The Weekend Go Go: Alphabet Death, Pie and Puppets, and Women in Art

Women in Art at Museum of Latin American Art
Women’s Day Festival at Museum of Latin American Art

Let’s all look past the midweek showers, shall we?  The weekend is sunny and  full of events that will make Spring spring.

March on, Go Go’ers…march on.

Death by the Letters

Here’s a different kind of March Madness.   At midnight on Friday, the ever-twisted Cinefamily serves up The ABCs of Death: 26 horror shorts in one cinematic anthology based on the iconic children’s alphabet primer.

Except “A” won’t stand for “Apple” but maybe (just a guess) “Apocalypse”.

New Zealand film archivist and programmer Ant Timpson and Tim League of Drafthouse Films picked 26 genre directors like Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun) and Yudai Yamaguchi (Meatball Machine), assigned each of them a letter of the alphabet, and waited for the blood and mayhem to roll in.

Not surprisingly, the resulting grab-bag of gore  is a must for genre enthusiasts and the curious but not for the faint of heart or stomach.

There will be a post-screening Q&A with segment directors Marcel Sarmiento (“D is for Dogfight”) and Jon Schnepp (“W is for WTF?”).

Rated “G” for “Gobsmacked”.

A different kind of primer....
A different kind of bed time story…. rate it “G” for “Gag”, “Grim Reaper” and “Gross-out”.

THE ABCs OF DEATHFri, March 8 @ midnight; $12/free for membersCinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave, LA 90048

Puppets and the Things They Left Behind

You may think of puppets as romantic, devil-may-care loners traveling footloose and fancy-free from stage to stage.

Go Go’ers, nothing could be further from the truth.

As part of the monthly NELA 2nd Saturday Gallery Night, Future Studio presents the  The Lost World of Puppet Artifacts, which will kick off the Arroyo Arts Collective‘s Puppets Retake Northeast Los Angeles. (Watch this space for details.)

Think Punch and Judy, not Chuckie.
Think Punch and Judy, not Chuckie.

The puppet memorabilia — props, sets and costumes from the International Puppetry Museum, Arroyo Arts Collective members and more — range from the sad, the sweet, the dusty and the desolate.  And because Future Studio owner Amy Inouye loves Pi Day (March 14), there will be pie, just because.

So, win/win for all except that one cranky puppet who can’t find his shoes.

THE LOST WORLD OF PUPPET ARTIFACTSSat, March 9; opening reception 7-10pm (through April 6); FREEFuture Studio, 5558 N Figueroa, LA 90042

Vivan Las Mujeres!

March is Women’s History Month, of course, and here’s your chance to celebrate women and their many contributions to art, music, and movement — you’re a fan of all four — at the annual Women’s Day Festival at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach.

Women's Day Fest at MOLAA!
Women’s Day Fest at MOLAA!

Expect dance and music performances, a virtual display of work by female artists, art workshops, craft vendors, and docent tours of MOLAA’s collection of modern and contemporary Latin American art.  PLUS, there will be three hours of Salsa and Bachata dance lessons.

So, finally…a legitimate reason to trot out those Cuban heels.

Best of all, it’s a Target Free Sunday so you only need enough cash for chow from Sliced and Diced Eatery.

You have to keep up your strength for the “Cuban hip movements”.

WOMEN’S DAY FESTIVALSun, March 10; 11am – 5pm; FREEMuseum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach 90802. 562.437.1689

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

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