbook signing with Robert Berger, architectural photographer and co-author of "The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces in Tinseltown" and Visionary Hillsman Wright, co-founder and executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. Free! Santa Monica Museum of Art, 7pm.
The World in Crisis - and the Emerging Shift in Consciousness:
a presentation from Visionary Paul Nugent, director of The Aetherius Society, on the challenges of modern life and the possible coming quantum shift in consciousness. $5, The Bodhi Tree, Hollywood, 7:30pm.
* SATURDAY MARCH 20 *
All About the Saban Theatre:
The Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation willbe conducting its March "All About" docu-tours at the newly renovated circa1930 Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills (formerly The Wilshire and Fox Wilshire). Following a presentation will be a inclusive basement to projection booth tour that will include numerous areas that are usually not accessible to the general public. Free, Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills,10:30am.
Maja's Mysteries - Rapture and Release:
celebrate the Vernal Equinox with thedebut of an especially esoteric Esotouric bus adventure collaboration between Visionaries Maja D'Aoust and Richard Schave. Come explore some of the most fascinating spiritual sites in the Southland, including Sister Aimee's Parsonage, Aetherius Society, Krotona and Vedanta. $62, departs Clifton's Cafeteria, Downtown LA, 11am.
* SATURDAY MARCH 27 *
Raymond Chandler's Bay City:
an Esotouric bus adventure exploring the parallels between historic Santa Monica and its fictional portrayal in the Philip Marlowe mysteries. $58, departs from Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, 12pm.
a new music series hosted by Visionary No'a Winter Lazerus presents avant-garde artist Octavius performing his album "Laws" with support from ambient violin group Black Church. Besant Lodge, Hollywood, 8pm.
* SUNDAY MARCH 28 *
the first edition of LAVA's monthly brunch gathering features a presentation by Visionary Gene Sculatti of his imaginary cityscapes drawings on long scrolls, which he began creating when he was 9. Free! Clifton's Cafeteria, Downtown, 2pm.
The Flâneur & The City:
this walking tour hosted by LAVA founder Richard Schave offers a general rooftop overview of the forces at play within the Historic Core, followed by a stroll along Broadway and Spring Streets to discuss the finer points of the impact of recent public policy on urban renewal, gentrification and positive public space on the fragile ecologies of these two important thoroughfares. Free - reservations required at the link below. Los Angeles Athletic Club, Downtown, 2:30pm.
*SATURDAY, APRIL 3*
Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits' LA:
an Esotouric bus adventure hosted by David Smay (author of the 33 1/3 series book "Swordfishtrombones"), leading the definitive tour of Tom Waits' formative creative life in Los Angeles, and the people, places and late night pastries that shaped it, from the busted souls along The Nickel to the redemption of love found at Francis Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. $62, departs from King Edward Saloon, downtown LA, 12pm.
San Gabriel Valley Poetry Fest:
featuring Visionaries Mona Jean Cedar and Mike (the Poet) Sonksen in an open reading of 30 poets each presenting one original poem. Free, Pasadena Public Library, 3pm.
the opening reception of a DIY inter-media pop up art space featuring the work of 23 artists (including Visionary Mona Jean Cedar and aspecial appearance by John Fleck) with site-specific installation, circuit-bending sound scape, international mail art show, video installation, live performing sculpture, photography, painting, large scale sculpture, poetry bomb, spoken word, performance, handmade toys that recreate science fiction scenarios - and Mudpeople. At pLAyLAnd, Eagle Rock, 6pm.
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