For immediate release

March 20, 2014

Discover fascinating L.A. crime, noir, art, architecture and political lore at LAVA’s free Sunday Salon and Broadway On My Mind walking tour

WHO: Presented by LAVA – The Los Angeles Visionaries Association.
WHAT: This month, the LAVA Sunday Salon cultural speaker’s series offers a Los Angeles history program featuring Kim Cooper talking about “The Kept Girl” (Esotouric Ink), her fact-based 1920s mystery novel starring Raymond Chandler and the real-life Philip Marlowe, “Kept Girl” cover artist Paul Rogers on his creative process for turning historic L.A. landmarks into contemporary images, and historian Tom Sitton sharing a rogues gallery of early Southern California politicians.
WHEN: Sunday, March 30, 12pm-2pm followed by Richard Schave’s free Broadway On My Mind architectural walking tour of Claud Beelman’s Art Deco work, including the Eastern Columbia Building, at 2:30pm. LAVA 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.
GENERAL LAVA SUNDAY SALON INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/lavasalonsfigaro
MARCH 30 SALON INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/salon314
WALKING TOUR INFO: http://lavatransforms.org/flaneur-broadway-on-my-mind-7
CONTACT: Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947

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, March 30 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 highlighting Claud Beelman’s Art Deco work, hosted by LAVA co-founder Richard Schave.

PRESENTERS AT THE MARCH 30, 2014 LAVA SUNDAY SALON

1) Join historian TOM SITTON for a presentation on the colorful history of Los Angeles County politics.

In its first century of existence, beginning in 1850, Los Angeles County government evolved from a frontier institution with only a few constituents, a meager treasury and few duties, to an early American “urban county” and an innovator in local government at this level. The issues faced by the county’s leadership in the form of the Board of Supervisors had a profound effect on the economy and quality of life in what would become the most populous county in the nation. Many of these challenges, as examined in Tom Sitton’s book “The Courthouse Crowd: Los Angeles County and its Government, 1850-1950” would persist in the post-World War II era and are still apparent today. In his presentation, author Tom Sitton will discuss a few of these issues and some of the increasingly powerful Supervisors who faced them, share a colorful “rogues’ gallery” of some of the most corrupt politicians in the region’s history, and describe how the book was written.

2) Join author KIM COOPER and illustrator PAUL ROGERS for a joint presentation centered around “The Kept Girl” (Esotouric Ink, 2014), LAVA co-founder Kim Cooper’s novel of 1929 Los Angeles starring the young Raymond Chandler, his devoted secretary and the real-life cop who is a likely model for Philip Marlowe

Kim Cooper will dig deep into her novel’s true crime and literary inspirations and the process of bringing the book to press in its deluxe Subscriber’s Edition. Artist Paul Rogers will discuss his art deco-style cover art for “The Kept Girl” (inspired by the mid-century designs of E. McKnight-Kauffer), then move into a more freeform discussion of his often historic L.A.-themed creative process, from the germ of an idea, to photos, sketches, all the way to a complete series of prints.

LINKS
Kim Cooper’s “The Kept Girl”
http://www.thekeptgirl.com

Paul Rogers on his cover design for “The Kept Girl”
http://drawger.com/paulrogers/?section=articles&article_id=14749

AFTER THE SALONBROADWAY ON MY MIND WALKING TOUR
Free, reservations required from
http://lavatransforms.org/flaneur-broadway-on-my-mind-7

The seventh in Richard Schave’s series of monthly Broadway walking tours departs from Les Noces du Figaro and leads south, with a focus on the Art Deco buildings designed by Claud Beelman around the intersection of 8th & Broadway. The goal of these tours is to explore the history of the built environment on Broadway, while seeking to understand the scope of the work of Strategy One, Phase One of the Broadway Streetscape Master Plan and the “Road Diet,” which has recently begun.

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

LISTING OF PAST SUNDAY SALONS AT FIGARO:
http://lavatransforms.org/lavasalonsfigaro

LISTING OF PAST SUNDAY SALONS AT CLIFTON’S CAFETERIA:
http://lavatransforms.org/cliftonsalons

SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS ON VIDEO AND IN PHOTOS:

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

IAN WHITCOMB (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lPdqRcXVs

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

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

GENE SCULATTI’S FOLK ART SCROLL (photos):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardschave/sets/72157623729484726/

JOAN RENNER’S COSMETIC EPHEMERA COLLECTION (photos):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardschave/sets/72157624174080520/

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, actor/musician ANDY BEN, 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, literary curator D.M. COLLINS, 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, cemetery historian KARIE BIBLE. 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, poet S.A. GRIFFIN, 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

LAVA founders Kim Cooper and Richard Schave and most of LAVA’s Visionary members are available for interviews. Contact Kim at amscrayATgmailDOTcom, 213-373-1947.